Be Strong and Work
Haggai 2:4,5 - Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the LORD; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the LORD, and work: for I am with you, saith the LORD of hosts: According to the word that I covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt, so my spirit remaineth among you: fear ye not.
Some days back I was in discussion with a person of another faith. The person claimed that all religions were one and they all lead to one God and I told him No. He was a bit taken back with my being blunt on the face. Then I explained to him how we are different from all the others. The most primary point of difference between us is; all other religions say that when we are good we are saved. But Christianity says that we come to God, He first saves us and then teaches us to be good and then brings us to Him.
However good we try to be we will never be good enough to be saved. But the grace of God which came to us through Jesus Christ and through the Spirit of God we receive by believing in Him, teaches us and molds to become good. His righteousness covers us and makes us worthy to come before God.
By just believing we will never come before God, it is only when we walk according to the Spirit of God will we be molded according to Christ and be worthy to come before the Father. So there is some amount of efforts required by us. The efforts we need to put, is only a small percentage of that which is actually needed; for it is the Spirit of God who makes up for most of the real efforts.
So, I encourage each and everyone who believes in Jesus Christ to walk (work) in the Spirit, for our journey is yet not over.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Father God, we thank You for the grace and mercy You have showed us through your Son, Jesus. We thank You also for your Spirit which we have received by faith in Jesus Christ. It is by your Spirit, Lord; that we are made worthy to come before You. Help us Lord to abide by your Spirit and do as your Spirit leads us...
This we ask in Jesus' Name,Amen.
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