If you need a dose of hope today, I’ve got you covered! If you’re feeling down, sucking rug, depressed, or stressed…Let me be your hope coach.

In my prayer time this morning I felt I needed to make a personal audio recording just for you. It’s quick but you’ll find long-lasting relief. Peace is about to brighten your cloudy sky! Save it. Share it. Enjoy and be encouraged. – Dr. Linda

You’ve been there. God speaks. You hide. He nudges you a little harder. You come up with an excuse. He gets a little louder, so does the voice in your head that says… “You can’t pull that off!”

  • Have you ever felt God prompting you to do something, yet you resist because you don’t think you can do it?
  • Do you get sick at the thought of doing what God told you to do?
  • When he says jump, would you rather stay put because you’re afraid of what might happen?

If so, on today’s “Christianity Made Easy” podcast we’re going to discuss how you can get enough guts to give God glory!

I’ll share 2 stories about failing royally when God asked me to do something for him. I’ll reveal my feelings of insecurity, where they came from, and how I tackled them – or not! (Yes, I’ve told God “NO!” more than once.)

And you’ll be surprised to know that even if you refuse to do what God’s asked you to do the first time, He always has a plan B for you! 

IMG_0003Dive into this podcast and discover 2 keys to overcoming your insecurities so you can reach your destiny and do the very thing God has told you to do…regardless of how stubborn you’ve been in the past.

Like Moses, you can jump over your insecurities and grab your God given purpose. Listen to the podcast by clicking here or head over to iTunes if you have an Apple device. Let’s pop those insecurities in the mouth and jump that hurdle!

What Can A Dog Teach You About Hope? So glad you asked! If you’ve been hit with nothing but bad news over and over and over again, you’re probably finding it hard to keep hoping.

Maybe you’ve been given a horrible diagnosis, news that you owe more on your taxes than you expected, news that your parents are getting a divorce…fill in your blank.

You’re probably wondering how you’ll be able to keep believing in God to provide the miracle you desperately need. Enter Murphy.

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Murphy’s a golden doodle, who had cancer and nothing but bad doctor reports over and over again. But listen and learn how Michelle and Mike, her owners, learned to dig in and hang on to hope for Murphy’s miracle.

It wasn’t always an easy walk of faith, in fact they ALMOST GAVE UP. See if you can relate…

Listen in on the podcast: “Christianity Made Easy” and you’ll discover like Michelle did, that just because you’re weak emotionally, doesn’t mean your weak in your faith.”

Click below to listen or catch it on iTunes.

Use the podcast player above.

Murphy Collage

If you want to stay in touch with Murphy follow her on Instagram: Miracle_Girl_Murphy.

IMG_1977Here's Murphy before Dr. Mike and Michelle learned she had cancer(top left), Murphy post surgery (bottom left, see her lump?) and ...."Miracle Murphy" on the right.

If you need a dose of hope, you'll find this little book I wrote an exceptional resources: Finding Your Smile in Hard Times. Get it on Amazon here. It will help you flip into peace mode when life is difficult.

Placing a demand on God for what you need may seem a little bossy or out of line, but take a look at the scriptures that say we can, in a sense, place demands on God.

Mt 6:11 says, “Give us this day our daily bread.” This is part of the Lord’s Prayer.

Notice that it isn’t a question. It says, “Give us.”

It doesn’t ask, “Oh God, we don’t have enough to eat, WILL YOU PLEASE GIVE US something to eat so we don’t starve?”

No, that’s not what it says. It’s a demand. Now don’t get all upset, or get your self in a tizzy.

It’s not arrogant in the sense that you are forcing God to do something for you. You’re not big enough to force God to do anything! But it’s like a little kid who walks into the kitchen at dinner time and says, “Mom, I’m starving. I want something to eat.”

Would you slap your kid upside the head and say, ONLY if you beg me. Drop to your knees and beg me.

No! I don’t think so.

Cooking and providing your kids meals is just something a mom does for her family. And kids come to understand it’s part of the family dynamic. The parents take care of them and provide food to eat. It’s out of relationship that the parents take care of their kids.

And it’s out of this family dynamic that kids end up being bold enough to ask and require.

