Jesus said for us to take His yoke upon us and learn of Him. We are supposed to be laboring together for the cause of Christ while getting to know Him more! When one of us backslides - stops doing our part in praying, devotions, giving, witnessing - the church suffers and ultimately the cause of Christ suffers!
AT times our sin is so great that we cannot forgive ourselves or love ourselves. God comes to us at these times and reminds us that God still loves us (and always will) and that God forgives the unforgiveable.
This is a brief message about mankind taking a look back over the life he / she lives and asking themselves "what have I done? What have you done with the life you live? What have you done for yourself? What have you done for Christ? There is an amazing answer given in this message. See if you can find it.
This lesson brings us to the heart of the matter that Paul has been referring to up to this point in his letter to the Galatians: The conflict between two alternate roads to righteousness: Trusting and Trying. How does one please God? What makes a person truly a Christian; trying to act in a way that seems pure and Godly or trusting in a Savior who paid the price for sin? Paul Points out that there is a vast difference between these two roads to righteousness.
If you truly desire to follow Christ it will take a lot of love, honor and respect. You will need discipline and obedience. Following Jesus Christ is not always easy but it is always possible. You have to love, honor and respect yourself, your fellow mankind and most of all God the father, son and Holy Spirit.
If we would be totally honest, the idea of transformation really scares us. That is because we know that such a radical change would be quite uncomfortable. We realize that with transformation comes a major overhaul of our lives and priorities.
People show their anger differently, but we all get angry sometimes. These emotions of displeasure are part of how we are created. It is part of our design. Anger was never intended, however, to turn to sin or to control our lives. Since we are created in the image of God, we have many attributes that our creator has. Anger is one of them, although he would never sin with his anger.
Fear is one of the biggest stumbling blocks most youth and adults face. We are afraid of what could happen, what did happen, or what others may think. Do not be afraid but remember how good God is and has been to you.
" But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint. " In the scriptures, God has likened His people to many things.
You may find yourself at a time in your life where all you can do, is just be still and know that GOD IS GOD! Your situation may seem hopeless, and you may feel overwhelmed and alone. And at times whatever you are facing cannot be helped by mortal man. Even with loving and caring friends and family you still feel all alone. It is in these times that God comes on the scene and does what no one else can.
You took the high road, made a sacrificial choice, and seemed to lose while the other guy played dirty and made some gains because of it. Sound like your life? Then you might be encouraged by one of history’s greatest sermons, preached by One who knew quite personally what it felt like to make sacrificial choices and seemingly lose in the short run.
Jesus was the same after His crucifixion, as He was before His crucifixion.
Although, He had lain in the tomb, and descended into the place of the dead, and then retraced His steps back to the land of the living, He remained unchanged in His behavior and character. His death, and His resurrection, could not change His character as a man, any more than they could affect His distinctiveness as God the Son. He is Jesus and He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.