I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ. (Galatians 1:11–12)
Lord, help me to keep a constant focus on the Gospel–salvation through your Son. Forgive me when I neglect the foundation of our faith.
Lord, help me to hold to the Divine Gospel, which has no human origin, warn me when I am tempted to change it.
Lord, help me to preach the Divine Gospel, making the most of my opportunities to preach in love, be it service or speech.
Lord, help me to be more thankful to you for revealing yourself. Help me to position my heart to hear you speak.
“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (Galatians 1:3-5)
The beginning of Paul’s letter assumes sin and conflict.
Grace** and peace are needed in every community–Christian or not–because communities are filled with imperfect people who are selfish, vain, and prideful. We need God’s grace, his undeserved favor and we need peace with him and others. Let us then not become surprised at sin and conflict when we see it. More importantly, let’s look to control our sin and keep our mouths from conflict with others.
The Gospel was always on Paul’s mind.
Thoughts about the gospel ought to be as regular as eating or sleeping or talking with others. It’s easy to leave the basics behind, but this is a poor habit. There can be no success when the fundamentals are forgotten. Make no mistake, the center of our faith is that the Father has sent his Son to save us from evil–his salvation is necessary and we are unable to attain it for ourselves.
God’s will prevails. Always.
Our freedom is real. And while this mystery cannot be solved, we know what is expected of us: we ought to glorify God above all. We glorify many things: incredible experiences or outstanding people, achievement or the accumulation of more stuff. Everything in creation is is falsely glorified when it ought to be a sign prompting us to glorify the creator.
Paul’s introduction is simple. In a way, it wasn’t very special because was similar to common letter introductions during this time. It’s easy to skip–a trap I often fall into, I’m afraid to admit. But there are great insights waiting to be discovered when we pause for a moment.
What have I missed? How is the Holy Spirit speaking to you through these few words of introduction?
**Here’s a good explanation of Grace from the Lexham Theological Workbook:
“Grace refers to the condition of being given or shown favor, especially by someone in a position to exercise goodwill by meeting a particular need. Grace can also refer to the manifestation of such a disposition of kindness in the form of material benefaction, including the giving of gifts, the approval of one’s request, the granting of freedom or mercy, and the deliverance or salvation from evil or harm.”
4 While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: 5 “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. 6 Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”
11 “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time ofLuke 8:4-8; 11-15
testingthey fall away. 14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches andpleasures, and they do not mature. 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.
Q. As you reflect on this teaching from Jesus, how are you challenged and encouraged?
Q. “A farmer went out to sow his seed.” What are all the ways you could have access to God’s Word? Are there any changes you ought to make so that you would be positioned better to hear God’s Word?
Q. The path represents those people who hear God’s Word, but their heart is too hard to let the truth sink in. On a scale of 1 to 10, how hard is your heart? Why? What situations, people, or thoughts work to harden your heart?
Q. The rocky soil represents those people who hear God’s Word with joy, but their heart is too shallow to let the truth sink in and grow roots. At the first sign of trouble, they give up. On a scale of 1 to 10, how “rocky” is your heart? Why? What situations, people, or thoughts work to make you give up on your faith?
Q. The thorny soil represents those people who hear God’s Word, but their heart is too distracted by worry and riches. Good actions grow, but are choked up by the thrones. On a scale of 1 to 10, how distracted is your heart? Why? What situations, people, or thoughts work to choke out the good things in your life?
Q. Consider the first three soils from a positive point of view. What can you do to soften your heart? How can you better persevere and outlast the difficult times? How can you have a greater focus on Jesus?
Q. Do you know anyone with a heart that is “hard,” “shallow,” or choked by “thorns?” How can you encourage that person?
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In thisJohn 16:33
worldyou will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
How can we have peace?
- Through listening to the words of Jesus.
Why is peace so important?
- Because this world is filled with trouble.
How do we know that we can trust Jesus?
- He has overcome the world.
- Where do I put my peace? Is it internal (e.g. my ability), external (e.g. praise from others), or is it eternal (Christ alone)?
- How easily is my peace stolen? When is my peace most threatened?
- Who, in my world, is facing trouble from the world and needs support?
owcan I listen more to the words of Jesus?
Reflections from John 15
Would you rather be cut off or cut back?
What has Jesus called us to do?
Remain in him.
How do we remain?
Make sure his word is in us and obey his commands.
What is his command?
To love one another.
What is love?
Love is sacrifice, it is the opposite of selfishness.
What happens when we love like Jesus?
We have complete joy and our prayers are answered.
