Justification by faith

What does it mean to be justified by faith?

That is a central question that Paul answers in Romans. The book of Romans begins by declaring all men to be sinners and deserving the wrath of God (1:18-3:20). Paul then begins to describe the good news of Jesus Christ that man can be justified before God by faith in Jesus Christ (3:21-4:25).

The book of Romans begins by declaring all men to be sinners and deserving the wrath of God (1:18-3:20). Paul then begins to describe the good news of Jesus Christ that man can be justified before God by faith in Jesus Christ (3:21-4:25). The next three chapters (5-8) of Romans unpack rich implications of justification by faith. The structure of those chapters is outlined and illustrated below, and serve to give the big picture argument of Romans 5-8:*


4 Reasons worry is a waste

“A hundredload of worry will not pay an ounce of debt.”

– George Herbert


The fact is we don’t take away our problems by worrying them to death; we only add to them, and now we’ve got to add “worry” to our debts, but Jesus asks, “which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life” (Luke 12:25)? Rather than paying off the debt, we’re actually adding to it by wasting time and energy worrying on it, and it is probably something that might not even happen.  It’s a waste of time and energy to worry about things we have no control over or something that may never even happen. Let God control it. Take your hands off it. I need to do the same thing.

Read more: https://www.christianquotes.info/images/4-reasons-worry-is-a-waste/#ixzz4ZKc0p7Jw

Faith to Believe God Enjoys My Prayers


Celebrate Faith Through It

When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening. That’s where your power is!
~ Author Unknown ~

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
~ 1 Peter 5:10-11 ~

Hope all is well in your world. (wink) Nothing gets attention more than health challenges, plus accepting the fact that reading cheaters no longer work.

Celebrate faith through it.

Reality forces change. A realization that stress is cumulative.

To everything, there is a season. Faith through it.

The valleys and the mountains.

It’s been hectic and drama filled days at the circus. Challenging conversations. My little maladies stabilizing while adjusting to changes beyond my control. Sticking to a routine, of proper rest, helped to balance energy level.

The blessings.

The power of praying comforts and releases everything to God, who can change seasons. I’ve been praying and releasing everything to God. Thank you Lord.

By the grace of God, today, I can smile because all is well in my world again. Praise The Lord. (wink)

There is something powerful about seeing good after a bad season.

There is something powerful about letting go.

There is something powerful about knowing who we are in Christ.

Too many times, energy is wasted on the why of it. It is, what it is.

Faith through it, whatever it is. I love the quote above because without the valleys, we wouldn’t recognize the blessings of the mountains. Praise The Lord.

Abundant blessings, my friends, because the just does everything by faith. Praise The Lord.

As always, I welcome your thoughts. (smile)

©afriendofjesus2013Blog, Aug 2013

Why We Should Not Fear Satan and Demons



“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

– Hebrews 11:1


When someone asks me why I believe, it’s more than just what I read in the Bible. It’s an assurance that I know, that I know. It’s hard to put into words, but the Apostle Paul did a very good job in writing that “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Rom 8:16), so it’s the Spirit of God witnessing to us, with the written Word of God, which ultimately points us to the Living Word of God, Who is Jesus Christ

Read more: http://www.christianquotes.info/images/11047/#ixzz4X7E6PhMf

Faith Without Reason is Dead

Praying man

By: Jason Kline

A major crisis in the Church is how many believers lack a depth of understanding about the Christian faith.  What this means is that a good many of us cannot explain what we believe to another person let alone explain why we believe it. As a result it shows that Church leaders have led people gradually through a state of unintelligible beliefs to a kind of anti-intellectualism about faith, or what is named fideism. According to Geisler, “Religious fideism argues matters of faith and religious belief are not supported by reason.”[1] As a result, unsuspecting Christians have become intellectually stifled. They simply, “just believe,” with a low view of education and training. Others have become antagonistic about Christians seeking educational training. I have been ridiculed and mocked for going to Seminary by people in a church I used to attend. Without a doubt, this trend has burdened the Church with great consequences, (1) People who are ill-equipped to defend the Christian faith on intellectual grounds, (2) loss of ground in academics, (3) a significant falling away from the faith (roughly 70 percent of students, who graduated from the Church youth program, go off to college and abandon their faith), and declining church attendance on an average Sunday.

It is believed that Americans are becoming increasingly less spiritual. That is a myth. I believe Americans continue to be spiritual but are thirsty for truth, and are willing to follow whatever appeases their “itching ears” (2 Tim. 4:3). The Church has failed to meet  this need head on. I have personally heard leaders teaching and preaching shallow doctrine or focusing so much on ethical living (how Christians ought to live). The problem with this style is that the people do not know who it is they are being asked to follow – namely Jesus. I believe it is more effective to discipleship we teach out folks what they believe, why they believe it and then how to live and defend the faith. I believe that ethical Christian living naturally follows from being confident in knowing who it is they are following, on an intimate level; and people desperately want to know their savior on this level.

Read more: http://bellatorchristi.com/2017/01/25/faith-without-reason-dead/