The Undisputed Power of Christ Deity

Nothing heightens the power of Christ’s Deity more than the fifth chapter of John’s Gospel. It’s here where God establishes Jesus as the judge over His kingdom. And in those scriptures, they remove the confusion over God’s real truth—Jesus the Supreme Ruler.

As we continue looking at John’s Gospel its obvious Christ and God are the same. In his first four chapters, he captured their inseparable alignment.

John’s Gospel begins with Jesus’ existence at the time of creation and His manifestation into flesh (John 1:1-18). Then he reveals Christ as the Lamb of God (John 1:29-34).

Next, John shows us the origin of Discipleship (John 1:35-51), followed by a miracle (John 2:1-12). Another significant highlight is Jesus’s purification of God’s Temple (John 2:13-22). And the 2nd chapter ends with Christ’s uncanny ability in understanding man’s heart (John 2:23-25).

Chapters three and four show other examples of the parallel between Jesus and God. Here John unveils Christ’s supernatural powers by unfolding the Lord’s plan for a rebirth (John 3:1-21), and Jesus role as the Godhead (John 4:1-14).

The Pharisee Evil Plot

In John’s fifth chapter he starts with Jesus healing a cripple man. This miracle done on the Sabbath day stirred up controversy amongst the Pharisees. And this started the Jewish leaders plot to kill Christ because in their minds Christ disregarded Moses law (John 5:16).

In verses 10-12 John unwraps the disrespect the Pharisees had for Jesus. They viewed this event in a negative way. Instead of rejoicing and praising God they twisted it into a way of rejecting Christ. Their reaction captures a self-righteous approach in interpreting God’s word.

In fact, God’s timing to deliver Christ to the world exposed the Pharisees disbelief. The Lord became intolerable to their lack of faith because they hid behind Moses’s teaching and led others to a dead faith. Their refusal to accept the Messiah led them to self-destruction.

Christ Faithfulness

In this chapter, Christ smashed their beliefs by uncovering His faithfulness to God (John 5:19). Its main theme is to illuminate the Lord and Christ as one. The Prophets foretold this doctrine, and they didn’t remember God’s promise of a Messiah.For this reason Jesus removed them from heaven.

It’s important to realize God gave Christ the power to judge and put right His children from a wrong interpretation of His Word. As noted above the Pharisees engulfed themselves in Moses writings but became blind to the real meaning of scripture, their mentor tried to impose on the Israelites (John 5:26).

The key focus in verses 16-23 is the way Jesus relied on God. Here we catch a perfect example of His intercession with the Lord and sets up the first two parts of the Holy Trinity. Christ illustrates the Father’s plan for Him to judge the living and the dead. Here the power of salvation takes shape.

Jesus God’s Voice

Verses 24-30 of the chapter leaves no doubt of the power God gave Christ (John 5:29). This defines God’s New Covenant because it unearths Christ as His redeemer.

Jesus confronted them with God’s truth and set right their spiritual arrogance (John 5:27). In this section of Scripture, we see Christ speak for God and put right them with the Lord’s real message of faith. The first thing to remember is believing in Jesus as the Son of Man is favorable in God’s eye. Here our Messiah shatters their distrust in Him by attacking the way they understand God’s word.

Verse 30 gives a most compelling evidence to Christ Deity.

I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge: and My judgement is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent me.                                                                                                                                                 John 5:30

This scripture intertwines Christ with God and places Him together with the Holy Spirit. It pinpoints Jesus direct link with God. John elevates the Messiah oneness with God and teaches us the significance

Christ Discredits the Pharisees Knowledge of Moses

The last 17 verses continue Christ’s correction of God’s word. He reemphasizes Himself as God’s Son (John 5:31-37) and shows their hardened hearts (John 5:38-44). His stern speech erases centuries of impaired vision from understanding the Lord’s law.

Since the Pharisees accepted Moses but didn’t receive Christ, He called them out by exploiting their spiritual pride. Jesus brought Moses revelations to light and used them to bring forth their unfavorable faith (John 5:45). Another key point in those verses is Jesus revelation of their lack of love to God (John 5:42). He held nothing back and spoke boldly.

When I meditate over this chapter, it helps me understand God’s way of believing in Christ. I’m able to grasp Christ message and put my faith in His hands. It draws me closer to the Lord and aligns my will with Christ.

Given these points, it opens our eyes to the real markings of a believer in Jesus. The more we rely on Christ our consciousness with God increases. And to experience God’s living Spirit allows us to live in a world riddled with disbelief.

