Spiritually Alive in Christ

Peace and an abundance of grace, from the Father and our LORD Jesus Christ. There is a stark contrast between the”flesh” and the “Spirit”, these two wage war against each other every waking day. In order for anyone to have access to “The Spirit” of God he/she must be born again for this is absolutely necessary,  “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:17)

Since God is a incorruptible Spirit ( John 4:24), anyone who desires to be reconciled to God, must receive Jesus His only begotten Son thereby, joining together with God and dying to self. Jesus Christ declares to Nicodemus, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (John 3:5-6)

The flesh is in a fallen state because of our first parents Adam and Eve, their sin in the Garden of Eden has brought forth a grievous thing to all of their descendants. But thanks be unto Jesus Christ who “condemned sin in the flesh,” (Romans 8:3)

“Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,  envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:19-20)

Let us walk according to “The Spirit” which produces good fruit, fruit that will last holy and acceptable to God. By Jesus’ death for us “we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God” (Rom 8:12-14) so living by the flesh results in death but if you are walking “by the Spirit” you will “put to death the deeds of the body (or flesh)” and live.

Do so Beloved of the Father of grace, in the name of Jesus Christ amen and amen.

 

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LORD, What about Her?

Often times we are concerned about our friends and family members when it comes to our walk with God. Perhaps we are afraid that they will be left alone in this world defenseless. Jesus tells us not to be afraid, because He has a divine plan for their lives as well.

If you trust Him, then you ought “Follow Him”, knowing that He is the Master of all things, yes even your loved ones.

The Apostle Peter had this problem and had asked about John, and what would become of him. John 21:21-22 (NKJV)

“Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?”

Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.”

Alone Time With the Father

Dietrich Bonhoeffer writes in Life Together:

Whoever cannot be alone should be aware of community. Such people will only do harm to themselves and to the community. Alone you stood before God when God called you. Alone you had to obey God’s voice. Alone you had to take up your cross, struggle, and pray, and alone you will die and give an account to God. You cannot avoid yourself, for it is precisely God who has called you out. If you do not want to be alone, you are rejecting Christ’s call to you, and you can have no part in the community of those who are called.

The word community is thrown around quite a bit in Christian circles today. But our gatherings can be toxic if we do not spend time alone with God. I’ve been in many groups where people share their insights. The problem is not only that our insights are not as profound as we think they are, but that we’re so eager to share thoughts originating in our own minds, when we have a God who says,

          My thoughts are not your thoughts,
               neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
          For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
               so are my ways higher than your ways
               and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8–9)

I want to know the thoughts of God. I want to gather with people who have been reading God’s words, people who have prayed and interacted with him. I want to fellowship with those who fellowship with God. I couldn’t care less if you have a doctorate in theology or sixty years of life experience. I would rather talk with a fifteen-year-old who has been in the presence of God. ~ Francis Chan

Why Did You Come?

If you have come to Jesus, the wonder is that you already belonged to the Father, and the Father gave you to Jesus. You were not chosen because you came; you came because you were chosen. That’s what Jesus said: “All that the Father gives me will come to me. . . . Yours they were, and you gave them to me” (John 6:37; 17:6).

Rest in The Living Water

Jeremiah 17:7-8English Standard Version (ESV)

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
    whose trust is the Lord.
He is like a tree planted by water,
    that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
    for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
    for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

Jesus “The Great Physician”

“You’re better off with a weak faith in a strong Savior than with a strong faith in anything else”. Trust Jesus “The Great Physician”.‪#‎Christlife4u

What If God is more like a joyful, lively child than a bored, tired adult?

Grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again,” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we. ~ G. K. Chesterton