4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. – Titus 3:4-7 (NKJV)
We are saved by our works, but through the mercy of Jesus, who died for us. It is only through Jesus taking our place at the Cross that we are saved. There is no “Jesus died, but you must do this, that and the other thing in order to be saved.” Remember this: mercy is God not giving us what we deserve–death for our sins. Grace is God giving us what we don’t deserve–eternal life, justification, righteousness.
On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” – Mark 4:35
In life, there will always be obstacles, but we need to cross over to the other side of them. We need to make a decision to leave the past in the past, and move onto the future. Most people stay stuck in the past because they refuse to decide to walk toward their future.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
When we become in Christ, we are Born-again. Inside we have become new. Unfortunately, our circumstances and our thinking doesn’t magically line up with that decision. It takes work to get our thinking in line with God’s. When we believe right, we will think right. And believing right will change our cirumstances.
For a just man falls seven times, and rises up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief. – Proverbs 24:16
A new friend reminded me of this Scripture. Although we fall down, God will pick us up. We have to just keep letting Him pick us up. We have to keep getting up and remembering good things are down the road. We just have to keep walking toward them.
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. – Psalm 37:23 (KJV)
God orders our steps. Yesterday, I took a trip that I usually take when I have a day off, only to learn information about someone I thought I knew. God ordered my steps, so I would learn that information. Sometimes we don’t know why God is leading us to go certain places, but He wants to lead us into all truth.
Jesus grew both in body and in wisdom, gaining favor with God and people. – Luke 2:52 (GNT)
If Jesus is all man and all God, why did He need to grow in wisdom and stature and gain favor with men? To know what we go through when we are growing up in Christ, to experience what we experience. We experience growing pains when we are gaining wisdom in particular. We can know that Christ really does know what we feel when we are growing in wisdom and stature and gaining favor with God and men.
Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. – Isaiah 43:18
We reflect a lot about the year and the would ofs, should ofs and could ofs of it, but God tell us to remember not the former things. We need to look forward to the best that God has in store for us because the best is yet to come. It is hard to think that when you are going through things, but remember that God is always for us and not against us.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. – Psalms 147:3
Is your heart broken? Grieved? Maybe you broke up with someone you deeply loved. Perhaps you lost a love one. Maybe you are grieved because of what is happening in our world. God promises to heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds. When your heart feels like it is breaking in a million pieces, God is faithful to mend it back together.
Nothing is impossible with God. Nothing. I have had things in my life that seem insurmountable, seem as if they cannot be penetrated, but I forget that the God of the Universe, the God who walked on water, through walls and died on the Cross for me, is on my side and able to tear down any obstacles that prevents me from doing His will. He can for you too.
I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. – Philippians 4:13
Does all mean some? I can do some things through Christ? No, all means without exception. We can do all things through Christ. Yes? If we say, we can’t do this or that, then we are negating the Word of God that says we can do all things through Christ. All we are required to do is believe it.