To everyone who follows this GraceTribe blog, I hope you have moved over with us to normanramsey.com and our new self-hosted site. Please forgive any limitations or shortcomings you find there. Our new site is a work in progress and an opportunity to move forward to repentance.
What do I mean by that? The way of grace begins in repentance. We are called to believe in the Lord Jesus and share in a new prognosis God makes for our lives when we walk by faith. Then, we build up our most holy faith through prayer and all the means of grace to share in responsibility with the Holy Spirit for being conformed into the image of Jesus.
The Holy Spirit is our new coach and director as we are called to bless others. When something’s got to give, we bring life by laying down our lives for the sake of the gospel. We breakthrough into newness of life. This newness compels us to move forward to further align ourselves with the Lord.
We move forward to repentance now instead of back and forth on the pendulum of a sinner’s disposition. We have been made saints of God who are marching forward under the Good Shepherd’s leadership.
One of those expressions of God’s work in my life is learning how to communicate the gospel through the internet. Thus, this invitation to follow our new website for the daily GraceTribe blog and in the future much more.
I look forward to hearing from you and knowing you are part of the GraceTribe.
I was watching a Charlie Brown Christmas on TV the other night and realized how important it is to choose the right tree.
In the beginning, God chose for us to be free and to reinforce and define that freedom, God supplied one restriction, one rule to govern the expression of Adam’s faith. “And the LORD God commanded the man, ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die’.”
In the last days, we must choose the freedom chosen for us in creation. How do we do this? We do this by observing the one rule for living in Romans 10: 8 – 11. But, to do that we must once again consider a tree to supply the one, overriding guide for the expression of our faith and life. It is a tree set in the midst of two thieves and temporarily planted in the place they called The Skull, Golgotha. It a tree of execution both for Christ and for us. As we fix our eyes upon the light of this tree and eat of its fruit, it will kill our bondage to sin, bring us forgiveness, and establish a new life of freedom for us in the Spirit.
How do we express our choice to be free? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”
Have you chosen the right tree?