Wednesday, March 1, 2017

‎Jim Vining‎ to Understanding the Times SS Class

Acts 9:5 And he said, "Who are You, Lord?" Then the Lord said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads."
Our obedience must have one primary motive – serving the Lordship of Jesus Christ. To enter the presence of God we must bring our ‘will’ – laying aside all personal ambition that we might experience the fullness of Christ. Believing in Jesus Christ is far more than simply acknowledging His existence and sacrifice – true faith in Christ will result in a transformed life. Faith in our Lord is hollow without humble devotion to His commands. Our obedience and worship are fruit of our faith – but compliance must not be more valued than contrition. Boldness must be tempered with brokenness; holiness is discovered in humility. Unless we accept our Lord’s right to possess our lives our service becomes slavery, our faith is imagined and our hope is subject to our happiness. Faith must be anchored in the Word of God not the comfort and provision of this life. Jesus will never bow to my desire to be what I want Him to be but His Holy Spirit is ever vigilant to help me understand who He declares Himself to be. The saving grace of Jesus Christ is bonded to our willingness to accept His Lordship over our lives. 
Read through the Bible in one year – Mar. 1 – Mk. 7; Num. 21-24

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