Psalm 146:2 "I will praise the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live."

Thursday, August 26, 2010


Hi Everyone,

It is truly a blessing (well, more than a blessing) to have Christ as a part of my life! KNOW that He is there and to KNOW that HE is more than to meet our every need....and yet we don't just come to Him when we "need something." While prayer does express our dependence upon God, it isn't just about going to Him for our needs. Having a relationship with Him is SO MUCH MORE than that! It is about HIM being glorified through us, no matter what it costs to us-it is about having a relationship with God--and it isn't a "religion" Religion is man's efforts to try to get to God, whereas having a personal relationship with God is different because it has nothing to do with man's efforts, because the key requirement of having a personal relationship with God is that each person must individually recognize that their self-efforts to gain God's approval could never be enough, but that Jesus died in our place and rose from the dead, proving that He is God. If man's efforts to gain God's approval in their own efforts were enough (and they aren't nor will they ever will be) Christ's death would have been in vain--Christ would have died for nothing--because his death would have not had a purpose. Having a personal relationship with God is not based on what we do for God, but rather what Christ did for us---Him and Him alone---and his death in our place being totally sufficient on our behalf----trusting in that and NOTHING needs to be added as "works for salvation" on our part-- ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!

A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP IS UNLIKE ANYTHING ELSE IN THIS WORLD--I can't think of anything that compares to it---it isn't a "religion" at all! I guess that is partly because there is no other "god" who is the One and Only true God--BUT OURS---the One who created the Heavens and the earth and has revealed Himself to us in His Word that we might KNOW Him!

So yes, WHAT I HAVE IS CHRIST......AND HE IS MORE THAN ENOUGH....but, as I say He is more than enough, there is nothing wrong with encouragement and accountability among the believers of Christ-those who have given Him their complete trust and abandoned all self-effort. We need one another-it is a vital part of how we grow!

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