Praise God! We have new life in Christ. We want to turn over a new leaf each new year or make resolutions, but as we all know we can not do this. These are promises we try to keep in our own strength, and we can not.
26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
Jesus doesn’t want us to turn over a new leaf of make resolutions, but to have an abundant life in Him. This life we desire, in thinking we need to turn over a new leaf, is a life in Christ.
*Now to continue from my previoius notes to you…..
Not only were we buried in the death of Christ we were also raised with Him into a new an amazing life. This great transformation is only by the grace of God. Salvation is a gift of God, it was not by how good we are or what great works we are able to do. Nor is it how many people I am able to lead into the Kingdom of God. It is only by our humility of realizing we are all sinners and need a Savior, asking Jesus into our hearts by faith, and recieve His gift od salvation. It is that simple. Christ died for our sin. He raised from the dead that WE might have life through Him. We acknowledge we are sinners and can do no right. Ask Him to forgive us of our sin. Ask Him to come live and riegn in my life. Believe He is now living and with and within you…you have now recieved the gift of salvation. It is yours. No one or anythng can take that from you.
Oh but wait, what if I mess up. You will. You will probably fall flat on you face and hard. But God!!!!
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified (render or declare as innocent) freely by his grace through the redemption (bought back with a price….the blood of Jesus) that is in Christ Jesus:
10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (For this very reson we have been made holy; purified, by the offering of the sacrifice Christ made for you nd me, He did it once and for all. Christ died once for the sin of man.
***I have a question some may want to ponder here….”If Jesus died once for our sin, why do we contiune to put Him on the cross again and again?” When He died He died once for all sin. Yes we need to ask for forgiveness when we have done wrong, but to ask for salvation everytime we do something wrong, to me that is placing Jesus back on the cross over and over. There is no need for that. Forgiveness yes…sin displeases and hurts the heart of God an dour relationship with Him…..but asking to be saved again, it is not necessary. I believe if you don’t understsnd and believe He died once for your sin, you are not living in grace, the wonderful grace of God.
16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened (made us alive) us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved😉 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
God created us so that we may have fellowship with His Son Jesus. This fellowship only comes through salvation. Accepting the death, the blood that was shed for your sins. Accepting Jesus rose from death to life so that you may have life through Him. This is what gives us fellowship with Jesus. This is what fills the voids in our lives. This is why we trying to make resolotions or turn over a new leaf in our life, the void of Christ in our life, an emptiness we can’t understand. Jesus desires to be our life. He is our life.
Lord bless you. God’s saving grace is a gift to you, for the asking, won’t you ask Him to be your Saviour if you have not asked into your heart and life already. With His grace pouring out to you and in you it will bring such great hope for your days.
With much love and prayers. I appreciate each and everyone of you.