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May the Lord fill your life with the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

If God is not first in your life, then something else is (Deut 6:4-5, Matt 6:24, 33; 10:32-38, Mark 8:34, Luke 11:23, 1 John 5:21).

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"So we are made right (justified) with God through faith and not by obeying the law." (Romans 3:28)
 
We all believe that we are a good person. Perhaps because we haven't murdered anyone, or never committed adultery, or maybe even because we gave that panhandler off the freeway a few bucks. In some form, we tell ourselves everyday that we are good, honest, obedient, and faithful. But if this was true there would be no criminals and we would not need the judicial system. In fact, God would not have sent His Son to die! So the problem has to be the other person, right? The truth is, we are all liars and equally share the guilt of others. When we break one law we have broken them all because a sinner is a sinner in the eyes of God (James 2:9-11). Because we have broken the laws and cannot obey them, we are only justified through our faith in Christ. This means that there is no such thing as a "feel good" ministry that encourages others to believe in themselves (Ephesians 2:8-9). To do so would be sinful because sin is always self-serving (James 1:14; 4:2-3). Therefore this kind of ministry permits heresy. Ignoring or mitigating God's judgment only prevents repentance and that leaves the sinner still condemned to Hell. Read what happens to false prophets in Jeremiah 28:1-17.
 
We have to fully surrender to His powers by living in faith and not by feelings (Proverbs 28:26). Remember, we cannot have faith when we have doubt and we cannot seek God unless we have faith! "...it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that there is a God and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him" (Hebrews 11:6). It is through faith that a righteous person has life; this is the power of God who saves everyone who believes (Romans 1:16-17). The Lord is faithful. He will never leave us. He will never forsake us. He is with us always. If He has made this promise to us, what promise can we give back? Can we give Him our trust, our faith (Deuteronomy 7:9, Jeremiah 29:11-13, Luke 17, Luke 18:16-17, Romans 8:26-33)?
 
 
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us (Hebrews 12:1)." See also 1 Corinthians 9:24, Philippians 3:14, 2 Timothy 4:7-8
 
Read and study Hebrews Chapter 11 to learn about the examples of Faith, then read 2 Peter 1:3-11.
 
 

 
 
The Source of Abundant Joy (by Oswald Chambers)
 
Fact, Faith and Feelings (by Billy Graham)
 
 
 
Created Monday, January 21, 2008