Monday, January 21, 2013

Peace With God

There is only one way to have a peaceful, friendly relationship with God.

Romans 1:17  This Good News tells us how God makes us right in His sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, "It is through faith that a righteous person has life."

Romans 5:1-2  Therefore, since we have been made right in God's sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.  Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God's glory.

At some point in life you will probably become aware of the fact that there is a higher power that created our world. The complexity of creation makes it clear that an "accident" of this magnitude is completely impossible.

The first thing that religion usually tries to do for you is to attempt to make you a better person. Many of them will attempt to take care of your moral failures but none of them can really give you lasting peace in this world and the assurance of peace for all of eternity.

Despite all of man's efforts to make things right the only way to have peace with God is to be seen by God through the filter of what Jesus did for us on the cross. Work as much as you possibly can but the only reason that we have this opportunity is because of Jesus, he has done the only work that needed to be done for your salvation, none of our work is going to improve the relationship between us and God.

The only way to get rid of that load is through faith in the work that Jesus did. Our faith has done the impossible for us, God's glory is going to be revealed someday, that doesn't have to be a scary thought, we can anxiously wait with confidence and joy for that day to come without fear.

Does God call you "friend?"

Romans 5:9-11  And since we have been made right in God's sight by the blood of Christ, He will certainly save us from God's condemnation.  10  For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of His Son while we were still His enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of His Son.  11  So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.
God declares that we are condemned to die, the only payment for sin is by the shedding of blood, Jesus came to be the sacrificial lamb. Have you ever considered that when Adam and Eve sinned an animal or two died so that they could have clothes?

Do you have this "wonderful new relationship with God?" Are you on friendly terms with God? Imagine knowing your creator and how awesome and perfect he is and not have any fear about your mistakes and failures.
Isaiah 26:3-4  You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You!  Trust in the LORD always, for the LORD GOD is the eternal Rock.
God has done everything necessary to prove his love to us and to give us a life of peace and purpose. There isn't another teaching or philosophy that can give you peace for this life as well as for eternity.

Through faith in the blood sacrifice that Jesus made for me I am no longer an enemy and I am no longer condemned because of my past. Thank you Jesus!