Your identity is not what you do, but will help you find what you should do! Who you are is not defined by your role in life, but it will help determine your role in life! Your beliefs [about yourself, about God, about life] affect your behavior. Your identity is who you are when nobody is around, when you are reduced to nothing. Even after you die, your identity will still be intact.
God’s grace is connected with His power … and He is far too strong to ever let me go (1 Peter 1:5)! His gracious commitment to me when I commit my soul to Him precludes my past sins and all my future sins (Phil. 1:6). God agreed to save me when I was 12 yrs old – even though I hadn’t even committed the bulk of my sins yet. He knew what I was going to do, and still He graciously saved me from my sins. Just as my acts of goodness cannot count toward my salvation, neither can my acts of sin and selfishness count against it. I was saved by grace, and grace is always victorious over sin (Ephesians 2:8-10)!
Is God indecisive? Is the Bible divided? No! Yet some would question hundreds of clear Bible teachings (teaching eternal security) because they do not understand a dozen vague passages (seemingly implying insecurity of salvation). The whole of Scripture has a singular teaching about salvation... either the Bible teaches you CAN or you CAN'T lose your salvation - not both.
Everything important can be summed up in one word: relationships. In hospital rooms, on deathbeds, and in funeral homes... you don't find serious talk about careers and portfolios. No, it's all about relationships. Memories, vacations, family, friends, high school buddies, children, and church - these are the valuables of life. This is what life really … Continue reading It All Comes Down to Relationships