“Cheerfully Pray for Another” 2/12/2018 Posted by Alister Begg for “Truth for Life”

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL FEBRUARY 6, 2018

Cheerfully Pray for Another

 

Pray for one another.
James 5:16

Be encouraged to cheerfully offer intercessory prayer, by remembering that such prayer is the sweetest God ever hears. The prayer of Christ is of this character. In all the incense that our Great High Priest now puts into the golden censer, there is not a single grain for Himself. His intercession must be the most acceptable of all supplications–and the more our prayer like Christ’s, the sweeter it will be.

Thus while petitions for ourselves will be accepted, our pleadings for others, having in them more of the fruits of the Spirit–more love, more faith, more brotherly kindness–will be, through the precious merits of Jesus, the sweetest sacrifice that we can offer to God. Remember, again, that intercessory prayer is exceedingly prevalent [powerful]. What wonders it has accomplished! The Word of God teems with its marvelous deeds.

Believer, you have a mighty engine in your hand; use it well, use it constantly, use it with faith, and you will surely be a blessing to others.

When you have the King’s ear, speak to Him for the suffering members of His body. When you are favored to draw very near to His throne, and the King says to you, “Ask, and it will be given to you,” let your petitions be, not for yourself alone, but for the many who need His aid. If you have any grace at all and are not an intercessor, that grace must be as small as a grain of mustard seed. You have just enough grace to float your soul clear from the quicksand, but you have no depth of grace or else you would carry in your vessel a heavy cargo of the wants of others, and you would bring back from your Lord rich blessings for them that apart from you they might not have obtained.

Oh, let my hands forget their skill,
My tongue be silent, cold, and still,
This bounding heart forget to beat,
If I forget the mercy-seat!

One-Year Bible Reading Plan

Devotional material is taken from “Morning and Evening,” written by C.H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. Copyright © 2003, Good News Publishers and used by Truth For Life with written permission.

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P.S. (from bruce)   If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com/2016/12/19/the-gospel-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-12182016-written-by-bruce-r-mills/

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

 

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“Why You should like God’s chastising as His redeemed child” 2/11/2018 Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”

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“Why You should like God’s chastising as His redeemed child” 

 

Proverbs 3:11-12…  My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor detest His correction; 12 For whom the Lord loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights. (NKJV)

As parents, we should always do our best to guide and direct our children in doing what is right (especially ages 2-5)…  We teach them about the dangers of touching a hot stove…  We explain that they should look both ways before they cross the street…  We look out for their safety when it comes to touching electrical outlets, and to don’t allow them to pet strange dogs they see, when we take them for a walk…  We do this to train them in what is best for their lives, because when they are young, they don’t yet understand the dangers life can present…

If we are Christian parents…we are to bring up our children, teaching them what is right in God’s eyes…  I am reminded of what the wise Solomon pens for us, in…

Proverbs 22:6Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.  (ESV)

In looking up this scripture verse, I found a link with 51 scripture verses about training up our children God’s way…  It must be important to God, to have so many pieces of scripture about training both young children, and His redeemed children…  You can see this long list of scripture verses in 2. below, for some extra Bible reading and training…

Are our children happy when we correct them from doing something we feel is wrong ??  I would have to say, from my personal experience now with my 2 year old grandson…that they usually get upset when we tell them to stop doing something we feel is wrong…  But we love them too much not to do our best to guide and direct them in ways that will hopefully help them become first class citizens later on in life…

Well God loves His redeemed children even more than we love our children and grandchildren…  So much so, that He sent His only Son down to earth to live a fully human life (and yet fully God)…for the primary purpose to suffer and die on the cross to take on the sins of the world…  Christ shed his blood to cover the sins of those who seek Jesus Christ to become their personal Lord and Savior, by understanding and obeying the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…  (See 1. below for a presentation of the Gospel of Christ…to become a “born again” Christian, by God’s free gift of grace alone, through saving faith alone in Jesus Christ)

We as “born again” Christians, have been saved by God’s grace to live our lives in ways that will honor and glorify God…  Becoming a disciple of Christ and allowing the Holy Spirit to take total control of all that we say and do, should be our goal each and every day we wake up…  Jesus tells those around Him (and us) this, in His inerrant Word…as penned by the Apostle John, in…

