Things we should know about Faith and God’s Grace.

When you read the first four chapter of Romans, you will see that it clearly states,  the principle that the only way a man can be justified is by faith. He has shown that the means of ignorance, morality and religion are insufficient for salvation. He has clearly shown that faith is the only way sinful men could be saved and illustrated that men of all ages were saved by this same principle.

Romans 10:3,4 tells us that God’s way of making people right with himself, that is, right standing with Him, comes through faith in Christ alone. Some interpret Christ to have accomplished the purpose of the law in the sense that He is the goal or fulfillment of the law. However, “law” here refers to the system of earning righteousness in one’s own strength. Christ has indeed accomplished everything the law requires, but He also put an end to the law as a way of achieving righteousness for all who believe. Thus, Paul emphasizes the sufficiency of faith in receiving the righteousness of God because in fulfilling the law’s demands, Christ terminated its claim. The verse does not mean that a Christian may ignore God’s moral standards or commandments.

Oral confession declares, confirms, and seals the belief in the heart.

Romans 10:3 tells us that God’s way of making people right with himself, that is, right standing with Him, comes through faith in Christ alone.

Romans 10:6-8 tells us that Paul asserts that faith’s way of getting right with God does not demand human merit or effort. Christ has already achieved all that is necessary for our salvation.

Romans 10:8

Romans 10:8-10 New International Version (NIV)

But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,”[a] that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim:If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgrvIMeLQ1k

Romans 10:9 & 10 is the most foundational lesson in the importance and power of faith’s confession found anywhere in the Bible. The principle is established at the very beginning of our life in Christ. Just as salvation (God’s righteousness working in our behalf) is appropriated by heart belief and spoken confession, so His continuing working in our lives is advanced by the same means. Thus as our words “contract” from our side the salvation God has fully provided from His by Christ saving work and power, so we have a principle for all of life. Beginning in this spirit of saving faith, let us grow in active faith–believing in God’s mighty power for all our needs, speaking with our lips what our hearts receive and believe of the many promises in His Word. Let us accept God’s “contracts” for all our need by endowing them with our confessed belief–just as when we are saved. 

Romans 4:17 New International Version (NIV)

17 As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.”[a] He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.

2 Timothy 1:12 New International Version (NIV)

12 That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame,because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igC3fYB5AOU

Through Jesus, we have received abundant grace and the gift of righteousness. This grace does not give us license to sin, it grants us the freedom to live and grow in godliness. Love, humility, and unity are to motivate godly living. Godliness prefers others, does not abuse freedom and honors others in the body of Christ.

Everyone is born in sin. This means we are born sinners and unless we choose to obey God, we are obeying sin. There are 2 choices in life, sin or righeousness in Christ Jesus who freely offered Himself as a sacrifice for our sins. This salvation is free. So let your life be a daily expression of worship. Do not live according to the ways of the world, but let the Bible change the very way you think. Romans 12:1 & 2 tells us to be a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God.  This means do not live according to the ways of the world, but let the Bible which is God’s Word, change the way you think.

Romans 12:1-2 New International Version (NIV)

A Living Sacrifice

12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Things we should know about Faith and God’s Grace.

When you read the first four chapter of Romans, you will see that it clearly states,  the principle that the only way a man can be justified is by faith. He has shown that the means of ignorance, morality and religion are insufficient for salvation. He has clearly shown that faith is the only way sinful men could be saved and illustrated that men of all ages were saved by this same principle.

Romans 10:3,4 tells us that God’s way of making people right with himself, that is, right standing with Him, comes through faith in Christ alone. Some interpret Christ to have accomplished the purpose of the law in the sense that He is the goal or fulfillment of the law. However, “law” here refers to the system of earning righteousness in one’s own strength. Christ has indeed accomplished everything the law requires, but He also put an end to the law as a way of achieving righteousness for all who believe. Thus, Paul emphasizes the sufficiency of faith in receiving the righteousness of God because in fulfilling the law’s demands, Christ terminated its claim. The verse does not mean that a Christian may ignore God’s moral standards or commandments.

