3/29 Moving Forward
Making it Personal
Someone has said, “Knowing Christ died-that’s history. Believing He died for me-that’s salvation.” A personal relationship with Christ begins at the moment of our salvation. Only when we are born spiritually into God’s family do we become members of His spiritual kingdom.
1. WE NEED TO ADMIT OUR LOST CONDITION.
The Bible says we all come into this world physically alive but spiritually dead. “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard” (Romans 3:23) “No one is righteous-not even one” (Romans 3:10), and “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23)
2. WE NEED TO KNOW WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR US.
The gospel of Christ is that God Himself loved us enough to send His own son into this world to rescue us from our sin (John 1:1-4, 3:16). Then to solve the problem of our lost relationship with His Father, Jesus died in our place, offering Himself as a perfect sacrifice to pay the price of all sin-past, present and future.
3. WE NEED TO PERSONALLY BELIEVE AND RECEIVE GOD’S GIFT.
While we all have earned the wages of spiritual death and separation from God (Romans 6:23) no one can earn a relationship with Him-it is a gift of His love and mercy. This may sound too simple. However, it takes a miracle of God’s grace to break our pride and self-sufficiency. The actual words we say to God to receive this gift may vary. What is important is that we believe God enough to be able to say, “Father, I know I have sinned against You. I believe that Jesus is Your Son, that He died for my sins, and that He rose from the dead to prove it. Now I accept Your offer of eternal life. I accept Jesus as Your gift for my salvation”.
If this is the honest expression of your heart, welcome to God’s family! By simple, childlike faith, you have entered into a personal relationship with the One who made you and saved you for Himself.
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MAY SCRIPTURE WRITING PLAN: KINDNESS
It's so easy to feel bombarded by all of the bad, the evil, the sadness in this world we live in- especially right now when things are so scary and so uncertain. It's easy to feel discouraged and completely down and depressed by it all. The one thing that has stood out to me above everything else during this dark time in our world isn't bad or negative though, it is the crazy lavish kindness I have seen displayed.
Because the news is so full of unknowns and terrible statistics and frightening predictions, it is so refreshing and encouraging and lovely to read and watch stories that show you the good that is still in this world. You know the stories I am talking about- they are the ones at the very end of the broadcast (Why just one I always wonder? I wish the news was full of those stories!). The kind of stories that make you want to be better, to do more, to be the good in the world.
I love that God's word is full of reminders to us that we are called to be kind and loving to others- regardless of our circumstances. Even when we don't want to. Even if we don't feel like it. Even when we have lots on our plates and on our minds. God repeats those things He wants us to remember and kindness and love is definitely a theme we see repeated over and over and over again in His word. God's love and mercy to me helps keep me mindful of why I love Him so much, and why I should let Him show others that same love through me.
So this month let's focus on what God's word says about kindness and pray for God to help us live in a way that reflects His nature to others! As a bonus challenge- as you write the verses this month, ask God to bring someone to mind that you could show some extra love and kindness to!
Generation Matters is the statement that God values people of every generation. Every person has value in God’s family. Every person has a purpose and place in God’s plan.
Ephesians 4:16 teaches us this principle, “from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does...”