Jesus is the Way

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“I believe in God, but I’m not really sure if I’m saved.”

Uncertainty squelches the joy and freedom of a life in Christ when believers are stuck wondering if their salvation is valid.

 

But God shares His plan of Salvation without stuttering. A quick stroll down The Romans Road reveals exactly how we know if we’re saved.

 

Romans 3:23 reminds us that every one of us has sinned and fallen “short of the glory of God.”

 

Romans 6:23 assures us that “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 

We find hope and experience God’s grace in Romans 5:8.

 

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

 

Romans 10:9 reveals the key to Salvation.

 

“…if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

 

And Romans 10:13 proclaims God’s faithfulness and mercy.

 

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

 

Our good behavior and charitable works can’t earn salvation. Our weaknesses and struggles with sin can’t take salvation away from us.

 

Once we receive Christ as our Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit dwells within us. We are empowered by the Spirit to walk in obedience, freedom and faith as the Lord transforms our lives and aligns our hearts with His.

 

Once we’re saved, we can nurture our personal relationship with Jesus by communing with Him through prayer and studying the Bible.

 

I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to read the New Testament in 2012 with some amazing women of God. On Saturday, we started the book of Romans. Hallelujah!

 

Join us in this exciting adventure through the New Testament.

 

If you are starting today, sign up for the daily email reminders at CBN.com and read Romans 1-2.

 

If you started in January but fell off track, don’t worry about what’s behind us. Start with today’s reading.

 

I’m looking forward to growing with you!

 

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We Were Made to Seek the Lord

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“Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.” Psalm 105:4, NIV

We’re over halfway through our journey through the New Testament in 2012. Praise the Lord!

 

My Kindle shows I’ve read 58% of the New Testament. And we’re only four and a half months into the year. Hallelujah!

 

Last week’s reading of Acts 17 affirmed why our commitment to dig into God’s Word is worth the daily effort, the sacrifice of our time.

 

“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.

 

From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.” Acts 17:24-27, NIV

 

God created us for relationship with Him. By spending time in prayer and reading the Bible we can nurture intimacy with our amazing Savior. There’s no right or wrong way to do it. And it’s never too late to start.

 

Even if you didn’t sign up in the beginning to read the New Testament in 2012, or if you fell off track a bit, you are welcomed to join the adventure today. Sign up to receive the daily reading reminders at CBN.com. Click on New Testament readings and be ready to be swept off your feet by our awesome God.

 

I look forward to growing with you, sisters.

 

Thank You, Lord, for the opportunity to read the Bible with my precious sisters in Christ. Reveal Yourself to us in brand-new ways as we fall head-over-heels-in-love with You, all over again. In Jesus’ name, Amen

 

 

Do you remember when you fell in love with Jesus? I’d love to hear your story.

 

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Photo provided by Lindsie West

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5 Steps to Help a Writer Stay on God’s Path

Over the six amazing days at the 2012 Mount Hermon Christian Writers conference, I was reminded of five steps that would help me stay on God’s path.

 

 

 

1. Ask

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7

At first glance, this verse sounds like an open invitation for selfishness. But, the Bible reminds us there is a specific type of asking God is referring to.

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, he hears us. And if we know he hears us?whatever we ask?we know that we have what we asked of him.” 1 John 5:14-15

When our heart yearns to know and please God above all else, what we ask for begins to align with His will.

2. Seek

What are we supposed to be seeking above all else?

An answer to prayer? A dream fulfilled? Prestige? Publication?

Not if we want to please God.

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

The Greek word used for seek is ekz?te?, which means to search intently with great care.

God wants us our first priority to be actively seeking to know Him intimately.

3. Find

 

“For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.” Matthew 16:25

The Greek word for find, heurisk?, means to discover, to obtain, to be enjoyed.

When we seek to know God more than we seek the fulfillment of our agendas, we are empowered to trust Him when things don’t go as we would like or as we expect.

We can let go of our selfish desires and find joy in His desire for our lives.

4. Knock

The word used in Matthew 7:8 is knocks, which implies persistence. When I read this verse, my mind zips to 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Hallelujah!

Don’t quit.

In God’s perfect timing, the door He’s chosen will be opened.

But, what if the door that opens leads to a place outside of our comfort zone?

5. Walk

Joshua 1:9 is my favorite verse when I need a loving kick to jump start my walking by faith.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

The Hebrew word for go in Joshua 1:9 is h?lak. It’s a verb meaning to travel, to walk as a lifestyle, to follow, to continue, to be escorted, enabled to walk and go forward.

As we pray continually, acknowledging God’s presence moment by moment, He enables us to walk courageously no matter where He directs our steps.

The Lord will be with us as we keep stepping with His direction.

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What situation in your life has you stuck on seeking direction because you’re struggling to surrender to God and walk by faith, not by sight?

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