1 Peter 1:23
“For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring Word of God.”
It does no good to scatter seed which has no hope of germination and growth. As we walk out into the field, we must remember that God’s message of Salvation is not about a new set of regulations; we are not saved by trying extra hard to live according to God’s commandments. His commands are an essential guide for our spiritual walk, but no amount of obedience, done outside the path of faith, will ever result in the transformation which identifies us as a child of God.
Our self-effort will never yield eternal life and we hinder the harvest when we spread such a message! When Jesus was talking with Nicodemus, He said, “no one can see the Kingdom of God unless he is born again” (John 3:3). He then said this second birth is not of the flesh but of the Spirit. When we believe in Jesus for the forgiveness of our sin, God’s grace gives us a spiritual birth as a new creation; “The old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Peter wrote to those who already believed in Jesus. They had been “born again” and had become “new creations” in Christ, but they had come under great persecution for their faith. Peter encouraged them (and us) to remember the eternal nature of our second birth. Posted from WordPress for BlackBerry
As we open to Luke 2:36, and are introduced to the life of Anna, I’d ask you to underline two words in your mind. First, in v. 36 “she was of great age”—underline in your mind OLD. Second, in v. 37 “a widow of about 84 years”—underline in your mind ALONE.
In two words you could describe the woman we are going to meet today. Anna was OLD and ALONE. Yet from this account God gives to us, this old and alone woman was also vibrant, filled with joy, overflowing with God’s Word and in love with the Lord. She is just what any woman who knows the Lord would want to become…
The presence of God brings life and hope to even those who by every other measure should be hopeless. Anna lived and walked in hope and saw God’s Hand all about her life. She was willing to be what God wanted her to be—even if it’s not much by others estimation! She was a “nobody” to everyone except to God.
Lesson number one: Grace-energized women like Anna can be old but not hopeless.
Lesson number two: Grace-energized women like Anna can know pain but not bitterness.
Lesson number three: Grace-energized women like Anna can know limits but not uselessness.
Lesson number four: Grace-energized women like Anna can know loneliness but not emptiness.
Anna was a woman with a life energized by grace, and dominated by the consequences of wonderful choices that she made.
I believe Anna is a model of what a godly, grace-energized woman ought to be. She heard, read and believed God’s Word enough to want to live it by God’s grace! That is all that God is looking for today. Women who believe Him enough to want to do His will as declared in the Bible. I hope that you are such a woman today!
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