Belief or Unbelief

Unbelief is the only sin, which prevents us from enjoying eternity in Heaven (Romans 11:20; Ephesians 3:18; Galatians 2:16). Therefore, God gives every person ever born a measure of faith to help us to believe in His redemptive work, and to claim our salvation through Christ (Romans 12:3). Then He gives us a portion of faith in order to function in the gifts He gives us through His Spirit (Romans 12:6; 1 Corinthians 12:9; Galatians 5:22-23).

If we depend on our human effort for our salvation, we fall short of God’s glory; however, if we believe in and trust in Him who justifies the ungodly, God credits our faith toward our right standing with Him (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 4:5, 9:32). Our God justifies Jews and non-Jews alike (Romans 9:30). There is no one on this earth that He does not desire to reconcile to Himself (Romans 3:30).

Since this is true, why do so many good people refuse to believe? Some have never heard that Jesus loves them. Others fail to realize the manuscript evidence, which proves the Bible is true. People need to know that we find peace with God through our faith in the justification provided for us by the Lord Jesus Christ through His crucifixion, death and resurrection (Romans 5:1).

He also gives us access to God’s grace, so that we can rejoice in the hope of sharing in His glory (Romans 5:2). His Word is in our heart and in our mouth, in order to share it with those who also need salvation (Romans 10:8, 17, 1:18-32). We can present to them the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is based upon the foundation of Biblical truth established by practical evidence and human history.

Prayer:
Father God, allow us to walk in the truth that we are crucified with Christ. Teach us what it means to live in this flesh by the faith of the Son of God, who loves us, when at the same time Christ lives in and through us (Galatians 2:20). Help us to stand firm in our faith and to walk by faith rather than to rely on our earthly senses (1 Corinthians 16:13; 2 Corinthians 1:24, 5:7). Remind us to examine ourselves to prove our faith and that Christ abides within us (2 Corinthians 13:5).

Thought for the Day:
Our faith does not rest on human wisdom, but on the power of God. – 1 Corinthians 2:5

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Spiritual Red Flags

Negative emotions are a red flag that something is wrong in our soul. It may be abuse from someone in our life, or society putting undue stress on us, or we may encounter an unsafe person or an experience, which causes anger to rise up in us. This happens to protect us from some perceived harm. We could also be reaping the results of our own fleshly pursuits. Negative emotions also arise when God’s will for us upsets us and reveals some idol in our life.

Our emotional red flags alert us to physical or emotional harm, erroneous beliefs, an ungodly goal or an area taking us away from God’s will. We may also feel discouraged, angry or upset because we are hungry, sleep deprived, ignored, away from the comfort of home, lonely, etc. Often a simple meal, a nap, gaining someone’s attention, meeting a new friend or going to the comfort of home will dispel these negative emotions.

If not, then get into a quiet place and reconnect with God’s Spirit, step out of your carnal, fleshly mindset and look for God’s miracle in the circumstances. When our negative emotions indicate an idol in our motives, thinking or aspirations, or reveal to us our negative spiritual attitude and focus, we can seek God’s Spirit to pluck these disturbing menaces from our soul. Once we are willing to work out our own salvation, God’s Spirit delivers us from our self (Philippians 2:12-13).

Prior to Salvation, we conformed to the image of this carnal, depraved world, but now God calls us to allow His Spirit to transform our mind and behavior and to make us holy, acceptable and perfect in God’s sight. He gives us His spirit of wisdom and revelation as we come to know Him more intimately. He enlightens our eyes to discern between various levels of evil and holiness, and to flee from evil.

By His death on Calvary’s cross, Jesus Christ set us free from the Law of Sin and Death by replacing it with the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:2). He removes all condemnation from us caused by our past sin and failings (Romans 8:1). He includes us in His family and makes us co-heirs with Jesus of all that He owns (Ephesians 2:19; Romans 8:17; Psalm 50:10). He calls us to imitate Him as His Beloved children (Ephesians 5:1).

Prayer:
Father God, we die to our self by denying our flesh in simple areas, such as that second piece of cake. Then we soon develop less of a desire for carnal appetites and attitudes, and more of a desire to live in submission to Your will. From this, we reap intimacy with You and have fewer areas in our life, on which the devil can feed (John 14:30). We start this walk of total dependence on You by developing quiet times in our daily schedule in order to sit in Your presence. Remind us to spend our day in praise for who You are and all that You do for us.

Thought for the Day:
As we humbly submit to God’s control over our life, He fills us with the power of His Spirit, such as was resident in the Apostles after Pentecost. – Acts 2:41