Three Things to BelieveAugust 5, 2013
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. Ephesians 1:18-19a
Understanding the basics of righteousness will change the way we think and help us implement God’s will in our lives. Here are three important basics to believe:
Believe in peace with God. Peace comes through repentance—because of what Jesus did on the Cross we can have peace and right standing with God. (Read Romans 5.)
Believe in the power of God. We have been given the baptism in the Holy Spirit so we can have assistance in the proclamation of the Gospel. You can change the eternal destiny of someone by sharing the loving message of Jesus in an authentic way. The Holy Spirit comes alongside to help you—in prayer, at work, in your marriage, in your thought life, and when you’re tempted. (Read Acts 1 and 2.)
Believe in the purpose of God. If something has happened in life to blunt your edge, you don’t have to stay stuck. You can get excited about Jesus and the plans He has for you. Take the Bible for all it’s worth—biblical believing will revolutionize your world. (Read Genesis 12.)
Since then it is by faith that we are justified, let us grasp the fact that we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him we have confidently entered into this new relationship of grace, and here we take our stand, in happy certainty of the glorious things He has for us in the future. Romans 5:1-2 Phillips Translation
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