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B- Be Transformed

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away, behold the new has come!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17

We are completely transformed when we accept Christ into our hearts. There is no “unforgivable sin” that can keep us away from Him. His blood has the power to take the most scarlet-red sins and turn them white as snow. Praise God!

We all have different pasts, but the Bible is clear in saying that no matter what our specific experiences we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God                 <ROMANS 3:23> and the wage for that sin is death <ROMANS 6:23>.

When you accept Christ into your heart, you are accepting the wage that He paid on your behalf. Our sins, big and small, held him on that cross. He would not climb down until it was FINISHED.

Because of this we are new creations. Completely different than before. Though we may look the same in outward appearance, nothing that we do or say should be the same. We pray that as we raise our kids we can explain to them our stories of how we once were lost, but Jesus brought us through and transformed our hearts for His purpose.

Baptism is one of our favorite days of the year at Watermark because of the JOY and FREEDOM that are all around throughout the service. We are no longer slaves to our fear/sin/anger/lust/self-righteousness/money/pride/anxiety/stress/job/etc. — that is something we should celebrate every day!

Please pray with us that we might be strangers and aliens in this world because of the transformation that took place in our hearts when we accepted Christ.

Transformed In Him,

#RobertsForever

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O- Obey His Commandments

img_5330“Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Fahter, and I will love him and manifest myself to him”

– John 14:21

After we acknowledged the cornerstone of our mission, that we have been redeemed through Christ’s blood, we wanted the “O” to be a direct result of that truth. Obeying the Lord’s commandments comes after we have accepted the fact that our lives do not have meaning without the Cross. Now that we have our meaning it changes our actions, words and even thoughts while on Earth.

Joyful obedience is a difficult thing most times. The World, our Flesh and the Devil are all three simultaneously trying to attack the Lord’s authority by saying things like “surely He didn’t say you cannot eat from the Tree..” – Genesis 3 and “to you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will” – Luke 4:6-

Something we hear today is “If God really loved me, then he would want me to be happy and do what feels right”.. this is the Enemy trying to soften the commands that God gives us throughout the Bible by making them seem old/outdated/prude/boring/lame/etc.

However God’s way never steals joy from our lives. By following the commandments of the Bible it allows us to be examples to non-believers of what our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is like. It keeps our minds clear to receive his Truth from His Word and disciplines us to grow in that Truth.

As we raise our children we want to be focused on encouraging Obedience. Our goal is to not simply have well-behaved children, but to encourage a lifestyle for each of them that will help them prosper.

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers.; but his delight is in the law of the Lord and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in season and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, HE PROSPERS. The wicked are not so, but are like Chang that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgement, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish” – Psalms 1

We’ve tried it the World’s way, and it failed us every time. #RobertsForever has decided we will go Christ’s way, because He will never let us down.