147,077 Fans   4,312 Followers  

Why Easter Matters {Week 4}

7awkxWsJ1QZRHCveihY4lXSP9VD7e__Un_bh9_8kzYQ

Now that Easter is over it is easy to move on with our lives without being changed by what we have spent the last few weeks studying and celebrating.  I understand how a heart can grow indifferent to many of the Bible’s stories, including the death and resurrection of Jesus.

But we must not allow ourselves to grow cold to the truths we have just celebrated over the weekend. Lets think about how we should respond the easter message. And our response should be 2 fold. It must consist of faith and action.

Faith

We must have faith in the life Christ lived for us. We must believe that his life truly is our righteousness, that there is nothing, absolutely nothing, we can add to it.

We must also have Faith in his death, our sins are forgiven, the wrath of God has been appeased and as a true follower of Jesus there is nothing we can do to undo that forgiveness or our salvation.

Lastly we must believe in the resurrection power. Christ has told us that we have been set free from the slavery of sin. We have power to live a righteous and godly life. It won’t be easy. God has never promised that following him would be easy, but he did say that he would be with us always and that because of the Holy Spirit within us we can fight sin and pursue holiness.

This faith should then move us to action.

Action

We pursue holiness and righteousness not because we can pay back God or earn his love, but because we love him and are grateful for all that he has done.

Our motivation for good works is a changed heart from which flows love and thankfulness. Martin Luther said that if we believe, if we have faith, then we won’t be able to help ourselves, we will break out in good works.

Faith is always accompanied by a desire to become more godly and to do righteousness, in this we imitated our savior, bring glory to God and show the world that we have been changed.

So my challenge for us this week is, to continue thinking about practical ways that the events of Easter should change us. How should we think about our sin? How can we bring back an excitement and joy in what God has done for us? How should that affect our good days and our hard days?

I hope you all have a blessed week as we finish up our Easter study.

Looking To Jesus,
jen-sig

 

 

WEEK 4 Video

WEEK 4 Reading Plan
6hEx9IMvpCV7X8xSlClwn9ZaovZ0TPrhd8L24eWrHZU

WEEK 4 Memory Verse

KlDI8oNY-GPFZqQBivO0Ivh3CJohXygpyQ0t7he9FlQ

 

 

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Twitter Facebook Pinterest

Comments

  1. Good Morning! God Bless You, too. :-)

  2. I’m making the following line from your post my mantra as it encompasses the crux of this study for me: “We have power to live a righteous and godly life.” It wraps up what Jesus and God did for us and what they have given us so completely. Thanks, Happy Easter and God Bless!

  3. As always, these are good thoughts ! Actually, we can lose our salvation. Hebrews 2:1-3 warns about drifting away.

    • Jen Thorn says:

      Hi Emily,
      Thank you for your comment, but I am firmly convinced that once a person has received salvation it cannot be lost. You cannot undo the blood of Christ once it is applied to your life. John 6:39-40 says, “This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”
      These are beautiful and reassuring verses.
      Here are some questions to think about:
      Did Christ actually accomplish something on that cross?
      If Christ paid for my sins would it makes sense if I have to pay for them too?
      How is a person saved? Does God give the faith or does man muster it up himself?
      What does “eternal” mean?
      Are Christians held in Christ’s hand and if so, can anything be taken out of it?
      We are told in 2 Cor.5:17 that once we believe we are made new creatures and in Eph.1:13 we are told that we have been sealed with the Holy Spirit, can that be undone?
      Who is more powerful, God or me?

      Yes, Christians can fall into sin, even some pretty awful sin. If there is true repentance then that is a sign of a true believer, if there is no real repentance, no true sorrow and turning from sin than one has to wonder if they ever believed in the first place.

      Hope this helps.

