Thursday, November 14, 2013

What Does the "New" Man Look Like?

In Ephesians 4:22-23, we are told to put off  "your old self" - the self that that belongs to your life before Christ came into your life - the self that that is corrupt because of its deceitful desires; and we are urged to be "renewed in the spirit of your minds" and to "put on the new self" which is your self which is created after the likeness of God.

What do you look like now?  From my reading of verses 24 through 32, your life should look like  this:

( 1) Your life has a likeness to God;
( 2) You are righteous;
( 3) You are holy;
( 4) You are truthful;
( 5) When you are angry, you do not sin and you take determined strides to put to right whatever has caused you to be angry;
( 6) You are vigilant in not allowing the devil to find and take a stronghold of any place in your life;
( 7) You have honest work/employment;
( 8) You share with others who are in need;
( 9) No corrupt talk comes forth from your lips; you build up; you don't tear down; you are grace-FULL;
(10) You are conscious of the Holy Spirit indwelling you and you treat Him as an honored guest;
(11) You are not bitter.
(12) You do not exhibit wrath or anger and you are not hateful or slanderous (talking down about others).
(13) You ARE kind, tenderhearted; You FORGIVE as God, in Christ, forgave you.

Go ahead, take the test.  Grade yourself.  This test alone is enough to show us WHY we need a savior.  This is what we're supposed to look like after we have asked Him to forgive our sins and take control of our lives.  Without Him, there is NO ONE who passes this test,  and quite honestly, even after one has asked for forgiveness and given their life to Christ, these are HARD things to do every minute of every day of every week of every year of your life.  We are not perfect and not until death or the rapture when we receive the promise of our inheritance, will we ever be perfect and completely like Him.
Paul said just a few verses earlier that followers of Jesus are not to walk as the pagan gentiles walked - in the futility of their minds.  They had been darkened in their understanding, and alienated from God because of their ignorance and their hardness of heart.  They had become callous and given themselves to doing whatever felt good and were eager to practice every kind of impurity.

Look the list over during your prayer time and use it to ask for forgiveness or for God's Holy Spirit to help you achieve His goal for your life.

He is our helper, our comforter and our role model.  As you read this list, and if you are not,"in Christ", can you see why you would want to be His?  This is a life of victory, love and hope.  To be in Christ is to be an "overcomer" and a winner in the game of life  - not according to the rules of this world but according to God's rules!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Serving God with What You Have

I would like to share this mighty word that I heard on Focus on the Family on Friday.  It is an anointed word from Dr. Lori Salierno about serving God with what you have no matter how small to be used for God's purposes in something much bigger than ourselves.  It's short and powerful.  I hope you will listen to it.  You will be blessed.{C99820B3-5E6C-4342-92B2-67AAED836367}

Then, if you will, won't you take a few minutes to listen to this wonderful song about our heavenly Father's many and varied names and attributes.

This month of Thanksgiving will culminate in one of the most egregious days of gorging ourselves on food and spending the day in front of the boob tube watching football.

Perhaps these items will cause you, like me to spend the month thanking God for everything.  I will be sharing my 30 days of thanksgiving with you.  Here are my first three:

Day 1: To have people in my life who really care about me. Never was it shown more than when I had my surgery in June. To my husband, my daughter, my son, and three of the best friends found anywhere plus all my once removed friends and family I can never say thank you enough for your prayers, TLC and encouragement. You all make life worth living.

 Day 2 of Thankfulness: I am thankful for my body. It's not perfect, not beautiful and certainly not what the world thinks of as in shape today, but it has been with me since the day of my birth and will see me through until the day of my death. It is working much better now, and I am thankful that I can walk and talk and see and hear and taste and touch. I will take time to thank God for this body that He gave me and I will take time to take care of it for it is a holy place that God has taken up residence in.

Day 3 of 30 Days of Thanksgiving: Where would the world be without hope? I am so thankful today that Christ did not leave us without hope. He IS our hope and He is our peace. He is at work in the lives of believers every single day. He is working out ALL things for our good because we love Him and are called according to His purposes, and His purposes are ALL good because He is all good. I don't know where I would be today without His hope and His peace. It makes this crazy, mixed-up, man-centered world worth living in. Do you need peace, have you given up hope? Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever, is the answer.