Instead of looking down or looking around, we ought to look up! Instead of focusing on problems, look to the Provider. Instead of seeing an obstacle as an unscalable rockface, seek the face of the Rock! For, “my flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
“So faith without deeds is dead.” This bold statement by James (2:26) is not contradictory to salvation by grace, it is complimentary to salvation by grace. For, he is telling believers that there will be demonstrated “fruit of grace” that becomes evident after someone is saved by grace, through faith in Christ.
What does Jesus mean by, “If you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins”?
Jesus said, “If you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Those words can be intimidating. What does Jesus mean?
To understand what the Lord is saying in Matthew 6:15, we need to take His words in the context of its Scripture passage.
The Holy Spirit is a permanently indwelling, continually active, Helper in the life of believers. He protects us, comforts us, leads us, equips us, teaches us, and grows us more in Christlikeness. How does He do that? This study looks at some of the ways the Holy Spirit works in us, for us, and through us.
You might understand that you are a child of God, yet think of yourself as a child that the heavenly Father is disappointed in. But that type of perception about yourself isn’t reality. What God says about you is truth. So, allow the Word of Truth, the Bible, to give answer and assurance for: “Who am I in Christ?”
Jesus said: “Take my yoke upon you . . . for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” But being “yoked” usually implies a heavy burden. Yet, Jesus gives us the image of being yoked alongside Him while He is the One pulling the load. It’s as if we are along for a scroll next to Him and watching as He moves mountains.
Christ, our provision: Jesus feeds 5,000 by miraculously multiplying five loaves and two fish (part 2)
When God calls us to a task, we tend to first look around at what we lack, rather than look up to Him for provision. In this two-part Bible Study, Jesus feeds the five thousand by miraculously multiplying five loaves and two fish. Likewise, for Christians today, our God still provides through seemingly impossible ways.
At the point of salvation, we are fully in Christ. Yet, we are to continue growing in Christ. As followers of Christ, we are called to live a life worthy and pleasing to the Lord; living as bond-servants of Christ who follow and yield to Him obediently as productive workers in His kingdom.