The Gospel of Christ

The Gospel of Christ is a simple plan for the salvation of the whole world. Once we accept the saving grace of Christ for salvation, the Trinity dwells in us by the Holy Spirit of God.

If we reject this free gift of salvation, we condemn our self to hell for eternity. If we deny that Christ is the Son of God, we are a liar and the truth is not in us (Romans 3:23, 6:23; John 3:16-18).

Also, we are not Born Again children of God (1 John 2:22-23). However, if we abide in Him, we have confidence that we will see Him face-to-face (1 John 2:28-29).

Jesus Christ is the living Son of God who died in our place to redeem us to the Father and to Himself. He fills us and leads us with His Spirit while we live on this earth.

God gives us the faith of Christ as a shield to protect us from the fiery temptations and trials of the devil (Ephesians 6:16). He fills us with his peace, which allows us to endure life’s issues with joy (Ephesians 6:23).

The Word of God exhorts us to allow our conversation – our words and behavior – to be an example of the Gospel of Christ to the lost and dying world around us, especially during times of adversity (Philippians 2:17).

God delivers us from irrational, mean-spirited and wicked people who would come against us (2 Thessalonians 3:2). He upholds us in His powerful right hand (Isaiah 41:10).

The Word encourages us to stand strong by the power of God’s Spirit and to dwell together in unity with the Body of Christ through our shared faith in the Gospel of Christ (Philippians 1:27; Colossians 1:4).

We do this by accessing by faith the righteousness of Christ within us, clinging to God Spirit and Word, and developing a deeper and more intimate relationship with Christ in us (Philippians 3:9; Colossians 3:3-4).

Prayer:
Father God, thank You for rooting us and maturing us in Christ, establishing our faith and teaching us to abound in gratitude to You for all that You do for us even in the dire circumstances, which we sometimes face during our lifetime (Colossians 2:7; 2 Thessalonians 1:4).

You teach us patience by reminding us of the hope we have in You both now and for eternity; and You spur us on to work in faith, to labor in love and to keep our focus on You (1 Thessalonians 1:3). We love You with our whole heart and we give You all of our self just as You gave all of Yourself to us.

Thought for the Day:
God’s Spirit plants and establishes us in the faith of Christ so that we are not moved away from the hope we receive from the Gospel of Christ, which is preached by mankind, by all of nature and in the conscience of every creature ever born under heaven.
– Colossians 1:23; Romans 1:20

Disposable People – Part 2 – Advantages of Staying Married

There are many advantages to staying together with our first love. The first benefit is for our children. The continuity of the family is a basic human need.

Children are encouraged that their own marriage will make it through the tough times, just like their parents did. Otherwise, they will develop a disposable mentality as well.

Staying married contributes to overall emotional, mental, spiritual, financial and physical health. It reduces the stress of starting over and the effects of grief, which divorce adds to our life.

Dating new people, while fun in some cases, is risky because everyone has baggage of some sort, visible and invisible. In a second marriage, we often spend more time with our spouse’s children than our own.

Therefore, do not get careless in your marriage; relax, but look, speak and act attractively for one another. Continue dating each other, even when the children come along. Enjoy your mate’s company.

When we and our spouse disagree, we can find a third alternative, on which we can both agree. If there is a seemingly unsolvable issue, get counseling to find an agreeable path.

We may need to take a break, to put a brief time or distance between each other in order to gain a new perspective on our relationship.

A separation for the purpose of reconciliation gives us a chance to talk about our disagreements with the freedom of having a safe place to go if tempers flare or we feel frustrated or unsafe.

We may find that we miss our spouse, the security they give to our life and little joys they bring to our everyday experiences, their laughter and support.

We can both agree to change habits which cause friction in our relationship. We can gain a better understanding of our spouse by talking intimately about each other’s honest feelings, needs and desires.

Forgiveness helps us to rekindle the love we once felt for each other. We will grow to admire, encourage, appreciate, cherish and serve one another all the days of our life, and we will stay together until death parts us.

Prayer:
Father God, remind us that our marriage vows were made to You as well as to our spouse. Prompt us to pray with our spouse, because You help us to resolve our issues. If we take turns praying, each partner praying one sentence at a time, this prevents much of the frustration of praying together. Teach us to pause and listen to You speak to us as we pray too.

Help us to bear one another’s burdens, to be long suffering with each other’s shortcomings, to encourage and build each other up and to enjoy one another’s company. Remind us why we fell in love in the first place and help us to keep the eternal flame of agape love burning.

Thought for the Day:
Love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins. – 1 Peter 4:8

Our Intimate Father

The Lord searches us and knows us intimately. He sees us when we sit down and wake up. He recognizes our thoughts, even the ones we have not even thought about yet. We will think about them tomorrow or next year, but He already knows what they will be. He already examined the actions, which we will take in the future, and He is personally acquainted with everything about us.

Before we even speak a word, God knows exactly what we are going to say. He enfolds us with His peace and covers our past and our future with His love. This familiarity with each and every one of us is too hard for our finite mind to comprehend. He is absolutely amazing (Psalm 139:1-6). Still, our soul yearns for Him in the night and our spirit attentively seeks Him all day long (Isaiah 26:9).

