Monthly Archives: July 2014

Spirit Led

Romans 8:14 “For as many as are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”

 

None of  us can overcome our sins and shortcomings without God’s help. Even if we could by our own will alter our actions, only God can change our hearts. This is why Paul appealed to the church to be “transformed by the renewing of your mind”, which is done through the power of God’s Spirit. “As many as are led by the spirit of God, these are sons of God”. God’s children are led by God’s spirit. After we have received God’s spirit, we have a new outlook on life as Paul said “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I Live; not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me”. It is no longer our life but Christ life in us by faith.

Buried with Jesus in the water grave of baptism, we now live a life that is no longer our own. This is how we please God by emulating His son. We are to let the mind of Christ reign within us. However we cannot succeed at living a converted life strictly through our own efforts, to imitate Christ we must ask God for help. Through His spirit we can bring our thoughts, attitude and actions in line with His. We must allow His spirit to become the guiding force in our lives. God’s Holy Spirit gives us a new nature, one capable of doing God’s will.

His Spirit comforts us, as all things work together for the good to them who love God. This assurance provides an outlook on life that is rare in our world. Yes we might get discouraged, but through the transforming power of the Holy Spirit that we can begin to look at life differently as we reside in the promised rest of the Lord.

Freedon In Christ Jesus

Romans 8:1 ” There is therefore no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit”.

 

Here we have one of the most important passages in all of Scripture. The power of God’s spirit in the life of the believer. If we are in need of anything, it is the power of God’s Spirit. What can be greater for any who has been called into this Holy life than to have the Holy Spirit of God in our life to lead, guide, and direct our path, keeping us from falling along the way.

 

In the seventh chapter Paul explained how when he wanted to do good evil was always present, and here he gives us the secret to walking worthy of the name by which we are called. Since Christ has come the true born again believer in Christ are not condemned, as there is no condemnation to those that are in Christ. What does it mean to be in Christ? It means that a person’s faith in Christ places him in Christ. We walk and live in Christ day by day. Our union is with and in Christ. It is a life of total surrender. It means we do not walk after the flesh , but after the spirit.

 

Our freedom in Christ frees us from the pull of the lust will and desires of the old man, the flesh man which we profess died with Christ in baptism, that our new Spirit man rose with Him now abiding in Him that His Spirit might abide in us. Being in Christ is just putting our all and our everything in the hands of Christ, that we now live by faith in Jesus Christ who laid down His life that we might have life.

Lift Him Up

John 3:14 “and as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up:”

Jesus said “and I, if I be lifted up from the earth will draw all men unto me”.When we elevate Christ   lost soul will be saved.It is the lifting up of Christ that saves.We must not just talk about the goodness of God,but we must live the goodness of God.Our whole life must be one that elevates the goodness of God over the trials and tribulations of this world.Remember Jesus tells us to be of good cheer ,for He has overcome the world.
Here is the glorious invitation to all mankind,to come to the Lord and be saved.Here is God calling His people to assemble themselves together from among the ways of this world and lift up Jesus that those in darkness might be drawn to His marvelous light.His desire is that all turn from sin and return unto Him.He is both a just God and a willing Savior to all who will come.Here we have the way for all to come,If we lift up Jesus,that will draw all men unto Him.He and He alone is God’s perfect plan of salvation .There is only one who can save.And as moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness to save all bitten by the firery serpents,Jesus saves all who have been bitten by sin and look up to Him for salvation.
Jesus was made in the image of sinful man that man could once again take on the image of a Holy God. We who know the goodness of God,must lift up Jesus to a dying world.All who are saved owe their salvation to the work of Jesus on the cross.We are then obligated to elevate Jesus, it is because He lives that we can have life.Let us lift Jesus and save a lost world

Nothing And No One

Romans 8:35a “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?

 

Who or what can separate us from the love of Christ? There is no circumstance, no situation, no event that can cause Christ  to turn away from any who seeks Him diligently. No matter how terrible or severe the situation it cannot separate the true believer from the love of Christ.

 

Shall tribulations, distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril or sword, no none of these can separate us from the love of God. We are more than conquerors through Him who loves us.

Everything which the enemy tries God uses for the good to them who love Him. God has determined to fulfill His purpose for the believer, as He acted for the believer, not against Him as He gave His only begotten Son to die that we might be saved.

 

There is no condemnation to those that are In Christ Jesus, He is our protector, our peace, our resting place. In Him we can be of good cheer, for He has overcome the world and all that the world can throw at us, even death, as He rose the third day morning with all power in His hands.