      “If our religion be of our own getting or making, it will perish; and the sooner it goes, the better; but if our religion is a matter of God’s giving, we know that He shall never take back what He gives, and that, if He has commenced to work in us by His grace, He will never leave it unfinished.”
      – Charles Spurgeon

      • Loved your post Jen,
        I love Ephesians 1:13 When you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and when you believed in Him, you were also sealed with the promised Holy Spirit….I struggled knowing who I was as a believer for years, and when I really sought Gods face and His word this was one of the verses that I grabbed ahold of and realized I am SEALED with the PROMISED Holy Spirit… For my personal walk and relationship with Jesus Christ, I want to totally focus on walking in the Spirit, keeping my eyes on Jesus and not worry about what if this happens, or what if that happens. Just look to HIM and walk with HIM! do I fail? yes!! do I repent??? yes!!! even when my flesh fails, their is a part of me that stays perfect and holy and nothing can break that seal or penetrate it. That is the Holy Spirit, that lives inside each of us as believers. Think about this thought, there is something super special inside each and every believer that we should want everyone to have and experience, that is the promised Holy Spirit. Love you ladies!

    • It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, (Hebrews 6:4 NIV)
      who have tasted the goodness
      of the word of God and the powers of the coming age (Hebrews 6:5 NIV)
      and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace. (Hebrews 6:6 NIV)
      I pray that none of us fall away, but it can happen.

      • If we cannot lose our salvation, why did Paul correct and admonish Peter in Galatians 2:11-14? It’s says Peter stood condemned. So can we assume that if Peter, a chosen apostle, could be led astray and condemned, that we, too and anyone who has obeyed the gospel, might also be lost if we allow our lives to return to sin? Should we then say that Peter was never saved to begin with? God is so holy and just that He cannot be one with us when we are walking in sin. Our sin separates us from Him. The eternal gift is always there, but is conditional on our full obedience to him. Just as the Prodigal. The Father was always there and waiting, but the foolish son was not in good graces with his Father until He returned to live as a righteous servant. He had lost his standing in the family because he had chosen to leave. That doesn’t mean he had not been in the family to begin with. We can lose our standing in God’s family if we so choose. Assuming that one who chooses sin was never redeemed to begin with is not consistant with many warnings to the Christians. If we could never fall from His salvation, why so many warnings about false teachers? If the Christians were sealed with Christ unconditionally, the false teachers would not be a threat. If Christians are held in His hand and cannot be taken away, why any warnings against Satan as a lion or false teachers? Why should we be instructed to stay on the alert for sin if His sacrifice is more powerful than our will and desire to choose? Even Paul knew he had to choose to remain obedient to remain in Christ. 1 Corinthians 9:27 ESV

        But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

  4. Today’s scriptures shows the attitudes of the two criminals that were being crucified along side Jesus. One was mocking but the other asked for forgiveness and salvation. That criminal saw beyond the current state of Jesus to the coming glory in heaven. His last minute repentance shows that our deeds and good actions don’t save us but our faith in Jesus alone.

    This last week I have struggled to not try to control my own life and the challenges that come along each day, particularly with my new job. I have repeatedly given things over to God, only to take them right back and worry, agonize, analyze and stress about them. It consumes my mind and prevents me from being present with my family. I would like to ask for prayer this week for myself. Help me to have faith in Jesus and that he is in control of this silly drama at work. That He has a plan and I need to follow. I need to truly turn my thoughts and worries over to Him and be at peace with it.

    My own prayer related to today’s scripture is this:
    Jesus, please plant a mustard seed of faith deep into the most fertile part of my soul. Let your word be its daily water and sunshine. Keep me focused on you and centered in my faith no matter what my world throws at me. Thank you for your perfect love. Amen

    thank you ladies for this wonderful study!

  5. Beautiful post Jen. Thank you. And I loved your response above. :)

  6. He who began a good work in you, will finish it to the end. Hope in our messy lives. Thanks for the study girls.
    The two criminals with Jesus, shows that if we repent in our last breath, Jesus will still save us. It needs to be true repentance, for true redemption is my understanding :)

Trackbacks

  1. […] *******El artículo original va acompañado por un video en inglés que puedes ver aquí: http://www.goodmorninggirls.org/2014/04/easter-matters-week-4/ […]

Speak Your Mind

*

Hide me
Sign up below to receive free study materials!
Enter your email address:
Show me