To be honest, I’ve never been one to make New Year resolutions, and, I don’t know that this necessarily counts as one but this year I plan on returning to writing and posting daily devotions. I can’t promise that I will have one every day, but I will try. Since being diagnosed with cancer in 2015 I haven’t set aside the needed time to write. Since I am doing much better that will change. Please continue to pray for me though and thank you for your prayers!!!
It seems like in many ways 2016 was an awful year. No doubt, it was a year of negativity where everyone seemed to be offended by everything. Some may even be offended by that statement. Clearly we live in a divided nation and a divided world. We can argue all we want as to what the solutions are but for those who believe the bible to be absolute truth, as I do, the only answer to all of life’s ailments is Jesus.
Unfortunately though, even Christians seem to be disgruntled. We fight, fuss, and frown, about almost everything while debating over some of the most foolish things. I’m all for debating foundational issues such as creation, the cross, the integrity of God’s word and many more fundamental truths, but, it seems as though we have been confused and distracted by many things that are folly causing many to forsake the foundational things.
Hebrews 6:1 reads, “Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God.” However, before we can leave the elementary teachings we need to be assured that we have truly laid a solid foundation of repentance of dead works and faith toward God. Only then will we be able to have true maturity as followers of Jesus. If we have not laid the foundational works we cannot grow because there is nothing to build on; we have simply built castles in the sand.
For this reason I have resolved to center all of my devotions on the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel is the power unto salvation to those who believe, and, it is encouraging to those who have already believed. The gospel is simple yet complexed. We are saved through its simplicity, but, I believe we can also grow greatly by better understanding its complexity. Can we ever fully understand the gospel? Yes and no. We can understand the gospel and believe resulting in salvation, but we can never fully understand such things as why a just God would choose to justify sinners like you and I.
So, I encourage you to walk with me through this gospel journey throughout this year and pray with me that God will use it for His glory. Even if you aren’t a follower of Jesus I encourage you to walk with me through this journey. You may discover that Jesus is worth following after all. Also, please share these posts so those who need the gospel for salvation will find it and those who have received it can grow.