Unleashing The Power Of Christ

Unleashing the power of Christ demolishes Satan’s effort to turn us away from God. It’s important to realize placing Jesus as the centerpiece of our lives captures the Lord’s attention. And with God in control our future is eternal.

John’s 4th chapter starts with an uncommon meeting between Jesus (a Jew) and a woman from Samaria. Here John shows us the traditions of two different ethnic cultures that don’t mix with each other and do their best to avoid personal relations (John 4:9). But because it’s God who confronts her the traditions melt away.

This chapter exposes Christ as the way to eternal life and is the primary message from John. It begins with a powerful truth. Here Christ speaks of eternal life with a promise of filling the spiritual void caused by sin. He compares salvation with an endless delivery of refreshing water.

Think of it this way. When the body becomes neglected from a lack of water it suffers. Unlike food, water is more crucial for physical survival. The body can survive without food for roughly three weeks but needs water within a week.

Well, the same holds true in our spiritual existence. When we deprive ourselves of the spiritual nourishment Christ brings to our souls, it separates us from God’s grace. The first thing to remember is without the Lord’s favor we stay vulnerable to sin.

To align our spirits with God, then we must live in Christ. Since the Lord responds to those who humble themselves to Jesus, then our lives must illuminate His Spirit. And once we concede to this truth, our rebirth takes place (John 3:7).

Another key point in this chapter is Christ’s overpowering ability to convert the Samaritan woman into Christianity (John 4:1-26). Jesus unveiled her adulterous life (John 4:17-18), and she realized the unmistakable reality of Christ’s deity.

In her conversation with Christ, the reality of her sinfulness became undeniable. The truth Christ spoke to her changed the way she conceived God. As the result of Christ’s intervention, she was reborn (John 3:3).

Apostle John’s account of the Samaritan woman’s talk with Christ didn’t stop with her miracle. John showed another way of faith-proclamation. When she returned home and professed Christ to others, many accepted Him as God’s Son on her word. (John 4:39-42).

John’s narrative between Jesus and the Samaritan woman heightens our awareness of God’s eternal plan. Her transformation directly results from Christ’s power to change a person’s, heart. Likewise, we must follow the same path.

It’s in the details of this blueprint for salvation we discover God’s grace through Christ. Nothing pleases God more than to place our trust in Jesus. And once we abandon ourselves to Him God steps in and sanctifies our hearts!

A Spiritual Rebirth With Eternal Results

One of the most heartfelt experiences with Christ is the spiritual rebirth He gives to God’s faithful followers. Nothing God’s enemy offers matches being reborn. This emergence from darkness into eternal light aligns a believer’s spirit with God’s presence. And once Jesus connects us with God, we are no longer bonded to sin.

The reality of a rebirth shows up in John’s Gospel and nowhere else in the Bible. Here the Holy Spirit gave insight to John and shows the characteristic of salvation. As a matter of fact becoming reborn is God’s mercy from original sin.

Spiritual rebirth engulfs us in Christ’s wisdom leading to an unshakable understanding of God’s truth. Without this eternal knowledge, the door to heaven stays closed. But through abiding in Jesus our inheritance in the Lord’s kingdom is secure.

What Does Rebirth Mean?

The answer to this question isn’t hard. Reborn uncovers God’s truth. In John’s third chapter he captures this revelation in Jesus’s conversation with Nicodemus. When Christ explained the meaning behind this new outlook, He showed two key ingredients that mark a spiritual birth.

Baptism (John 3:5), and faith in Him (John 3:16) are the essentials of this spiritual awakening of God’s word.

 

 

 

Baptism

In verse five Jesus mentions baptism as both in water and spirit.

God used John the Baptist to cleanse His people in the water (Matthew 3:11). This is an act of faith where a believer becomes willing to show a want for God. It’s important to realize God prepared the way for Christ through the christening of water.

A point often overlooked is repentance. It’s imperative to show God our remorseful behavior. He responds to a sincere effort to turn away from sin. It’s in our best interest to show God our love for Him by living in His purpose. Nothing is more pleasing to the Lord than picking up our cross (no matter how painful) and walk in His light.

Remember without repentance, forgiveness stays elusive.

The facts of God never change. He doesn’t deviate from His truth. And the baptism of the Spirit gives a most compelling evidence to this reality.

Faith in Christ brings everlasting results (John 3:17). As shown above John the Baptist prepare the way to Christ through water, likewise, Christ paves the way to salvation through the Holy Spirit. It’s in the Spirit of truth that God unleashes the power of His word.

