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January 13, 2012: 4:23 am: God in us

Colossians 3:1-11
Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits at God’s right hand in the place of honor and power. 2 Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth. 3 For you died when Christ died, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 And when Christ, who is your real life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.  5 So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual sin, impurity, lust, and shameful desires. Don’t be greedy for the good things of this life, for that is idolatry. 6 God’s terrible anger will come upon those who do such things. 7 You used to do them when your life was still part of this world. 8 But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. 9 Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old evil nature and all its wicked deeds. 10 In its place you have clothed yourselves with a brand-new nature that is continually being renewed as you learn more and more about Christ, who created this new nature within you. 11 In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us. Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Letting heaven fill our thoughts means concentrating on the eternal rather than the temporal.  Because Christ was raised after death, so will those who believe in Him. When Christ rules in our hearts and minds, we can look forward to being with Him in the eternal and that helps us deal with life on earth. Our real home is where Christ is. This truth gives us a different perspective on our life here on earth. When we look at life from God’s perspective and seek His desires, it gives us a proper view of all that happens to us.  When we know that He is working all things for our good because we love Him, we can endure any pain this life will have for us. Because we have “died” to our former self, God can work through us to love the hurting around us. Being God’s conduit of love to a hurting world will help us to remember His great love for all people. When this life is less than perfect, reach out to someone else who is also hurting with the love given to you by your Father and let His love flow through you.  It will help them and it will help you.

Have a God Day!

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: 4:20 am: Sanctification

1 Timothy 1:12-17
12 How thankful I am to Christ Jesus our Lord for considering me trustworthy and appointing me to serve him, 13 even though I used to scoff at the name of Christ. I hunted down his people, harming them in every way I could. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief. 14 Oh, how kind and gracious the Lord was! He filled me completely with faith and the love of Christ Jesus.  15 This is a true saying, and everyone should believe it: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners-and I was the worst of them all. 16 But that is why God had mercy on me, so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. 17 Glory and honor to God forever and ever. He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The Good News is that Jesus Christ came to earth to save sinners and no sinner is beyond His saving grace!  God did not become a Man to merely show us how to live a good life or to become better people; He came to offer to anyone who would believe salvation.  If you have not accepted God’s gift of love, it is not too late. Paul tells Timothy that he was the worst of sinners, even hunting down God’s people and putting them to death. Paul held the cloaks of those who stoned Stephen in Acts and agreed with what they did. So if God could reach him, there is no one whose sin is too great to be covered by the Blood of Christ. Nothing you can do or have ever done is too great for God to forgive, if you come to Him and ask Him to. Paul never forgot where he came from, so he never lost his humility.  And because Paul never forgot where he came from, he could reach out to the worst of sinners with the love God so freely gave to him. This is the example for us; never forget the grace given to you for your sin when others sin against you.

Have a God Day!

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