There is no place on earth that anyone can take us, which will be away from God’s Spirit. His presence is always with us and in us. If we are in a plane, a submarine, a horrible circumstance or the most exhilarating event, His hand is right there to lead and protect us. His thoughts are centered on us. These facts are so precious to us; yet equally as unfathomable (Psalm 139:17-18).

Even in our darkest hour, God’s presence in our life surrounds us with light, because darkness is not dark to the Lord. Darkness and light are the same to Him, and everything works out according to His plan. God formed us in our mother’s womb. He wonderfully knit us together so that we would have the personality, shape and appearance that He wanted us to have. He made us uniquely His own (Romans 8:28; Psalm 139:7-12).

Prayer:
Father God, the soul of each person, even if they deny it, knows without a doubt that You are our creator. You watched as our embryo developed and You continue to watch as Your Spirit conforms us to the image of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18). You pre-ordained every one of the days that we will live, and You wrote them down in Your book before one of them ever existed (Psalm 139:13-16). We give You all the praise, honor and glory for who we are in You.

Thought for the Day:
The Lord is righteous in all of His ways, and completely gracious in everything He does. – Psalm 145:17

Amazingly Made

God knows everything about each of us. We were not hidden from His sight, even when we were formed in the dark, secret place of our mother’s womb. He knitted our bones and organs together in the depths of the earth. Before we were ever born, He designed all of our days and kept a record of each one of them in His book.

The Lord God interlaced all of the intricate parts of our spirit, soul and body in our mother’s womb. From the hairs on our head to our complex inner organs, He created us all as unique individuals. We are awesomely and amazingly made. Our individual cells, our DNA, our internal organs and even the correct mix of chemicals, which keep us alive, work together so perfectly.

He knows us intimately. Even as we stand up, sit down, leave and go to sleep, He distinguishes every detail of our life. He recognizes all of our habits. He perceives our current, as well as our future thoughts and words. He puts boundaries around us and guides us with His hand. There is no place to go to escape from His Spirit.

We cannot run from God. He is in the heavens, the depths of the distant seas, and in the early morning clouds. His hand is right there directing our steps. His light shines like the day even in the darkest times of trial. He loves us with an eternal love, which never ends (Lamentations 3:22). He is merciful even to the wicked, who misjudge Him and use His name in vain. – Psalm 139:1-24

Prayer:
Father God, we thank You for the vastness of Your wisdom that is more numerous than the sands of the sea. You are with us during each new day and Your mercy is new every single morning (Lamentations 3:23). Investigate our motives and discern the intentions of our soul. Analyze us and point out the areas where Satan can tempt us. See if there are any sinful tendencies in us and direct us in Your eternal ways.

Thought of the Day:
For authentic Born Again Believers, God brings to light the mysteries, which He hid from the time He created all things. – Ephesians 3:9

Inspired, Fulfilled and Motivated

The God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, gives us His spirit of wisdom and revelation so we can fully know Him. He enlightens the eyes of our heart, so we may experience our hope in His calling for us. We have many riches in the glorious inheritance He prepared for His Saints. He showers every authentic, Born Again Believer with the incomparable greatness of His mighty power (Ephesians 1:17-19).

Jesus did not leave us as orphans when He returned to His glory in Heaven. Although He is with our Father, He also dwells in us and He promised to return for us in the future (Acts 1:11). Even though the world does not see Jesus anymore, authentic Believers will see Him, because He abides in us (Galatians 2:20). When He ascended to Heaven, Jesus asked our Father God to give us His Spirit as our advocate (John 14:26). His Spirit is our guarantee that we will live with God for eternity (Ephesians 1:14).

God only gives His Spirit to those who love Him. The Spirit keeps and guides us through every day of our life. He helps us and lives in us forever. Those who are not Born Again cannot accept God’s Spirit. They do not believe in His existence, so they cannot know Him intimately like we do. God’s Spirit delivers us from our self, and helps us to love God by conforming us to the image of Christ and helping us to keep God’s commandments (John 14:15-21; Romans 8:29).

God and His Christ loved us while we were still sinners, and Jesus promises that He will show Himself to those who love Him (John 14:21). We do not work for God in our flesh, but we are filled with His Spirit and do only those works, which He pre-ordained for us to do (Ephesians 2:10). God fills us as we follow His Spirit’s direction. Communing with our Father keeps us inspired, motivated and fulfilled, as we walk in the Spirit and live in God’s will each moment of our day (Galatians 5:16-25).

Prayer:
Father God, thank you for not leaving us as orphans in this world (John 14:18), but for giving us Your presence and Your Spirit to love, guide and comfort us always. We rely on You to keep us in submission to Your will, so that we can live a victorious life in Your grace and mercy. Thank You for communing with us in our spirit as we pray. Keep us ever mindful that you are near to those who love You (Psalm 91:14).

Thought for the Day:
Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord. – James 4:10