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“Watch”

Mark 13:35-37

35 Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning—

36 lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. 37 And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!”

Jesus gave His disciples stern warnings about the last days. When you are given a warning from our Savior you should heed that warning. Here He is telling us that we do not know when He, the Master of the house will return, but when He does he better not find you sleeping. Then He reiterates what He said at the start of verse 35, “Watch”. It does not matter what you or I think about what we need to do to be prepared for the Lord’s return as one who is born again, what matters is what He said about it. What does it mean to be found sleeping when He comes? Vines complete expository dictionary tells us this word in Mark’s gospel means: a condition of insensibility to divine things involving conformity to the world. Sound familiar? Another definition would also be lukewarm. Romans 12:1-2 tells us believers, not sinners, to present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God and to be not conformed to the world but be transformed by the renewing of our minds, proving what is the good, and acceptable and perfect will of God. The word Jesus used telling us to “watch” is the opposite of falling asleep. It means to stay awake. Jesus is warning believers not to be living a life conformed to the world when He returns to catch us away. This is not working for your salvation but working out the salvation He has given to us (Phil. 2:12). The renewal of the mind includes being a doer of the Word. If as a believer my life looks no different then a sinner, I would have fallen asleep becoming conformed to the world. Time to stay awake living a life of following in the footsteps of our Savior. In doing so we stay awake and we shine our light to bring others out of the darkness. Stay awake for His return draws ever closer each day.

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Posted by on March 31, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

We Are The Body of Christ

Romans 12:5

so we, being many, are one body in Christ…

The key here is “one body in Christ”. Jesus is the head, we are the body. Whatever is true of the head is true of the body. When you look at a person you don’t look at their head and body as separate, and so it is with us for we are one with Christ. We are in Him and therefore we have become one spirit with the Lord. As He is so are we in this present world. See yourself as one with Christ. As 1 Corinthians 11 tells us if we will rightly discern the body of Christ, we will live healthy lives and we will not die early. To rightly discern His body we acknowledge that we ourselves are one with Him and therefore we do not speak evil of ourselves. If we belittle ourselves we are not recognizing who we are in Christ Jesus, for we are His workmanship. We also do don’t speak evil of other believers for they too are one with Him so we must be careful what we say about one another; and we must recognize His body that was broken for us so that our bodies could be made whole. Acknowledging what Jesus did through the suffering He went through is how we discern His body that was given as a sacrifice for us. Acknowledge that you are one with Him, and rightly discern the whole body of Christ and this will help you to walk in what He has available for you.

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Posted by on March 30, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

We Are Redeemed

1 Peter 1:18-19

18 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers,

19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.

The rarest thing ever known to man on planet earth is the precious blood of Jesus, for this was God’s very own blood that was given to redeem mankind. The word redeemed means to deliver from an oppressive and destructive condition by the payment of a ransom. That is what Jesus did for us in shedding His blood. There was six different times Jesus shed blood for us and each time payment was being made to deliver us. The first time blood was shed was in the garden of Gethsemane where Jesus was praying about going to the cross. He prayed not His will would be done, but the will of the Father be done, and as He prayed in agony the Bible says He sweat drops of blood. Jesus paid to deliver us from our own human will so that we could live in the Father’s will for us. Then He being arrested was scourged at the whipping post, paying the price for our healing for by His stripes we are healed. After this the soldiers put a crown of thorns upon His head and blood flowed out paying the price for us to have a renewed mind as Scripture teaches we have the mind of Christ. Then He was crucified, nails driven through His hands so that we could live free from the domination of sin for the Bible says we are to lift holy hands to the Lord. Then they drove a nail through His feet and He provided for us dominion over evil for Luke 10:19 tells us we can trample upon all the powers of darkness. Finally they pierced His side near the heart and that blood that poured out delivered us from the old spirit man within and purchased for us a new spirit. The key to walking in all He has purchased is to simply agree with God that all these things are already done for the Word of God tells us we are, not one day going to be redeemed. We must also act upon His promises for faith without corresponding action is dead. May you walk in the liberty of all Christ has freed you from through His precious blood He shed for you.

