If we are not showing deep love and devotion for Jesus continually in our lives, then do we truly understand or appreciate how much we have been forgiven?
If you ever feel like you are doing pretty good with your discipleship because you are better than your neighbor, you picked the wrong standard!
O THAT I could repent! With all my idols part, And to thy gracious eye present A humble, contrite heart; A heart with grief oppressed For having grieved my God, A troubled heart that cannot rest, Till sprinkled with thy blood.
Ephesians Series • 23. Loins Girt About With Truth Ephesians 6:14a (October 18, 2020) The pandemic, upheaval in local and federal government, and riots in the streets of America's largest cities shows that we are definitely enduring a battle with the forces of darkness in high places. Through all of this turmoil, many are claiming to speak the truth and persuade the masses to follow them. In today's message, Elder Bryce reminds us that what the Bible says is true. We need to have Biblical truth as the foundation of our lives or we can be easily fooled into following dangerous false doctrines.
There is a true rest in the grace of God when we see that Jesus truly did “pay it all.”
Jesus plainly teaches that the Father is revealed to God’s people by the Son. This is an act of His sovereign will, choice, and power. It is not contingent upon man’s choice or acceptance
Let us not point the finger at some other city or nation. Let us not exalt ourselves and say that is talking about some other church or individual. Our belief is reflected in our actions (James 2:18). If we are not transforming our lives in thankfulness to the grace of God bestowed upon us, we are no better than these ungrateful and wretched cities.
Jesus plainly says that there are some who truly do love God and want to hear from Him. They seek out truth. And even though they are sometimes errant in their ways, they are not interested in just playing church. They truly want to glorify God in their worship.
Ephesians Series • 22 “Be Strong in the Lord” Ephesians 6:10-13 In part two of this message, Elder Bryce begins by describing the battle techniques of our enemy the devil. He then reminds us that God has designed the whole armor of God so that, if used properly, we will not only be able to fight and win our spiritual battles, we will be able to stand in the end unharmed. Oh, what a blessed thought!
In order to truly dwell in the kingdom of God (and not just visit from time to time), we need to understand what things, situations, relationships, etc. work against our discipleship.