“The Just shall live by faith”
The truth is, none of us are able to serve the LORD as we ought. I believe, this is why Paul prays for the Ephesians. He prays that God “may grant (them) to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in (their) inner being (Ephesians 3:16).
Sixteen years ago, my boyhood love for God’s Word had sadly diminished. The example of my grandparents had been forgotten. Then, in the midst of a crisis, I was challenged to systematically and thoughtfully read the Bible with the simple intent to know God.
As Christians, it is not our will, our plans, our desires that we trust and follow. Rather, we trust in the Lord with all our heart. We follow his paths even when it seems difficult and impossible. The result will be life!
Who is your boss?
And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer" (Mark 9:27). Jesus spoke these words to his disciples who failed to cast out a demon. Did it never occur to the disciples to pray before they tried to heal this boy? Absurd! Was this an attitude of self sufficiency? Or arrogance?
Jesus told his disciples, "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another”
Last week, we noted that the early Church was formed by the proclamation of God’s Word. Thisis not new to the New Testament. Already, in Genesis 1, we read how God spoke and male and female were created. God’s very words are creative, they bring life! Yet, it is not life in the singular. It is life in community.
Throughout Acts we see this phrase, “And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of disciples multiplied” (6:7). This seems far to simple and yet this is how the Church was formed!