What Does It Mean To Be A Christian?

Christian Q

Have you ever wondered what it really means to be a Christian? Have you ever had someone ask you that question, and found it difficult to explain to them clearly what being a Christian is all about?

Simply put, a Christian is someone who has received God’s gift of salvation. A Christian understands that . . .

  • They have done things that are wrong, and the wrong things they have done separated from God. (Ephesians 2:12)
  • No matter how hard they try, they can’t save themselves. We can never be good enough to earn a relationship with God, because He is perfect, and no matter how hard we try, we just can’t be perfect. (Romans 3:10)
  • Jesus took their place. The payment for doing things that are wrong is death. Jesus took our place, and died for us. Because He did that, we can have eternal life – a relationship with God that begins now, and will last forever! (Romans 6:23,
    John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:21)
  • God offers us salvation as a free gift. When someone gives you a gift, you reach out and take it! God offers the gift of salvation to each of us. We simply need to receive it! (Ephesians 2:8-9)

If you’ve already accepted Jesus as your Savior, this is what that decision meant. If you haven’t received God’s gift of salvation yet, accept it today!

Aren’t sure where to begin? Simply tell God that you know you’re an sinner, and can’t save yourself. Tell Him you want Jesus to be your Savior, and that you receive His gift of forgiveness and salvation. It’s as simple as that!

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Powerful and Effective Prayers

Powerful and Effective PrayersWeek 42 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is drawing to a close. This week’s reading was James 3-5 and 1 Peter 1-2.

James 5:16 says that the prayers of a righteous person are effective and powerful. You have been made righteous through faith in Christ (Philippians 3:9). Therefore, your prayers are powerful and effective! Nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37), and He promises that when you call to Him, He will answer you (Jeremiah 33:3). You have been given power over all the power of the devil (Luke 10:19). When you resist him, he must flee
(James 4:7)!

You have been given right standing with God through faith. You don’t need to be afraid to ask Him for what you need. He wants you to come before Him with the freedom and confidence of knowing that you are His child (Ephesians 3:12), and that He will give good gifts to those who ask (Matthew 7:11).

You are the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21). When you pray, know that your prayers are powerful and effective because of what Jesus has done for you!

Life More Abundant

Life More AbundantThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is John 10:10. This verses says that while the thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy, Jesus came that we might have life more abundant.

John 10:10 states that it is the thief who comes to steal, kill, and destroy. It is not God who does these things. He isn’t the author of pain and heartache in our lives, for His desire is for us to experience the abundant life that His Son came to give us.

When Jesus died for us at the cross, He paid the price for our sins in full. Because of Him, we have been made righteous. God has lavished upon us the abundance of His love and grace. Jesus’ finished work guarantees that there is no longer anything standing in the way of us experiencing God’s blessing, and the abundant life He desires for us!

Ephesians 3:20-21 declares that God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, far above all we could ask or think. The question isn’t whether He is willing for us to live in the abundance He has made available to us, but whether or not we will receive it.

Jesus came that YOU might have life, and have it more abundantly! Do you believe that God wants you to live in the abundance that Jesus came to give you? Will you receive and begin to walk in it?

A Letter From God, Part 2

A Letter From God, Part 2

 My Beloved Son Or Daughter,

Do you know that you are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:19)? You were created in My image (Genesis 1:27). You display My splendor (Isaiah 61:4) to the world around you!

Out of all the people on the earth, I know and love you individually. I know when you sit down, and when you arise (Psalm 139:2). I have numbered each hair on your head (Matthew 10:30). I am familiar with all of your ways (Psalm 139:3). You are Mine (Isaiah 43:1) – someone whom I so love that I gave My Son for them (John 3:16).

You need not be afraid to draw near to Me, for My Son took your place at the cross, so that you could be made right with Me (2 Corinthians 5:21). There’s no sin you could commit that My grace doesn’t far exceed (Romans 5:20). Know this, and approach My throne of grace with freedom and confidence (Hebrews 4:16)!

When I look at you, I see My Son’s perfection covering you. In Him, you have been perfected once and for all (Hebrews 10:14). You don’t have to earn right standing before Me, for I have clothed you in a robe of righteousness (Isaiah 61:10). I have done this not because of anything you have done, but because of what My Son has done for you.

I have chosen you (John 15:16). I have lavished My love upon you, and called you My child
(1 John 3:1). Know that in My eyes, you are cherished, valued, and treasured.

May You Begin To See Yourself As I See You,

Your Heavenly Father

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Religion Says . . . God Says . . .

Religion Says . . . God Says . . .

Religion says that you must be perfect. God says that you have been perfected once and for all (Hebrews 10:14).

Religion says that you must earn God’s acceptance. God says that you are accepted in the beloved (Ephesians 1:6).

Religion says that you must keep a long list of rules to be made right with God. God says that you are made right with Him through faith in His Son (Philippians 3:9).