Why are we now friends with Jesus?
We are no longer called “servants” because we know the full plan of God: to love others as Jesus loved.
Jesus said: “Very truly I tell you: No one can enter the kingdom of God unless they have been born of water and the spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.” John 3:5-6
The kingdom of God is open to everyone, but there is only one opening: being born of the Spirit.
What is true about the beginning of life in the kingdom is also true as we continue in life
What is true about ENTERING life in the Kingdom is also true about ON-GOING life in the Kingdom. We BEGIN through the Spirit, let us also CONTINUE in the Spirit.
The flesh does some things, and they are important. But the Spirit does things the flesh can not, and these are the most important things.
When we are faced with repeated frustration and failure, this can be an indicator from God that we are working too much on our own power. We need to work differently, through the power of the Spirit. This begins with confession and a renewed commitment to trust God. In this humility, we wait for God to make our convictions clear. Then we obey.
God has given us great gifts–the flesh can accomplish much, as long as it’s submitted to the power of the Spirit.
Read the scripture. Pick two questions for reflection and prayer.
“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect.” — Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:1
- Generally speaking, what does it mean when one person show’s grace to another?
- Being as specific as you can, what is God’s grace?
- What do you know about Paul’s past life, before he experienced the grace of God?
- Paul knew his identity—past, present, and future. In just a few words, who are you?
- Can you make the same claim–that you are who you are because of the grace of God? Why or why not?
- How would you complete this sentence? “By the _______________ I am what I am?”
- What are all the factors that determine, define, and influence a person’s identity?
- What demonstrates or reveals a person’s identity?
- Is identity easy to change? Why or why not?
- How does a change in identity occur?
- What are some internal and external factors that can help change identity?
- Assuming it’s had an effect on you personally, how has God’s grace impacted your life?
- How can you make God’s grace a regular part of your life…daily, weekly?
- What happens when you go too long without experiencing God’s grace?
- God’s grace had a powerful effect on Paul’s life. What can keep a person from being impacted by God’s grace?
- Do you ever feel like you don’t deserve God’s grace? Why or why not?
- How would you respond to this statement: “Grace is always undeserved”?
- Who is someone in your life with whom you have a difficult time showing grace? Why?
- Is grace necessary for human relationships? Why or why not?
- In your experience, how is being forgiven by others powerful?
“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? ” (2 Corinthians 13:5)
Growing spiritually isn’t automatic. Left to our natural inclinations, we’ll move away from God, not towards him.
Personal examination doesn’t need to be complex to be powerful.
Great spiritual progress can be made by simply asking, “God, did I do what God wanted me to do today?” Listen to God, and allow your convictions to come into focus through prayer and reflection.
There are times when a deeper examination is necessary for growth and breakthrough. Before we get started, a few assumptions to get on the same page:
- I’m defining an action as anything that impacts the world around us. It may be a word, a look, a touch, etc. Illustration1.
- Every action leads to multiple consequences–some of which we observe and some we don’t. Illustration2.
- With these assumptions in place, shouting alone in the woods with no one to hear you is not an “action” because there are no consequences.
When I want to examine one of my past actions, the following five questions frame my rear view mirror:
KNOWLEDGE: What unchanging principles impacted my action? How did my understanding of good/evil, right/wrong, wise/foolish, true/false guide my decision?
WISDOM: How well did I apply the unchanging principle(s) to the specific situation to consider the consequences? Was I able to accurately predict all observable consequences? Did I miss something I should have caught?
DESIRE: What was I my goal, what did I want to accomplish? In a sea of consequences, which few were I looking to achieve?
MOTIVATION: Why did I want what I wanted? It’s possible to want the right things, but for the wrong reasons. This question is subtle, but it’s too important to skip. Two thousand years ago, Jesus criticised the Pharisees for being whitewashed tombs6. The warning is still relevant today: looking good without being good is a real temptation for believers. The motivations of the heart are muddy waters! They are difficult to discern because we often have several reasons, they change constantly and they are often in conflict with one another.
ATTITUDE: What was I feeling before I acted? Emotions are often an invisible game changer when they influence our actions. Feeling joy, peace, confidence leads to the best actions. Shame, sadness, anger rarely lead to good actions.
You can’t grade a test without knowing the answers. You can’t judge without a standard. As it relates to our KNOWLEDGE, our perception of truth ought to line up with what God says is true. It’s human nature to think we are right most (or all) of the time. One way we grow spiritually is to give up what we think is true and accept what God says is true.
