If you are looking forward to the weekend like most people, then here are three steps I think will give you an enjoyable weekend.
1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Don’t stress over the small stuff. It will still be there on Monday.
3. Praise the Lord for all His glory and majesty.
There you have it. An absolutely perfect formula for your weekend and all the things you have planned. Be safe while you are doing them. Blessings from me to you.
In Romans 7:14-25, Paul is not confessing that he continually practiced sin in his daily life, but that the threat of practicing it was always with him. He always had to be on guard against it to keep it from breaking out. And, at times, it did indeed break out, reminding him not only of its presence, but also its strength. There is no doubt Paul was a mature Christian. Therefore, Paul’s example serves as a reminder to us that, no matter how spiritually mature we become, human nature will still always be with us.
Thus, because we are similar to Paul, and despite the wretchedness we may feel, we have assurance, knowing we will be delivered from this peculiar situation, one that is somewhat akin to having a dual personality. Our deliverance is through Jesus Christ; there indeed is an end. However, unlike many Protestant groups that proclaim that we do not have to keep the law because all is done for us, we know that we must strive to walk even as Christ walked—and He never sinned.
If you’re like me, Monday mornings can be difficult to navigate, especially if you have a lot going on. Today, I have been making flight reservations to see my sister out west. Doing that can be mind numbing trying to figure out times, seat assignments, etc. But what does all that have to do with the power of prayer? Nothing directly but indirectly it does.
Yesterday in my Sunday School class I was scheduled to teach the lesson. However, my back went out on me causing me pain just to stand. So, I sat down to teach the lesson. When class was over one of our class members invited all other class members to come up and lay their hands on me as he did. He prayed a very powerful prayer for my healing.
I am happy to report that as of this morning I’ve not experienced any pain in my back and I am walking pain free. That’s a good thing because I certainly didn’t want to travel in pain. I think sometimes that I’ve not experienced the full benefit of prayer because I’ve had a small seed of doubt. I am not sure why but yesterday I just believed I was going to be healed and as of this writing I am still pain free.
The next time you enter into prayer with our heavenly Father, just know two things—He hears your prayers and answers your prayers. Don’t be the unstable man who is tossed about by the wind and waves with a small seed of doubt but instead have concrete faith and trust in our Lord. When you do, you will receive answers to your prayers.
The key to understanding the relationship between the Christian and the Law is knowing that the Old Testament law was given to the nation of Israel, not to Christians. Some of the laws were to reveal to the Israelites how to obey and please God (the Ten Commandments, for example). Some of the laws were to show the Israelites how to worship God and atone for sin (the sacrificial system). Some of the laws were intended to make the Israelites distinct from other nations (the food and clothing rules). None of the Old Testament law is binding on Christians today. When Jesus died on the cross, He put an end to the Old Testament law (Romans 10:4; Galatians 3:23–25; Ephesians 2:15).
In place of the Old Testament law, Christians are under the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2), which is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…and to love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39). If we obey those two commands, we will be fulfilling all that Christ requires of us: “All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:40).
In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus said that the gate to heaven is narrow (Matt. 7:13-14). The easier route through life is the path of happiness, which has side roads to decadence and self-indulgence. But the way to eternal life is marked by self-sacrifice and humility.
The Lord warned His followers not to be deceived about their salvation. Those who find heaven’s road have trusted Him as Savior and acknowledged that His sacrificial death paid their sin debt in full. This is important because we meet many people who appear to be walking the narrow path but have never made a decision for Christ. They may be busy with church work, but they have placed performance before commitment. At the judgment, Jesus will tell them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matt. 7:23).
You don’t want to be among those who think their deeds will earn them admission to heaven. Receiving Christ as Savior is the only way (John 14:6). Then you can be sure that at the end of your life, you’ll step off the narrow road and into God’s presence forever (1 John 5:13).
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Do you ever wonder how much God cares about you? If you’re like most, this thought has crossed your mind at one time or another. God does care, a lot, in spite of all the negative things you hear from believers and non-believers alike.
Think back to a time when you found yourself in a real pickle. Your back was against the wall or you heart was broken by someone you love. In spite of man’s failings, God is always there for us and caring for us.
The following verses from the Old Testament describe just how much and to what lengths God will go to take care of you and provide for you. Read them. Study them. Memorize them. And, then when you begin to have doubts you can call upon these verses for comfort in your time of need.
Isaiah 46:4 Even to your old age I will be the same, And even to your graying years I will bear you! I have done it, and I will carry you; And I will bear you and I will deliver you.
Isaiah 58:11 “And the LORD will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.
Psalm 48:14 For such is God, Our God forever and ever; He will guide us until death.