Now don’t get stuck on that word require.

The Bible says we can ask and require our needs to be met, because Gods promises are backed by the honor of his name.

Psalm 34:10 AMP:

The young lions lack food and suffer hunger, but they who seek (inquire of and require) the Lord [by right of their need and on the authority of His Word], none of them shall lack any beneficial thing.

Hebrews 4:16: 

So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

So don’t be shy…expect and even “require” God to meet your needs today. And like a loving Father, he’ll do just that. 

Sometimes the smallest variation can make a huge difference to your overall experience of something (like when you add a little too much salt to your soup and ruin your whole meal).

These small changes have a big impact, and the same goes for the small, sometimes overlooked, elements in your Bible reading and prayer time.

Subtle improvements to your “Quiet Time With God”can have a huge effect on your growth rate and what you get out of life.

Join me on November 6th for our next Exclusive Online Class, Improve & Create Your Easy Bible Reading & Prayer Routine. I’ll show you simple techniques to cut friction, and help you ENJOY reading your Bible and spending time in prayer.

You’ll learn:

  • How to save at least 2 hrs each week reading your Bible but getting just as much out of it.
  • TRIPLE your prayer engagement ASAP.
  • Learn how to create a “spiritual vitamin” regimen so you can get stronger, more immune to attacks, and totally ready for what comes your way.
  • How to read your Bible in a way that lights up your brain.

…Plus, much more!

Click here to RESERVE YOUR SEAT.

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It’s Thursday, Nov 6th. 7pm.

(Even if you can’t make it, register anyway and we’ll send you the recording)

I sure would love for you to help me spread the word about this exclusive online class/webinar. So right now, please do me a quick favor…

Be a part of the team that helps “kill other people’s devotional pain” so they can get into the habit of Bible Reading and Prayer…and maximize their lives! Copy this text and post it on Facebook, tweet it on Twitter.

Just Tweet and Post this on FB:

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See you Thursday night. It will be interactive. You can ask questions, answer polls, and we’ll have a good time together.

RESERVE YOUR SEAT HERE

Dr. Linda

Don't confuse where your miracle tookHeart Check: Do you tweet and promote your church, pastor or spiritual leaders more than you promote Christ?

Ouch?!

Yeah, I know, I’m probably going to get some interesting comments from this post. That’s cool. Bring it on. Because I want you to know…

If your heart for God is in the right place, your heart for your church will stay in in the right place.

So, let’s ask again. Do you tweet and promote your church, pastor or spiritual leaders more than you promote Christ?

If your answer is yes, than you may be doing so to earn brownie points with your leaders. Let me assure you…you don’t need brownie points. You don’t even need brownie points with God!

Here’s part of the problem…

We’ve developed a church culture that is focused on complimenting, praising, word affirming our leaders more than we compliment, praise, and affirm God. And we do it to show them honor, but is it really about honoring ourselves?

Hmm. Heart check once more. (I’ve been checking mine too over the last few weeks.)

How would that work?

Let’s consider the natural law at work that says: You will reap what you sow. (Yes, that’s in the Bible.)

Knowing that if you honor others – you will reap honor, I can’t help but wonder if you honor others with the motive of receiving honor for yourself.

So yep, I’m being bold and a little in your face right now. Can you handle this?

Are you honoring your leaders for the right reasons? 

You’re smart. You’ve figured out that in order to be a person of authority you need to honor the authorities over you. So what’s your secret, hidden motive? …you want to be an authority figure who’s honored?

Why am I asking? Because I see the tweets people entrenched in church culture and church life write. They talk more about the leaders over them than they do about the God who saved them.

Bam!

So here are a few thoughts from my heart to yours:

Don’t confuse your WHERE with your WHO.

  • You got saved at ______(insert name) Church, but it was God who saved you.
  • You’re marriage was restored at _________(insert name) Marriage Conference. But it was God who restored it.
  • You got fired up for God at __________’s camp or retreat, but it was the Holy Spirit that ignited that flame.
  • You may have been changed reading one of my books, but it was Jesus who did the job.

Don’t confuse where your miracle took place with WHO did it.

