"The just shall live by faith." (Hebrews 10:38) "But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double minded man, unstable in all his ways". (James 1:6-7)
As Christian we live by faith. We receive all God's promises by faith and faith alone. Faith is knowing that you know that you know that you know, i.e. being convinced of Gods faithfulness. But at the same time if we speak words of doubt and unbelief, that shows we are double minded and we will not receive! Our words show what we are really believing. Watch what you say.
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27, NKJV.
God has given us His peace. A peace that passes all understanding (Phil 4:7), more wonderful than we can comprehend. Get into God's Word, fill your mind with it and experience that peace (Isa 26:3).
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"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matt 11:28-30; NKJV
Submit and be taught by God and enjoy His rest.
“But put on the Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom
13:14; WEB). Put on is translated by one Greek word which means, to put clothes
on. In the reference above, that means to live like Christ.
I started meditating on the above verse
and I was reminded that there were other verses in the Bible that start the
same way; here are some examples. “Put on therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy
and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, humility, and
perseverance.” (Col 3:12; WEB). “Put on the new man” (Eph 4:24; KJV). This is
also found in Col 3:10. The new man is who we became when we were born again;
it is our ability to live under the direction of the Holy Spirit rather than
our old carnal nature. “Put on the whole armour of God” (Eph 6:11; KJV).
This passage deals with all the spiritual weapons we need to use to deal with
the devil’s opposition. “Put on the armour of light” (Rom 13:12; KJV).
Remember that Jesus told us we are the light of the world; we need to remember
to wear it and let it shine from us! “But above all these things put on
charity, which is the bond of perfectness” (Col 3:14; KJV). The word charity or
love in this verse is the word agape in the Greek; the unconditional love of
God. “As many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Gal
3:27; KJV). In other words, behave like Jesus would.
You may be thinking this is impossible and
in the natural; yes, it is. However, if we cooperate with the Holy Spirit, we
will slowly experience success.
Sometimes it is useful for us to stop and think about all Jesus went through during his arrest and crucifixion (Isa 52:14-53:12; Matt 26:47-27:56; Mark 14:43-15:41; Luke 22:47-23:49; John 18:1-19:37). One of his very own disciples betrayed him with a kiss, he was abandoned and many turned their backs on him. One of his disciples denied 3 times that he even knew Jesus. He was arrested, bound, blasphemed and given no fair trial. The leaders of the nation he belonged to brought false accusations against him and in envy and hatred stirred up the people to demand his crucifixion. He was slapped, beaten, spat upon, mocked and treated with contempt. Our Jesus was scourged, with flesh torn from his back, his blood shed and his head pierced with thorns. He was condemned to death by a Roman leader that ignored his conscience and yielded his decision to Jesus’ accusers. Finally, he was stripped, nailed to a cross and pierced with a roman spear that caused blood and water to flow out of his side.
But for Jesus the greatest agony was caused by two things: (1) becoming sin for us; bearing our sins, and paying the price for our sins. Our sins marred his face almost beyond recognition (Isa 52:14). (2) Being separated from his Father by sin. Jesus cried out: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34; WEB). Jesus endured all of this: “for the joy that was set before him” (Heb 12:2; KJV); for the knowledge of the victory and salvation he would win for us, you and me.