John 8:31-32…    So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  (ESV)

My friends, abiding in God’s Word, means we should spend time (hopefully every day), spiritually feeding upon God’s Word…  Jesus Himself tells us this, in…Matthew 4:4…&…Luke 4:4…  We need to read God’s Word…digest it…and apply everything we learn to help us walk in spiritual maturity that God wants for ALL of His redeemed children…  How can we know what God wants us to learn, if we don’t spend time reading the Bible ??  This is where we learn about God’s 6 piece set of protective spiritual armor, that we are to put on piece by piece…to keep Satan and our own carnal flesh in check…  You can read about God’s spiritual armor, in…Ephesians 6:10-20

We are also called to submit our lives to God…and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us and protect us from Satan’s attacks…  We CAN keep Satan in check, as we see the Apostle Paul pen, in…

James 4:7-8…   Submit yourselves therefore to GodResist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  (ESV)

I spent a day writing about putting on God’s whole set of spiritual armor, and our need to submit to God…in a day’s writing I titled…”God’s Duo”…that can be read at the link in 3. below…

Just like we try to train our children to live in a way that will be pleasing to God…God uses the Holy Spirit to train, guide, and protect us against anything that goes against the will of God…  Since any known sin left unconfessed will grieve the Holy Spirit…Ephesians 4:30…God not only has the right to chastise His wayward children…God promises He will chastise and maybe even scourge the ones He loves…to bring them back into living a life that will be glorifying  God and pleasing to Him… (open the link in 4. below for an excellent description of what grieving and scourging the Holy Spirit means !!)   We see God’s promise of His chastening and scourging of His unrepentant children, in this scripture penned by the writer of Hebrews, in…

Hebrews 12:5b-6…  “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.”  (NKJV)

Here we see scripture backing up the scripture in the opening 2 verses, in… Proverbs 3:11-12…  Why should we as Christians be happy God will chastise and maybe even scourge us, if we continue to live in unrepentant sin ??  We see one reason why we should be happy God is trying to correct us, in this scripture, in…

Hebrews 12:8-9…  But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sonsFurthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?  (NKJV)

My friends…when the writer of Hebrews pens this…then you are illegitimate and not sons…they are saying we may think we are Christians…but without chastening, we have not yet become a redeemed, “born again” child of God… Be thankful for a loving, caring Father in heaven, who wants the very best for us by chastening us when we go astray…

Because God is sovereign…everything He does for His redeemed children, is done because He loves us, and wants us to live in His will for our lives…Romans 8:28…  When we stray from God’s perfect will for our lives…we should be happy when God wakes us up by chastening us, to bring us back into submission to living a godly life…

I just don’t understand how any true Christian could prefer to live with unrepentant sin, no matter how enjoyable it may seem at the time… knowing that sooner or later God promises to chastise them…  The writer of Hebrews tells us why this short-lived enjoyment one receives from sinful pleasures should be stopped, confessed, and turned from (1 John 1:9) before our loving Father…before God has to reprimand His wayward children, in…

Hebrews 12:11…   Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.  (NKJV)

God’s chastisement can be painful, if we don’t listen to the urging of the Holy Spirit, urging us to turn away for any sin, and back to living a life that God will bless…  God blesses us by giving us  the peaceable fruit of righteousness that will flood the heart of God’s children that are walking in the Spirit, (Galatians 5:16)…in and by the full power of the Holy Spirit…  (see 5. at the bottom for an amazing commentary on…Galatians 5:16…and the many benefits to walking in and by the full power of the Holy Spirit as a Spirit filled Christian)

As I mentioned before…God want all of His redeemed children to come to a point in their spiritual maturity…where they understand that the spiritual blessings God will shower upon His obedient children, as they grow and mature in their spiritual walk with the Lord…will far outweigh the material or self-gratifying pleasures the believer will receive, as they live in disobedience to God’s will for their lives…

Cut to the chase my friends…  Start living for Christ, and start benefiting from the 9 spiritual fruit (Galatians 5:22-23) that will grow and mature, as you submit to God’s will…  If you consciously commit to living in and by the full power of the Holy Spirit…you will be blessed beyond believe, and wonder why it took so long to start living for Christ !!