It’s all about Christ.

Yes, honor your church, pastor, and spiritual leaders with kudos, congrats, compliments, words of affirmations. But – honor Christ just as much – if not more. Cause, it’s really about HIM…He is the author and finisher of your faith.

How faithful do you think you have to be in order for God show you his faithfulness? Let me rock your world…you don’t need to be faithful at all. What?! Yes, God is faithful even when you’re not. Want proof?

Every system of morality is about man trying to reach God with his discipline and good works, but in Christianity, God came down to where we were to lift us up to where He is! -Joseph Prince

Shocking Truth That Will Free You From Performing & Trying to Be Perfect:

IMG_4200You can be blessed by God’s goodness even when you’re not good!

Amen, sister!

Oh, you didn’t shout amen?!

Afraid it’s not true?

Afraid you’re pastor won’t agree?

Here’s how the Bible puts it, let’s see if you’ll believe God’s Word over the words of others…

Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.

Romans 4:2-3

How was Abraham made righteous?

By his hard work? By his good deeds? By his honesty? Umm…that surely wouldn’t be the case. He lied that Sarah was his wife more than once!

He was made righteous by his FAITH in God. NOT his own faithfulness.

And how many sermons have you heard that have pitched the idea that complaining will keep you out of the promised land? Or that complaining will keep you from receiving the things God has for you?

As we know, the Israelites were major complainers and pains in God’s you-know-what!

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying “I have heard the complaints of the children of Israel. Speak to them, saying, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. And you shall know that I am the Lord your God. – Exodus 16:11-12

Don’t ya love it? That’s a picture of pure grace! Here are the Israelites wining and complaining, not a bit grateful, yet God still supplies for them – giving them what they need to eat morning and night.

And He says, you’re going to know that I am the Lord your God. In other words, you’re going to know I’m taking care of you. I’m faithful, even though you’re not.

Even though they still had some complaining to do…

Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt? -Exodus 14:11

How gutsy is that? Yet, did God punish them for complaining? For having a cow? For maintaining a bad attitude?

No. In fact, he saved them in a spectacular way by opening up the Red Sea as an escape route. The Israelites totally blindsided their enemy as they were in hot pursuit of them.

After they crossed over to the other side of the Red Sea, they complained some more.

And a little more.

And a lot more.

Yet God still gave them miracles, provisions, and protection.

Did God withdraw his faithfulness to them? Keep them from receiving what they needed?

No, God even rained bread from heaven to feed them. In the midst of their murmuring God was good to them!

Want to know why God was faithful even though they weren’t?

Because all of these events occurred before  the Ten Commandments (the law) was given. This means the Israelites were living under grace. Living under grace is a beautiful thing.

It means that grace covered their sins, and gave them access to all of the blessings and provisions that they needed. All because of God’s goodness, not theirs.

God gave them everything they needed and more – not because they were good. But because God was.

And guess what? TODAY you are under the new covenant of gace and that means that God will be good to you and will favor you even if you complain, even if you’re not as thankful as you could be, even if you don’t serve like you could, or give to others like you could.

How cool is that? Aren’t you grateful?

I am.

I can’t do enough to deserve God’s blessings. Galatians 3:3 says, …Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?

Answer: No, you can’t be perfect enough in your flesh.

You can’t gain salvation through your goodness or your good works, so don’t think those things will buy you the blessings you need either. Look at what Paul wrote in Galatians 1:6-7:

I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ.

Want another piece of evidence that shows your works don’t count as faithfulness? Here’s Romans 4:5-8:

But people are declared righteous because of their faith, not because of their work.  King David spoke of this, describing the happiness of an undeserving sinner who is declared to be righteous:  “Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight.  Yes, what joy for those whose sin is no longer counted against them by the Lord. Romans 4:5-8

It’s about faith – not faithfulness (not works, not right living, not your sacrifice).

I’m so glad he is faithful even when I’m not.

If you’re in the same boat with me, leave a comment below and let us know you’re thankful for his grace. And share this post if it meant something to you. You’ve got friends who need to read it! 