Oral confession declares, confirms, and seals the belief in the heart.

Romans 10:3 tells us that God’s way of making people right with himself, that is, right standing with Him, comes through faith in Christ alone.

Romans 10:6-8 tells us that Paul asserts that faith’s way of getting right with God does not demand human merit or effort. Christ has already achieved all that is necessary for our salvation.

Romans 10:8

Romans 10:8-10 New International Version (NIV)

But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,”[a] that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim:If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Romans 10:9 & 10 is the most foundational lesson in the importance and power of faith’s confession found anywhere in the Bible. The principle is established at the very beginning of our life in Christ. Just as salvation (God’s righteousness working in our behalf) is appropriated by heart belief and spoken confession, so His continuing working in our lives is advanced by the same means. Thus as our words “contract” from our side the salvation God has fully provided from His by Christ saving work and power, so we have a principle for all of life. Beginning in this spirit of saving faith, let us grow in active faith–believing in God’s mighty power for all our needs, speaking with our lips what our hearts receive and believe of the many promises in His Word. Let us accept God’s “contracts” for all our need by endowing them with our confessed belief–just as when we are saved. 

Romans 4:17 New International Version (NIV)

17 As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.”[a] He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.

2 Timothy 1:12 New International Version (NIV)

12 That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame,because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.

Through Jesus, we have received abundant grace and the gift of righteousness. This grace does not give us license to sin, it grants us the freedom to live and grow in godliness. Love, humility, and unity are to motivate godly living. Godliness prefers others, does not abuse freedom and honors others in the body of Christ.

Everyone is born in sin. This means we are born sinners and unless we choose to obey God, we are obeying sin. There are 2 choices in life, sin or righeousness in Christ Jesus who freely offered Himself as a sacrifice for our sins. This salvation is free. So let your life be a daily expression of worship. Do not live according to the ways of the world, but let the Bible change the very way you think. Romans 12:1 & 2 tells us to be a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God.  This means do not live according to the ways of the world, but let the Bible which is God’s Word, change the way you think.

Romans 12:1-2 New International Version (NIV)

A Living Sacrifice

12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

When we don’t understand

These words  are a part of an album by Jeff Deyo…..”When it comes to understanding God, we seem to have trouble keeping in balance, people see Him differently. God is a God of balance, He is both meek and strong, merciful, and judgemental, tender and harsh, gracious and bold.  One of the most misunderstood things about God is whether to approach him as King or friend. The Bible makes it clear that He is the King of kings, but Jesus also calls us His friends. Psalm 2 :11 tells us to serve the Lord with reverence, fear, and to rejoice with trembling.

Two seemingly opposite ideas. Ecclesiastes reminds us, there is a time for everything, a time for weeping, a time for dancing, a time to be still and a time to speak up. Most people seem satisfied to approach God however they feel instead of how He requires. The real key is to relate to God in all His glory because otherwise we set ourselves up to a version of God that we created, so if your the type of person that finds it easy to lean on His Grace and come boldly before His throne, it may be time to restore the fear in your life. God is King and Lord and He can strike us down if He chooses. This is new and Old Testament theology. If you spent your whole life trembling before God and see Him as an impersonal, far away being, unapproachable, you may want to ask to see Him to help you understand Him as the Dad and intimate friend He is.

Sometimes I don’t understand everything, then it becomes a “weakness” in me.

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you that I am not defined by this weakness.  Since I am Your child, I am defined by what You accomplished on the cross. Because of Christ’s death on the cross, I can wake up every morning and live life knowing that no matter what I do, think, say, or feel–the cross covers it. Because You offered up Your own beloved Son, I can have peace with You and can face each day with fresh hope and grace.  Help me to focus on what is true, and not focus on how I feel. As I sit before the cross, help me to gain a new appreciation for what it actually means for me on a daily basis.

