The core message of the gospel (TRUTH) – we need Jesus, because without Him, we would not be able to be in the presence of God. We have to admit that our sin will keep us separated from God. Through the suffering, crucifixion, death and resurrection AND belief that He did it for us, we can now be with God.
Jesus is the foundation, the only reason.
“God's readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation's available for everyone! We're being shown how to turn our backs on a godless, indulgent life, and how to take on a God-filled, God-honoring life. This new life is starting right now, and is whetting our appetites for the glorious day when our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, appears. He offered himself as a sacrifice to free us from a dark, rebellious life into this good, pure life, making us a people he can be proud of, energetic in goodness.” ~Titus 2:11-14 (The Message)
There are over 30,000 denominations, but the core message is still the core message. Are you known as the “name the denomination person”, or the “Jesus person”? Our unity is in the core message, we will disagree – but we are to be in unity – fellowship, we are all in this together, so my prayer is that when we shine for Jesus and the kingdom, that those around us, can see that we are “in this together”, despite our differences.
Unity is not dependent on our effort - it is dependent on the effort of Jesus.
“I therefore, the prisoner for the Lord, appeal to and beg you to walk (lead a life) worthy of the [divine] calling to which you have been called [with behavior that is a credit to the summons to God’s service,Living as becomes you] with complete lowliness of mind (humility) and meekness (unselfishness, gentleness, mildness), with patience, bearing with one another and making allowances because you love one another.Be eager and strive earnestly to guard and keep the harmony and oneness of [and produced by] the Spirit in the binding power of peace.[There is] one body and one Spirit—just as there is also one hope [that belongs] to the calling you receive—[There is] one Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of [us] all, Who is above all [Sovereign over all], pervading all and [living] in [us] all.” ~Ephesians 4:1-6 (Amplified Bible)
Through the years, I have heard opinion, after opinion, after opinion – it can be a difficult journey when we listen to the voices, and not the Word. I will hear God speaking through many things, but I have to remember that His Word is my beacon in all circumstances; and only in resting in Him and His power will I do rightly more often than not.
Resting doesn't always mean feet up, arms by your side, eyes closed... resting is know that He is the One we go to, depend on and trust. Father, I pray we can move into that place of rest where we can be thoughtfully and prayerfully in Your presence. Let us be ever-aware, ever-ready and ever-present.
“Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.” ~Psalm 37:5 (Amplified Bible)
Sometimes our talking, when we are "talkers", needs to be with God alone... He can definitely work out more details than any advice from a friend. We, as humans, tend to talk to avoid listening to what God has for us... The LORD is always here, in the good times too. Come to Him in Thanksgiving for all circumstances.
Thank You LORD for seeing me, for knowing my heart and directing me toward You purpose and plan.
I will never be perfect on this earth, in this body... but I know one thing really well... I am being perfected by He who is perfect and there is nothing better than that.
He is right here.
Can you see Him in your day to day?
Do you call on Him and out to Him often?
Do it now, He's waiting.
“But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.” ~2 Corinthians 12:9 (New International Version)
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