of my biggest struggles as a believer in Christ is who I have been, versus who
Christ says I am as a believer in Him. I admit, I have allowed the
self-critical voice in my head, or what others say and think marginalize the
greatness of Who He Is in me and what He can do in me. In my past’s personal
walk, I have had the tendency to be more of a Prodigal Son, than a steadfast
believer. How many of us have had that: “Give me salvation, Father. All right,
now, I got this…” sort of mentality? I
wonder, if we are being transparent with ourselves, how many of us have allowed
our missteps, whatever it is—that abortion, that DUI, that undeleted browser
history, that drug abuse or that affair—to label and imprison us? How many of
us have succumbed to the smug, self-satisfied taunts of “She will never change!
You know she aborted…” or “He is still just an addict. Give him enough rope,
he’ll hang himself…” Or, “Once a cheater, always a cheater.” Have you allowed
your past, or what others say a…
I know…no Scripture
header! What is this blog coming to? Today, we are looking at Romans 12:12-13.
But, I ask that you take the time to either pull it up in the YouVersion app or
turn to it in your Bible.
I’ve struggled with these
verses both as a Believer and long before I ever accepted Christ. I’ve had to work
hard on my prayer life and feel it’s finally become a serious strength. I pray
quietly to myself, as well as out loud around my house and in the car. But, I admit
that I have struggled with rejoicing in hope at times. I have struggled with persevering
in tribulation. Sometimes, I’ve felt like my contribution to the needs of the saints
has really amounted to nothing and entertaining strangers is not one of my
spiritual gifts. However, much like my prayer life, these are spiritual disciplines
that I have had to cultivate as a follower of Christ, and that I am still
It’s not easy. In fact,
there have been times I tried throwing in the towel al…
I know that usually there
is a Bible verse but today I am going to deviate from the Word Servant norm. I
still encourage you to read 1 John 2:12-14. Those are the verses that impact
today’s writing. However, I am going to come at this from a different angle
today and just share what’s on my mind and heart.
The words “your sins have
been forgiven you for His name’s sake” hit me hard. I mean, if you really look
at the word sake, it means through, by, or because of
Him. My sins have been forgiven me through Jesus. Your sins have been
forgiven you by Jesus. Our sins have been forgiven us because of
Jesus. No matter how I look at it, it is because of Him, through Him, by His
life, death and resurrection and for His name’s sake that each of us are saved.
Aside from accepting Him as Lord, what have I done in securing my eternal
salvation? Nothing. Think about that for a moment.
Further, the words “you
have overcome the evil one” and “you are strong, and the word of God abid…