Sometimes Acting Like Christ Requires You to Be a Fake

You’ve received the assignment, you’re just not sure you can or ever will pull it off. What assignment? That one in the Bible that strongly encourages you to “act like Christ.” If you’re at all like me, that can scare the sweat out of your glands. How in the world will you pull that off? Christ is perfect. We are not. But take heart, I’m going to show you how faking it will help you make it.

You can act right? You can’t? Oh, come on now, I know you can act! You’ve been caught in the act before. And you gave a superb performance!

Let me jog your mind…

Have you ever been depressed, but because you were at work or with friends, you smiled, laughed, and carried on like all was well in your corner of the world? Yep, you were acting.

Or remember having a heated conversation with someone at home? You’re both going at it tooth and nail. Tempers flying. Voices rising. All of the sudden, the phone rings. You answer. Did you notice how your voice changed? You were cheerful, calm, and cordial? Good job! Yep, you were acting.

Or how about this: You are driving your kids to school. They are cutting up in the back seat. You’re about to blow a gasket because they won’t leave each other alone. They’re picking at each other and one starts to cry. It turns into a fistfight and before it gets bloody, you turn around with an ugly face and motion with your hands to stop their shenanigans or your going to stop the car.

Just then, a car slides into the lane beside you, you look over and it’s a familiar face. It’s someone who goes to your church. Quickly you gain you composure, slap both hands back on the wheel, and release the tension in your face. You give a polite smile and wave to your church buddy projecting all is well and you’ve got the kids under control. Yep, you were acting. Again.

We’ve all found ourselves in situations like these or close to it. Anytime we are feeling one-way but choose to reign in those feelings and act differently – we are acting. That’s not a bad thing. It’s actually good. Because you have an ability that will help you “ACT” LIKE GOD. Even if it’s just an act at first, that’s ok. Let me explain.

Acting Mode is Something Everyone Can Slip Into

  • Children know how to act. (Hopefully!) Have you ever said to a child, “That’s not how to act.” Yes? Guilty! You were teaching them how to act.
  • Teenagers know how to act. Have you ever secretly watched how a teenager behalves? You sized them up to get an idea if they were a good kid or a bad kid?
  • Employees know how to act. Have you ever watched a fellow employee, observing their work performance or interactions with people? Of course.

Every one can slip into acting mode and it’s quite appropriate.

So when I tell you that the way to become like Christ is to “act” like Christ, it may require some acting, and that’s ok. Cause guess what? Where not all there. Nope. And we have a long way to go before we are totally like Christ.

Ephesians 5:1, 2 NIV

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

The word, “followers” is the Greek word mimeses, which means to imitate someone or to mimic what you see someone else doing. It was used to describe actors who performed on a stage. It also describes a model. No, not the kind you see in a magazine, but someone who models behavior like a parent, teacher, coach, or mentor.

When someone has great attributes and high character traits, others are encouraged to “follow” that person’s lead and “act” like them. That’s why Paul used the word, mimeses, when he said, …be followers of me (1 Corinthians 4:16).

This verse is saying: “I’m strongly urging you to act like me! Observe what I do, and do the same things I do.”

The Process of Becoming is Sometimes Slow

It takes time learning how to act differently. Just like being in the cast of a play or movie, it takes time to learn your lines. It takes time to get into your character’s persona. You have to study your character and know him inside and out so you can move like him, talk like him, act like him. That takes time. And that’s to be expected.

Acting like Christ is going to take time too. And that too, is ok. If you are a new believer or one who just has some growing to do, your acting will get better with time. Don’t be disappointed when you don’t act right. Just recognize you could have done it differently and decide next time, you will!

Fakes are O.K.

Word to the wise: don’t beat other people up thinking they are such big fakes! Have you ever caught yourself saying, “They don’t fool me, they’re just putting on a good act.” Yes, maybe they are! Let me tell you, the more someone acts on a consistent basis, the more their acting behavior becomes real.

Sooner or later, they’ll become the real deal. So cut them some slack. And cut yourself some too.

