“But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness.”
One of the most common phrases you hear someone say when they are talking about why they don’t have strong relationship with God is that they have lost hope and that they feel unworthy. This verse is speaking directly to those people and to anyone who feels like they are “too far gone” and are “unsaveable”. Christ is in all of us. People may not see it or feel it but he is in there. He may be hidden under all of the sin in your life but he will wait there until you reach out for him. The second you reach out for him he will instantly start working in you and he has endless capabilities. It is a process and it may take awhile, but the great thing about Christ is that your time with him is endless. Even though you may have been subject to sin your entire life, Christ will give you life in the Spirit because of your efforts to do right in him.
“For where your tresure is, there will your heart be also.”
This verse is Jese talking about how you need to put your heart and anything of value to you (i.e. “treasure”) in heaven rather than on earthly matters. That if you make earthly matters the things that you value the most, then your heart and desires will be there too and you wilkl never be satisfied by wordly matters. But if you put your treasures with God, then you will begin to have heavenly desires and be filled with endless happiness. To simplify this it can be taken as looking at the temporary (earthly matters) rather than the permanent (heavenly/Godly matters). For instance, someone drives a new car off the lot so proudly. They love this vehicle. They have the windows rolled down and the music cranked as they want the world to know they have just bought this new car! The next thing you know, a little humility comes as they are sideswiped, and their new shiny car is destroyed and no longer of value. The earthly matters can change in value as days go on but the value of a relationship with God never dimenishes.
Hebrews 10: 23 “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”
This is a great verse to memorize and repeat in your head for anyone that worries about every little thing in their life. The bible says to hold “unswervingly”, meaning never deviating from your faith because God will alwyas be faithful to those who are faithful to him. If you begin to worry about paying bills, or if you are going to pass a class, or any little thing then a great way to kill that worry is to simply pause and say this verse in your head.
James 2: 14-26 is explaining the premise in how faith without deeds is dead. It talks about how you can talk about how religious you are or how faithful you are, but if you don’t have actions along with your words, then your faith is falling short of what it is supposed to amount to. I believe to many people look to be a “religious” and “godly” person that they talk about their faith but never back it up with actions which means that they are only halfway to being a Christian. Faith is about ACTING on the belief that you are being watched over by God, not about telling others how much you read your bible.
My topic that I would like to talk about is applying the Bible and scripture in everyday life. So many Christians go to church and read their bible and think that that’s enough. When in reality, if you do nothing with your faith then the bible is nothing more than just a book, but when you apply it, it becomes the scripture that God sent to help us live our lives.
My favorite vacation location would have to be colorado at my uncle’s cabin out in the mountains. We go there every summer and drive around on ATVs and camp out for a week.
My favorite food would have to be pasta. It is just so simple to make and can be added along with just about anything and make it be a complete meal.