Wanted Alive Not Dead

Ephesians 2:4-7 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

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I grew up watching country western movies and TV series like Gun Smoke, Bonanza, High Chaparral and anything with John Wayne in it.  We had one television in the house.  Yes I said one.   After dinner each night, we would watch something together as a family.  Since my dad was in charge of what we watched, we all knew it was going to be a western.

In most westerns “wanted” signs were posted on trees through the land of a mad gunman that the sheriff and his posse were looking for.  The sign would have a reward for the capture of the mad gunman and would say that the bounty would be paid whether the mad-man was brought in dead or alive.  Ultimately, the sheriff wanted to prove that the mad man was no longer on the loose.

The Christian life is also supposed to be one of death to self in order to live a life by faith. Paul told the Galatians, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). Being crucified with Christ means that our old nature has been nailed to the cross and has been replaced by a new nature which is Christ’s (2 Corinthians 5:17). He who loved us and died for us now lives in us, and the life we live is by faith in Him. It means sacrificing our own desires, ambitions, and glories and replacing them with those of Christ. We can only do this by His power through the faith that He gives us by His grace. Part of the Christian life is praying to that end.

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Think about these scriptures!  CHIRST LIVES IN US!!!  If Christ lives in us what do we look like.  Do we look like we are alive?  Do we look like Christ in how we walk, how we talk and how we live? Christ doesn’t want to capture us so He can show the devil we have been caught.  He wants us alive.  As a matter of fact, we were dead, but now we are alive, transformed, because HE LIVES IN US.  Once we begin to replace our old self through personal sacrifice we start to look more alive than ever before.

Changing ourselves is not easy.  Currently, I am trying to change my diet to eat better, I have been trying to loose weight, to better care for my physical body, and I even began taking seminary courses, AGAIN.  Each one of these things have proven to be hard adjustments for me personally.  Most of them are slow going with little progress.  BUT CHRIST LIVES IN ME and with Him I am stronger than I think.

God wants us alive.  What kind so life are you living?  One full of the things of Christ or one full of self.  Stop making excusing why you are not living life to it’s fullest and let Christ have full reign over you.  Today is the day to die to self and to live for Christ.

 

 

 

 

Jesus Loves Me This I Know

Jesus Loves Me

Today’s Truth

Ephesians 3:16-20 I pray that he will use his glorious riches to make you strong. May his Holy Spirit give you his power deep down inside you.  Then Christ will live in your hearts because you believe in him.  And I pray that your love will have deep roots. I pray that it will have a strong foundation. May you have power with all God’s people to understand Christ’s love. May you know how wide and long and high and deep it is.   And may you know his love, even though it can’t be known completely. Then you will be filled with everything God has for you.  God is able to do far more than we could ever ask for or imagine. He does everything by his power that is working in us.

From My Heart to Yours

Probably everyone reading this blog today knows the famous children’s song “Jesus Loves Me”.  The words ring so true to me.  Jesus loves me this I know, for the bible tells me so.   I began to think today about baby Christians as I think about this song.  Do we teach them this song and the truth behind it regarding their relationship with Christ.  DO WE REALLY TEACH THEM???

A long time ago I saw a news report on babies in orphanages in Russia.  The news was highlighting how there were so many babies in Russia in the orphanages that was not enough manpower for the nurses to hold and nurture the babies.  The problem was, according to the media, that in the first year of life the baby needs to be cuddled and talked to if it is to develop properly as a human being.

When someone we know accepts Christ are we doing our part to make sure they are getting the love they need to grow healthily?  Here are some facts about love and how it impacts a both a baby and a baby christian.

1.      He is happier and calmer. A child/baby christian who is loved is at peace with the world, and is able to bear disappointments better. Without love, the world is bleak.

2.      He is more confident of himself. He knows that he is worthy of being loved, and that is a great boost to his self-esteem.

3.      He can form better relationships with others. A loving relationship with the parent/other Christian’s and Christ makes him a kinder, more loving person. Lack of love hardens the heart, and he could become less prone to showing love for others.

4.      Has a positive outlook on life. A child/christian who is loved looks at the world with enthusiasm. He will be eager to try and experience new things.

5.      He will be more responsive to what parents/Christ tells him. Reproaches and scoldings become bearable when he knows he is loved.

The bible is clear that when we are saved we are just babies in Christ.  As a new christian  he has been adopted into God’s family.  Those of us who are more mature in Christ have a responsiblity to care for the new baby christians.  Are we like the nurses in the Russian hospitals doing the best we can to provide what the baby christians NEED only to survive or are we taking the time to show the LOVE that is needed to grow healthy Christians?

Lets Pray:  Heavenly Father, we thank you for the love that you have for us and that you loved us so much that you sent your son to die for our sins.  Help us to Lord to love others as you have loved us and create in us a desire to love and nurture the new baby Christians that you put in our paths.  In Jesus name.