Gracious God and heavenly Father…I pray that You would open the eyes of all of Your redeemed children, to see the wisdom of Your Word…and the promises You make throughout the Bible about how You will bless those who live their lives in Your will and Your ways… I pray for this fullness of Christ in each and every one of our lives…in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake…Amen…

Blessings in Christ,  bruce

References:

  1. Presentation of the Gospel of Christ…  https://godsmanforever.com/2016/12/19/the-gospel-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-12182016-written-by-bruce-r-mills/

  2. Train up your child scripture…  https://www.openbible.info/topics/train_up_a_child

  3. “God’s Duo” writing…  https://godsmanforever.com/2013/02/25/gods-group-thoughts-for-2252013-gods-duo/

  4. Grieving/quenching the Holy Spirit… https://www.gotquestions.org/grieve-quench-Holy-Spirit.html

  5. Great commentary on…Galatians 5:16…  https://bible.org/seriespage/5-spirit-work-spirit-filled-life

 

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“Clinging to that Old Rugged Cross” 2/10/2018 Written by Patrick Hawthorne for “SGM”

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Clinging to that Old Rugged Cross

By Patrick Hawthorne

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If you have read many of my posts, you will notice that I write, in a large portion, to the Church – the body of Jesus Christ – as a whole.  I don’t mean to step on toes; honestly, I don’t.  Yet, when my thoughts lead me in a certain direction, I tend to follow through with a, “Damn the torpedo’s, full speed ahead” type attitude.  My prayer, as I write this, is that my words are received with the good intent for which they are meant.

There is a hymn that has been around for many a year.  It is a beloved hymn, a cherished hymn, a hymn that pulls on the heart strings of singers and listeners alike.  It is “The Old Rugged Cross.”  I have tried to like this hymn but as one who tends to walk more along the lines of a literal thinker, I have – as far back as I can remember – had issue with one portion of the lyrics, “I will cling to the old rugged cross.”

Do we need to think about the cross?  Yes.  Do we need to meditate on the cross?  Yes.  Do we need to remember the cross?  Absolutely.  To those I agree.  However, do we need to cling to the cross?  Not if your desire is to progress in your faith!  Why?  Because Jesus is no longer on the cross.  “We were crucified with Christ (Gal 2:20) but were also raised up together with Him (Eph 2:6).

Yet, at the foot of the cross is where many of the Body of Christ remain.  They never grow beyond the foundation of the salvation message.  They never learn that if they want to grow in their walk with the Lord, there must come a time when they let go of the Old Rugged Cross in order to pick up their cross and walk in the victory of the resurrection of Jesus (Matt 16:24-26).

The Old Rugged Cross is surely our foundation.  Without a firm grasp on the knowledge and the power of the cross and on the shed blood of Jesus, we are on shaky ground.  However, the foundation alone offers no protection from the storms that are sure to come.  For that, solid Biblical instruction must be built upon the foundation as directed by the Holy Spirit.  For then, we will be in a position to learn the lessons of denying ungodliness and worldly lusts so that we may live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present age (Titus 2:11-12).  Be blessed.

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P.S. (from bruce)   If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com/2016/12/19/the-gospel-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-12182016-written-by-bruce-r-mills/

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

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“Is Sin Subdued in You?” 2/09/2018 Posted by Alister Begg for “Truth for Life”

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL FEBRUARY 8, 2018

Is Sin Subdued in You?

 

He will save His people from their sins.
Matthew 1:21

Many people, if they are asked what they understand by salvation, will reply, “Being saved from hell and taken to heaven.” This is one result of salvation, but it is not one tenth of what is contained in that blessing. It is true our Lord Jesus Christ does redeem all His people from the wrath to come; He saves them from the fearful condemnation that their sins had brought upon them; but His triumph is far more complete than this. He saves His people “from their sins”–a complete deliverance from our worst foes.