Rebirth Effectiveness

Jesus made it known those who believe He is God’s son will avoid condemnation (John 3:18). Once we accept to our innermost self that Christ is the Son of man then God gravitates us to His Light. This Christian consciousness crushes sin and sanctifies the heart. Then we discover an inner peace only Christ can give.

On the positive side, living in Christ our deeds become intertwine in God’s sovereignty (John 3: 21). It’s a holy privilege to work for God so those around us come in contact with His grace.

The penalty for rejecting Christ as God’s Son is eternal darkness (John 3:19). Jesus leaves no doubt condemnation is a hardened heart engaged in evil deeds (John 3:20).

Nothing changed since Christ spoke this truth. We see wicked people carrying out evilness. For example, terrorism is a worldwide demonstration of men loving evil. It causes people to live in fear. Sexual immorality, bitterness, and hatred are other signs of people living in condemnation.

My Story

Before my rebirth, life became entangled in behavior unacceptable to God. I lived in a reprobate mindset unaware of the consequences of my unholy actions. My prideful intentions exposed a selfish way of living. And when I didn’t get my way, resentment, rage, and bitterness pushed others away.

This separation from Christ led to a lonely existence.

Thanks to God I am now reborn. Today I no longer live in spiritual isolation. Christ stepped in with the Holy Spirit and revolutionized my mind, heart, and soul. The impact the Holy Trinity makes keeps me devoted because nothing matches the calmness they bring to my inner-being.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m not perfect and do sin but the courage Jesus brings coupled with repentance never brings negative results. In, fact trials and tribulations are opportunities for growing faith. And the more I trust God the stronger I become in moving past temptations.

To sum it up, Christ’s gift of a rebirth is full of God’s grace. It’s in our experience with this truth we find a miraculous and joyful existence. The peace Jesus brings in our broken world illuminates the eternal hope God promises. Remember Christ never fails us!

What is your experience with rebirth?

Redemption Through God’s Lamb

God’s actions go beyond human comprehension, and in John’s Gospel, he exposes this truth in a magnificent way. When John the Baptist noticed Christ, he professed Him as the Lamb of God (John 1:29). Here the Lord uncovers His intention to sacrifice Jesus giving birth to redemption.

God chose John to unveil Christ as His Lamb. No other Gospel depicts Jesus as a lamb. In fact, the Lamb of God emerges in this Gospel and the Book of Revelation both written by John. This broadcast of God’s eternal plan to sacrifice His Son is the cornerstone of a Christian’s life.

As a matter of fact in Biblical times, a lamb played a crucial role in the relationship between God and His faithful believers. For example, the first Passover (Exodus 12:1-11), God chose a lamb to keep the Israelites protected from His tenth plague (Exodus 12:12). Here we gain insight into the Lord’s choice of a lamb as a mark of salvation.

The Origin of Sacrifice

Sacrifice is miraculous. The Old Testament is full of them. There are five major offerings mentioned in this section of the Bible. Burnt, grain, peace, sin, and trespass sacrifice are significant actions taught by God to glorify Him. Each of them unleashed God’s mercy and brought peace in their lives.

It’s astonishing to understand the way God rewarded our ancient relatives the Israelites. In their times of defying the Lord, He still welcomed their offerings. And in their sacrifices, He showed them love, harmony, grace, and justice.

God’s Lamb New Covenant

The moment God delivered Christ to the world His plan to offer Him as His personal sacrifice. This New Covenant (Hebrews 9:15) with humanity the Holy Spirit guides us and places us in Jesus’s hands. It’s important to realize Christ’s death and resurrection are the keys that unlock the door to God’s.

This altruistic act from God erases original sin and cleanses us from our transgressions. Remember the Lord’s Lamb took on the sins of the world and defeated Satan. God responds to those who accept Christ as His Redeemer.

When I meditate on God’s Lamb, it brings tears to my eyes. It captures my heart and puts perspective on salvation. This gives a most compelling evidence to God’s truth because my inner-being becomes filled with the Holy Spirit. And my gratitude for God intensifies heightening my consciousness of Christ presence.

As shown above, the essence of God’s salvation is His unwavering action to offer the death of Christ for the sake of humanity. This eternal truth is the gateway to heaven. Place your faith in Christ and experience God’s grace.

What is your experience with God’s Lamb?

