August 16, 2014

How to receive Joy and get it back

So, the Bible says that Joy is a fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22  Without the Spirit involved a person can't experience the joy of the Spirit. This isn't something that is restricted to only a certain amount of people so that no one else can get a taste of it though. It's of the Spirit, so it's not dependent on a certain thing to "happen". It's not "happiness" because happiness depends on what "happens". Joy has more substance than that. It's a fruit of the Spirit. When a person believes on Jesus, and repents from sin, they can also taste the joy of the Spirit. Because when they believed in Christ He identified them as His own by giving them the Holy Spirit. So, when a person has the Spirit they can taste the joy of being saved. The joy in having their sins wiped clean and made new. The joy of knowing that trials or tribulations aren't the end but forever in Heaven is. A beautiful and glorious place..

August 9, 2014

What is legalism?

In scripture, there are two different types of righteousness. There is faith righteousness, and works righteousness. Both of those are about salvation. but only one of them is not perverted. Works righteousness "for salvation" is the perverted one. It is perverted because no man can be justified in God's eyes through works, and this post goes through why that is. Through faith in Jesus Christ is how one is saved. Through faith in Christ, through Jesus's blood and resurrection, is how one is justified from their sin..

Romans 3:22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.

That includes your mom, your dad, or someone on the news who has brutally murdered fifteen little children. God's grace is God's grace and He doesn't change just because "you" may not think they deserve it. News flash, if you do think that, you don't deserve it either and neither do i, it's grace. God's love, grace, and mercy is not confounded by the wisdom, knowledge, or perception of man. So, why don't we just let God be God and extend grace to whoever He sees worthy, shall we?..Let's get back to this post..

August 6, 2014

Judge others as you would have them judge you

John 7:24 "Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment."

 So, contrary to the "judge not lest you be judged" that gets thrown around out of context, believers are actually commanded to judge. They are also commanded to not judge based on appearance as well. So how can we judge righteously, effectively, powerfully, gentle, in love, and still be faithful to obey God?..

 Well, first lets talk about how to do it in love..