Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments;
God is faithful. He is constant each day and there is no shadow of turning in Him. Here are three aspects of God’s faithfulness to His people.
God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:9
Our Lord is faithful to call us, save us, and transform us. Christians have been brought into fellowship with God through Christ our Lord. His blood was shed in order to cleanse us and bring about the forgiveness of our sins. The Almighty is faithful to secure us forever through His power and might.
No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
The Holy One is faithful to bring us through times of temptation and testing. He will give us strength to bear up under the temptation and give us a way to escape. Christ will enable us to endure in the time of testing because He is faithful. We can be sure of this promise of God!
But as God is faithful, our word to you is not yes and no. 2 Corinthians 1:18
God is faithful to keep His Word. In this passage, Paul pledged to keep his word to the church at Corinth because the Lord is faithful in completing His Word. We never have to wonder if God will come through for us. We know He will keep His promises because He is faithful and He cannot deny Himself.
Thanks be to God for His faithfulness that endures to His people!
As Christians, let us consider these thoughts about our Savior this week………………
To whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Jesus is our hope. The hope of heaven, the hope of glory, and the hope of resurrection all rest in the finished work of Jesus upon the cross. He is our only hope and our lasting hope. Through Christ, our hope is steadfast, sure, and forever secure. Jesus is our only lasting hope.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.
Jesus is our strength. Paul commands Believers to be strong in the Lord and in His power. Jesus gives us the strength we need to serve Him, obey Him, and live our lives for His glory. The Lord strengthens us in all times, seasons, and circumstances. Christ fortifies His people forever by His power and might. Jesus is our ultimate strength.
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.
Jesus is our redemption. He has set us free from the bondage of sin by the shedding His blood as our sacrifice. Jesus was condemned that we might be released. Through His marvelous grace, our sins are forgiven and we are given new life. Jesus is the redemption for all who will believe.
Thanks be to God for His mighty works! Let us make every effort to live in light of these truths.
But they will give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
1 Peter 4:5
The Apostle Peter emphasizes the doctrine of Divine judgement in 1 Peter 4. His teaching is an important reminder that everyone will stand before God one day. While there may be differences of opinion about all of the details, Christians believe the Last Day will come and we will all give an account for our thoughts, actions, and even our words. (Matthew 12:36)
In that day of judgement, those who have trusted in Jesus will be safe. Why? Because Believers have trusted in Christ as Savior. Jesus was judged in our place and He took upon Himself our guilt. The Lord suffered and died for us so that we might be set free. Believers will give an account for how we have used our lives for the Lord. (Romans 14:10) But, Heaven will be our final home and we are secure in Christ forevermore. (Romans 8:38-39)
Friend, trust in Jesus and be saved today. Those who are not trusting in Jesus will be judged, found guilty, and punished for their sins for all of eternity. Believe in Christ who died and rose again for you. He paid your debt, He was punished in your place, and He suffered guilt that you might be cleared of your sinfulness. Believe in Him today. He will do everything He has promised. Of that you can be sure!
18 Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.
The command “follow Me” was given to Jesus’ first disciples early in His ministry. It’s an imperative that Christ still extends in our time. Every day Jesus calls people to follow Him.
How can we follow Christ in our day? Let us think of a few ways that we can go after Jesus in our context. This list is not an exhaustive list but may it spur our thinking on this subject.
Following Christ requires humans to believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Disciples of the Savior trust in Jesus for the forgiveness of sin and the salvation of their lives. Being saved is mandatory for following after Jesus and salvation flows to us through believing in Christ by faith.
2) Bible Study and Prayer
Reading the Bible, studying the Word, and praying to God are all part and parcel of following Jesus. Through prayer, Believers speak to God and through the Bible, God speaks to the Christian. The Word of God reveals the truth we need to pursue Jesus.
3) The Church
While Christianity is much more than attending a worship service at a church, it is not less than that. God’s people need to be together to worship, minister, serve, give, and learn through the ministry of the Church. Following Christ means being a part of His body (Romans 12:5) and the organism that He is building. (Matthew 16:18)
Follow Jesus, Child of God. It is the best way to live!
The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.
Let’s remember three things about the nature and character of God this week…….
**God is compassionate and gracious. His love is everlasting to His people and the grace of our Lord is able to save to the uttermost. (Hebrews 7:250 The Almighty is gracious beyond measure.
**God is slow to anger. The Lord does not lose His temper as humans do. He is patient, kind, and does not desire that any should be eternally lost. (2 Peter 3:9) The Lord is longsuffering and slow to anger.
**God abounds in love. God is much more loving and kind that humans are. Christians also know that the Lord is more loving than we tend to be. God is love. (1 John 4:8) He sent His Son to die for our sins and calls us to Himself. God abounds in love and is generous in love towards His creation.
God bless you as you study God’s Word, seek His face, and serve the Lord by serving others!
“You shall not sacrifice to the Lord your God an ox or a sheep which has a blemish or any defect, for that is a detestable thing to the Lord your God.”
