What makes a dog a dog? Was it by the fact that its genetic DNA made it a dog, or was it like a man, who tried hard to enter doghood and emulated all the mannerisms of man’s best friend, barking, walking on all fours and eating dog food from the dog dish? We cannot be silly and assume such a man becomes a dog by trying so doggon hard that he just transitions into a state of becoming canine! This is plain, yet many well intentioned religious people try harder to become a Christian by doing Christian things, giving, abstaining from what they know is sin and immoral, they try harder to be better but until they surrender and let God through Faith in Christ change their DNA from external religiousity to inward loyalty and a new heart they can try all they want but should just rather beg God to transform them by His power not their mere effort.
Surrender is yes active in the sense we do in a way do somwthing, we surrender and give up and acknowlege our sins we have stacked against us before God. Yet it is non active in the sense you must perform a good work to gain God’s attention to save your soul and bring about rebirth. What it says is “For all who call on the name of the Lord will be saved”
Romans 10:9-10 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
Even if one is mute God hears the inward cries of a person’s heart and when we see our need for saving from the mess we all are apart from Christ, after all “It is by grace you have been saved, through faith and not of yourselves but a gift of God, not by works so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8)
This is God’s ordained method to transform the old man into a new one, the sinner into the “not guilty” and then he deposits the righteous laws of God in our hearts at that moment and we become “New Creations”
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
God Finishes What He Starts. Don’t get discouraged.
1 Chronicles 28:20 Then David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He won’t leave you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the Lord’s house is finished.
How can we relate this to a New Covenant Christian? Who now is the temple of God? Are we not the people of God through faith in Christ. For does it not say in scripture, “Do you not know your bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own, you were bought with a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” 1 (Corinthians 6:19)
“He won’t leave you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the Lord’s house is finished. ” David declared to his Son Solomon, but God now declares to us who know him and love him, “He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6)
It’s not about being white or black, we are American’s and all of our lives matters.From conception to death! All lives matter to God. And to all of us who know the Lord, we are God’s children and I see way to often people segregate themselves from other believers who are different. We should not!
Ephesians 4:3-4 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;
Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
God is a God of peace not divisions, true love bears the burdens of another. Christ has called us to love eachother and bear one another’s burdens! And it is not politicians or the government that is going to accomplish this, it will be Christ inside of us.
Ever notice that although the rose is a magnificent flower, it has thorns. Do not just stop loving someone because of first appearances or impressions, because often times the lowly people and poor of this world are great people. God loved us enough to see past our thorns as well. Our thorns of sin, baggage and rebellion. You know what, Jesus still died for all of us despite our thorns, he wore the crown of thorns as he was nailed to a cross for every sin you and I committed. Why? because he saw our worth and didn’t treat us the way our sins deserved. Now let us extend grace to others.
Do not wait for that day that God will really use you. Why? Cause you don’t have to wait, today is that day! Did not Peter write in 1 Peter 1:3 “3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” You don’t have to wait for some special point in your life where you are “more sanctified”—When you trusted in Jesus for your salvation and the forgiveness of your sins he did not give you part of the Holy Spirit, NO, he deposited all of his power and riches in you so that you can live in victory over sin and have what Jesus called “the abundant life” So many Christians are living in spiritual poverty and need not to, I know this because I was too not long ago. Don’t beg God for his grace or strength any longer, but believe it is already in you and in faith just use it. “We walk by faith, not by sight” God’s power is not a feeling it’s a choice that all believers have.
Self esteem is only as good as who it’s in, if it is rooted in yourself than it will vary depending on your performance, popularity, how well liked you are by others or yourself. If it is rooted in God, however, and what he thinks of you that will not ever change. He doesn’t love you more when you get the promotion, or get the honor roll, or get the job you worked so hard for or pulled of the thing you were always hoping you could do. He doesn’t love you less when you have a lousy day or week or month, when you lose your patience or fail to meet His expectations or your own. God’s love is the constant variable in the universe that was once and for all displayed at the cross in Christ. “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8—-On your worst day, and on your best day God loves you and that should motivate us to serve Him!
We have all heard this expression, but did you know God feels this way about you? When it seems like others see you as unworthy and unlovable, God sees you as priceless and redeemable. -“The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” -1 Samuel 16:7
God judges no man according to his appearance, material possessions or social status. He is swayed not by popular opinion or impressed by what people are thrilled by. Every person matters to him and he showed us this when he took the it upon himself to hang there and bleed on the cross in our place. Dear friend, whoever you may be, remember those paintings that no one seems to see any value in except for the one art fanatic who will invest a fortune in that one painting? Is that not how God sees us? Is this not how he sees you? Willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice, not millions of dollars but his very own life and blood. The value of your life is not what you set on it, nor what others set on it, but on what the master painter has chose to pay for it.
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.