Consider this passage from the Bible:

Ephesians 4:13-15 AMP (Bolded words are the author’s emphasis)

[That it might develop] until we all attain oneness in the faith and in the comprehension of the [ full and accurate] knowledge of the Son of God, that [we might arrive] at really mature manhood (the completeness of personality which is nothing less than the standard height of Christ’s own perfection), the measure of the stature of the fullness of the Christ and the completeness found in Him.

So then, we may no longer be children, tossed [like ships] to and fro between chance gusts of teaching and wavering with every changing wind of doctrine, [the prey of] the cunning and cleverness of unscrupulous men, [gamblers engaged] in every shifting form of trickery in inventing errors to mislead.

Rather, let our lives lovingly express truth [in all things, speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly]. Enfolded in love, let us grow up in every way and in all things into Him Who is the Head, [even] Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

So yes, it’s ok to act. And in order to “act” like Christ, it might at first be an act, but that’s ok. That’s where you start. At some point you’ll quit acting and it will really become who you are. So in short, “acting like Christ” may require some acting!

Now, go get your Bible, and study your lines.

You could do someone a favor by sharing this post. Tweet it or post it on Facebook. You’re friends will thank you!

 

I’ve got an amazingly thoughtful assistant. Every year, Tanya sends me flowers on Bosses Day. Last year, I hung onto those flowers after they died. They were still beautiful even after they began to whither and decay.

My best friend, Kathy, is married to a guy who loves taking professional photos of flowers. Bob has hundreds and hundreds of the most striking flowers I’ve ever seen captured on film. I have some of his photographs of the stunning flowers God created on the walls of my home and office. (See the picture in this post, that’s his!)

Flowers are breathtaking! More so, than the model on the runway or the clothes on the hottest gal in Hollywood.

The reason flowers mean so much to me is because they remind me of how God takes care of me. Every day. Without fail.

Matthew 6:28-34 says, And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you.

Why do you have so little faith? So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek first the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Why This Scripture Can Be Frustrating Rather Than Reassuring

I love this scripture because it brings me peace – on most days. But on some days it makes me a little uneasy. Why? Notice that it says God promises to meet our DAILY needs? That means we may not have what we need for the end of the month until the end of the month. That can cause some anxiety, are you with me?! Yet, if we settle ourselves down and drink in His peace we can be confident of this…

God gives us our daily bread. That means each day’s needs will be met. They may not always be met in advance but, don’t fret. Don’t flip out. Try to relax. And remember the flowers.

Why Does God Have Us Experience the “Sweat Factor?”

If you’re like me, we want our needs met in advance so we don’t experience the “sweat factor”. We want to avoid discomfort and the unknown.

Sometimes God has us sweat it out, going without things in advance so we learn to rely on him rather than what’s in the bank, pocket, pantry, or gas tank.

My husband and I have been through difficult and draining seasons. When I say draining, I’m talking, draining all the money out of our bank account kind of seasons. Been there too? And yes, there’ve been times we didn’t have the money to buy our kids groceries.

There were times I had to ration my make up and only “put on my face” when I knew I was going out that day. Days I didn’t have a few measly bucks to buy a cup of coffee at Starbucks. Times I couldn’t do lunch with a friend because I had no cash. Some of you can relate, I know.

Yet, I can honestly say, I have never gone without what I needed. Somehow, God made the food stretch or sent help from a friend, or hey, maybe when we went to bed, he multiplied the cereal in the box sitting under the counter! I wouldn’t put it past him. He’s done similar things for the prophet Elijah and the widow (I Kings 17:13).

God Doesn’t Promise Daily Needs Will Be Met in Advance

When my husband and I would get in a tough spot and it didn’t look like we’d even have gas for the week, I’d look at Ted and say , “Daily. God will meet our needs daily.” God didn’t say we’d always have it 2 or 3 days in advance, a week, or even sweeter – a month in advance. He said, he promised to meet our needs daily.

There were days when the cell phone bill was due. No money in the bank. Yet, God…

There were days when the electric bill was due. No money in the bank. Yet, God..

There were days a doctor visit was needed. No money in the bank. Yet, God…

What’s your story? I’m sure you can complete some of those sentences and add some of your own.