John’s Revelation of Christ as God

John opens his Gospel with a fascinating revelation. He magnifies the truth of the one real God. This parallel with the first verse in Genesis (Genesis 1:1). Both scriptures leave no doubt that God created everything and governs over the earth.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1  

The first five verses of John’s Gospel give a most compelling evidence of Christ as God Himself. Those powerful statements smash man’s attempts to disprove God’s existence. Here, the Lord shows us Jesus’s place in heaven before He became human (John 1:2).

And those facts never change no matter how hard one tries to deny their truths.

Christ Present at Creation

When we inspect these magnificent scriptures, it captures God’s plan for Christ’s Deity. First, we become united with Jesus’s Spirit.

Verses two and three record Jesus with God from the start of creation. This revelation shows Christ’s truth as God because in the world and universe beginning God included Jesus.

He was with God in the beginning.   Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. John 1:2-3

God in His glory made everything through Christ. It’s tough to fathom this truth because in the Book of Genesis the origin of creation begins with God. Remember, with God nothing is impossible. In fact, accepting this reality is an act of faith. And with an unwavering trust in our Father Christ becomes the key to eternal life.

Now with this in mind,   we gain insight into God’s plan for humanity.

Christ the Eternal Light

The centerpiece in a Christian’s life is Jesus Christ and in verses four and five we grasp God’s reason for placing Him as His redeemer. Our first glimpse into understanding the Messiah’s role in God’s kingdom came in Adam and Eve’s disobedience (Genesis 3).

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  John 1:4-5

When sin entered the heart of humanity, a darkness engulfed the soul. And from this point forward temptation unleashed its power corrupting the mind.

No one is immune to the destruction sin causes in a person’s life. Both the believer and one who rejects God struggle with transgressions. And those who God saved understand the way out of the black hole of darkness is in Christ’s light.

When Jesus’s light enters the heart of a believer, it illuminates God’s truth. With this in mind, Christ makes our transition from darkness into eternal spiritual light a delightful proposition. And the greatest reward from this Light is freedom from the bondage of sin (John 8:32).

My Personal Story of Darkness

In my darkness, the fight for righteousness stayed dormant. I knew nothing of a selfless life because pride ruled my motives. Self-centeredness coupled with a reprobate mindset led to a life full of self-destruction. My intentions anchored in egocentric attitudes caused others to stay away leaving me lonely and isolated.

Besides my selfishness resentment, bitterness and rage became common reactions to life terms. I hated myself and spread this venom to others. Forgiveness stayed elusive keeping my soul in darkness.

Under those circumstances, my life continued to get worse.

But the day God shined Christ’s light on me everything changed. This transformation removed my blinders and awakened me to His reality. I’m grateful Christ is the Light of life because my vision is no longer centered in this world but in heaven.

As shown above John’s revelation of Christ’s life before conception shows us God is almighty. Our Father never leaves us and these five scriptures prove His love for humanity.

What is your experience with Christ’s Light?

Reliance on God Equals Serenity

The book of Proverbs reminds us to rely on the Lord instead of ourselves (Proverbs 3:5). A point often overlooked is a dependence upon God brings us an inner serenity and an eternal future with our Savior. Given these points reliance on God calms the storms of life leading to a peaceful existence.

It’s difficult to abandon oneself to God. Everything inside ourselves wants to go it alone. This instinct to rely on our own limited power isn’t new. In fact, it started the moment sin entered humanity.

We understand this truth from Adam and Eve’s fall from God’s grace (Genesis 3). Even though, Satan persuaded them to disobey God (Genesis 3:4) it shows the consequences from relying on oneself.

But God’s mercy provides a way out (2 Peter 3:9).

My Experience With Self-reliance

I know the fruitless results from living life without leaning on Christ. When I use my understanding of how to live in a broken world, the outcome isn’t satisfying. This places me in a position where I collide with God’s word and live in disobedience.

In my experience living a self-searching lifestyle, the courage needed to overcome temptation stays elusive. I find myself unable to meet life’s terms without sin. My inability to live free from the bondage of sin coupled with my powerlessness over it leads me to resentment, fear, and ungodliness.

And I know without Christ’s strength it gets worse.

Every day we come up close with the dangers of separating ourselves from Christ. We live in a world riddled with examples of evil deeds with wicked intentions. These sinful global occurrences give evidence to a life anchored in action unacceptable with God.

Leaving Christ out of our decision making the door to more problems swings open. Even in our Christian walk, this unintentional approach can cause us to stumble.

On the positive side, our experience in trusting God leads us to refocus our efforts and seek Jesus divine wisdom. And once we shift our hearts over to His care a peace unlike any other enters our inner-being.

