Like Him

07/31/2014

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Hebrews 13:12-14 (HCSB)
12  Therefore Jesus also suffered outside the gate, so that He might sanctify the people by His own blood.
13  Let us then go to Him outside the camp, bearing His disgrace.
14  For we do not have an enduring city here; instead, we seek the one to come.

Suffering prepares us for glory.  Suffering burns away our self-sufficiency.  It helps us to focus on what’s really important.  It strips away the temporary and makes us yearn for the eternal.  It helps us to see how God alone is the lover and pursuer of our soul. 

 
 


Romans 8:10 (HCSB)
10 Now if  Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life  because of righteousness.

Here is how it happens. When the Spirit of God works savingly through the Word  of God in a person’s life, God regenerates the heart (i.e., He gives him new birth), making him a new creation. As a new creation this newborn Christian
recognizes his sin and turns to God for forgiveness. God enables him to believe  the Word. This is always the case (John 6:37). This belief  is what God uses to bind or unite someone to Christ. It is through this union  that we then experience the benefits of Christ’s work. We are considered righteous because we are now able to inherit Christ’s righteousness. It is
imputed to us or considered effective in our life. We are not just innocent, but positively righteous. Moreover, since Christ is life (John 14:6), once we are united to Christ, we inherit abundant, eternal life from Him (John
6:39-40).--Ben Peays

What We Have:
1.  I have a new heart
2.  I am a new creation
3.  I see sin for what it is
4.  I can run to the Father
5.  I can now believe and obey His Word
6.  I have godly fruit
7.  I am righteous, because of Jesus
8.  I have life worth living
9.  I will live forever with the Triune God

 

Who Am I

07/14/2014

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  • Through Christ, I am dead to sin (Romans 6:11).
  • Through Christ, I am spiritually alive (Romans 6:11; 1 Corinthians
    15:22).
  • Through Christ, I am forgiven (Colossians 2:13; 1 John 2:12).
  • Through Christ, I am declared righteous (1 Corinthians 1:30; 2
    Corinthians 5:21).
  • Through Christ, I am God’s possession (Titus 2:14).
  • Through Christ, I am an heir of God (Romans 8:17).
  • Through Christ, I am blessed with all spiritual blessing (Ephesians
    1:3).
  • Through Christ, I am a citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20).
  • Through Christ, I am free from the law (Romans 8:2).
  • Through Christ, I am crucified with him (Galatians 2:20).
  • Through Christ, I am free from the desires of the flesh (Galatians 5:24).
  • Through Christ, I am declared blameless and innocent (Philippians 2:15).
  • Through Christ, I am a light in the world (Matthew 5:14-15; Philippians
    2:15).
  • Through Christ, I am victorious over Satan (Luke 10:19).
  • Through Christ, I am cleansed from sin (1 John 1:7).
  • Through Christ, I am set free in Christ from the power of sin (Colossians
    2:11-15).
  • Through Christ, I am secure in him (1 Peter 1:3-5).
  • Through Christ, I am at peace with God (Romans 5:1; Philippians 4:6-9).
  • Through Christ, I am loved by God (1 John 4:10).

  • - from Gospel Coach71-72.

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    James K. A.  Smith:
     We  have spent a generation thinking about thinking. But despite our “folk” accounts and (deluded) self-perception, we don’t think our way through to action; much of our action is not the outcome of rational deliberation and
    conscious choice. Much of our action is not “pushed” by ideas or conclusions; rather, it grows out of our character and is in a sense “pulled” out of us by our attraction to a telos. 
    If we… are going to be “prime citizens of the kingdom of God” who act in the world as agents of renewal and redemptive culture-making, then it is not enough to equip our intellects to merely think rightly about the world. We also need to recruit our imaginations. Our hearts need to be captured by a vision of a telos that “pulls” out of us action that is directed toward the kingdom of God.

     Action and creative cultural labor are generated more by visions than maxims, more by a telos than a rule. This intuition is captured in a saying  attributed to Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the author of The Little Prince: “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long
    for the endless immensity of the sea.”