We are in for some beautiful weather! All the more occasion to worship God for his wonderful creation.
I love this quote that Pastor Mona mentioned on Sunday.
Matthew Henry: If we live in Him, we shall be rooted in him; and the more firmly we are rooted in him, the more intimately we shall live in him.
God calls us to walk in Victory and He has given us every provision to do so. But the greatest provision is himself.
We don’t have to walk this newness of life in Christ on our own understanding and our own strength. We can live it through Christ living in us.
I loved this version of Galatians 2:20 in the Message bible.
What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man. Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that.
I like how he says “Christ’s love showed me how”
Christ’s love is so central to how we walk in freedom and in the new life that he has given us.
Pastor Mona asked the question:
What does it mean to walk in Him?
Walking in Him is no less than submission to his Lordship.
We obey as a display of gratitude for His grace. If we love Him – if we have love for God pour into our hearts – we will keep His commandments.
We love Him because he first loved us. And His commandments are not burdensome.
1 John 5:2-4
2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. 4 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
When serving God starts feeling like a burden, we might need to take some time with the Holy Spirit to assess why. Because God says that it should never be a burden. Perhaps we have let other things divide us. Perhaps, we are putting energy where God never called us to do so. Perhaps we are doing something or believing something that is draining our strength.
But it is not God doing so. That is not who He is and nor is it what He does.
Something to ponder and consider.
Love you guys and have a wonderful day! :)
I love the msg version of Gal. 2:20! It puts it so plain and clear! "I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man. Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him."
Wow! He truly does give us EVERYTHING we need!!!
My old self has been crucified with Christ ; it is no longer I who live , but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the son of God , who loved me and gave himself for me. Thank you Erica . ❤️ we don't have to be in our old ways. God did change us when we did say yes to Him . We are a new person now the old is gone. Have a great day. 🙂