We want our WISDOM to be accurate. That we take the principles we believe in (which are hopefully God’s principles) and correctly apply them to the current situation. We gain wisdom through prayer, observation, and reflection.
DESIRES are typically very specific because they are tied to the moment of our action. However, following the example of Jesus, we are ought to be serving others. If our act was selfish, we missed the mark. As we look to our MOTIVE, we were either humble or we were not.
Finally, our ATTITUDE ought to be joy, a feeling deeper than happiness because it’s not based on our situations. Joy comes from remembering everything God has done for us and the promise of our eternal future in his presence. This world’s greatest setbacks can’t hold a candle to the indescribable light of living in God’s presence.
The next time you make a mistake, or are surprised by your actions, work through these five questions. It will be slow and feel unnatural. That’s ok. Maybe my questions aren’t a great fit and you need to figure out your own. That’s great, go for it! The goal is to draw closer to God!
Relationships don’t just happen. You know this. They take all kinds of work in several different directions. One foundation for a healthy relationship is communication—speaking and listening.
While the best friendships may not require a strict structure, they do need intentionality and authenticity.
We are intentional when we make the time to talk and listen. Intentionality pushes further: we think through what we want and need to say. We also position our attitude to hear the response and take it to heart.
Of course, none of this is important if we aren’t authentic, telling the truth to ourselves and our friend.
What follows is a simple way to pray with intentionality. There are probably thousands of ways to pray—dig through the old writings and you will find them. I’m not suggesting this is the only pattern—or even the best. Take it for what it’s worth, even if it’s a method that you find lacking: fix it and make one for yourself!
Thank God for his gifts and blessings
Thank God for who he is (good, loving, powerful, etc.)
Appeal to God for help and answers
Appeal to God for others
Confess your sins (pride, ego, mistakes, etc.)
Follow his voice and your conscience
Ezra had money problems: he had too much. He also needed to travel a great distance–four months from Babylon to Jerusalem–which exposed him to theft. He trusted God for protection, but he also took diligent steps to minimize his risks. Ezra divided the treasures among 12 priests and said:
“Guard them carefully until you weigh them out in the chambers of the house of the Lord in Jerusalem before the leading priests and the Levites and the family heads of Israel.” (Ezra 8:29)
Essentially, Ezra said, “Hold on to this stuff, because we’re going to count it all when we get to Jerusalem.” God graciously protected the travelers from thieves, and the 12 people were faithful in their stewardship. Once they got to Jerusalem, Ezra writes:
“Everything was accounted for by number and weight, and the entire weight was recorded at that time.” (Ezra 8:34)
The newly rebuilt temple was dedicated to the Lord, paid for by the money Ezra bought. Good times. This part of the story was great (spoiler alert: the next part, not so much).
In our lives, we have accountability for everything but the most important things. We are accountable to our parents (for their rules), teachers (for their assignments), and bosses (for our work). When we drive, we’re accountable to the law and those hidden cops who are keeping the highways safe. Society has built in accountability…for the little things.
But we’re not accountable for the big things. I’m talking about the conditions of our heart: our motives, fantasies, and desires. This kind of accountability has to be chosen, and it’s easy to ignore and fake.
Accountability makes us stronger. Eventually we’ll be held accountable to God. But for the current chapter of our lives, we get to choose it.
1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.
3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
” ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'”
7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'”
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'”
11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
Questions for Reflection and Discussion
Read the passage two times, make a note of the words, phrases, or verses that don’t make sense. Allow everyone to share their questions without others “answering” or “solving” them.
Without looking at the passage, retell this event in your own words. Once everyone has shared, check the passage to see if anything needs to be added or corrected.
Based on your experience with temptation, how does it work? What are the stages or steps involved? What happens first, second, third, etc.?
In what ways does the spiritual world show up in this passage?
What’s the difference between being “led by the Spirit” and “tempted by the devil? Why did God want this to happen?
Why didn’t Jesus make the bread? He was hungry and later in his ministry, Jesus would feed large crowds of more than 4,000 people and 5,000 people, why wouldn’t he feed himself?
What does this passage teach about the devil?
Where are the physical locations of each temptation? In your opinion, why do these locations matter?
What were the three temptations? Can you come up with some modern-day equivalents?
How does Jesus’ answers address each temptation? In your own words, restate each of Jesus’ answers.
In each of his answers to the devil, Jesus quoted scripture. Why is scripture helpful for fighting temptation?
Satan used scripture in his second temptation, what does this mean? Was Satan wrong or was the scripture wrong?