Help me to embrace my weakness as a gift. Remind me that my weakness allows You to work through me even when I am so very weak and feel as though I can do nothing. (2 Corinthians 12:9) Through this time, I pray that you would enlarge my heart that I might love and obey You, and love others more deeply. (Psalm 119:32; Galatians 6:2; 2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
Amen


Proverbs 3:5-6 New International Version (NIV)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.[a]

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 3:6 Or will direct your paths

I got this from my Study Bible in  Kingdom Dynamics

Intimacy and Spiritual Breakthrough. FAITH’S WARFARE. Two words in this passage are especially significant–the words “do” and “seek”..
The word “do” (Hebrew derek) is literally  “ways” and means “a road, a course, or a mode of action.” It suggests specific opportunities a person may encounter on a recurring basis. The most common “segment of opportunity”  we experience regularly is each new day. It is as if this passage suggests that in all our “days” we should acknowledge God, and in doing so, He will direct our paths.
Of equal significance is the word “seek” (Hebrew yada) Elsewhere yada‘ is translated “know”, meaning to know by observation, investigation, reflection, or firsthand experience. But the highest level of yada’ is in “direct intimate contact.” This refers to life-giving intimacy, as in marriage. Applied to a spiritual context, ir suggests an intimacy with God in prayer that conceives and births blessings and victories. Joined to our Proverbs test, we might conclude that if in all our “days” we maintain yada’(direct, intimate contact with God), God promises to direct our paths toward fruitful, life-begetting endeavors.

 

God wants to use me as His voice and light in this dark world. So I want to be His voice to my friends and neighbors. May He break the spirit of discouragement over my life in the name of Jesus and give me great joy in His love. I need not fear or be discouraged. He is with me.  I know that I need to believe and trust God even when I don’t understand everything – I need to walk in minute-by-minute obedience – and daily pray God’s Word over my life and be faithful in the small things – by prayerfully giving thanks and resisting discouragement in Jesus’ name. When I put my hope in You God, I know you will deliver me.“‘Look, the Lord your God has set the land before you; go up and possess it, as the Lord God of your fathers has spoken to you; do not fear or be discouraged’” (Deuteronomy 1:21).

 

Things we need to know about being Holy

I edited this because I wanted to make it clear that God did not do this to me, He allowed it to happen just like He did with Job when Satan did all those things to Job. Satan cannot do anything to us unless he has God’s permission, but God allowed this to help me realize what I was doing.

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Holiness is one of the defining points of God’s people. Edom is represented by stubble, while Israel is represented by fire. God’s people are to be consumed and marked by the fire of God’s holiness so that the stubble of pride, deception, greed, betrayal, and rebellion can be burned up and overcome in our lives. God desires that we walk in the full possession of our inheritance in Him.

Colossians 3:1-17 tells us that relationships often prove to be the crucible in which our godliness is tested. Colossians challenges us to bring the life and character of Christ into the way we relate to others. Drawing strength from the power and might of His glory, we must remove and discard our old ways of living and relating. God has made us new creations in Christ; let us be continually renewed to live and love in a manner worthy of our…

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You’re the One

 

Father, teach me all Your ways,

and help me to listen every day

Help me the right path to always choose ,

cuz I know with you, I’ll never lose.

Help me to be godly in your sight,

and help me to always choose what is right.

Help others to see the YOU in me,

it’s with you I always want to be.

Help me to follow your perfect plan,

You’ve had for me since life began.
Without You, I fall apart,
Your the one who guides my heart,

If only I keep my eyes on You,

I know that you will see me through.

 

 

Tribute to my Mother for Mother’s Day

Margaret Patricia Bradley
June 25, 1928-October 5, 1993

This is a poem I wrote for my Mom when she was dying from pancreatic cancer.

For You Mom
You taught me to care,
You taught me to share.
You took away my fears
When you wiped away my tears.
You gave me hope,
and taught me to cope
when all I felt was despair
You showed me no matter what happens in life,
that you would always be there.
You showed me God’s love in the way that you lived,
and showed me the happiness that comes when you give.
You made me feel important when I thought no one cared.
I know I can’t take away your pain,
and it really hurts to see you this way
But I know God is with you each step of the way,
and I know in your heart,
He will always stay.

written in 1992

This is one that her caregiver wrote for her

I met a lady not long ago,
Who touched my heart and blessed me so.
Going wherever God would ask,
I was sent to do a task.

