December 15, 2017

1 Corinthians 1:30 (NLT) — 30 God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin.

Do you believe that God has united you with Jesus? Do you believe that because you are united with Jesus that his wisdom is your wisdom? Do you believe that Jesus has put you into a right relationship with Father God? Do you believe that you are pure and holy? Do you believe that you have been freed from sin’s power over you?

I didn’t ask you if you felt united with Jesus. In fact I didn’t ask if you felt anything. I just asked if you believed. If you believed all of the above you will look forward to life each day. Every problem will become an opportunity for you to see how God will work out the solution. Irritating situations and irritable people will be welcomed into your life because you now have perfect situations to show what your being united to Jesus has produced in your life.

Life will find it almost impossible to wipe the grin off your face:) That is what believing will do for you. Feelings on the other hand will do just the opposite. Life will be a roller coaster ride for you and your grin will turn into a scream as things go downhill. Read the following story:

John 4:46–53 (NLT) — 46 As he traveled through Galilee, he came to Cana, where he had turned the water into wine. There was a government official in nearby Capernaum whose son was very sick. 47 When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged Jesus to come to Capernaum to heal his son, who was about to die. 48 Jesus asked, “Will you never believe in me unless you see miraculous signs and wonders?” 49 The official pleaded, “Lord, please come now before my little boy dies.” 50 Then Jesus told him, “Go back home. Your son will live!” And the man believed what Jesus said and started home. 51 While the man was on his way, some of his servants met him with the news that his son was alive and well. 52 He asked them when the boy had begun to get better, and they replied, “Yesterday afternoon at one o’clock his fever suddenly disappeared!” 53 Then the father realized that that was the very time Jesus had told him, “Your son will live.” And he and his entire household believed in Jesus.

This government official is on a roller coaster ride and there is no grin on his face. His feelings got the best of him because his son was sick and probably about to die. In this frazzled state he comes to Jesus. Jesus’ responded by saying, “Will you never believe in me unless you see miraculous signs and wonders?” In other words, “Are you going to rely on your feeling and your eyesight instead of trusting me?” And then he told the man to go home and that his son would live.

It said that the man believed what Jesus said. And when he believed, even though to him it looked like nothing had changed, he got his composure and his grin back. He got reunited with Jesus.

Life in the Kingdom of God is different than life in this world. Our King Jesus requires that we believe before we can see. It is the reverse of our world where people say, “I’ll believe when I see.”

Romans 4:18–25 (NLT) — 18 Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!” 19 And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb. 20 Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. 21 He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises. 22 And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous. 23 And when God counted him as righteous, it wasn’t just for Abraham’s benefit. It was recorded 24 for our benefit, too, assuring us that God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25 He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.


Abraham was not about feelings. He was about faith. All Abraham had to go on was God’s word. All we need to believe in the Kingdom of God is the word of the King. His word is all the evidence we need to place our faith on.

So do you believe what our memory verse says? It looks like you do; I see the grin on your face:)

Be Inspired Hilltop!



  1. I’ve been reading the instructions that God gave Moses on building the Tabernacle and everything in it to making the clothing forAaron and his sons. I’m always “re-amazed” at God’s micro-details. It also makes me feel exhausted for what the people had to do! God told them to be sure to make everything according to the pattern and follow exactly all the instructions that he gave them. This was all done so that God could live among his people. This was their assurance. It wasn’t if they felt like it. In fact with all the work they had to do, I bet they always obeyed and looked forward to the Sabbath! They trusted and believed in God. Your teachings this week about God uniting us with Christ have been so good. Today people are either in Jesus or without Jesus. If we are in Jesus he is our only assurance with no micro-details to follow attached. He is our assurance that God lives among us and in us through his Holy Spirit. He did all the work for us down to the last detail. All we’re left with is one thing…believing in Jesus our Assurance. Like you said on Tuesday, we have in made in the shade…no sweat! Thanks for another great lesson plan this week:)