Old Testament worship under the Law of Moses required sacrifices from God’s people. The Jews were obligated to bring sacrifices that were slain on their behalf for the forgiveness and covering of their sins. Such oblations coincided with certain times and seasons of the year and were continual reminders of God’s goodness despite the sin of His nation.
An important aspect of sacrifice is taught in Deuteronomy 17. Every sacrifice had to be without defect and as close to perfect as possible. Blind and lame animals would not be accepted by the Lord. Sick and dying animals were never to be offered to God. It was a detestable act to bring an unworthy sacrifice before Jehovah. He requires the best.
These Old Covenant sacrifices are pictures and symbols of Jesus. The perfect, spotless Messiah lived for our righteousness. He perfectly upheld and obeyed the Law and never strayed from His Father. Then, He died as the perfect, righteous Son of God to take away the sins of humanity. (John 1:29) The Lamb died as the just for the unjust and the righteous for the unrighteous. God gave His every best for us.
Since God gives His best to us, may we give our best to Him. Christian, may we serve Him and trust Him day by day. And I pray that our love for the Lord grows stronger with the passage of time. God bless you all!
1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
The author of Hebrews points us to three actions that Jesus performed on our behalf through the cross of Calvary. Our wonderful Savior gave Himself up, suffered for lost people, and died on the rebel’s behalf for the remission of sins. A wonderful Savior is Jesus our Lord!
Christ endured the cross for us. He was tortured and shed His blood willingly. Jesus died upon the cross for our sinfulness and He was slain on our account. The agony the Son of God endured was beyond comprehension. His love for us compelled Him to be wounded in our place.
Jesus was shamed for our benefit. He died as a common criminal in a public execution so that sinful humanity could be forgiven and restored to God. The shameful nature of His death was palpable as those at the foot of the cross jeered Him and mocked Him. Yet, Christ, the perfect one, endured the shame for you and me.
The Savior triumphed over death and the cross. He rose again and took His rightful place at the throne of God. He sat down at the right hand of the throne signifying that the work of redemption and justification is complete. No other sacrifice would be needed. Jesus paid it all!
In light of these wonderful acts, let us fix our eyes upon Jesus as the writer of Hebrews instructs us. He is the author and finisher of our faith. In Christ, the Believer is complete, sanctified, and secure. Jesus won the victory decisively and fully. And that is something for which to thank the Lord for all of eternity.
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:6-7
He cares for you! God’s tender care and mercy toward His children is overwhelming to consider. Peter teaches Believers to release all their anxieties and worries to God because He cares for His own. It is a wondrous thought indeed that God cares for lowly human beings.
God cares for Christians purposefully. The Lord is never haphazard about His compassion for His children. He purposefully and willfully provides the concern His people need at all times.
God also cares for Believers personally. He knows all of our doubts, fears, and anxieties and He provides the hope and love we need. Our Lord does not use a one size fits all solution for His people. He personally and providentially leads and guides each of His children to what they need for each day with tender, loving care.
God cares for us powerfully. God’s power and grace are more than enough to sustain and keep His sons and daughters for this life and the life to come. His power is awesome and wondrous. And He is able to keep every promise through His mighty strength. He cares and is able to do what is necessary to uphold us through this life.
Cast all your cares, fears, and worries upon God, dear Christian. Pray and seek after God today. He cares for you!
“For I am the Lord your God, who upholds your right hand, Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.”
God is our help! Our Lord not only helps us, He is our help in every way. The Creator aids and comforts us by His power and might. God has promised us His strength and He will deliver.
The Lord helps in ways that are seen. He provides for His people and sustains them through difficulty and trial. His abiding presence is with us through every joy and every sorrow. The Spirit of God lives within every Believer and God’s Word brings help and direction when the Christian is in need. God helps in ways that are seen and tangible.
The Almighty also helps in ways that are unseen. There is no telling how many times that God has protected and sustained us in our lives and, yet, we were totally unaware of His working. So much of what the Lord does is not readily discernable to the eyes of the saved. We know that God helps, strengthens, and gives power to endure to every Believer nonetheless.
God is our refuge, help, and strength. Let us give thanks and worship the Lord for all that He has done. He is all we need.
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.
A great need in our day is the need for peace. The world which God’s people inhabit is filled with chaos, conflict, and even violence. In other words, our society is anything but peaceful.
Nevertheless, Christians can have peace. Believers are promised serenity that Jesus gives. Peace is available to those who believe in Christ. And it’s a peace that is unlike anything this world can offer.
The Lord’s people have peace in Christ because He has saved us, sanctified us, and secured us for all of eternity. Jesus is our provider, our sustainer, and our friend. He knows all that we face and He is kind and compassionate toward us at all times.
Do you have relationship with God through Christ Jesus? Have you believed in Christ’s death and resurrection for the forgiveness of your sins and received the gift of eternal life? Lasting, life-changing peace is only available to those who have been adopted into God’s family by trusting in Christ alone. Trust in the Savior for your salvation. Trust in Him today!