Why wouldn’t Jesus jump and let the angels catch him (v. 6)? Especially when the angels cam and helped him at the end of this passage…why not let them help in the middle of the event?
As you consider the biggest temptations in your life, pick one of the scriptures below for meditation and memorization:
- “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
- “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'”
- “For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'”
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters” (Isaiah 55:1)
In this scripture, we can see at least three things:
- An invitation
- It is addressed SPECIFICALLY to those in need
- A promise for that need to be met and fulfilled
This means that:
- Invitations call for a response
- Needs call for recognition
- Promises call for trust
Therefore we ought to:
- Respond to God’s invitation. Invitations aren’t meant ignored or just opened—they are offered so that they will be accepted. God is calling us to move forward, come closer to him, the well is open and we must go to it.
- Recognize our need. Drinking water is so much easier when we feel the thirst! Unfortunately, the soul’s thirst is much easier to ignore than our stomach’s thirst. When we know that our soul needs more, we are quick to respond to God’s invitation.
- Trust God’s promise of fulfillment. Trust and hope move us forward. We cannot grow closer to God if we don’t trust his promises. And this trust is ongoing, just like it is in our human relationships. It would be so great if we only needed to trust God once and never doubt again!
These three things—responding, recognizing, trusting—are connected, they aren’t really separate actions. Each one works to strengthen the others.
These few words tell us a lot about God. The invitation is evidence of God’s love—no one is forcing him to draw us closer to his sustaining presence. God knows we are broken, that we are thirsty, and he still loves us. God is trustworthy, the Creator who sustains the universe will also give us the waters we need.
Check out the rest of Isaiah 55 to find out how much his waters will costs us.
“For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back.” (Isaiah 54:7)
God is everywhere, but he is in some places more than most. This doesn’t really make much sense and that’s because our finite minds cannot fully understand or explain the Infinite God. Somehow, “more” of God’s presence was in the tabernacle and this scripture speaks to “less” of God’s presence.
So while God is everywhere–there are no gaps in his understanding or attention or power–God does “pull back” and abandon people.
We don’t know how this works, but we do know why God abandons people (in this case, Israel). It’s actually quite simple and unsurprising: God abandons people who are disobedient, those who reject him and his ways.
Another question pops up: How much rejecting does a person need to do before he experiences abandonment from God? I think this is a bad question…or at least the wrong question. This is like asking, “How far can I flirt before I’ve cheated on my spouse?” Scripture doesn’t give us a solid line that fits every person and every situation.
Instead, let us then concern ourselves with absolute obedience and devotion. This will drive us closer to God which is better than wondering how far we can wander from him.
When we fall short, failing enough to be abandoned by God, there is hope. We can trust that we have been abandoned by a God who has deep compassion. He will bring us back. Israel returned home from captivity. Nineveh’s repentance averted destruction. Peter was reinstated. Paul was confronted and called to apostleship.
Let us take hope when we are abandoned by the God of deep compassion, for he will bring us back after a brief moment.
What is it about your life, that you are most excited about?
What are you proud of?
What accomplishments are you eager to share?
Boasting—whether it happens in conversation with others or in the solitude of our hearts—is the act of declaring what we think is good. Some examples:
“My kid scored the winning run.”
“My car is awesome.”
“My income is incredible.”
“My wit is quick.”
Isaiah talked about empty boasting:
“We have heard of Moab’s pride —how great is her arrogance!—of her conceit, her pride and her insolence; but her boasts are empty.” (Isaiah 16:6)
Jeremiah talked about the right kind of boasting:
“This is what the Lord says: ‘Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me…’” (Jeremiah 9:23-24)
Empty bragging springs from a heart independent from God. Self-sufficient achievements are expressions of prides, arrogance, and conceit. Boasting in the Lord glorifies him.
“My kid scored the winning run. He had very little success all season and this really boosted his spirits.”
“My car is awesome. It’s really old and it’ll probably break down a lot, but I’m thankful I have one. Now my parents don’t have to drive me around any more.”
“My income is incredible. I never thought I’d make this much, it’s more than I need and feel that God is calling me to support your ministry.”
“My wit is quick. My neighbor was really angry, I had no idea what to say. In that moment, God gave me the right words to say.”
Genuine boasting in the Lord puts the spotlight on him.
There are at least two aspects of overconfidence: perceived and actual.
Externally, some people are viewed by others as too confident. These people might be humble on the inside, but people don’t see it. This is a reflection of their foolish lack of self-awareness.
Naturally, some people are too confident on the inside, and their pride is a reflection of their heart.
