Archive for January, 2013

January 15, 2013: 8:26 pm: Sanctification

Galatians 4:3-7 3

And that’s the way it was with us before Christ came. We were slaves to the spiritual powers of this world. 4 But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. 5 God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. 6 And because you Gentiles have become his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, and now you can call God your dear Father. 7 Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, everything he has belongs to you.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Christians are those who believe inwardly that Jesus Christ died for their sins, and that without His sacrifice, there could be no reconciliation with God. Christians exhibit the behavior demonstrated to us by Christ. Outwardly we are different than the world because we are not of this world, even though we live in it. Having received the gift of forgiveness and eternal life, we are now daily challenged to live that life through the power of His Spirit living in us. We are no longer slaves to the sins that once weighed us down. The victory is ours because of what Christ did for us. We are immediately justified and are becoming sanctified being imparted the righteousness of Christ because we believe. We confess with our mouth what we have accepted and we demonstrate our relationship with our behavior, and we are different. No longer controlled by our sin, we are free to show the love of God to those around us. This is true freedom, freedom from sin. Remember the price for your freedom was paid by Christ Jesus because of His love for you. Demonstrate this love through your actions and behaviors.

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January 11, 2013: 8:24 pm: Sanctification

1 Corinthians 15:40-44

40 There are bodies in the heavens, and there are bodies on earth. The glory of the heavenly bodies is different from the beauty of the earthly bodies. 41 The sun has one kind of glory, while the moon and stars each have another kind. And even the stars differ from each other in their beauty and brightness. 42 It is the same way for the resurrection of the dead. Our earthly bodies, which die and decay, will be different when they are resurrected, for they will never die. 43 Our bodies now disappoint us, but when they are raised, they will be full of glory. They are weak now, but when they are raised, they will be full of power. 44 They are natural human bodies now, but when they are raised, they will be spiritual bodies. For just as there are natural bodies, so also there are spiritual bodies.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Because Christ rose from the dead, He is a life-giving Spirit. This means that He entered into a new form of existence. He is the source of the spiritual life that will result in our resurrection. Christ’s new glorified human body was suitable to His natural life. He walked and talked and lived as a human after He rose from the dead. His disciples did not always know Him as Jesus, but they knew Him as a human because that was the form His resurrected body was in. And so it will be for those of us who believe in the work He did on the cross. When we are resurrected, God will give us a transformed eternal body suited to our new eternal life. So when the body you are in now fails you, remember it is just dust and will one day be gone. It just houses your spirit and will one day return to the earth. But you will go on forever and Christ will give you a new body that is not corrupted and will never get sick or die. So face the limitations of this body with the confidence that one day you will have a body that will never get old and never get sick. Praise His name forever!

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January 10, 2013: 9:07 pm: Sanctification

Romans 8:35-39

35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or are hungry or cold or in danger or threatened with death? 36 (Even the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. 39 Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Sometimes when we are facing overwhelming trouble the first thing we think is God has deserted us. But just the opposite is true. Sometimes the trouble is meant to be used by God to make us more into His image. God does not cause our pain, but He will use it to help us change and grow. Bad things happen to us for 3 reasons; 1.) We live in a world of sin, so every person alive today is dying, all of us will suffer from our bodies dying one way or another. And because of sin there is evil in the world and bad things will happen. 2.) Sometimes our own behaviors or choices will cause bad things to happen to us. Not all the time, but sometimes we make the wrong choice and suffer the consequences of our choice. 3.) Sometimes we suffer because we serve a Lord the world does not recognize and are persecuted because we serve Him and not the world. Most of the time our troubles are because of the first two reasons, but whatever the reason, it is more important to know that nothing ever happens to you that is not God filtered. In other words, God knew about it and it happened. But more important is the fact that God will never leave you or leave you without hope. Just because He does not remove everything that comes against you, does not mean He does not love you. He gives you the strength and the direction to go through the trial and to become stronger because of it. God has a vision of the sanctified you and He is working out His plan to bring you to the perfection of Christ. You need to be re-trained by God to become like Christ and sometimes that means overcoming your sinful self. That is not always easy, but is always for your good. So never forget how much God loves you and that He will never leave you alone. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you!