Glorifying God Comes From Christ-reliance

One of the most favorable actions God looks for is glorifying Him. It doesn’t take much of exertion to praise Christ. The Lord’s recipe for salvation includes the ingredients of humility, sincerity, and willingness to live in Christ. Those three spiritual actions lead to heaven.

On the other hand, self-sufficiency glorifies individuality an act of pride and distasteful to Christ.

The antidote for self-reliance is improving our relationship with Christ. Since God made Jesus His entry into salvation, then it becomes our responsibility to surrender our personal agendas and live in His purpose. It’s important to realize the more we rely on Jesus the greater our ability to live acceptable in God’s eyes.

What are your experiences with reliance on Christ?

 

Christ as God Series: The Gospel of John

To absorb God’s Spirit, one must without reservations accept Christ as His Savior. This holds true throughout each of the four Gospels. And the Gospel of John he identifies Christ as one inseparable from God (John 10:30).

John engages us with Christ’s unbreakable link to the Holy Trinity. Throughout his Gospel, he records the details of how God made Christ the way into His kingdom (John 14:6).

John shows us Christ as God.

Over the next several weeks we will walk through John’s Gospel.

John opens his gospel by showing us God’s plan for Christ’s deity (John 1:1-5). In those five verses, everything one needs to know of God’s truth of Jesus Christ emerges. It’s in these scriptures our Father discloses the knowledge of salvation.

In the Gospels, we find similar events outlining Jesus’s ministry. For example, they uncover the power of Christ through His miracles. In fact, Christ’s first miracle shows up in John’s Gospel and not the others. (John 2:1-12)

The overall view from John is the relationship between Christ and God.  Most of his accounts capture the way Christ places us in God’s hands. It’s here we discover Jesus as the Lamb of God (John 1:29-34). This leaves no doubt the Lord’s plan to sacrifice His Son and open the door to eternal life.

Another key point in John’s Gospel is the way Jesus illuminates the Holy Spirit. This is best depicted in Chapter 14. Here, God unveiled the power of Holy Spirit. And through Christ, He unleashes the courage to live on the narrow way (Matthew 7:13-14).

John displays the Messiah strength over sin (John 8:1-12), the significant of proclaiming Him as Savior (John 4:39) and the meaning behind rebirth (John 3:1-21). Given these points, it’s crucial for us to pick up our cross and walk in His Light.

This Gospel ends with a fascinating truth concerning Christ’s Sovereignty.

“Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” John 21:25

John’s Gospel gives a most compelling evidence to the God’s plans for an eternal existence. I invite you to join me and share your experience, strength, and hope from your faith in Christ.

Trust Unveils the Power of God

Trust is confidence anchored in faith. This five-letter and one syllable word bring both positive and negative results. Experiencing the trustworthiness of another person we discover integrity. A breach of trust causes emotional, mental and spiritual harm.

The good news is trusting in God with the heart unveils a powerful strength beyond the ordinary. It’s with God we overcome the damage caused by Adam and Eve’s disobedience. In fact, our faith in Christ redeems us and God welcomes us in His kingdom.

Remember, without Christ, God is unavailable, and it’s impossible to turn away from sin (John 14:6).

In Proverbs 3:5, God invites us to trust Him. Here He commands us to place our wills in His hands. The Lord instructs us to humble ourselves through reliance on Him.

This means spending private time in prayer and meditation. It’s important to realize, God watches the way we approach Him, and it’s unwise to slight our personal obligation with Him. Because filling the spiritual void caused by sin comes from Jesus.

One of the greatest demonstration of devotion is trust. For example, when we find ourselves in distress over life’s terms and exert ourselves in Christian principles then this shows God our trust. Even though it may take time for God to respond our willingness to seek Him isn’t unnoticed. Our Father hears our petitions.

Another way of trusting God is taking spiritual actions and leaving the results for Christ to work out. Dependence on Christ in every circumstance of life pleases God. This works and brings an inner peace unlike any other. Given these points, it’s easy to understand Jesus gives serenity in midst of trouble.

Each of our experience with faith proves Christ never fails us. The moment we surrender our lives over to His care our trust grows. A point often overlooked is the strength Christian trust has in overcoming adversity. As the result of applying this crucial spiritual attribute our ability to rejoice in tribulations increases.

As shown above, trust in God and unveil the power of Christ!

