What Would Have Happened?

What Would Have Happened?

What would have happened if God had no longer considered Abraham his friend after he lied about his wife twice to heathen kings to save himself?

What would have happened if God had abandoned Jacob after tricked his father into giving him Esau’s blessing?

What would have happened if God had refused to appoint Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt because he took the law into his own hands and killed an Egyptian, and then fled, spending the next 40 years in the desert?

What would have happened if God had refused to keep his promises to David after he committed adultery with Bathsheba, and was responsible for her husband’s death?

What would have happened if God had discounted Paul because of his past of persecuting believers?

What would have happened if Jesus had refused to come and give His life to save you because He knew that you would keep on making mistakes throughout your life?

Abraham would have never become the father of the nation of Israel.

Jacob, later called Israel, would never have been the one from whom the 12 tribes of Israel descended.

Moses would never have been able to lead the people out of slavery.

David’s family line would not have continued as the royal family line, from which Jesus would one day descend.

Paul would never have written over half of the books in the New Testament, or taken the gospel to the Gentiles.

You would have been utterly and eternally lost, and without hope and without God.

God doesn’t discount us because of our past, or the mistakes we have made.

Stop discounting yourself, and stop discounting others!

Trust In What Christ Has Done

Trust In What Christ Has Done

Week 24 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is drawing to a close. This week’s reading was Romans 13-16, and
1 Corinthians 1. These chapters finish Paul’s letter to the church at Rome, and begin one of his epistles to the church at Corinth.

1 Corinthians 1:30 says that Christ has become for us wisdom from God – our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.

We are in Christ. Our identity is found in Him. Our relationship with God, and our standing before Him, is based not off of anything that we have done. It is based off of what Christ has done for us. God doesn’t accept us because we have done enough good things, or are good enough people. He welcomes us as His children because we believe in His Son, who gave His life for us.

Our righteousness and holiness don’t come from ourselves. We haven’t done anything to earn our own redemption. Christ is our righteousness. He is our holiness. In Him is our redemption. Let’s learn to trust in what He has done for us, rather than our own efforts, in our relationship with God!

Not Ashamed of the Gospel

Not Ashamed of the GospelWeek 21 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearly finished. This week’s reading was Acts 26-28, and Romans 1-2. Acts 26-28 speaks mainly of Paul defending himself before King Agrippa, him sailing for Rome and getting shipwrecked on the island of Malta, his arrival in Rome, and him speaking to the Jewish leaders there.
In Romans 1-2, we read the beginning of Paul’s epistle to the Roman church.

In Romans 1:16, Paul declares that he is not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for the saving of all who believe. How many of us can honestly say the same thing? How many of us are unashamed to proclaim the gospel boldly when the occasion calls for it? In society today, a willingness to share what Christ has done is becoming more and more rare, yet more and more needed. Someone simply must tell this generation the good news!

What is this good news? What is it that we are to proclaim? Romans 1:17 answers this question. It states that the righteousness of God is revealed in the gospel – a righteousness that is by faith. This world needs to know that the way to gain acceptance before God is not through being a good person, or performing good deeds. It is through faith in Christ alone. We can’t be made right with God through our own efforts. We can only become right with Him by trusting in Jesus’ righteousness, set to our account. This is the good news we must share!

Know that you have been made right with God through faith in Christ, and share the good news with others, as God gives you the opportunity. Never be ashamed of the gospel. It is the power of God for the saving of all who believe!

Paul’s Secret

Paul's SecretWeek 20 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearing its end. This week’s reading was Acts 21-25. These chapters speak mainly of Paul, of his arrest, him speaking to the crowds, a plot against him, and charges being brought against him.

In Acts 21:10-13, Paul was warned by a prophet that he would be arrested in Jerusalem. The people pleaded with him not to go up to Jerusalem. Paul responded by stating that he was ready not only to be bound, but to die in Jerusalem for Jesus’ name.¬†What made Paul, a former persecutor of all who believed in Christ, now willing to risk his life to bring His name to others? What caused him to change direction so completely? What was his secret?

In Philippians 3:7-11, we find our answer. In these verses, Paul declares that he considers all things a loss compared to knowing Christ. He considers them garbage, that he may be found in Christ, having not a righteousness that came through the law, but a righteousness that is based on faith in Christ.

As these verses express, Paul understood that right standing before God isn’t based upon keeping His commandments. It’s based upon having faith in Christ, who kept them for us, and gave His life for our sins. Because our right standing before God is dependent not our imperfect selves, but on the One who truly is perfect, our righteousness is forever secure.

When we truly begin to understand this, something amazing happens. We go from religion to relationship. We go from head knowledge to heart knowledge. We go from an acknowledged belief in Christ to a living, vibrant, active faith in Him. This revelation of righteousness through faith in Christ made Paul willing to face imprisonment for the sake of His name. God desires for each of us to catch this revelation. I challenge you to ask God to reveal to you His grace, and the truths of the gospel, in a great way every single day.

The Past, and the Future God Has For You

The Past, and the Future God Has For YouWeek 17 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is almost over. This week’s reading was Acts 6-10. These chapters speak mainly of the spreading of the good news of what Christ had done, the story of Stephen (the first martyr), the conversion of Paul, the apostle, and Peter preaching the gospel to the household of Cornelius, the centurion.

The Apostle Paul wasn’t always a believer, bringing the gospel to many, and writing letters that would someday become a part of the New Testament. At one point, he was a persecutor of all who believed in Christ. After his encounter with Jesus, however, he was completely changed. Despite his past of threatening the church, God chose him to proclaim His name to others (Acts 9:15).

No matter what you may have done over the course of your life, know that God has a plan and a purpose for you. If you are in Christ, then you are a new creation
(2 Corinthians 5:17). You are no longer who you once were, and God wants to use you in ways that are beyond your wildest imaginings. Don’t allow your past actions to prevent you from fulfilling God’s plan for your life. Find and follow His purpose for you, leaving your past in the past, and stepping into the future that God has for you!

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