Where Christ works a saving work, He casts Satan from his throne and will not let him be master any longer. No man is a true Christian if sin reigns in his mortal body. Sin will be in us–it will never be utterly expelled till the spirit enters glory; but it will never have dominion.

There will be a striving for dominion–a lusting against the new law and the new spirit that God has implanted–but sin will never get the upper hand so as to be absolute monarch of our nature. Christ will be Master of the heart, and sin must be mortified. The Lion of the tribe of Judah shall prevail, and the dragon shall be cast out.

Professing Christian, is sin subdued in you? If your life is unholy, your heart is unchanged; and if your heart is unchanged, you are an unsaved person. If the Savior has not sanctified you, renewed you, given you a hatred of sin and a love of holiness, He has done nothing in you of a saving character. The grace that does not make a man better than others is a worthless counterfeit. Christ saves His people not in their sins but from them “. . . for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.”1 “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”2 If not saved from sin, how shall we hope to be counted among His people? Lord, save me now from all evil, and enable me to honor my Savior.

1) Hebrews 12:14
2) 2 Timothy 2:19

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Devotional material is taken from “Morning and Evening,” written by C.H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. Copyright © 2003, Good News Publishers and used by Truth For Life with written permission.

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P.S. (from bruce)   If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com/2016/12/19/the-gospel-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-12182016-written-by-bruce-r-mills/

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

 

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“Do You Dare to Ask God to Search Your Heart ??” 2/08/2018 Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”

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“Do You Dare to Ask God to Search Your Heart ??”

Psalm 139:23-24…  Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!
  (ESV)

In the opening scripture, we see King David, asking God to search his heart, and to show him any sins that may be lurking there that he is not aware of…  Our heart can very easily deceive us, as clearly seen, in…

Jeremiah 17:9…  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?  (ESV)

My friends, God is the only One that can help us search the hidden parts of our heart, to show us our sins…  In our own flesh, things may seem to be so right, when they are indeed so wrong…  Solomon, King David’s son, was the wisest man there ever was (1 Kings 3:9-14)…and he penned this about us being wrong, in our own minds, in…

Proverbs 16:25…  There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.  (ESV)

So as Christians’, what is the best way to be sure we are doing what is right in God’s eyes ??  We are called to take up our cross and follow Christ daily…  Jesus tells us this, in…

Luke 9:23…   And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.   (ESV)

My friends…the only way we can be followers of Jesus Christ, is to first become a “born again” Christian.  It is God’s saving grace that we will receive, once we understand that we can in no way save ourselves from eternal damnation…  We must seek Christ by understanding and obeying the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…  [See 1. below for a Gospel presentation]

But once we are saved by God’s grace alone (not by our good words, as penned by the Apostle Paul, in…Ephesians 2:8-9), we see in this scripture above, where Jesus tells us to…let him deny himself and take up his cross daily”

Our walk with the Lord can best be accomplished if we ask God to show us our sins on a daily basis (if not moment by moment)…and put our old life to death, by confessing our sins with godly sorrow and a repentant and contrite heart…1 John 1:9…  (see yesterdays post about dying to self, in 2. below)

Once our sins are confessed to the Lord, and turned from…we will be filled with the Holy Spirit, as the Apostle Paul tells us to do, in…

Ephesians 5:18-20…  And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,  (ESV)

It is the Holy Spirit that will direct us in God’s will for our lives, if we remain focused on the Lord at all times…

Again, here is scripture penned by the wise Solomon, to give us a great memory verse for us to write on our hearts, and in our minds…

Proverbs 3:5-6…  Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.  (ESV)

When we are walking in the Spirit, this means we are obedient every prompting by the Holy Spirit, to do what is right in God’s eyes…  We see this urging to walk in the Spirit, penned by the Apostle Paul, in…

Galatians 5:16…  But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.  (ESV)

God will bless us beyond belief, if we walk in and by the FULL power of the Holy Spirit…  The 9 fruit of the Spirit, penned by the Apostle Paul in Galatians 5:22-23, will grow and mature, as we learn to walk in God’s ways, and not our own…

Galatians 5:22-23…  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  (ESV)

