Are You a Living In Grace?

Ephesian 2:8

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God

localbitcoins If you are a fellow believer then you too are Living In Grace that is built upon the firm foundation of Christ our Savior. I pray that what is written here will glorify Christ and edify His body, the Church.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

0 I am Thankful

1 Thessalonians 5:18
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Give thanks in everything.  Not just the things we like, appreciate, or asked for.  EVERYTHING.  Nothing Excluded.  The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.   Give thanks unto the Lord for He is good and His mercies endure forever.  Give Him thanks in the morning when your rise up for giving you another day and thank Him when your head hits the pillow for bringing you through once again.

is binary option legal in india Thank God for His mercy and Grace that has spared you.  Thank Him for carrying you through the hard times and thank Him for the good times.  Thank Him for His love, faithfulness, and His longsuffering ways with us.  Thank Him for keeping you from things you are unaware of and restraining the sinfulness of evil men.

Thank Him for friends, family, and the fellowship of the saints.  Thank Him for His never changing Word.  Thank Him for the bad times that draws you closer to Him and the good times for His abundant blessings.  He is God and He is worthy to be praised. 

We may not always understand our circumstances and we may not always know the path He is leading us down but He is faithful.  He orders the steps of the righteous and works all things together for our good.  He is in  Sovereign control so thank  Him that He holds the Universe together by the power of His word.

Thank Him for His discipline that proves you are His. Praise Him and love Him as a small child would a loving father.  Thank Him because now you are a fellow heir with Christ and a member of the household of God.  Remember Him, the one who redeemed you from the curse of sin and death and adopted you into His family.  Praise Him that you are now a child of God and a covenant member of His family.

binary trading brokers in india At all times and in all ways thank Him.

Give Thanks unto the Lord for He is good, His mercies endure forever.

To God be the praise, honor, and glory forever. Amen

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

0 Word Wednesday:Disappointment

Luke 24:13
And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs

I wanted a bow and arrow for Christmas and my little heart was set on it as I was nearing the age of ten.  To watch my Grandpa and Dad practice out back was to inspire awe and wonder in the mind of this boy.  To be like them and cast arrows at indescribable speeds at a far away targets was my goal for this year and to do this I needed my own archery equipment.

Now my mind was much bigger than any budget my parents could work with so on Christmas, awakening with anticipation, my hopes were crushed when I found what I considered a rinky-dink bow and arrow under the tree.  It was not at all like Dad's or Grandpa's and my childlike aspirations were crushed.

Looking back I now know that what I wanted was not what was necessarily best for me and here is why:
  1. I was physically unable to use a bow of the same size and capabilities of the adults.  I could neither hold it upright nor draw it back.  What I wanted would have been useless to me.
  2. I need to learn and grow in increments.  We learn to walk by rolling, crawling, and falling.  No one learns Calculus without first learning 1+1=2.
  3. There are limits on what others can provide for us.  People will let us down when we do not fully understand their situation also.  This does not excuse any wrongdoing on either ours or their part, but there very well may be good and valid reasons as to what has occurred.
Many if not all the disciples who had been following Jesus were disappointed at how His ministry apparently ended.  The Messiah of Israel was not supposed to die a gruesome death at the hands of the Gentiles and Jewish leaders.  Most of them were looking for an earthly Kingdom to be restored to Israel without having truly understood the plan and purpose of God ( it is hard to blame them on many parts ).  God was going to do a new thing in that the substitutionary death of Jesus had opened the way for both Jew and Gentile to be partakers of the family of God.  His plans were much larger and grander than what they had wanted.

Parents, children, and all others we will both disappoint and be disappointed in this life.  We will most certainly fail others but we can be assured that God will never fail us as He rules and reigns and will be faithful until the end.

25Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
 26Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?
 27And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.  30And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.
 31And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
There is always more to the Story when we are dining with the Master.

Father, I pray that you will help us to deal with life's disappointments in a Godly and edifying manner.  That our lives will be marked by a faithfulness in You that transcends our circumstances and will be a testimony to others of your Faithfulness.  Amen

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

2 Can Christians Sin? The Answer

1 John 1:8
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

There is a pernicious doctrine making its rounds over the Internet and through our churches today called sinless perfectionism.  Sinless Perfectionism quickly defined is:
The belief that once saved someone can and does obtain perfection in this life since they are " in Christ " and they are a " new creation ".  It is the belief that one has arrived at the destination of ultimate glorification and believers are completely and wholly free from sin.

Monday, June 13, 2011

13 Can Christians Sin?

I have been going the rounds of the Internet the last few days and I have seen something that is rather alarming: The notion that Christians cannot sin. 

I have been aware of the doctrine of sinless perfectionism for quite some time but I did not know that it apparently had become so prevalent.  I have seen quotes ranging from " those who are in Him are unable to sin " to " I have not sinned for weeks ".  This sentiments are both dangerous and unbiblical.  They place a burden upon the believer that they are in no way capable of carrying to its logical and practical conclusions. 

We are not yet perfect brethren and we are still living in the confines of this flesh.  We are not yet ultimately glorified and as such we must deal with the curse of sin.

Tomorrow I am going to deal with this more thoroughly so please read Here to find out more!!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

2 I have a Question

This is not a normal post.  I am just requesting some feedback from anyone who may actually be reading this.

Is there anything that you would enjoy, like, be interested in seeing written about here?  What can I write about that would further edify you?

So please comment below or if you wish to remain anonymous to the entire web you can email from the Connect Page at the top.

I do want you guys feedback.  Thanks and God bless you throughout your day

Friday, June 10, 2011

0 Fan Favorite Friday:6/10/2011

This really has been a hectic week and I must apologize for not keeping up with my reading list this week.  So I have a couple posts to share and some of my older ones for those who may be newcomers.

  1. My Struggles: Ben Reed
  2. We are on the Case: Mindy Stapleton
  3. Sola Scriptura: Living In Grace
  4. Have We Lost: Living In Grace
  5. Are We Effective: Living In Grace
  6. Walk of the Living Dead: Living In Grace

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