So if you’re in a spot like that, know this, it’s just a season and it will pass. Abundance is coming your way because God said it would. He said he came to give life and life abundantly. He said we would see his goodness in the land of the living. Right now though, he might just be providing for you daily. If so, hang in there. Daily provision is better than none. And you can know, it’s a sure thing; God will come through, even if it’s at midnight!

Next time you see a flower in the field, along the roadside, or in a bouquet on your desk, remember the flowers God dresses every morning. They look magnificent. They have everything they need and you do too. Even if it is just enough for today. It’s enough.

Remember the flowers!

And watch God remember you.

Here’s a free PRAYER ROCK-IT BOOSTER that will help you pray for you needs “From Day to Day”:

Picture This:

Your supplier is meeting your daily needs miraculously. God has resources you know nothing about, solutions outside your reality, and provisions outside your possibility. He hands you a worry-bazooka, you pull the trigger and walk away relieved.

Scripture This:

Psalm 31:19 NCV

…how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You.

Lamentations 3:22-23 NLT

The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.

Psalm 138:3 NCV

In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul.

Pray This:

God, you are great. Help me not to lose sight of your goodness. You’ve laid it up for me because I fear you. You’ve prepared your goodness for me because I trust in you. I am refreshed every day when I think about your mercies, which have no end. Your faithfulness overwhelms me. You are better to me than I am to myself. When I cry out, you answer me. Make me bold with strength in my soul so I can trust you to provide for each day’s needs. I will not be concerned because you said you’d provide. So, God, thank you.

Say This:

Anxiety fades as the memory of God’s goodness takes center stage. My anxiety-filled days stand no chance when I cling to God. I am seeing God’s provision even if it is one day at a time. As I trust and believe, I will receive.

You probably have people in your life that you could help by sharing this post with them. Please share it and tweet it so they can be encouraged. Let’s see God provide for them!

Photo Credit: Robert Harkema Photography

Why Keeping the 10 Commandments Can Keep You Out of Heaven

As a kid, memorizing the 10 commandments was a big deal. Get em all down and in order and you got a ribbon. Maybe a sticker. Maybe even a prize.

And if you lived by them, wow! You were all that!

But that’s all.

If you’re into rule keeping, Christ didn’t die for you.

Well, actually he did, but he did so unnecessarily because you’re trying to make yourself “right” with God instead of relying on the “work” Jesus did on the cross to make you “right” with God.

Let me explain.

If you’re living by the 10 commandments expecting that to pay your way into heaven, you’ll only end up with a cute little ribbon on your chest. Cause even if you’ve memorized them perfectly, you sure can’t live them perfectly. No one can. And it won’t gain you any brownie points with God, so quit trying. If you use that man made system to get you into heaven…you won’t get in. Ouch!

Want to know what you can do to be saved and get into heaven?

Trade your man-made system for a God-made system. Here’s how the Apostle Paul describes it in Galatians.

Galatians 2:16:

We know very well that we are not set right with God by rule- keeping but only through personal faith in Jesus Christ. How do we know? We tried it– and we had the best system of rules the world has ever seen! Convinced that no human being can please God by self- improvement, we believed in Jesus as the Messiah so that we might be set right before God by trusting in the Messiah, not by trying to be good. (MSG)

Galatians 3:13-14:

But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” Through Christ Jesus, God has blessed the Gentiles with the same c blessing he promised to Abraham, so that we who are believers might receive the promised Holy Spirit through faith. (Bold text by the author.)

How do you receive the blessing of Abraham, a.k.a. “salvation” and everything that comes with it?

Faith. Not works. Faith. Not keeping the commandments. Faith.

Faith In Christ’s work, not your own! (Because your works just won’t do the job!)

Most Christian believers haven’t been taking advantage of the gospel (The New Covenant). They’ve been living under the Old Covenant, abiding by rules and laws to make them right with God. That’s basically living as if Jesus hadn’t come to save them and set them free from all those rules and work-related righteousness. If that’s you — give it up!

Discover what you have in Jesus Christ. It’s not about what commandments or rules you keep. It’s not even about how much work you do for the kingdom. It’s about the work Jesus did on your behalf. Let him save you. Cause you’re not good enough to save yourself.

Whew! That’s a relief!