Jesus came into the world to save sinners. He died for all, but only to those who accept Him as their substitute can be saved. He is the only person born into this world without hereditary depravity for He is the only begotten of the Father. In this way only He could fulfill the promise that the seed of woman [not of the man] should bruise the serpents head.
I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel. Genesis 3:15 HCSB
Although “Christian” originally referred to individuals who turned from sinful lives to trust Jesus for salvation by grace, centuries of misapplication has bent the title out of shape. Today people call themselves Christians to indicate their heritage, to separate them from other world religions, or to mark themselves as church attendees. However, God sees Christ in those who repent and believe in His Son. May we cloth ourselves in Christ and live up to the label.
And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. Acts 11:26 NKJV
Water is life. We are nurtured in water before we are born. Our bodies are mostly water. We can go without food far longer than we can go without water. Scientists looking for the possibility of life on other planets look first for the evidence of water. There can be no life without water. What is true of physical water is true of spiritual water. No matter how stagnant the water of your life may be, no matter how empty your soul, all you need to satisfy your thirst is is a sip “of water springing up into eternal life.” If you are thirsty and do not know Jesus personally, He offers you the gift of eternal life. Jesus’ offer of water is more than thirst quenching refreshment. It is life itself.
But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again—ever! In fact, the water I will give him will become a wellof water springing up within him for eternal life.” John 4:14 HCSB
Our Heavenly Father is willing to forgive and even bless those who don’t deserve it. He’s compassionate and delights in showing mercy to His children in their times of distress and sorrow. He doesn’t get angry like we do because of His patience with us. Aren’t you glad? When we come to God with a heart broken by guilt and confess our sins to Him, He shows great kindness and forgives our sins. God’s grace and mercy is amazing!
So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the Lord your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm. Joel 2:13 NKJV
Our Heavenly Father knows we will by nature want to seek our own paths and desires. Any law or authority that opposes our personal preferences will cause in us a sense of frustration, at best or lawlessness, at worst. Therefore, we must daily mentally determine to be people who obey the authorities He has allowed to govern us. Through our obedience, we position ourselves to be ready for every good work the Father has planned for us.
Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, Titus 3:1 HCSB
Sometimes we have to take our eyes off things about us to be happy. We have to take the long look in order to bear the present suffering. We have to look ahead, even as Jesus did . He was looking beyond His crucifixion and burial to His resurrection, ascension and glory with the Father. We must often look beyond the suffering of today to the satisfaction of tomorrow.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:18 NKJV
The Bible makes it very clear that there is just one true God, and we must not have any other gods before Him. That seems easy on the surface, but in reality this first of the ten commandments is the most difficult to keep. Almost anything can become like a god to us if we value it to much. Some worship at the feet of success. Some go to the alter of riches and wealth. Some give their hearts and souls to achieve celebrity status. There are some who who were called to proclaim God’s truth, yet traded everything for a few moments in the sanctuary of lust. Roman 1:25 condemns all people “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator”
Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Matthew 4:10 KJV