If We Truly Love God

It’s so easy to say “I love God.” There is a way to determine if God is really in our lives, if we really love Him. (John 14:23).

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I love this week, and am reflecting on God’s grace through Jesus Christ. I am so glad that so many Christians are doing the same.

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.( Hebrews 2:9, KJV)

 

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But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that heby the grace of God

God Gives Grace That Succeeds

Still They Speak

“The grace God gives to men, to convert them, it is not a power to be converted, repent, and believe, if they will; no, but he gives repentance, he gives faith, and works so as the effect shall succeed: he works efficaciously and determinately, so as to oppose all the resistance of the will, and accomplish his work.”
–Thomas Manton, “The Works of Thomas Manton” Vol I, p. 145

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As we remember Jesus’s last week on earth:

And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. Matthew 21:9, KJV.

FOLLOWING JESUS

If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honor. (John 12:26).

And the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. (John 10:4).

If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. (Luke 9:23).

Life is so sweet when we follow Jesus!

As we die to self, we become more like Jesus. We learn about self-denial as we study the New Testament teachings. We learn that we must want to please God above all else. This is what brings meaning, happiness, and joy to life. Perhaps we can share with one another the satisfaction we have found in dying to the old self and living the new life that God gives to us when we believe.  We listen to God’s Word;  we believe His Word; we are blessed. 

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Everyone is afflicted and suffering in some way.  How we view suffering and respond to affliction is key as followers of Jesus Christ.  When we suffer steadfastly, our faith grows abundantly and our love for others increases.  Suffering is not punishment for a lack of faith, but gives us an opportunity to put our faith into action–our response is a tangible measure of our faith.

There are two promises from God in this passage in the midst of our suffering.

  1. God will repay those who afflict us with affliction.  He sees and will judge.
  2. Relief is coming!  He will grant ETERNAL relief from suffering when we are with Jesus in Heaven.  There is no suffering in the presence of Jesus–because their is no sin, crying or death in heaven.

Although suffering is a normal part of living in a world where there is sin and death, our suffering is not…

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