 

In my heart I desired to please,
Caring for others, full of pain and disease.
So into this lady’s home I entered,
And could sense right away, Christ was the center.
 
This lady’s smile would warm your heart,
I loved her so dearly right from the start.
I bathed her body with love and care,
As her life stories, with me, she shared.
 
As time went by, to her I grew fond,
I knew the tie was a Christian bond.
She brightened my day and I’d leave with a song,
But I knew in my heart that her time was not long.
 
This lady allowed me the joy of true living,
By doing for others, loving and giving.
To bring a smile and feel compassion,
Has been my life’s goal and greatest passion.
 
Letting go will be hard to do,
Seems our moments together have been so few,
But it won’t be long, I”ll see her again,
Because this dear lady is now my friend.

Dedicated to Margaret “Patty” Bradley
November 14, 1992

 

The time is drawing near my friend

When we shall say goodbye;

The angels soon will carry you

To your home above the sky.

God has a place prepared for you,

And with His Son you'll be;

Jesus as your Savior

Will truly set your free.

My dearest friend, I'll miss you so,

And all the time we've shared;

life here on earth comes and goes;

Sometimes it isn't fair.

In my prayers Ill think of you;

For with our Lord you'll be,

And I will ask, dear Jesus please,

Hug my friend for me.

Written for Patty Bradley
on September 29, 1993
by

Christine Payseur


Things we need to know about being Holy

Holiness is one of the defining points of God’s people. Edom is represented by stubble, while Israel is represented by fire. God’s people are to be consumed and marked by the fire of God’s holiness so that the stubble of pride, deception, greed, betrayal, and rebellion can be burned up and overcome in our lives. God desires that we walk in the full possession of our inheritance in Him.

Colossians 3:1-17 tells us that relationships often prove to be the crucible in which our godliness is tested. Colossians challenges us to bring the life and character of Christ into the way we relate to others. Drawing strength from the power and might of His glory, we must remove and discard our old ways of living and relating. God has made us new creations in Christ; let us be continually renewed to live and love in a manner worthy of our Lord. So we should put on love, and from the core of our being, be tender, merciful, humble, patient, and forgiving in all relationships. We should let the peace of Christ control our thoughts and emotions, and be thankful, study, think about, memorize, believe and live the Word of God so that it becomes part of who we are. Let the Word inhabit your conversation with others and your worship of God. Devote yourself to Jesus and to knowing God’s Word.

Dear God, please help me to seek and pursue holiness and welcome the fire of Your holiness in my life. In Your mercy God, please burn up the dry and lifeless or activity that You consider stubble in my life.  Help me understand that You want me to live in holiness so that  I will be able to possess fully all that You have for me (I Corinthians 3:12-15).

Just wanted to say something about pride. It being the opposite of humility, can strike at any time if we do not take time to be Holy as He is Holy. Because of my pride, I made a terrible mistake. I want to share with you what happened. I saw the chance to get dental implants so I was thinking about how much better I would look with them. While there’s nothing wrong with that per say, it becomes wrong when you make it your focus. I hated the way I looked, and didn’t bother to think about this or to pray about this before I did it. I know that I should have at least prayed about it.

When we make quick decisions instead of praying about it, it usually results in sin because we have to rush into something without thinking. So I did all the thinking afterwards which was a little too late. I ended up in the hospital because of an infection that somehow got into the bloodstream. I was septic and the Dr’s in ER said I was lucky to come in when I did. They said I would have died in four hours. I had several problems associated with this that caused me to stay in the hospital for 16 days. After I got home from the hospital, it took 2 months to recover. It was almost like God was saying to me….”Do I have your attention now?”  OK, let me be clear on this. I know God did not do this to me, He allowed it to happen just like He allowed bad things to happen to Job. I had been so busy all the time doing the yard, in fact I spent more time doing the yard than anything else.

