Legalism isn’t a word you find in the Bible, but it’s a concept you’ll find throughout the Old and New Testaments. It must be an ongoing problem if God keeps bringing it up. We just tend to drift into the belief that he’ll love us more and bless us more if we show external obedience.
Do you struggle with peer pressure? I didn’t think I did until a week ago. I’m 43 years old. I’ve figured out who I am, and who I’m not, and I’m pretty content with that. I don’t really feel the need to prove myself to anyone. I don’t feel the need to have anyone’s approval. At least, that’s what I thought.
We’re beggars in a back alley, and we’ve found this five-star restaurant where the chef slips his best dishes out the back door every night. We’ve decided to camp outside the door. Why wouldn’t we? We’ve found this epic food, so we’re all huddled around the chef’s door. That’s what brings us together. It’s not anything about ourselves, it’s the chef.
God doesn’t judge you by your performance, he judges you by his grace.
Galatians says if I have Jesus living in me, then I have love, joy, and peace. Period. So why don’t I have those things all the time? It must be because I’m not allowing Jesus to fully live in me. It must be because I’m somehow pushing Jesus away.
I usually teach a short history lesson on Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation to my World History Class. If you’re familiar with the history of the Reformation, you may recall that JohannTetzel would parade around Germany, offering shortened time in purgatory...
Christ living in me means everything that’s true of Christ is true of me. I get access to everything he has. Everything that’s been given to Christ has been given to me.
I love stories with surprise endings. Plot twists you never saw coming. Movies that force you to watch the whole thing over again as soon as they’re done, because the ending changed everything you thought was really happening. I think God wired us to love surprises, because Easter is the best plot twist in history.
There are many reasons why we don’t pray: busy-ness, laziness, selfishness. But I think one big reason people don’t pray is because they don’t really expect God to answer.