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Posted by on March 29, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

The Law of The Spirit of Life

Romans 8:2

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.

The word for law here means “rule”. Before Christ we were under the rule of sin and death (separated from the God-kind of life). But in Christ we are now under the rule of the Spirit of life (life real and genuine, a life active and vigorous, devoted to God, and blessed). The old nature of sin leading to death has been removed. As you receive a new spirit within, your spirit now has residing in it the Spirit of God. His Spirit is where this “Zoe” life comes from. To allow this new Zoe life to rule over us we need to walk in line with the Word of God, and be led by the Spirit of God that now dwells in us. Jesus said the Words He spoke are Spirit and they are life. When we choose to walk in line with God’s Word, which includes having our thoughts governed by His Word, we are coming under the rule of this law of the Spirit of life, which frees us from the rule of sin and death (separation from the God-kind of life). So it is also as we are led by the Holy Spirit within. The Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit man. As we learn to follow the leading of the inward witness, we will live under the rule of the God-kind of life. Follow the inward witness and walk in line with the Word of God, for the Word and the Spirit agree. As you do you will experience the rule of the Spirit of life over you and you will walk free from the power of sin and death, no longer separated from what God has provided for you.

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Posted by on March 28, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Condemnation Free

Romans 8:1

THEREFORE, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit.

Once you are born again there is no condemnation for the believer who does not denounce Jesus Christ. The word condemnation is defined as a damnatory sentence or judgement of guilt. The reason is because the old sinful man within has been done away with and we are made new. Jesus on the cross not only bore our sin, He bore the punishment our sin deserved. This is why in Isaiah’s prophecy about Jesus he said that Jesus was stricken and smitten by God. Jesus then went into hell itself paying the full price for our sin and the judgement our sin deserved. So the damnation (separation from God) that man deserved has been taken away for those who receive Christ. He will never leave you nor forsake you. If we still focus on and see ourselves through the fleshly man on the outside, we will feel condemned. But if we see what God sees, our new spirit man within, we will not feel condemned for we will see our new nature within. Become spirit conscious and spirit led, governed by your new nature, and you will not fall prey to feeling condemned.

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Posted by on March 27, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Are You Watching

Matthew 24:42-44

42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.

43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.

44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

Scripture is very clear that no one knows the day that the Lord will return to catch away His church except the Father. What we do know and everyone agrees on is He is coming back. Jesus describes this event like a thief coming in the night and if we knew when that thief would come we would be prepared, and then He tells us to be ready for the Son of Man will come at an hour we do not expect. He describes two people in different settings right before these verses where one is taken but the other is left behind. Recently the Lord impressed two questions to me. If you knew that I would return next Sunday would you live differently this coming week? If you would live differently why? If you answer the first question yes, the second question is very important, because if you would live differently then why are we not living that way now? The why is the issue we need to deal with that is keeping us from living the life we should be living. For me I had to answer yes to the first question because there are people I would definitely have some direct conversations with about salvation that I have not yet had. The reason why I haven’t done so is procrastination. So I will be having those conversations. Many believers are not living like a Christ follower yet if they knew Jesus was coming next week I think they would change the way they are living. Don’t procrastinate any more for Jesus said He will come at a hour you do not expect, so be ready. Are you watching?

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Posted by on March 26, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Declared Righteous

Romans 3:24

being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;

In Christ we have justification given to us as a gift. You do not earn a gift. Justified means you have been “Declared Righteous” (right with God), because you have been redeemed. Jesus purchased this gift for you. You don’t try to get right with God you already are because of what Christ has done for you. It is because of justification you now have the right to all that Christ has provided for you. We don’t receive what Christ has provided for us because we have earned it, but because we have been made right with God. So just as you receive salvation by faith in Christ and what He has done for you, so do you also receive all that He has provided. For all who are born again have become the righteousness of God and through your right standing with Him you receive what God has for you.

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Posted by on March 25, 2018 in Uncategorized