When we are seeking a way to be delivered from our sin, Pastor Ford points us to the writings of the Apostle Paul in Romans. In Romans 6 Paul says, “Who the Son sets free is free indeed.” Now what is Paul’s point, exactly? He’s saying to us—listen, you need to know that you have to die to your sin in order to live. Freedom in Christ comes after dying to self.
As we begin a study today in Matthew 26, Pastor Ford will explain that depression is not a sin. It can’t be. Why? Because according to scripture, Jesus was depressed and He never sinned. That realization should be a relief to those of us who are suffering in silence. Because there is so much stigma attached to depression, many of us never admit how we feel, so we never get the help we need.
Why do we want to obey the biblical command that instructs us to give thanks in everything? Pastor Ford says it’s because gratitude develops our altitude and focuses our hearts high in the heavens. And our altitude controls our aptitude—how we think. And then ultimately, our aptitude controls our attitude, which should be one of gratitude for all that God has done. Learn more on today’s Treasured Truth.
As we begin a new message from 1 Thessalonians, Pastor Ford will encourage us to give God thanks in the midst of whatever we’re going through. Not for whatever we’re going through, but in the midst of it. There is a difference. Find out more about the difference on today’s Treasured Truth.
Believers who backslide don’t need our judgment. What they really need is our love. And love doesn’t expose sin. Love covers it. And we need to understand that’s what people need. In Luke 22:31, Jesus told Peter that he was going backslide and fall. But also Jesus said He had prayed for Peter, that his faith would be strong. So, following Christ’s example, we should pray for and encourage our brothers and sisters who are struggling.
Pastor James Ford Jr. has been the senior pastor of Christ Bible Church of Chicago, located on the south side of Chicago, Ill., for over 35 years. He also serves as the president of Impact Ministries, an outreach ministry committed to strengthening families in the South Shore community of Chicago.