Crucified with Christ

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

Here is another of the verses that we should all commit to memory. Churn it around in your mind over and over and over again. It’s so rich and deep in meaning and significance. We are to live a crucified life, what does it mean? Romans chapter six tells us that as Believers we are now dead to sin and alive to Christ. Again, it speaks of a crucified life. Sin should no longer have mastery over us. Whatever the master chooses should be good enough for me.

So, what does this mean day to day? Philippians 2:4 helps us out:
Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same of Christ Jesus, who being in very nature God did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant.

Essentially it boils down to this: it’s not about you. Or me.

It’s certainly a start.

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A Strong Tower

The name of the Lord is a strong tower. The righteous run to it and are saved. Proverbs 18:10

This is such a powerful verse of truth. We would do well to run to Jesus daily. Oh, how I need to hear that!

When things are going well, let’s run to Him. When things are breaking down and we’re stressed beyond belief, that’s also a time to run to Him. On our own, we run out of energy and strength. We sputter and wonder why we have no strength. We need something completely stable in our lives.

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Trick Birthday Candles

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on it s stand, and it give light to everyone in the house.” Matthew 5:14-15

How’s your light today? Remember as kids we held up our forefingers high to “shine the light” for all everyone to see? We were so proud that it was no longer under our cupped hand. And then the part about Satan blowing it out. “No! I’m gonna let it shine.”

For many of us, Satan continues to try to blow out that light. Those attempts are strong and fierce at times and he would want us to give in, to give up. And sometimes we question God. And then we feel guilty and then Satan beats us up more. He tells us we’re not good Christians. We feel guilty because “he’s probably right” we think. It’s a nasty and destructive cycle.

Brothers and Sisters, we have no small victory in Christ! Your light may be smoldering but you’re reading this for a reason. Think of your light as one of those trick birthday candles. Just when you think it’s out, it re-ignites. Sure, Satan wins a battle every now and then, but your light just re-ignited. And again. And again. God is still pursuing you. And me.

Take heart, you are not alone.

“Don’t let Satan blow it out. No! I’m gonna let it shine.”

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Salt is a Very Good Thing

“You are the salt of the earth…” Matthew 5:13

I heard a song on the radio this evening pointing that out by with slightly different words. The lyrics said that we were peculiar. 2 Peter 2:11 states that we are aliens and strangers in the world. They’re all correct, like it or not. We are different. We are supposed to be different, not for the sake of saying, “look at me, I’m different” but so that others will “see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us.” (2 Peter 2:12).

Here’s something to consider. I used to think, “with one billion Christians, why aren’t we making a larger impact on societies around the world.” My thinking is different now. “What would this world look like if we removed all the Christians from it? How fast would it deteriorate?”

Remove the salt from the world and it’s a completely different ballgame.

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The god of This Age

The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Corinthians 4:4

When we’ve been praying and praying and praying for a breakthrough for someone, this is a good verse to keep in mind. I mean, when it’s laid out it all seems logical that someone – everyone – should receive Christ. But remember, unbelievers cannot see the way we see. I don’t say that to be mystical or super spiritual but it seems to be evident. Satan has blinded those who are not Believers.

Keep this verse in mind when praying for your unbelieving friends because ultimately it’s not what you say that will change their hearts; it’s the Spirit of Christ working through you to that person, and Christ removing the “blinders.”

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