Pastor Paul Wilkerson came to visit me in the hospital and I was telling him that I thought maybe God was telling me that I was doing too much and wouldn’t let anyone help me, so now I have no choice. He asked me if I thought I was better than everyone else, so I just replied, yeah…..I never really thought that, but when he asked, I guess because I thought if I wanted something done right, I had to do it myself.  Later, I wanted to call him and tell him I didn’t really mean that, but truth is I wouldn’t let anyone help, then I thought about what it says in Philippians 2:1-3 1)Therefore if you have any encouragement in Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, 2)then make my joy complete by being of one mind, having the same love, being united in spirit and purpose. 3)Do nothing out of selfish ambition or empty pride, but in humility consider others more important than yourselves.

Doing the yard took up all of my time, so I realized I had to change things. I had to spend time talking to God through prayer and reading His Word.  I needed to have a closer relationship with God. I knew that more than anything else, God seeks an intimate relationship with us, but I just didn’t take the time, and now I had all the time in the world…..I realized now that I didn’t take the time to be Holy, when the Bible clearly says, “Be Holy, for I am Holy”

1 Peter 1:15-16 New International Version (NIV)
15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

Things we need to know about being a disciple.

We should try to understand and accept that discipleship means forsaking all selfish personal ambition and know that every true disciple must take up his cross. Jesus calls His disciples to go to people of all nations and teach them how to know Him and live for Him. Trust that God will give you the wisdom and words you need when facing opposition to the Good News. We don’t have to go far to find people who need Christ, so don’t think you have to go to Africa or somewhere far far away to show true discipleship. There are people right here where we live that need Him. They are our neighbors, people we meet in stores and on the street. We go wherever God leads us.

You should also recognize and anticipate that personal discipleship and commitment to Jesus can result in division and rejection, and you should know for certain that Jesus calls us to be more loyal to Him than to any other human being. Try to understand that discipleship means submitting your own interests in favor of God’s. Remember that if the world hates you, it hated Him first.

CHRISTLIKENESS is growing in the likeness of Christ and it requires that we take up our cross daily. It regularly confronts the human insistence on our own will, way, and wants. Even as Jesus laid down His life for us, He invites us to lay down our for His. It is not an equal exchange. He died to do for us what we could never do for ourselves, to save us and give us eternal life. But when we sacrifice for Him, that opens the way for His life to reveal even more of the glory of His way and will, to discover new dimensions of eternal love and liberty that bring freedom from bondage to our self-life.

Reference Bible Verses

Matthew 10:17-20, 17. Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. 18. On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. 19. But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, 20. for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

Matthew 10:34-36 New International Version (NIV)
34. “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35. For I have come to turn

“‘a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
36.
a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.

In Matthew 10:34–36, Jesus said He had come at this time not to bring peace to the earth, but a sword, a weapon which divides and severs. As a result of His visit to the earth, some children would be set against parents and a man’s enemies might be those within his own household. This is because many who choose to follow Christ are hated by their family members. This may be part of the cost of discipleship, for love of family should not be greater than love for the Lord. A true disciple must take up his cross and follow Jesus

Luke 12:51-53 English Standard Version (ESV) 51. Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. 52. For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. 53. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

Matthew 10:37-39 English Standard Version (ESV) 37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

Luke 14:26-27 English Standard Version (ESV) 26. “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.

This is the point of the passage. In order to be a disciple, we must be willing to give up everything for Jesus. Therefore, if our parents will not follow Jesus, or even if they disown us for being Christians, we must still choose Him over them. It is in this sense that we are “hating” our family members who reject the Lord or reject us because of the Lord. This is not easy, and of course it is right that we should love our family members and want our family members to love and follow God. 1 John 4:7-8 says “Beloved, let us love one another for love is from God and everyone that loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God for God is love.”So, despite our love for the people we know, here is the key: if they don’t love Jesus, He must still be our first priority.

Matthew 16:24-26 New International Version (NIV) 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25. For whoever wants to save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?
Mark 8:34-36 New International Version (NIV)
The Way of the Cross 34. Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35. For whoever wants to save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?

Luke 9:23-25 English Standard Version (ESV)
Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus 23. And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 25. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?

Matthew 28:18-20 New International Version (NIV) 18. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20. and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”