This godly path that the Lord wants us to follow, is not hard for us…if we realize that God is sovereign…  God is in charge of each and every step we take, and would only lead us down a path that is best for our lives…  It may not seem like the right path to us…but God doesn’t make any mistakes…

I am reminded of a web site I came across, on commentaries on…Galatians 5:16… It is a rather long read, but is well worth the time for anyone who truly wants to become a disciple of Jesus Christ…  You can read these extensive commentaries, it in 3. below…  It includes commentary by Charles Stanley, John Piper, John MacArthur, Chuck Swindoll, and many other well know men of God…on how to best walk by the power of the Holy Spirit…

If I had to pick out one particular commentary on…Galatians 5:16…that is not too long of a read…it would be one written by John F. Walvoord, who was head of the Dallas Theological Seminary for a number of years…  It contains every facet of what I believe it means to walk by the FULL power of the Holy Spirit…and is well worth the time it takes to read…  Read it, and be blessed !!  (see 4. below for the link)

Heavenly Father, I am ever so thankful for Your Word…  I pray Father, that Your living and powerful Word (Hebrews 4:12) would cut right to the heart of every Christian who is not walking in the full power of the Holy Spirit, that You have given them to guide and direct their lives Your way…  I pray Father, that we could all learn to walk as true disciples of Your Son Jesus Christ… I pray for us all to experience the blessings You will shower us with, if we walk in Your will and Your ways…in Jesus’ most precious name, and for His sake…Amen…

Blessings in Christ,  bruce

References:

  1. The Gospel of Christ…  https://godsmanforever.com/2016/12/19/the-gospel-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-12182016-written-by-bruce-r-mills/

  2. Dying to self – https://godsmanforever.com/2018/02/07/living-like-youre-dead-2-07-2018-written-by-my-friend-bill-sweeney-with-als-for-21-years-for-unshakable-hope/

  3. Commentaries on…Galatians 5:16…  http://www.preceptaustin.org/galatians_516

  4. Walk in the Spirit, by John F. Wallvoord – https://bible.org/seriespage/5-spirit-work-spirit-filled-life

 

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“Living Like You’re Dead” 2/07/2018 Written by my friend Bill Sweeney with ALS for 21 years, for “Unshakable Hope”

“Our Daily Bread”     http://odb.org

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Written by my friend Bill Sweeney, stricken with ALS 21 years ago.  He now writes by use of an eye-tracking computer, with only his eye movements.  Bill’s “Unshakable Hope” should give us all a reason to count our blessings !!  (bruce)

Read all about Bill @  https://unshakablehope.wordpress.com/about/

Original post @  https://unshakablehope.wordpress.com/2018/01/26/living-like-youre-dead/

 

Living Like You’re Dead

The title of this blog might seem like an oxymoron, but I hope to convince you otherwise.

I have come close to death several times even before ALS entered my life 21 years ago. With each brush with death, the more I am able to identify with death and eternity and live my life accordingly.

You might think that viewing my life as having one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel would be a depressing way to live, but I’ve discovered just the opposite; it’s a very liberating way to live, at least, from a Christian point of view. I think it’s also the viewpoint that Christ intended us to have.

In the days leading up to Christmas every year, Mary and I always watch “It’s Wonderful Life” and the 1951 version (the best version) of “A Christmas Carol.” After watching these movies this last Christmas, I was thinking about why I love these two holiday classics. I concluded that it was because, in each of these movies, the central character learns about what’s really important in life after seeing themselves as dead.

Virtually every morning when I wake up, I remind myself that this might be my last day on earth. I am a long way from perfecting this, but I try to let this reality govern every aspect of my life. Before ALS, even though I was a Christian and was supposed to be “eternally minded,” I’m ashamed to admit that I did not always allow my own mortality to influence my daily life. Even back then in 1996 when I was diagnosed, before smartphones, Facebook and so many other distractions and time-wasters, it was so easy to lose focus on the realities of life.

