The Gospel does not admit of favorites. Every man, woman and child stands before the Gospel in exactly the same need of salvation. The Gospel does not favor one group over another ? in fact it is a real leveler in the sense that it treats us all on exactly the same basis. Every human person is in need of salvation and thus no one is exempt from its message. I find this a very comforting experience in that I can share my experiences with others and know that they will be able to understand me. Conversely, whenever I hear stories of conversion, I am inspired to go deeper in my own faith walk with Jesus.
22 Scripture confined all things under the power of sin, that through faith in Jesus Christ the promise might be given to those who believe. 23 Before faith came, we were held in custody under law, confined for the faith that was to be revealed. 24 Consequently, the law was our disciplinarian for Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a disciplinarian. 26 For through faith you are all children of God in Christ Jesus. 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham?s descendant, heirs according to the promise.
P S A L M
Psalm 105:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
R: The Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
2 Sing to him, sing his praise, proclaim all his wondrous deeds. 3 Glory in his holy name; rejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD! (R) 4 Look to the LORD in his strength; seek to serve him constantly. 5 Recall the wondrous deeds that he has wrought, his portents, and the judgments he has uttered. (R) 6 You descendants of Abraham, his servants, sons of Jacob, his chosen ones! 7 He, the LORD, is our God; throughout the earth his judgments
G O S P E L
Do not make the mistake of removing the element of faith and obedience from the concept of blessedness in the Christian life. Without faith, without obedience to God?s will, there is no such thing as happiness for the Christian. Sometimes this may be difficult to grasp as the world often sees obedience as something that is contrary to happiness; something imposed upon a person from the outside. However, as Christians, we know that obedience to God is the perfect use of the gift of freedom. In fact, any other sort of obedience, such as to the passions or desires of the world, is ultimately doomed to unhappiness as it is outside the will of God for our lives.
27 While he was speaking, a woman from the crowd called out and said to him, ?Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed.? 28 He replied, ?Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.?
think: As Christians we know that obedience to God is the perfect use of the gift of freedom.
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T O D A Y ? S BLESSING LIST
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Matthew 7-9