In Christ

What does it mean to be in Christ? 2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us that, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” The Greek word for the phrase ‘be in’ is enand denotes position. It is in essence letting us know the position of the person. A person can either be in Christ or outside of Christ. Being in Christ means that we are included within, that Christ possesses us (we are no longer our own), we belong to Him, and we understand that we originate in …

In Peace

In Peace. In peace. Not just any peace, but the peace of God which surpasses all understanding. This is the peace that we desire to find ourselves in. Isaiah 26:3 tells us, “He will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Jesus tells us that He gives us His peace and that it is not the same peace the world gives. There are no strings attached to the peace Jesus gives. There are no unspoken expectations, no have to-s in order to obtain it, and no guilt trip after receiving it. …

In Joy

“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” John 15:11. What things did Jesus speak? The prior verses detail abiding in Christ. That if we remain in Christ we will bear much fruit, but if not then we will be cast out as a withered branch. If we abide in Christ we will ask what we desire and it shall be done for us. This is because if we are abiding in Christ we will not be asking amiss or for selfish reasons. These are the things …

In Rest

Inclusion within rest. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? The opposite would be exclusion from rest which doesn’t sound so lovely. The question is, how do we enter into the rest God provides? And then, how do we stay in it?  These questions take us to Hebrews chapter 4. We learn in this chapter that in order to enter God’s rest we must believe (Hebrews 4: 3), we must be obedient (4: 6), and we must cease from our own works (4: 10). If we desire to enter into rest we must believe. The Greek word for believe is pisteuo. This word …

In Hope

“Rejoicing in hope.” Romans 12: 12. In this chapter of Romans there is a wonderful list of instruction for us to live godly in Christ Jesus. One of these instructions is to rejoice in hope. How do we do that? How shall we be in hope and then also rejoice in it? I am so glad you asked! We are to rejoice in hope. Rejoice in Greek is chairo and carries the meaning of being cheerful, calmly happy, or well off. This is a place of settled peace and feeling good about what we believe in and stand upon. In …

In Trust

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3: 5 Hope is based upon expectation while trust is based upon confidence. The word for trust here is batach. This word carries the meaning of trusting in, being confident or sure in, and hiding for refuge in. If we are in a place of trust in the Lord then we are not in a place of trust in someone or something else. If we are in trust then we are in a position of confidence in God. We have confidence that God will …

Are You Convinced?

The definition of convince is “to persuade someone with evidence or argument.” Most times, you have to have proof to convince someone of something. Matthew 13: 13 – “This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.” As Christians, we are commanded by God to tell others about Jesus. It is not our job to convince others to believe in Jesus. Evangelism is not about ‘winning’ a person to Christ, but about proclaiming the truth of the Gospel, with the exception that God might …

Turning Water into Wine

  John 2: 2-10  On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding.  And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, …

Jesus Washes Disciples Feet

      Jesus Washes Disciples’ Feet Scripture: “Then Jesus poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciple’s feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around Him. ” John 13: 5. The following is far more than a wayside ministry it was an example of the humility believers are to demonstrate to their fellow believers. Before Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew His hour had come to leave this world and return to heaven, during supper after Satan had put it into the heart of Judas to betray Him, Jesus rose from the table, laid aside His outer garment, tied a …

What is Heaven Like?

  Scripture: The apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 2: 9, ” What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, this is what God has prepared for those who love  Him.” Though Paul felt inadequate to describe heaven, the disciple John was privileged to look into heaven as described in Revelation 4: 1-6 and through an open door saw a throne with One seated on it. He had the appearance of jasper and ruby, and around the throne was a rainbow, which had the appearance of an emerald. Also around His throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on those …