Religion says that when you sin, God is displeased with you. God says that He remembers your sins no more (Hebrews 8:12).

Religion says that you must do everything right to experience God’s blessings. God says that they are free gifts of His unmerited favor.

Religion says that your sins will find you out. God says that your sins received their full punishment at the cross.

Religion says when you sin, to expect God’s judgement. God says that where there’s sin, there’s an even greater abundance of grace (Romans 5:20).

Religion says that you a servant who must earn the approval of their master. God says that you are His dearly loved child (1 John 3:1).

The fundamental difference between religion and a relationship with God is this – religion tells you what you must do. God tells you what His Son has already done.

Blessings For The Righteous

Blessings For The RighteousThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is
Psalm 5:12. This verse tells us that God blesses those who are righteous, and surrounds them with His favor as with a shield.

How are we made righteous? Do we become righteous by doing enough good deeds, trying to obey all of God’s rules, or by being a ‘good’ person? Romans 3:22 gives us the answer to this question. It says that righteousness is given through faith in Jesus to all who believe. We can never be good enough to become right with God on our own. The only way for us to truly be made right with Him is by trusting in Christ’s finished work at the cross.

If we have faith in Christ, then we are righteous – not because of what we have done, but because of what He has done for us. God’s Word says that He blesses the righteous. Know that if you have placed your faith in His Son, His blessings are yours! Also, know that His favor surrounds you as with a shield. Wherever you go, and whomever you come in contact with, God’s unmerited favor is upon you! As you go about your day, expect success, for your Heavenly Father is on your side!

Made Righteous Through Faith

Made Righteous Through FaithWeek 22 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearing its end. This week’s reading was Romans 3-7. These chapters continue Paul’s epistle to the Romans.

Romans 3:10 declares that there is no one who is righteous – not even one. We have all sinned – all broken God’s law. None of us can keep all of His commandments perfectly.We simply can’t  be made right with God through our actions. No matter how hard we try, we can never be good enough to earn His acceptance.

If we can’t be made righteous through our own efforts, then how are we made right with God? Romans 3:21-22 gives us the answer. It speaks of a righteousness that is apart from the law – a righteousness that comes through faith to all who believe. We are made right with God not by our actions, but by having faith in Jesus, and what He’s done for us. When we believe in Him, His righteousness is accredited to us. This is how we are made right in the eyes of our Heavenly Father!

None of us are righteous, in and of ourselves. We are made righteous through faith in Christ. Let’s trust in Him for our righteousness!

He Doesn’t Treat Us As Our Sins Deserve

Psalm 10310This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Psalm 103:10. This verse states that God does not treat us as our sins merit, nor repay us according to our wrongdoings.

This world’s system tells us that if we do wrong, we deserve to be punished. Do something that’s not right, and you must pay the price – that’s the mindset that we are used to. This, however, is not how God handles things. In spite of the fact that we have sinned, because of what Christ has done, He still welcomes us as His children – and, as His sons and daughters, delights in blessing us. Instead of treating us as our sins deserve, He treats us as those who have been made right in His eyes.

Our Heavenly Father does not repay us according to our iniquities. When we turned from Him, His response was to send His Son to redeem us. Whereas we deserved His wrath and anger, He poured it out on Jesus, that we might receive His love and grace. While we deserved His fiery judgement, He placed it upon Christ, that we might be given His unmerited favor. Though we deserved punishment, He sent Jesus to take that punishment upon Himself, that we might inherit His abundant blessings. All He asks of us is to simply receive His gift of salvation by placing our faith in His Son. Considering all that He has done for us, how can we ever doubt the goodness of our God?

God neither treats us as our sins merit, nor repays us according to our wrongdoings. He is constantly showing us His limitless mercy and grace. Let’s give thanks to Him for His unending love!

Made Righteous In Christ

Made Righteous In ChristThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is 2 Corinthians 5:21. This verse says that He who knew no sin was made to be sin for us, that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.

At the cross, the greatest exchange in all of history took place – Jesus, the spotless, sinless, perfect Son of God, took our sins upon Himself, that we, through faith in Him (Philippians 3:9), could be made right with with God. He took our place of sin, that we might receive His place of righteousness in the eyes of the Most High.

God’s love for us is matchless, yet He is just, and must punish sin. Because of His great love for us, He sent His Son to take upon Himself the punishment merited by our wrongdoings in its entirety. All of God’s wrath against sin was poured out on Him. Because the price for our sin has been paid in full, God is both just and the justifier of all who have faith in Christ (Romans 3:26). We are made right in His eyes not because of anything that we have done, but because of what Christ has done for us.

God wants us to receive the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness (Romans 5:17) that He has made available to us. He wants us to know that He no longer sees us through the lens of our transgressions, but rather through the lens of His Son’s finished work. He wants us to view ourselves that way as well – as made right with Him. Believe that you are the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21)!