We seek happiness in money, social standing, fame, pleasures – all are broken vessels which hold no water. Only a relationship with Jesus can satisfy our deepest needs.
You Are A New Creation
”Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
You Are Justified
“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Romans 5:1
You Are Complete In Christ
“And you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.” – Colossians 2:10
You Have Access To God Through The Holy Spirit
“For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.” – Ephesians 2:18
You Are A Saint
“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus.” – Ephesians 1:1
You Are God’s Workmanship
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:10
You Are Hidden With Christ In God
“For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” – Colossians 3:3
You Are Free Forever From Condemnation
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” – Romans 8:1-2
You Are United With The Lord
“But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” – 1 Corinthians 6:17
You Are A Minister Of Reconciliation For God
“Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” – 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
You Are Assured That All Things Work Together For Your Good
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28
You Are Bought With A Price And Belong To God
“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
You Are God’s Temple
“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” – 1 Corinthians 3:16
You Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens You
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13
You Are Established, Anointed And Sealed By God
Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.”
– 2 Corinthians 1:21-22
You Are Seated With Christ In The Heavenly Places
“And raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” – Ephesians 2:6
You Are A Member Of Christ’s Body
“Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.” – 1 Corinthians 12:27
You Have Been Adopted As God’s Child
“Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.” – Ephesians 1:5
You Are God’s Fellow Worker
“For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.” – 1 Corinthians 3:9
You Are A Branch Of The True Vine
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” – John 15:1,5
You Have Been Chosen And Appointed To Bear Fruit
“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” – John 15:16
You Are The Salt And Light Of The Earth
“You are the salt of the earth… You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.” – Matthew 5:13-14
You Are A Personal Witness Of Christ’s
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” – Acts 1:8
You Are A Citizen Of Heaven
“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” – Philippians 3:20
You Have Not Been Given A Spirit Of Fear, But Of Power, Love And A Sound Mind
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
You Have Been Redeemed And Forgiven
“In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.”
– Colossians 1:14
You Are Free From Any Charge Against You
“Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.” – Romans 8:33-34
You Cannot Be Separated From The Love Of God
“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-39
You May Approach God With Freedom And Confidence
“Christ Jesus, our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.” – Ephesians 3:11-12
You May Find Grace And Mercy In Time Of Need
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” – Hebrews 4:16
You Are Confident That The Good Work God Has Begun In You Will Be Perfected
“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” – Philippians 1:6
You Are Christ’s Friend
“No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you riends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.” – John 15:15
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Gal 6:9)
“I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” (Phil 1:6)
In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.” Matthew 7:12
In the verse above, Jesus gives us a general rule on how to treat people. We’re not to treat people the way they treat us, we’re to treat people the way we would like them to treat us. This is how the Christian is to live.
This is a golden rule indeed! It doesn’t simply forbid petty malice, revenge, cheating and deceit. It does much more. It prevents the need to lay down endless little rules for our conduct in specific cases.
It sweeps away the whole debatable ground with one mighty principle. It shows us a balance and measure, by which everyone may see at once how they should act.
Is there something we wouldn’t like our neighbor to do to us? Then let us always remember that this is the thing we ought not to do to him. Is there a thing we would like our neighbor to do to us? Then this is the very thing we ought to do to him.
– J. C. Ryle
You can overcome whatever you’re going through — not by your strength, or your wisdom, or your experience — but through God’s grace.
Spring cleaning is a time when we clean out the mess, open the windows and let the warmth and light shine in. Here are seven ways to spring clean your life:
1) Clean out Pride and replace it with Humility.
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6)
He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. (Psalm 25:9)
2) Clean out Anger and replace it with Self Control.
An angry man stirs up dissension, and a hot-tempered one commits many sins. (Proverbs 29:22)
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)
3) Clean out Unbelief and replace it with Faith.
See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. (Hebrews 3:12-13)
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
4) Clean out Revenge, and replace it with Forgiveness.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”says the Lord. (Romans 12:17-19)
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. (1 Peter 3:9)
5) Clean out Complaining and replace it with Praise.
Do everything without complaining or arguing. (Philippians 2:14)
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased (Hebrews 13:15-16)
6) Clean out Wicked Thoughts and replace them with Pure Thoughts
The things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean.’ For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.(Matthew 15:18-19)
Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:8)
7) Clean out Gossip and replace it with Encouragement.
Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down. (Proverbs 26:20)
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:29-32)
“Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”
– 1 John 4:4
Faith in Jesus Christ is acknowledging the truth of everything that God has revealed in his Word, trusting in him, and also receiving and resting on him alone for salvation as he is offered to us in the gospel.
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Watch John Yates talk about what it means to have faith:
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Acts 1:3 tells us that after the resurrection there was a period of forty days in which Jesus appeared to His disciples. We see three things that Jesus did during that time.
1) Jesus restored His disciples’ faith & gave them hope
Jesus’ crucifixion devastated His followers. In Matthew 19:27 Peter said to Jesus, “We have left everything to follow you.” And in John 6:68 he said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” In John 20:9 we also learn that they “did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.”
From the perspective of His followers, while Jesus was being crucified, everything they had hoped in and believed in was dying before their eyes.
So after His resurrection Jesus set out restore their hope.
We see Him appear to a sobbing Mary Magdalene in John 20:15-18. With one simple word, “Mary”, Jesus restored her faith and gave her hope.
Then in John 20:19-30 Jesus appeared to the apostles and “showed them his hands and side”, which had been pierced for their sin. Then we’re told the apostles were “overjoyed when they saw the Lord.” They had misunderstood. What the world had meant for evil, God meant for good.
2) Jesus taught His disciples how the scriptures pointed towards Him
As we saw earlier Jesus’ followers did not understand what the Scripture said about Him. That’s why once their faith was restored Jesus moved to ground their faith through Scripture.
We see this in Acts 1:2-3 where we find Jesus giving the apostles commandments and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
Again in Luke 24:27 we see Jesus, beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, explaining to His disciples what was said in the Scriptures concerning himself.
And again in Luke 24:32 where the disciples’ “hearts burned” as Jesus “opened the Scripture” to them. They once were blind to the truth of the Bible but Jesus gave them spiritual sight.
3) Jesus sent His followers out to share the good news
With their faith restored and strengthened, Jesus’ final instructions to the Apostles in Matthew 28:19 was to “go and make disciples of all nations” by sharing with the world the great things that Jesus has done.