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Chariot of Fire Blog

The Darkness Has Not Passed Away

I have decided to make a change in my monthly blog program. I want to invite you to follow my daily Live to Love Scripture Encouragement podcast. The 2-3 minute podcast airs daily on Spotify, iTunes, and Soundcloud and is also posted on Facebook. I am presently going through 1 John, verse by verse. I am looking for how each verse encourages us to live to love with Jesus or live out the gospel. On the first of each month, I’ll send an email with the content and link to that day’s Live to Love Scripture podcast—just like today’s post.

Freely You Received, Freely Give

Matthew 10:7-8 “And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.”

John 3:27 “John answered and said, ‘A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven.’”

What is the most that you can do in any given situation in life? Give or apply what you have been given. You can’t give something you haven’t received. You can’t do something you don’t know how to do. Furthermore, you don’t know what you don’t know until you get in a situation that calls for knowledge or skills you don’t have. One of the most important lessons to learn is that we are not the big deal. Life isn’t all about us. It’s about God and His kingdom. In last month’s blog, I focused on the incredible truth that everything that occurs in life is for the glory of God because all things are from, through, and to Him. In this blog, I turn the spotlight on another life-changing gospel truth: we are recipients of God’s grace. He gives us what we need to glorify Him.

For the Glory of God

Romans 11:36 “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.”

The verse above comes at the end of Paul’s presentation of the gospel to the church in Rome. It is one of the most glorious, sweeping statements about God’s sovereignty in all of the Scriptures. It should not be one of those declarations in God’s Word that we pass over quickly. As you read it, doesn’t the grandeur and reality of it make you pause, contemplate, and worship? That’s my aim in this article.