The Cross Beyond Salvation

“For by Grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God” Ephesians 2:8

 

 

We are told there are many paths to heaven and many ways we can qualify. Jesus says only one way to claim all the benefits of His finished work on the Cross. It is imperative to know all what is given after we are assured of getting out of hell and into heaven. There is so much more.  Whoever has an ear to hear; Listen!

Defining Discernment

“Judge not that you be not judged” Matthew 7:1

 

Word matter and the way you use them can change a whole conversation.  We can never “judge” the person for condemnation, that belongs to God alone.

We are commanded to discern a person’s behavior, words, actions. We are exhorted to discern and deal with obvious sinful lifestyles.

Today’s conversation will help decipher when to discern, but not Judge

Benefits of the Cross

“Being justified by faith, we have peace with God” Romans 5: 1

 

 

Romans 6: 6 and Colossians 2:15 open the door of understanding on the different functions at the Cross: Sins, sin, self, and Satan are met with defeat.

Many do not realize the power in Jesus’ death regarding what was accomplished when He willingly went to the Cross and confirmed the victory in His resurrection!

To grasp the magnitude of the greatest event ever known is to will and have the confidence to surrender all to live for Him. Many won’t because of blindness and willful ignorance. Hear the danger of being “lost in the crowd of madness.” 

 

Examine All Things

“Test all things; hold fast what is good.” 1 Thessalonians 2:21

 

This mandate is in a list of requirements for being set apart to discern the current “teaching” of the day. They were to discern what was written and spoken was the truth or popular opinion, just words of men.

We still battle that same problem today with volumes of information coming out each day to “better ourselves” but may not be according to Scripture. Many apply their testing of all things according to logic, reason, history, or worldly opinions. 

Our review today offers guidance in checking matters out from the ability to discern right from wrong. Join us!

Love Leads to Repentance

”The Holy Spirit says: TODAY, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, In the day of trial in the wilderness.” Hebrews 3:7-8

 

 

The Lord knows and sees our lacks and wanderings, He tells us that in these last
days He has spoken through His Son in calling us to REPENTANCE.
Repentance from what? Not putting Him first in our ways, deciding what is most
important for our goals, making prayer a “tack-on” to ministry, and on and on we
go. Not knowing His ways will lead our hearts astray. Hear Him Today!

Building Blocks

“For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.” 2 Peter 1:9

 

Life can start with wonderful words of wisdom and affirmation that the God we
have trusted is giving us grace and peace. His divine power is drawing our hearts
to be conformed to His image.
He supplies us with an outline of what is needed, step by step, in case we forget
our provisions and remain as “newborns.” We will grow like a weaned child with
his mother so our soul will be calmed and quieted so that God’s true love will
govern our lives.

Personal Call to Repentance

“Remember therefore from where you have fallen, repent, and do the first works or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place – unless you repent.” Revelation 2:5

 

 

This passage is addressed to the church in Ephesus, but churches are made up of people. On paper and practice, this church was looking good. It would make an outstanding resume’ in today’s culture of Christianity. 

There was a huge problem that had overtaken the people and it was canceling out everything they were doing correctly from their “good works.”  Let’s investigate the evidence and solution to see how we may overcome the culture of the past that has become the culture of the present. 

Adding Virtue

“Giving all diligence add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge” 2 Peter 1:5

 

This little nugget of truth tucked away in the progressive path of growth is a command to be fully committed to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; for without faith, it is impossible to please God. Once our faith is established the first attribute is to add Virtue, even before knowledge. 

Now, why should we acquire the quality of virtue before adding knowledge? Seems like the opposite would be true. Join our discussion today to see the importance of knowing:

 What virtue is,

 How to recognize if we understand the characteristics,

If we are applying or just sliding by the best we can with the “facts.”

What That Day Reveals

“Therefore, judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God.” I Corinthians 4:5

 

 

What lurks deep within your own heart that would cause shame, regret, sadness,
and remorse that you don’t want other to know. Perhaps it is buried so deep you
sense the discomfort but do not know the cause of being uneasy and troubled –
so you stay very busy avoiding the accountability.
What are the counsels of your heart? Allow His Light to shine now wiping out the
hidden things of darkness. May each day be “Sonshine” to your soul.

Walking Worthy

“I, therefore, a prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called.” Ephesians 4:1

 

Life is not to be lived in a sloppy casual indifference of selfish indulgence. This
approach is not limited to any age group. We do expect, as growth and training
take place, to see a maturity in thinking and knowing how to make good
decisions.
The calling is already given to us and now, own up to the appointment in being
faithful. Chapter 4 suggest the manner in making known to others what is real in
us. Check it out!

Types of Sin

“Blot out my transgressions, wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.” Psalms 51: 1-3

 

 

Many people see themselves as “good people.” Sin is currently classified as poor choices or mistakes.
However, that thinking waters down the intensity of the true devastation of living a life according to your own reasoning regarding the principle of SIN.
Today, we touch on the different forms in how SIN shows its ugly self, sometimes being done with little concern for the consequences to ourselves and others. All sin is against God and we stand guilty. Listen carefully as learn the character of SIN. Thank God the power of SIN is broken. Learn How.

These are Hard Sayings

“If anyone does not come to ME and does not hate this father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:26

 

Now that is really a hard saying about what love is all about. Words have meanings and without hearing the heart of the speaker we can certainly come to the wrong conclusions.
we all like to hear soft sayings that bring comfort and make the heart happy, but we draw back when tough words are spoken. How can we find joy and purpose in hard sayings? Let’s talk!

Precepts to Encouragement

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3

 

 

When we offend or trouble someone when wanting to help them and it is not
appreciated or valued, it is very easy to question if we will ever see ourselves as
doing what is best for all.
Our fleshly selfish thinking can rob us of the attributes that are already ours listed
in Ephesians 1. Sometimes we must tear down before we can build up and give
from the abundance that we have been given. Our encouragement for today is
Who we are in Christ.

The Shepherd’s Voice

“The sheep hear His voice; and He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out.” John 10:3

 

The Shepherd’s Voice brings assurance and security when we hear Him speak.
There are times in our walk where certain unknowns produce uncertain emotions
that confuse hearing. Fear will slip in and replace the sheep’s ability to listen to
the Shepherd.
Fear has many entanglements, and we get caught up in confusion, never realizing
fear has replaced faith. Today there is a way to keep this from happening. Let’s
prepare to repair the damage fear does when it controls our hearts.

The Encourager

“Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak be patient with all.” I Thessalonians 5:14

 

 

There are different ways of encouragement, some offering warmth and comfort.
Other opportunities may stretch our soul and emotions, however, it is necessary if
we are to have healthy growth in our walk with the Lord.
Today, come explore with us some different aspects of being an encourager!