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January 9, 2013: 7:42 pm: Sanctification

John 16: 29-33

31 Jesus asked, “Do you finally believe? 32 But the time is coming-in fact, it is already here-when you will be scattered, each one going his own way, leaving me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. 33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The instructions that Jesus gave us reflect how He lived His life while He was here on the earth. He told us not to be alarmed when we have trials and problems. He had them, and so would we. We have all suffered from struggles, problems and trials. Some have suffered more than others, but all of those in Christ will experience them. How we deal with them is another question. How we handle our grief is dependent on how we have built our life in Him. If you are about to set sail to cross the ocean do you want to get on a ship that was just built for smooth sailing or do you want to get on the ship that can handle the storm? Of course we expect smooth sailing, but in the event that something should change, don’t you want to be on the ship that can take the unstable sea? The same goes for our lives. We need to build our life on the principles of the Word of God and live as Jesus lived. If we know Him and know His Word, we will be prepared for anything this world can throw at us. We expect smooth sailing, but we also know that problems will come. Those who build their lives on Christ are prepared for the most difficult illness, financial problem or even death of a loved one. They are prepared before the trail comes because they have built their life on the Rock. When you know Him, you know peace no matter what your circumstance. Because your peace is based on His promise and not on the outcome of your situation, you will weather the storm. Even in your sorrow, you have a sense of well being because you know He is with you and will never leave. So don’t set sail in life without preparing. Be grounded in His Word, know Him and you will know peace.

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January 8, 2013: 11:56 pm: Sanctification

Colossians 3:12-15

12 Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 And the most important piece of clothing you must wear is love. Love is what binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are all called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Paul tells us the attributes of being a child of God are something we pick up and place on ourselves. Like we would pick up a coat and cover ourselves, we are to put on Christ. It is not in our nature to be loving and forgiving, we must make a decision to do so. It is not what we always want to do. Only with Christ in our hearts can we truly be holy people. To be holy we must forgive those who have sinned against us. The key to forgiveness is to remember how much God has forgiven you. Realizing God’s infinite love and forgiveness can help us love and forgive others. Put on the garment of love and extend to others what Christ has so freely given to you. Then the peace that comes from Christ alone will rule in your heart and mind!

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January 7, 2013: 7:04 pm: Sanctification

Habakkuk 2:9-14

9 “How terrible it will be for you who get rich by unjust means! You believe your wealth will buy security, putting your families beyond the reach of danger. 10 But by the murders you committed, you have shamed your name and forfeited your lives. 11 The very stones in the walls of your houses cry out against you, and the beams in the ceilings echo the complaint. 12 “How terrible it will be for you who build cities with money gained by murder and corruption! 13 Has not
the Lord Almighty promised that the wealth of nations will turn to ashes? They work so hard, but all in vain! 14 For the time will come when all the earth will be filled, as the waters fill the sea, with an awareness of the glory of the Lord.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Today many live in fear of war, financial disaster and disease. Terrorist attacks are on every mind. The world has nothing to offer but pain and destruction. And yet many continue to trust in the things that their hands have made. Idolatry may seem like a sin that modern people do not commit. But it is not just bowing down to idols, it is trusting in what one has made. If we trust in what we have made, we are trusting in our own power as creator and sustainer. If we say we worship God but put our trust in bank accounts, homes, businesses and governments, than we are idolaters. We must live above the circumstances of this world and everything it has to offer. It is all corruptible and will someday be gone. The only thing that will last is the love that flows through us from God the Father. Habakkuk 2:4 states, “Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked; but the righteous will live by their faith.” Do not put your trust in the gifts God has given you. Recognize the Giver and put your trust in Him and Him alone. Do not let your feelings be controlled by the events happening in the world today but by faith in God’s ability to direct all things according to His purpose and His ability to give you strength.

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