Established in God's Love
How are you as a believer established in God’s love? This 10-day Bible reading schedule will deepen your understanding of the many aspects of the wondrous love of God for you.
Day 1 - God’s steadfast love endures forever - Psalm 136:1-26
Day 2 - God’s love for you is faithful - Psalm 117:1-2; John 10:28-30
Day 3 - How God demonstrated His love for you - John 3:1-36; Matthew 17:1-8
Day 4 – God’s covenant love for His people – Psalm 103:1-22; Jeremiah 31:1-34
Day 5 - Abide in Christ’s Love - John 15:1-27
Day 6 – The everlasting power of God’s love – Romans 8:1-39
Day 7 – Reflect God’s love to others – 1 John 3:1-22; I John 4:1-21; 1 John 5:1-21
Day 8 – The greatness of love – 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Day 9 – Jesus prayer for the Father’s love in you – John 17:1-26
Day 10 – The glorious love of Christ - Ephesians 2:1-23; Ephesians 2:1-23; Ephesians 3:1-21
How Sin Develops
James explains how sin develops in a person's life. This graphic illustrates James 1:15 and will help you understand how sin starts and how to destroy it before it is too late.
James lays out how sin develops in a person's life:
- lust (sinful desire) is conceived in the heart,
- it gives birth to sin (it manifests itself in sinful behavior),
- it causes damage in their life and leads to death.
When lust gives birth to sin, it presents itself through sinful behavior - words, actions, choices, neglect in relationships, etc.
Sin causes damage in your life and works death: death of joy, peace, a clear conscience, relationships, etc.
Sin must be killed at its root: lust, which is sinful desire. When we look for ultimate satisfaction outside of Christ and trust, fear or love something more than God (Exodus 20:3), sin finds fertile soil and begins to take root. If we crave and long for something and push God's Word aside, we reap what we sow.
Pay close attention - daily - to the things you desire. When you find yourself trusting, fearing, coveting or loving something more than God, remove the your sinful passions and desires (Galatians 5:24) and rest your satisfaction in Christ.
Complete Through the Gospel
This graphic explains how a believer in Jesus is complete through the gospel...the good news that God showed His love, mercy and grace toward them. This love, mercy and grace is extended to others. Further, believers no longer need to be reliant on the approval of and demand respect from others because they have both through Jesus. Texts: 1 John 4:19, Romans 6:5-10, Colossians 2:10, Colossians 2:8
How a Believer Can Drift from the Gospel
At times during God’s sanctifying process, a believer can drift from the good news of the gospel. This graphic illustrates what causes the drift (law keeping and idols of the heart), and how the gospel calls us home. This concept is laid out in the highly recommended IBCD training course. Graphic by thekiln.org.