Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sharing Christ

For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve.  
(1 Corinthians 15:3-5)

The Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.  

In His trial before Pilate, Jesus said, “For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”  (John 18:37)

It is not by our merits but God in His great mercy and love has called us out of darkness that we may know the hope of His calling, the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints and the exceeding greatness of His power! 

It is by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ that we are saved. 

As we obey God, we do not walk in sin and find ourselves mired in the quicksand of death and destruction.  

We are set free to live an abundant life and thus able to thankfully, joyfully and victoriously proclaim “Oh come, let us sing to the LORD! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.” (Psalm 95:1)

The cross of Calvary is meant for all that none should perish but have eternal life. 

Our Risen Savior commands us to go and make disciples of all nations.  

Let your life be an epistle of Christ by sharing "Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col 1:27).

We have a Master to serve.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Pouring of the Holy Spirit

But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 
 —Titus 3:4-7

God’s Holy Spirit gives us access to abundant spiritual life in Christ. 

When we accept Christ as Lord, God washes our sins away and renews us by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior. 

Once we know Christ, the Holy Spirit helps us experience God’s love, understand God’s Word, pray, and abound in hope.

Today, as you think about your relationship with God, remember that the Spirit is your guide to life in Christ (Rom. 8:14). 

The Holy Spirit guides us into knowledge and spiritual growth.

In the Light of the Lamb

The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. —Revelation 21:23

The sun and moon are to light the day and the night. 

Whether illuminating our path or providing the life-giving radiance for fruitful crops and the nutrients our bodies need, the sun and moon are part of God’s marvellous provision of light. 

Someday God will provide a different kind of illumination. 

The eternal heavenly city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.

The Lord Jesus Christ in His glorified state will be the spiritual lamp that lights up that joyous new world.

In eternity, the Lord Jesus Christ will be the Lamp that lights our way. 

What a thrill it will be one day to live in the light of the Lamb!

In eternity, the redeemed will live in the presence of God Himself.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Use your Talents

His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’  —Matthew 25:23

The parable of the talents in Matthew 25 reminds us to use the talents God has given us wisely. 

All of us have God-given skills and abilities at various levels.

And we must not bury, unused, what God has given us.

It is not only in our years of strength that God will use us, but also in our youth and age, as well as in our sickness and weakness. 

Let us continue to serve God. 

Let us honor our Savior by using our skills.

May our lives be a living sacrifice of love and action for God's honor.

God can use us at any age if we are willing.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Put on the New Man

Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all. —Colossians 3:9-11

Here, In Paul’s letter to the Christians at Colosse, he described a restoration of God’s people. 

There are two influences in our lives. 

One is the old man, that is, the person we were before trusting Christ. 

The other is the new man who is becoming more like Christ. 

We are to put off the behavior patterns of our old ways and put on the new character qualities of Christ.

The apostle described a spiritual renewal from the living God who created us and gave us new life in His Son, Jesus Christ. 

Our lives are in the skilled hands of our Lord who knows who and what He designed us to be. 

No matter how sin-damaged and dirty we may be, there is hope for renewal and restoration. 

The Master Artist is alive and at work within us.