Tuesday, August 30, 2016
A follower of Jesus is not justified or made right by the law (God’s Word), we are justified only by faith in the shed blood of Jesus upon the cross and that He defeated death and sin and raised from the dead and now sits at the right hand of the Father.
BUT...as JC Ryle says “the Holy Spirit.....will always lead him to spiritual use of the law, as a friendly guide, in the pursuit of sanctification(growing in holiness).”
Jesus never made light of the ten commandments and expounded on them frequently. Like wise Paul said :1 Timothy 1:8 But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, and Romans 7:22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man.
God says over and over again in the Word “obey”. So to grow in holiness follow God’s law! Especially what Jesus reiterated to us! It is a guide for the Holy Life!
Monday, August 29, 2016
When we are growing in sanctification or growing in holiness it is not an occasional act it is a lifestyle! JC Ryle said: “It is the continual work of a new heavenly principle within, which runs through one’s daily conduct in everything he does, big or small.”
Here is an example from the scriptures: 2 Chronicles 31:20-21 Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and true before the Lord his God. 21 And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, in the law and in the commandment, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart. So he prospered.
In every work, Hezekiah did with all his heart in accordance with the word of God! Oh Gopd may we be like Hezekiah!
So as followers of Jesus and growing to be more like Him(holy) it is not as occasional good work but a lifestyle! A good sign of salvation is found here also!
Friday, August 26, 2016
As a follower of Jesus, here is our example:
Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Guess what? We are to serve others! It is not a choice a s followers of King Jesus, it is expected. Just the opposite of what we usually desire! We want big houses, servants, ect. Nope not as followers, we are the ones to do the serving and bring glory to God as well as show others that we love them but more importantly God loves them!
So are you serving?