“Abba” is the Hebrew word for Daddy, because it’s a term of endearment. It is a term meaning a very close relationship (Galatians 4). “Father” can be a formal relationship. When I think of “Father,” I think of sitting up straight. I think of a formal, don’t- speak-until-you’re-spoken-to kind of thing. However, with “Daddy” we think of climbing on his lap, listening to stories, and getting hugs. Both are appropriate. God wants to have a close relationship with us, where He touches us, and can be touched by us. At the same time we realize who God is: The awesome creator, with power and authority; The eternal, omnipotent, omniscient God – there is a reverence and respect that also comes with Father”. Pastor Chuck Smith
“I Think one of the greatest dangers Christians face, and one of the greatest dangers the church has faced through the years, is that every genuine move of God seems to end up with man trying to perfect it by the flesh. God begins a work in the Spirit. And Next, people feel they must get organized, put a committee together and start a program”. Pastor Chuck Smith This was the problem with the Galatians. They began in the Spirit, with Faith in Jesus for their salvation, putting their Faith in Christ alone, to be accounted by God for righteousness. But now they were trying to improve on their righteousness. Paul wrote: “Are you so foolish?” The Just Live by Faith in the righteousness of Jesus Christ – that is all you’ll ever need! (Galatians 3)
Did Christ die in vain? IF you or I could be made righteous by keeping the Law of Moses, then Christ did not need to die for you or me. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed: “Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me.” (Matthew 26) Jesus was praying about His death on the cross. His Father would not have sent His Son to the cross if we could be saved by the law, or any other way. If justification was possible by the keeping of the Law, then Christ died in vain (Pastor Chuck Smith) .
Gospel means “Good News.” Trying to be approved of God by our own works and efforts is not good news at all. The good news is that Our Father in heaven has accepted the finished work of Jesus Christ, His Only Begotten Son. And He has imputed the righteousness of Jesus Christ to you when you put your faith in Jesus Christ. That is the good news! (Galatians 1) It is not by works but it is by His Grace that we stand. We do not stand in our own righteousness, but in the righteousness that is of Christ Jesus through faith. The good news is the grace of God through Jesus Christ by which we are accepted by our Father in Heaven.
There were Christians in Corinth who were doing things that were completely out of character for a child of God. Many of them had been attacking Paul. So Paul gave them a good piece of advice. “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves” because I’m coming back to Corinth. (2 Corinthians 13) Too many people today are living lives of sin, while telling themselves they are Christians. It is critically important that each one of us examine ourselves! Are we really walking by faith in Jesus Christ? Is there real evidence of regeneration flowing out of our lives”? We certainly should be concerned because Jesus Christ said He is coming back soon, and He tells us to examine our lives. Are you ready?
Paul had been given a “thorn in the flesh.” This was probably a physical ailment, perhaps an eye problem, but we don’t know exactly what it was. However, it bothered Paul so much that he asked God three times to heal him, but God didn’t. Instead the Lord said: “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Paul went on to say that he had learned to “boast in his infirmities that the power of Christ may rest on me.” Sometimes we find that we will never really experience the strength of God until we first experience our own weakness in some glaring way. Do you want power in your life? It might come through infirmities. Pastor Chuck Smith 1927 – 2013
Christians are not given options to glorify God. Glory and Praise is due our righteous Christ, and every Christian who is saved by God’s Grace is bound to give Jesus glory every day. Now there is no commandment requiring certain times or songs of praise to glorify our Savior, but God has written upon our heart the law that teaches us that it is right to praise His Only Son, and give Jesus glory. It is every Christian’s calling to praise God, and give Him glory. Don’t think that because you are sad or suffering, that you need not honor your calling. You are bound by the bonds of Love to glorify His Name. And His praise should continually be in your mouth. Lift up you voice to praise Jesus, and our Father will hear you from heaven and accept it.
We are living in sinful, human bodies in a sinful, material world, but our battle isn’t in this world. As Christians, our battle is in the spiritual realm, and our weapons are mighty, spiritual weapons (2 Cor. 10). Our biggest problem is getting tangled up in battles that are physical or material. When we get into those kinds of battles, we will be defeated. If we go to war in the flesh, Satan has the advantage. “If we go to war in the Spirit, the advantage is ours, and we cannot lose. Christians are indestructible when we put on the whole armor of God.” Pastor Chuck Smith 1927-2013
If we are giving to the Lord with a willing and cheerful heart; the result will be that we will always have everything we need. God will provide for you if you have entrusted your finances and your possessions to Him. But write out your budget before the Lord, and be certain you are being wise with those things God has given to you. (2 Corinthians 9) You can keep all your possessions and money for yourself if you want; but if you give it to Jesus He will “make all grace abound toward you.” That is wonderful, and it helps make me a cheerful giver”. – Pastor Chuck Smith 1927-2013
The Apostle Paul commended the Macedonian Christians, who had given so generously to the Christians at Jerusalem, despite the fact that they themselves had very little. Their generosity was one proof of God’s Love in their life. Their generosity started when they first experienced the Love of Jesus. Once we commit ourselves completely to the Lord, and recognize that everything we have comes from Him, and belongs to Him, then giving becomes a natural result of that realization. If you can give yourself, the rest is easy & natural. Pastor Chuck Smith 1927-2013