Random Ramblings

Just a few of my thoughts on the world around me

His Will

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I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

1 John 5:13-15

These three simple verses are encouraging ones, for they assure us of two wonderful things.  First, we have eternal life.  Second, anything we ask for in prayer will be done, if we ask in God’s will. This is our focus here: God’s will.

The whole idea of tacking “in Jesus’ name, Amen” has always struck me as trying to work the system just a little bit.  Of course, we do that because Jesus is recorded three times in John’s gospel telling His disciples…

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Sola Gratia

“Grace Alone”

Grace is a topic I’ve been meditating on the past few weeks. It is one of the most important factors in our Christian lives and it such an amazing concept! It is the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings, or simply, being given something we don’t deserve. That something is salvation through Christ. We are all sinners and because of our sin there is no way we could ever be with a holy God unless a sacrifice is made. Miraculously, He choose to come to Earth in the form of a man to take on our sins and the punishment of death on the cross. One of the most well-known verses in the Bible illustrates this:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”   John 3:16

Even then, our sin nature prevents us from seeking Him. 

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.”   Romans 3:10-11

Yet in His mercy and grace He seeks us and draws us to Him. Isn’t that amazing?! But His grace doesn’t not stop there; as we go through life, He is there giving us grace to come through trials and glorify Him. In fact, we can’t even do anything without Him!

“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”   John 15:5

“And he said unto me, My graceis sufficient for thee: for my strength ismade perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”                       2 Corinthians 12:8-10

I think my favorite part about grace (and mercy) is no matter how many times we mess up, we cannot lose this Salvation that has been so freely given to us. We never deserved it in the first place! Hebrews 6:4-6 tells us it is impossible for “those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,” or have received our Salvation in Christ to fall away from that Salvation!

For the past few weeks the Sunday School class I’m in has started studying the book of Galatians. As Paul is writing this, he starts off dealing with some problems the  churches he’d planted were having. After he’d plant the churches others would come in and they’d basically tell the people “okay you’re saved now, but to keep your salvation, you need to follow all the laws of the Old Testament.” Okay, so I guess they’d call it the Book of the Law or the Torah, but you know what I mean. Paul addresses this in some of the first few verses.

” I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”  Galatians 1:6-9

By the way, he wasn’t saying the Gospel he was preaching was true because, but because it was received from God.

“But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.”   Galatians 1:11-12

Anyways, let’s go back to the “grace of Christ” and the gospel in verses 6 and 7. By teaching that it wasn’t grace that brought salvation, the false teachers were perverting the gospel of Christ and were in a sense preaching another gospel, though it wasn’t gospel, but a false religion. Remember, Ephesians tells we are saved only by grace, not works.

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”   Ephesians 2:8-9

Okay, so this post has gotten rather long. I spent all this time in Galatians to show that not only is grace an amazing thing, but an important to our faith as well. I’d like to wrap this post up with a recording one of my favorite hymns about grace but I couldn’t find one so I’ll put the lyrics at the end. Sorry for the length, but I hope taking some time to meditate on God’s grace was as much a blessing for you to read as it was for me to write. 🙂

~jojo

Grace! ‘Tis a charming sound,
Harmonious to the ear,
Heaven with the echo shall resound,
And all the earth shall hear.

‘Twas grace that wrote my name
In life’s eternal book;
‘Twas grace that gave me to the Lamb,
Who all my sorrows took.

Saved by grace alone!
This is all my plea;
Jesus died for all mankind,
And Jesus died for me.

Grace taught my wandering feet
To tread the heavenly road,
And new supplies each hour I meet,
While pressing up to God.

Grace taught my soul to pray,
And made mine eyes o’erflow;
‘Tis grace has kept me to this day,
And will not let me go.

Oh, let Thy grace inspire
My soul with grace divine!
May all my powers to Thee aspire,
And all my days be Thine.
May all my powers to Thee aspire,
And all my days be Thine.

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An Apology

Last night I had an idea for a new post. As I was planning it out, I started thinking about how I started my blog and what my original intent was. To be honest, I just wanted to give myself a challenge to see if I could stick with it. Anyways, I wanted the blog to have kind of a fun theme and started the Friday Fun! and Tuesday Tunes posts. Then I started throwing in some random posts about my opinions on things as well as dorky posts that were my inner DIYer trying to get out.

In the last few months, it’s gotten to where I haven’t done TT or FF and I just randomly blurb this huge thing about my thoughts on some issue that has arisen in my life. So let me just say, Sorry.

I’m sorry I haven’t been consistent.

I’m sorry for my random thoughts (to be fair, the blog is titled Random Ramblings).

I’m sorry for my poorly-written  posts.

There’s probably more of my shortcomings I should address, but I’ll just leave it there for now.

I know that I am not likely to change the way I run this anytime in the future, I’m not that kind of person, but I do want to let you guys know that I do intend to have more random blurbs on stuff. I still want to do fun stuff every once in a while, but I want to focus on making my serious posts a better quality than they currently are. As I told you all in my first post, I am a Christian, and therefore everything I do is to bring glory to God. That’s why so many of my posts have that “Christian” tone to them. Every time I analyze a situation, I do it through a Biblical worldview.

Hope to get a good post out by the end of this week!!

~jojo

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