Uncomplicated

I have talked the last couple weeks about trusting in Jesus Christ to save us from our sins.  Some think that to have a relationship with God, there is a difficult formula to manage.  No, it is very simple.  Romans 10:9-10 tell us that it is as simple as confession (saying, “I’m sorry”) and belief that God has done what He says.  Jesus did the hard work when He died on the cross.  He took the penalty on Himself. 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for providing such a simple way to have a relationship with You.  You are worthy of all worship, but You made a way for us to come to You.  I praise Your name.

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good.

The Opposite of Sin

Last week I talked about the fact that we are sinners.  If that was the end of the story, life would be endlessly depressing.  Thankfully God has the opposite of sin – righteousness.  It is simple – faith in Jesus Christ.  Then we can have the righteousness of God. 

I fear that our society doesn’t understand the beauty of righteousness in God.  Maybe Christians don’t understand that enough.  What is the remedy?  As Christians we need to band together to live the righteousness of God to show others how wonderful God’s righteousness is.

Dear Heavenly Father, please help us to live Your righteousness.  Thank you that it is available to all who place their faith in Jesus Christ.  Please forgive our sins and help us to live the righteousness that You have given.

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good.

The Truth About Sin

My plan this year was to talk about the gospel.  I haven’t done that as much as I originally planned.  I’d like to change that today.  Today’s verses talk about the basis of the gospel, the fact that all of us are sinners.  This is not a popular concept in our world today.  We have such an inflated view of our self-importance that we don’t want to think of the fact that we do wrong things.  Sadly, this thinking has worked its way into the church.  While many in churches have placed their trust in Christ, I fear that we sometimes forget the sin nature is still hard at work.  We are more likely to pass the responsibility on to someone else instead of taking responsibility for our wrongs.  As Christians we need to daily show proper responsibility for our sins.

If this was all we had, life would be very depressing.  However, we have hope because Jesus died on the cross to save us from the power of sin.  We just need to call on Him and give Him our sins.  He will help us day by day to live life fueled by the gospel.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Jesus to die for our sins.  Thank you for reminding us that we need to address sin in our lives.  Please help us to address sin to be a good example to the world that Jesus is worthy and worth it.

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good.

Worthy

I have talked about this before.  We live in a society that fuels self-importance.  However, none of us has done what God has.  God created the world and set everything in motion.  He still sustains everything.  All good gifts come from Him (James 1:17).  God is worthy of glory. 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the many wonderful things You have given to us.  Thank You for the beauty of the fall leaves.  Thank You for all You have done for us.  I praise and honor Your name.

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good.

Rejoice and be Reasonable

I think we need a lot more of these verses.  I know when life gets tough, I don’t do enough rejoicing.  In the midst of trials, I’m not sure how reasonable our thinking is.  This is a hard command to follow.  We are dealing with a lot of unreasonable commentary, behavior, etc.  However, as a child of God, I need to obey what God tells me to do in His word.  God only commands what is good and right. 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for giving commands to direct us to right behavior.  Please help us when it gets difficult to rejoice and be reasonable. 

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good.