Gods group thoughts for 5/14/2012 “Let Christ’s Perfection Rule !!”

John 8:31-32Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.  32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  (NKJV)


I spent the last couple of days trying to relay to readers, exactly what Jesus gives us as requirements to become a disciple of Christ…  In doing this study, I realized that very few Christians (including myself), can call themselves true, mature disciples of Christ… If we go by Jesus’ strict requirements, all Christians are trainees to become worthy of being called a disciple, in Jesus’ eyes… Jesus was perfect in every way… My guess is that Jesus gave us a description of a perfect disciple, to give us a target we should be trying to achieve, as we grow in our spiritual wisdom and knowledge of the Lord…


This reminds me of other scripture that tells the Christian how to live, but in reality…is impossible in our own strength; until the Christian passes on into glory to be with the Lord… Matthew 5:48“Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”  (NKJV)  …And then there is this scripture, in…1 Peter 1:16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” (NKJV)  


Well, we should all know what the Bible tells us about our own flesh, as written by the Apostle Paul, in…Romans 3:10  As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; (NKJV)  …And this, in… Romans 3:23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,  (NKJV)


 “There but for the grace of God, go I”… This phrase has popped into my head a couple of times in the past few days… The Christian is saved from their sins solely by the grace of God… It is God’s grace, nothing I could have ever done to earn salvation on my own… And the Christian is given the Holy Spirit, to dwell with-in their own body…Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.  (NKJV)  


With Christ living with-in the Christian, the Apostle Paul directs us to have the same mind as Jesus Christ, in…Philippians 2:5-8Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.  (NKJV)


Jesus did nothing, unless God the Father directed His every step…  Jesus was obedient to His Father, all the way to the cross… Our only possibility of living as close to perfect as Christ did, would be if we were 100% obedient to the Holy Spirit that God has given us as our lifelong Helper…John 14:26… Since none of us will be sinless…being 100% obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit would be impossible…  But if we did our absolute best to listen and do everything the Holy Spirit told us to do (like it or not)…and when we do slip up, if we immediately confess and repent of our sins, and make amends to anyone we have involved in our sins…1 John 1:9…then we would be living as perfect a life as God could possibly expect from His obedient children…


Heavenly Father, I pray that all of Your children would take a serious look at our own lives, and always do our best to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit with-in us… I pray Lord, that these humble words that are filled with Your Word, would be used by You to bring You all the honor and the glory You so richly deserve…  Help all of us Lord, to live in Your perfect will and Your perfect ways… I pray for this supernatural guidance by You for all of Your children…in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake…Amen…


written by bruce

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