Most of the time, internal overconfidence is expressed externally. Sometimes, people seem prideful but their hearts are humble.
Both diseases of overconfidence are inconceivably difficult to self diagnose–all those pesky self rationalizations get in the way.
Unfortunately, I haven’t just observed this, I’ve experienced it firsthand. Understanding the symptoms of overconfidence could lead to greater humility.
Perceived overconfidence exchanges inspiration with intimidation or indifference.
When we see the right amount of confidence in others, we are inspired and appreciate their passion. Your favorite singer doesn’t step on the stage sheepishly.
Actual overconfidence exchanges surrender for self-sufficiency .
Rather than trusting God, the self-sufficient place their trust in their own skills and achievements.
Are people intimidated by you? Are they indifferent and apathetic to your ideas? Who gets the spotlight in your heart, is it God or you? Talk to someone in your life to get an outside perspective.
“The Lord has established Zion, and in her his afflicted people will find refuge.”
(a) Where do you find refuge when you are tired, exhausted, hurting or devastated?
(b) Where has God created refuge for you? In what prayers or places or people can you find his power and presence and protection?
(c) How can you get from (a) to (b)?
(d) What is keeping (c) from becoming a reality?
What does it mean to be spiritually healthy? Let’s get a little more specific: Were you spiritually healthy yesterday?
Answering this question is easy. Sure, it’s a little personal, but coming up with an honest answer is something most of us could do without much effort.
The next question goes a little deeper: Why did you give that answer? How do you gage your spiritual health?
Answering this question is tough. You could skip it by thinking, “My spiritual health is based on how I feel.” It takes courage and hard work to come up with a wise answer that’s based on scripture.
The first 10 verses of John 15 uses the word “REMAIN” 11 times–that’s a lot! And it’s not like John lost his Jerusalem Thesaurus, he was intentional with his language. It’s clear that remaining in Jesus is important. But what does it actually mean to remain in him? According to Jesus, there are clear evidences of maintaining a healthy connection with him. We can move beyond guessing about our spiritual health, we can know with confidence. In this passage, we find at least four evidences:
Bearing Fruit — “Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me” (v. 4).
A healthy vine bears fruit, that is it’s purpose. In this passage, Jesus doesn’t specifically describe what fruit looks like. The Bible has a lot to say about bearing fruit, Galatians 5:22-23 is a popular passage. Sticking with this text, we can know we are remaining in Jesus when we do what he created us to do.
Jesus’ Words In Us — “If you remain in me, and my words remain in you” (v.7).
We are spiritually healthy when God’s Word is on our minds. This could be reading (or listening to) the Bible, memorizing a scripture, or meditating on a verse. If we go a whole day or a week without thinking about Jesus’ words, we are missing the mark.
Answered Prayers — “Ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (v.7).
Remember, context is always important when understanding scripture. This promise assumes that we are remaining in Jesus, bearing fruit and keeping Jesus’ words in us. Answered prayer is also evidence of remaining in Jesus. When was the last time you asked for something from God and received it? This is one way you can know you are remaining in him.
Obedience — “If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love” (v.10)
Obedience is the foundation for remaining in Jesus, everything in the spiritual life begins and ends with obedience. This is not a matter of earning God’s favor, as Jesus say earlier in this passage, “You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you” (v. 3). We can know if we are remaining in Jesus if we do what he tells us to do.
Consider your yesterday: Did you bear fruit? Did you keep Jesus’ words close? Were any of your prayers answered? Ultimately, did you obey Jesus?
Jesus gave up his rights, he willingly chose to loose when he could have won. He did this because it was the Father’s will and because his kingdom was from another place–not of this world. Under the unfair judgment of Pilate, Jesus said,
“My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” John 18:36 (NIV)
Jesus had servants who could have fought for him and won. What could it look like for us to follow his example of self-sacrifice?
It doesn’t mean that we seek to be treated unfairly. Jesus taught and healed and did all the things his Father called him to do, but he didn’t look for trouble. Following his example doesn’t mean we choose to be weak. While facing unfair judgement, Jesus was teaching and testing convictions. He answered Pilate:
“Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?” John 18:34 (NIV)
I love how the Voice translates this verse:
“Are you asking Me because you believe this is true, or have others said this about Me?” John 18:34 (Voice)
It’s not easy to loose when we know we can win. Pride and fear make it difficult. But we can follow Jesus’ example with confidence by remembering that we are citizens of a different kingdom.
As we look into this scripture, we see the principle of self-sacrifice, we have the security to move forward without fear. There is one thing left: what might this look like in our own lives?