Getting “Right with God” and Living that Way!

How wonderful to be “justified by faith” – right with God – forgiven of all sin, made righteous, transformed inside-out by God! I remember the wonderful sense of peace and joy that came to my life when I put my trust in God to fulfill His promise to make me “right with God!” That day I repented (turned from my sin) and put my trust in Jesus make me “right with God” through what He did on my behalf through His death, burial and resurrection!

Great experience – awesome experience!!!

But, having done that – and experienced that – how can I take that experience and turn it into a reality, day by day, in my life? How can I live a transformed life? How can I live “right with God?”

Well, I’m glad you asked! My Bible reading today during my time of “coffee with the Lord” helped provide the answer I believe! Here it is…

Here’s how you get “right with God”… “A person is not justified by works of the law, but through faith in Jesus Christ,,,because by works of the law no one will be justified!” (Galatians 2:17) You cannot get “right with God” by trying to earn it through religious rigor or good works!

And once “justified” or “right with God,” how can you live that way every day and demonstrate that you’re “right with God” through faith in Christ? Here it is… same passage: “I have been crucified with Christ! It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me! And the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me!” (Galatians 2:20) In other words, I fully (and personally) identify with what Jesus did on my behalf – His death, burial, and resurrection – every day! His death, becomes my death to sin and self! His resurrection life becomes the dynamic I depend upon to live a transformed life that pleases Him! You see, baptism becomes more than a ceremony – it represents a lived-out reality in my life!

Only one response… Praise the Lord and thank you Jesus!!!

“Just a Sip” from “Coffee with the Lord” Today…

The secret to “Justification by faith” having its maximum impact in my life…

“I have been crucified with Christ! It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me! And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me!”  (Galatians 2:20 ESV)

The Christmas Story… In May Yet!!!

I just finished reading the Christmas story from Luke 2 this morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord” (In May yet!)… What a wonderful story!  Serendipitous… Filled with surprises…

Who would have guessed that the Son of God, Savior of the world, “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” (a title claimed and corrupted by Caesar) would have been born in a stable, His cradle a manger shared with cattle…  and the grand and glorious announcement of this birth?  Not to nobility, but to humble Bedouin shepherds, “out in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks by night.”

Imagine it… another sleepy night with the sheep… “Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them!  They were terrified!! But the angel reassured them… ‘Don’t be afraid!’ he said. I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.  The Savior – yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!’ … And then suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others – the armies of heaven – filling the sky and praising God saying, ‘Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.’” (Luke 2.9-14 NLT).

Who, but Almighty God, could have/would have written the script for the “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” – Savior of the world” that way?!  BUT THAT IS GOD’S WAY…  GOD SURPRISES US BY REVEALING HIMSELF IN THE ORDINARY EVENTS OF LIFE – HE SUDDENLY APPEARS IN THE HUM-DRUM – HE MANIFESTS HIMSELF TO ORDINARY FOLK, LIKE YOU AND ME!!  HIS WAY IS FILLED WITH “GRACE SURPRISES!”  

It could happen to you… it could happen to me… “Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them.”  Wow!! Even on May 23, 2022!!

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