Many religious people are deceived by false teachings such as “you must earn your entrance to heaven by your good works”, “ you will lose your salvation if you fail to keep God's all God's laws”, “get your name confirmed in heaven by water baptism” etc.
Paul rebuked such false teachings during his times and he explained God's plan for Salvation clearly in his epistles.
There is only one way to Heaven. No amount of good works or external rituals like water baptism or perseverance can earn you an entrance to heaven.
Only Jesus has the power to save. You cannot and need not help Him. He is the Only Way to Heaven. Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone and nothing else can help you gain it.
As Paul instructs, do not frustrate God’s grace by believing and teaching that you can earn it on your own.
Faith in God doesn’t equate to positive thinking, which can be defined as expecting something good (according to you) to happen in this life. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not against positive thinking. What I’m telling here is that a positive expectation of somethetnot ing cannot be equated to faith in God.
Just like Daniel’s 3 friends, we must stand up for God and praise Him even when things don’t seem to go as per our expecteation.
Faith in God means, knowing that God is good and trusting that He would make everything work for our eternal good, irrespective of the circumstances.
By depending and relying on your own strength, you are putting yourself in the place of God. Let God be the Lord of our lives. We cannot do anything useful, without the help of the Holy Spirit.
Our own flesh will fail us for sure. We are called to trust in God’s power which is far greater than ours.
8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
Faith has a bi-product name Joy, which cannot be affected by circumstances. This Joy overflows when you are in God’s presence and at the center of God’s perfect will for you.
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