Legalism is faith gone wrong. It puts the emphasis on doing what you are allowed to do instead of following God.
No more lies, no more pretense. Tell your neighbor the truth. In Christ’s body we’re all connected to each other, after all. When you lie to others, you end up lying to yourself. Isn’t it obvious that all angels are sent to help out with those lined up to receive salvation? Remember, there is only one foundation, the one already laid: Jesus Christ. This makes it clear, doesn’t it, that whatever is written in these Scriptures is not what God says about others but to us to whom these Scriptures were addressed in the first place! And it’s clear enough, isn’t it, that we’re sinners, every one of us, in the same sinking boat with everybody else? Ephesians 4:25 ~ Romans 3:19-20 ~ Hebrews 1:14 ~ 1 Corinthians 3:11
Proverbs 13:20 Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces.
Jesus said “Walk with me and work with me–watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:29-30
“When you do something for someone else, don’t call attention to yourself. You’ve seen them in action, I’m sure–‘playactors’ I call them–treating prayer meeting and street corner alike as a stage, acting compassionate as long as someone is watching, playing to the crowds. They get applause, true, but that’s all they get. Matthew 6:2
1 Timothy 1:12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength to do His work. He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve him.
Trust often requires courage. There have been many times in my life since becoming a Christian where I have had to trust God. Times where I have been in conditions where I have thought “This is it! There is no way forward from here.” And because God loves me and trust me He has intervened and said to me “Finished? Now watch me!”
There is no greater feeling or faith builder available in this world than when God intervenes and does far more than you expected or deserved.
God is good – ALL THE TIME
- Is there a time through this recovery process where God has intervened in your life and done amazing things?
Matthew 11:29 Walk with me and work with me–watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.
“The simplicity of this approach is marvelous. None of the disciples was asked at first to make a statement of faith or accept a well-defined creed.”
Psalms 18:20-24 God made my life complete when I placed all the pieces before him. When I got my act together, he gave me a fresh start. Now I’m alert to God’s ways; I don’t take God for granted. Every day I review the ways he works; I try not to miss a trick. I feel put back together, and I’m watching my step. God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes.