All of this sounds really great but I have never understood what it means to 'trust Jesus.'"
First, trusting in Christ means that you're not relying upon yourself, but on Christ to get you into heaven. We cannot get to heaven by doing good deeds, things that we think will make us acceptable to God. Rather, we need to be forgiven of our sins, realizing that Jesus died for our sins. And what He did for us on the cross is the only way to have our sins forgiven. The Bible says...
All the [Old Testament] prophets testify about him [Jesus] that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name." (Acts 10:43)
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace." (Ephesians 1:7)
After someone trusts in Christ for the forgiveness of their sins, a new life begins -- "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" (2Cor. 5:17) The person becomes a follower of Christ. As a follower of Christ, a person relies upon Jesus in other areas of their life, not just for forgiveness of sin.
For example, Jesus said that He is the Teacher (John 13:13-14). He told His disciples that He would send the Holy Spirit to them, and that the Holy Spirit would teach them all things (John 14:26) and guide them into all truth (John 16:13). God teaches a person His ways and His truth. In terms of our values and our behavior, He cleans out stuff in our thinking that's not right, and shows us from His perspective what is correct. This is another way in which God loves us.
He is the One who knows all truth, and He wants us to build our lives on His truth. Jesus said...
Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock." (Matthew 7:24-25)
f you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:31-32)
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." (Matthew 11:28-29)
The most important part of following Christ is to learn from Him. By relying on Christ as our Teacher, He guides us into living a new life that is according to His will and is according to truth. He shows us how to live, and will even guide us in how to pray. When we learn what He wants from us, then we rely on His strength and power (the Holy Spirit) to do those things.
Following Christ is all about relying upon Him. He told His disciples, "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." (John 15:5)
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Posted on February 13, 2009 at 1:22pm
THE TEMPTATION OF JESUS
(Jesus our Big Brother)
Key Verse: 4:4
“Jesus answered, ‘It is written: “Man does not live on bread alone.”’”
A woman brought home a very expensive dress. The husband asked, “Why did you buy that dress, dear? You know we can’t afford it.” The wife said, “Well, honey, the devil made me do it. I was just trying it on in the store and he said to me, ‘I’ve never seen you look more gorgeous than you do in that dress. You… Continue
Posted on January 15, 2009 at 10:08am
Helping Your Child Understand God's Plan Spiritual Gifts for Kids
If you want to walk in the fullness and power of the Holy Spirit, you need to know your spiritual heritage. You need to know how to draw upon the inexhaustible resources of God's love, wisdom, power, forgiveness and abundant grace.
It is impossible to walk vigorously and dynamically in the Spirit without spending time, unhurried time, in fellowship with our Lord in… Continue
Posted on January 10, 2009 at 4:19am
Have faith in God.
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act. He will bring forth your vindication as the light, and your right as the noonday. Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.” Psalms 37
We know that in everything God works for good with those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8
Blessed are all they - that put their trust in Him" Psalms… Continue