We know that the way to salvation is through faith in Jesus Christ, who is God’s Son as spoken of by the prophets in the Bible. The Word of God spoke about Christ in the Old Testament, more than 400 years before Jesus was ever born. God sent His one and only Son Jesus to die on a cross more than 2,000 years ago for the sins of the world (John 3:16).
For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
We know the Word says that we must profess Christ with our mouths and believe in our heart in order to be saved and that it is the precious blood of Jesus that cleanses us from our unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). The New Covenant (the New Testament and promises of God) reflects the old Jewish sacrifices that would be presented to the priest at the temple.
In fact, under the Law almost everything is cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of the blood there is no forgiveness. (Hebrews 9:22)
Now, in the New Covenant, Jesus is the High Priest (read Hebrews 9:11-14), the sacrificial lamb who is the the only one who can redeem sins (as the awaited Messiah). Jesus is the only way to the Father (the one and true living God).
Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:14-16)
So some may ask, “All I need to do is believe?” “Yes and no” is my response to you regarding just “saying” you have faith. I can tell you that I am a follower of Jesus Christ day and night, but you will know me by my actions, lifestyle, choices and by my fruit (Luke 6:44). Ultimately, God knows if we are genuine, and if we are, then our life will show it. This isn’t to be religious; we are broken and sinful people, but we aim for holiness to honor the King of Kings, amen?
Not I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:12)
Of course Jesus died for sinners and there are different levels and different seasons everyone is in, but when you are aware of what sin is and you willfully disobey God’s Word, it can be very dangerous. God calls us to live holy, set-apart lives for His honor and glory so we can reach others for Christ and with the good news!
Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:13-16)
We all fall short of God’s glory and marvelous standard, hence why we need a Savior, but it’s not an excuse to sin. We need God’s grace because we will never be Jesus (Emmanuel = “God with us”), otherwise we wouldn’t have needed the one true final sacrifice. We will fall and will need to constantly seek God’s face daily, will need fellowship and accountability regularly, and will need to repent as well. God knows the hearts and minds of men. The Lord has us in the palms of His hands and loves you so much! There is such grace, love and forgiveness for you, me and those who believe.
The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked. (Proverbs 24:16)
I want to challenge you PI Girls to walk in the ways of the Lord, to examine yourself to see if you are in the faith (not just going to church as a hobby or entertainment or for social reasons). Really ask God to help any areas of doubt or unbelief and sin. Ask God to cleanse you and read His Word regularly to continue to transform your mind.
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. (Romans 12:1-2)
Faith and the journey of life is a process and no one becomes a devout disciple necessarily overnight, but we need to really look at the fruit of our lives and if our actions glorify God. In the Word it says that only the ones who do the WILL of the Father shall inherit the Kingdom of God. There are many false prophets and different doctrines in the last days and we must be careful to not follow a message that condones sin. Sure, there is grace, but God’s grace is never to be taken advantage of, nor is it a license to sin.
What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. (Romans 6:1-4)
Remember, when we rebel against God’s words, we are harming ourselves and going backwards. We want a blessed life, right? Well then, we need to listen, seek God, obey and guess what?! God promises a life of success, blessing, prosperity and protection when we honor him! Deuteronomy explains the blessings that comes from obedience! Read chapter 28 in the Holy Bible.
Finally, as you examine yourself and your faith, ask yourself: “Do I revere (respect) God? Do I live a life worthy of Christ and do I honor Him?” Write this down in a journal. Don’t beat yourself up, but seek the scriptures, ask the Lord for guidance and remember He is always there to clean us up, and to help us be children who will please and honor the King. God bless you!