Saturday, January 21, 2017

Abiding in Christ




Clear Body of Water

Christianity is not something that we do; it is who we are. We do not take it off like a cloak and put it back on again. Our walk with Christ in us is continual - regardless of the people, places or activities going on in our life.

If our Christianity is transitional and positional, it is not real; it is merely a phase or a stage on which we act out rules and regulation and certain behaviors, vernacular and endeavors.

We are never satisfied and we want more and better worldly goods. We are unthankful, and unappreciative. We take people for granted and abuse anyone with an opinion contrary to ours. We are self-absorbed, proud and rebellious to one extent or another.

On the other hand, authentic Christianity is a lifestyle, which encompasses every facet of our life. It influences our thoughts, feelings and choices and allows us to abide in Christ and walk according to the direction of His Spirit (Galatians 5:15-25).

We honor Christ with our life, appreciating everything that He supplies and does for us. We live in humble adoration of who He is as our Lord and King as He justifies our spirit, heals our soul and makes us whole.

We often confuse the soul and spirit in our thinking and understanding. They have two distinct functions in life, but both go into eternity with us.

At birth, the human spirit is dead in the sin that is passed on to us by Adam and Eve (Colossians 2:13). In death, we condemn our self to hell by our unbelief (John 3:18). Yet, at salvation, Christ rebirths our spirit and gives us His life in us both on earth and in heaven for eternity (Romans 8:10).

Prayer:
Father God, thank You that in both heaven and hell, our soul experiences what our body felt on earth, despite the fact that our mortal body is in the grave (Luke 16:19-31). The soul is our feelings, choices and thoughts. We have no need to fear anyone who may want to kill our body; because they are never able to kill our soul or spirit. Our biggest fear should be going into eternity in unbelief and experiencing hell for eternity (Matthew 10:28; 16:26).

Yet, we often ignore You, disparage You, mock You and even curse You. Thank You for forgiving our human pride and rebellion and giving us Your Son to pay the ransom for our sins, for opening Your arms wide to receive us and for loving us unconditionally all the days of our life.

Thought for the Day:
Our union with Christ is not a result of our works, but a completed work of Jesus' death on Calvary' cross; the same Holy Spirit that dwelt in Jesus during His life on earth continues working in the world around us through the life of each authentic Believer. - Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 4:6


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