so please forgive me for now if wednesdays with luke are really late wednesday night posts : )
** another tangent, before i get into the actual reason i'm posting -- i just want to state a few things that are probably pretty obvious, but i just want to clarify : ) i hope that maybe it's apparent if you've been reading my blog (if you're just joining me, WELCOME!!) that i am a Christian. i believe in God & that Jesus is the son of God. & please, oh please don't let that run you away!! my blog is a place that i've created to place my thoughts/findings as i learn to live the life i love & i welcome everyone to it! so as i present to you my thoughts on the bible, just be aware that as a Christian, a woman, a human, a sinner... these are my thoughts as i study the Word (the bible) to understand the truths of what i believe better. this is me trying to wade through the learning waters of what i believe and a way for me to share some thoughts on it.
--wednesdays with luke--
this past week we read luke 3 in our study. in luke 3 we find john the baptist (remember me mentioning him?) preaching to a crowd who was going to be baptized by him. in reading john's speaking to the crowd, our teacher pointed out these 4 simple truths that can be taken from john's words.
*reality - risk - repentance - results*
REALITY - if i truly believe what i believe, i've got to realize the reality of my sin. romans 3:23 says "all have sinned & fall short of the glory of God." i have to realize that i have a problem. it's sin... & that's my reality.
RISK - john also points out in this chapter, the risk of avoiding the reality of my sin. i can't just deny it's there. i can't act like my sin isn't active daily, hourly. i have to realize the reality of my sin & do something about it. there's great risk in just ignoring your sin.
REPENTANCE - God calls me to repent of my sins & turn from them. true repentance calls for a change of heart, a change of mind, & a change of my ways. repentance is about doing a complete 180 & turning from your sin. it's not enough just knowing your going the in the wrong direction, we are called to change our ways.
RESULTS - oh friends, results. man that's good news. yes, once you start realizing the sin in your life & dealing with it, turning from it, there are amazing results. i find my relationship with the Lord is growing, i'm loving better, living better, giving better, & enjoying this amazing life that God has blessed me with... with whatever may come my way.