Feeling the warm weather and seeing the new growth springing forth makes me rejoice again for the newness of life Jesus Christ offers us. As we leave winter behind and begin enjoying another spring season, we know that change is God’s way of giving us variety in life. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says there is a season for everything, and a time for every purpose under heaven, and I believe it.
In her article “God’s Grace on Display,” Taffi talks about how to see the glory of God all around us. Many people are blind to the beauty He created for us to enjoy, and they’re too busy to notice simple things like the birds chirping, soft breezes blowing, or a beautiful sunrise or sunset. Meditating on this, we realize that all this beauty couldn’t possibly be an accident; it was created for us deliberately and according to the Master’s plan.
The world today is turbulent and uncertain. Because of our faith in Grace, Who is Jesus, we can successfully live in the world without becoming part of it. My article “Facing the Future” discusses how verbally confessing the promises in the Bible helps us overcome the spirit of fear that terrorizes so many others. Speaking God’s Word of faith, instead of the world’s words of fear, tells the enemy that we know he won’t prevail.
Many of you know by now that I hate religion for a variety of reasons, and in “Religion versus Relationship,” I go over some of the issues I have with man-made philosophies that so many churches push on people. Every religion says we must “do” something to be saved, but true Christianity is simply a relationship with Jesus. It’s about trusting in and believing what He did on the cross over two thousand years ago. God isn’t angry with us and He doesn’t want to punish us—He simply wants to love us and show us His truth, grace, and mercy.
In “Spiritually Refreshed!” Taffi picks up the same theme of having a relationship with Christ, and how it gives us the spiritual rest that religion can never provide. Trying to satisfy all the requirements the world places on us can leave us feeling burned out and exhausted, but being in Jesus’ presence renews and strengthens us. When everything in our life is off-kilter, taking the time out of our busy schedule to reconnect with Him refocuses and rebalances us. Resting in Him recharges our spiritual batteries.
In “Works Under Grace” I discuss the difference between the works of the flesh and acts of grace. Some people get confused by the fact that Jesus did all the work required for us to get into heaven, and they think that they don’t have to do any work. We’re now living post-cross, and although we’re no longer required to work to earn God’s favor, He’s pleased when our faith is strong enough to result in corresponding actions.
Grace is important, but it must be balanced with faith. In “Avoiding the Extremes of Faith and Grace,” I warn against the extremes of either legalism or lasciviousness that result when we rely too much on one promise and ignore God’s other promises. Achieving a balance keeps us spiritually centered. Digesting all of the Word helps us with the nuts and bolts of how to do that.
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