Ruth Sanctified Through God’s Mercy

God never fails to redeem. In fact, one of the most powerful examples is Ruth. In the Book of Ruth, we see the mercy of the Lord. Here, God sanctified a woman from the cursed nation of Moab. This country didn’t glorify the Father and became non-existent (Isaiah chapters 15-16).

Ruth’s transformation is fascinating. Her connection to God came through Naomi. She was Ruth’s mother-in-law. And through the deaths of Naomi’s husband and sons, she returned home. So back to Bethlehem, Judah with Ruth by her side.

In chapter one verse 16 we discover Ruth’s, heart. God works through others to bring His light to the surface. Here she became willing to sacrifice everything taught to her from the past and believe in God. She turned away from the beliefs instilled in her upbringing.

But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.

                                                                                      Ruth 1:16 NIV

When Ruth spoke those words, we find repentance in her last four words. It’s important to realize when she turned away from her past and professed the God of Naomi’s as the real God then her life changed. This shows Ruth’s acceptance of the Father and He brought her into His Kingdom.

Once she became God’s child then He placed her in Boaz life. The Lord rewarded Ruth with an abundance of prosperity both in spirit and physical essentials. This is a most compelling evidence in how God interacts with faithful followers.

Another focus of this book is the kinsman-redeemer (https://www.gotquestions.org/kinsman-redeemer.html) a law of the Pentateuch. In the Old Testament times, a Jewish responsibility for a male relative is helping family members who need help. Naomi the widow of Elimelech needed this help. And Ruth is rewarded by giving birth to Obed the grandfather of David.

This short book shows us God’s indisputable faithfulness. It depicts His willingness to give to those who glorify His name. Each of us understands God wants us to turn away from temptation and follow His commands. Given these points, God never fails us.

The Gateway in Finding God’s Favor

God calls on us to live in His purpose. This divine privilege is one with eternal bliss. It’s important to realize; nothing is more pleasing to the Lord than for us to give Him our undivided attention. For this reason, mercy and truth are the gateways in finding favor with God.

And in the Third Chapter of Proverbs, we discover a heightened display of spiritual awareness necessary to find favor in His eyes.

In verses three and four God shows us the keys to a promise intertwined in His love. Here He defines living in mercy and truth as the way to connect with His Spirit. Since our Father shows us mercy and discloses His truth to us through Christ, then we must do the same to those around us.

The first thing to remember is to illuminate our walk with God by devoting ourselves to Christ. It’s in Jesus we find the strength to show mercy to others and live in spiritual truth. Our Messiah is the force behind an active faith anchored in God’s word.

How can we keep mercy and truth?

Mercy is forgiveness in disguise. The more we abandon our urge to hold onto to hurt feelings caused by other’s sin and forgive them, then, our ability to express mercy increases. It easy to pardon those we love from their transgression. But God watches the way we treat those we dislike.

Truth is an unwavering action of showing righteousness and standing firm on God’s word. It goes beyond simple honesty because the effort involved to live in God’s truth takes commitment. This conscious exertion to follow God’s commands under every circumstance gets the Lord attention. And through our faithfulness, He embraces us with His affection.

With this in mind, we understand it’s crucial to live in mercy and truth. Christ gives us many opportunities throughout the day to forgive and live in spiritual integrity. And the way we abide in those Christian attributes is reliance on Christ.

The greater our dependence on Jesus the stronger our faith grows, and we radiate a life filled with God’s grace.

How does God show us a favor?

The answer to this question is experiencing the Holy Spirit. God makes adhering to His will a cherished and inspiring connectedness. Nothing the world offers matches the way God delivers His love to those willing to surrender their personal plans for His purpose.

For example, when we show mercy to those around us then the Lord gives us an inner peace coupled with His unconditional love. This union between God and us leaves no doubt His approval for our obedience to treat others with fairness. In return, our lives transform into one entangled in His word.

Likewise, living in the Father’s truth builds an unshakable trust in Christ. It’s in accepting Truth we can live steadfast in faith with a purposeful existence. And when others reject us for our obedience to God’s reality our faith strengthens. Again the Lord fills our lives with His Living Spirit.

Another reward from maintaining a life centered in mercy and truth is the attraction we receive from others. In fact, God makes sure those coming in contact with our obedience understand His sanctification in our lives. This places us in a position to be useful in carrying Christ’s Gospel of redemption.

This gives a most compelling evidence in the way God interacts with us. Our perseverance to grow in His purpose pays big dividends. On the positive side as we continue to show mercy and live in God’s will He engulfs us with an abundance of favor.