November 7, 2018 Verse Of The Day

 

Hebrews 9_28

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Colossians 3:3 A New Life After Death

 

A New Life

For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:3

Death is something that most people do not like to talk about. They do not want to think about the fact that some day they must die. Many fear what happens after death.

For the majority of people, death is the end of the line, things are over. When a person is dead, there is nothing more that can be done. It usually brings about sadness and depression, missing the one who has died.

With the exception of a few, most people cling to life. They want to live and keep going for a long time, despite the problems in this life. Yet, there is a death that God wants every person to go through.

God wants people to die to self, sin and this temporary sinful world. Sin had brought death into this world, and it is death that can cast death and sin out of this world.

Removal of sin required a death, which is what Jesus did. Jesus died on the cross to remove sin and death from the lives of all people. He did the work of dying, now every believer needs to follow Jesus in His death. They must also die to sin and self.

Paul said that the believer has died and that his life is now found in Jesus. This death is not the physical death that the world knows of, but death to self and sin. It is getting rid of sinful habits. It is dying to the old way of living in sin.

When a believer has died and is now living in Jesus, he no longer is concerned with the things of this world. He is not concerned with what people think about his beliefs. He is now only concerned with what God wants. It is God who is now moving in him and giving him life.

Allow yourself to die to the old self and sin. Allow Jesus to live in and through you. As a dead person, allow God to move you in what needs to be done and how to do it.

Now that you have died, the world and sin no longer has any control over you. You are a new person found in Jesus. It is Christ who is living in and through you.

You have a new life, live the life God has for you.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow yourself to die to sin; that you will allow Jesus to live through you; and that you will allow God to control every part of your life.

2 John 9 Running Ahead

“Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.” 2 John 9

Every person is in the race of life. At times during this race you may be walking very slowly. Other times you may be running as fast as you can.

The world tells you to run at all times. You need to get out there and do everything and get everything. According to the world you only have a short time on this earth and must enjoy it all as quickly as possible. So many things to do, people to see, and places to go with so little time is the motto of the world.

As a believer in Jesus, you are told to walk with God. God is never in a rush. God has all time in His hands so there is no reason to go fast.

Just like a person who walks slowly through the woods on a path because he wants to enjoy the scenery, you must walk with God to enjoy life fully. Do not forget that Jesus came to give you life and life abundantly.

John is telling you that if you run ahead and leave the teachings of Christ, you have lost God.

How is it that running ahead causes you to leave the teachings of Christ? As I stated earlier, you are to walk with God. This walk implies that you are next to Him and hear everything He says and you go where He goes.

If you run ahead you are no longer walking with God. You are now out on your own. You can no longer hear what God is telling you. You are now doing your own thing.

Slow down in life and walk with God everyday. Allow God to talk with you and show you the path you need to walk. Do not deceive yourself into thinking you know what is best or what is around the next corner. Trust God and God alone.

I pray that today you will walk beside God in every step of life; that God will guide your steps; that you will listen to God’s voice; that you will follow the teachings of Jesus; and that you will not run ahead of God.

1 Peter 3:14-15 Suffering for Doing Right

“But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. ‘Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.’ But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:14-15

Peter points out that most of the time when you do something good no one will harm you, but there are times someone will. Here he tells you that if you are harmed for doing something right, you are blessed.

What does he mean “blessed” when suffering for doing good? No one likes to suffer, how is that a blessings? Paul said he found joy in suffering for Christ, because he was going through a little of what Jesus had to go through. It is sort of like paying Jesus back a little for what He has gone through for you. The only way to find this joy is in a deep relationship with Jesus and really seeing what He has done for you.

Then you are told not to be afraid of their threats. These are the threats of those who are mis-treating you. Remember, the worst man can do to you is kill your body. In that happening you get to go to be with Jesus in heaven forever. Their threats are only temporary at best.

Peter then tells you to revere Christ as Lord in your heart. This is placing Jesus as the absolute ruler of everything in your life. Honor God with your whole life.

Then you are to be ready to give an answer for the hope that is in you. Do you know what you believe? Do you know why you believe what you believe? Can you answer someone who asks those questions on the spot? In another spot you are told to be ready in season and out of season. God will usually open doors for sharing your faith when you are not at church. Be ready for that.

In giving that answer, you must do it with gentleness and respect. Many times I have seen believers cramming God down the throats of people, only showing the sinfulness of their ways and the judgment of God. There is very little love of God in that, even though it all may be true. A kind word usually will turn away wrath, calming a person down. Respect the non-believer, even though you do not agree with his way of living or beliefs. If you look at the gospels, most of the time when Jesus used angry words it was with believers in God, not the people living in the world with no regard for God. Be gentle today.

I pray that today God will give you strength to do the right thing all the time; that God will reveal the blessings in suffering for doing right; that God will remove all fear in your life; that you will revere Jesus as Lord in your heart; that you will be ready to give an answer any time needed; and that you will speak with gentleness and respect to non-believers.