The Apostle Paul said, “I die daily.” (1 Corinthians 15:31). It was miraculous that Paul lived to be an old man. He had come close to death so many times. Even after suffering through numerous trials and brushes with death, Paul lived his life with joy, peace, hope, contentment and so many other spiritual and emotional strengths we all long for. Yet, he seemed to go through a daily exercise of visualizing himself nailed to a cross:


“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20).



Many well-meaning Christians have empathized with me by saying things like “ALS is a heavy cross (for you) to bear…” I’m thankful for everyone who empathizes with my having to go through this horrible trial that has cost me my career, my health and so much more. But this trial is not “my cross to bear.” I took up my cross the 35 years ago when I made a commitment to follow Christ.


“If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. “For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits his own soul?”
(Luke 9:23-25)

 

In today’s narcissistic “selfie” culture, “Denying yourself” is a tough message to sell. Christianity, true Christianity, has always been a counter-cultural belief system. But in a society where just about anything goes, those who make a commitment to follow Christ, to live like they’re dead, are today’s ultimate rebels.

Buying into this living like you’re dead life will cost you everything you’re holding onto, but the benefits are joy, peace and unshakable hope; hope that will carry you through trials, temptation, and tribulation.

“Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:2-3)

Thanks for taking the time to read,
Bill
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P.S. (from bruce)   If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com/2016/12/19/the-gospel-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-12182016-written-by-bruce-r-mills/

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

 

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“About Following Christ” 2/06/2018 Written by Mel Wild for “In My Father’s House”

“Our Daily Bread”     http://odb.org/

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Written by Mel Wild for “In My Father’s House”  @  https://melwild.wordpress.com

Original post @  https://melwild.wordpress.com/2018/02/02/about-following-christ/

 

About Following Christ

I get asked from time to time by atheists and skeptics why I make a distinction between following Christ and Christianity, or religion. To be clear, I do consider myself a Christian. The problem is that it’s a loaded word with lots of baggage that may or may not describe my life in Christ. “Religion” is even more vague and freighted, so these labels have almost no significant meaning. 

So let me explain the distinction with a few quick thoughts. I will also reference other posts (or series of posts) for further explanation, if you’re interested.

With regard to religion, as Robert Capon put so well, “Christianity is not a religion; it is the announcement of the end of religion.” (See post, “How Christianity is Not a Religion.”)

One can follow Jesus and be a religious Christian; but being a religious Christian does not necessarily mean one is following Christ (see my series, “Leaving Religion to Follow Christ.”)

As I’ve said before, religion is about us inviting God into our life; following Jesus is about Him inviting us into His life.

28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matt.11:28-30 MSG)

Religion, even the “Christian” version of religion, is performance-driven and transactional; following Christ is relationally-driven and transformational (see “The sheer brilliance of Jesus and the overcoming life“).

Following Christ is not about me trying to live a better life, but about me participating in Christ’s life.

 “My old identity has been co-crucified with Messiah and no longer lives; for the nails of his cross crucified me with him. And now the essence of this new life is no longer mine, for the Anointed One lives his life through me—we live in union as one! My new life is empowered by the faith of the Son of God who loves me so much that he gave himself for me, and dispenses his life into mine! (Gal.2:20 TPT)

Following Jesus is not about knowing or saying the right things, it’s about doing what He says.

“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?  (Luke 6:46)

Evidence that we’re following Jesus is not found in how much we know about the Bible, or how much faith we have, or by our importance in the church, or even how much we serve others. The only real evidence is how much we love (1 Cor.13:1-8; 1 John 4:7-8).

You can tell if you’re following Jesus by the “fruit” that’s produced in your life, which looks like…love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal.5:22-23). Of course, no ones life produces this fruit perfectly, but what does come forth won’t look like something else.

16 You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? 17 A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. (Matt.7:16-17 NLT)

Finally, following Christ is about the continuing cooperative process with Christ that allows Him to work in and reshape the deepest and darkest parts of us, bringing us from glory to glory, which cultivates a renewed mind and an open heart as we become more like Him in this world (Rom.12:2; 2 Cor.3:18; 1 John 4:17).

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P.S. (from bruce)   If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com/2016/12/19/the-gospel-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-12182016-written-by-bruce-r-mills/

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

 

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