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A Thought for the Week--Our Blessings in Christ

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

"In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him." (I John 4:9 NKJ)

God loves His Son. Jesus said, "The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand (John 3:35 NKJ). Jesus knew that He would be the one who would bring Godís judgments into the earth. Jesus told His disciples that all that the Father has, has been given to Him (John 16:15). Jesus knew that through Him the Father created the world and that He would be the Heir of all things. He knew that His Father had a plan to bring all things under His feet, so that He would rule over heaven and earth. He said, "Öthe Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel" (John 5:20 NKJ). Jesus was experiencing the Fatherís love for Him as the Father was unveiling His plan to Him and was imparting miraculous power into Him so that Jesus could do works that only God could do.

Jesus also loved His Father. He loved His will and wanted to see it done. When He came into the world He said, "'Behold, I have come--in the volume of the Book it is written of Me--to do Your will, O God." (Hebrews 10:7 NKJ). Jesus not only did the will of God, He delighted when He saw others doing it. When the 70 were sent out to heal the sick and deliver people from demonic spirits, they came back and related their successes. Jesus rejoiced, and gave thanks to His Father (Luke 10:21). Jesus knew that His Father loved to see His will done. Jesus said, "Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again" (John 10:17 NKJ).

Jesus loved His Father and submitted Himself to the time of darkness that was to come into the world. He told His disciples, "Öthe ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me" (John 14:30 NKJ). He spoke to the rulers who would crucify Him, "But this is your hour, and the power of darkness" (Luke 22:53 NKJ). He laid down His life and took it back again. He did this because He loved His Father. He trusted His Father because He knew His Father loved Him.

Jesus knew that His Father loved Him before the world was formed. He said to His Father, "You loved Me before the foundation of the world" (John 17:24 NKJ). He trusted in Godís eternal plan and purposes for Himself and for us and for all of His creation.

We too have been loved by God before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4). We now can receive from Jesus a new life--His life--a life that loves the will of God and delights to see Godís will accomplished by ourselves and by others. We too can receive a life that is able to know and do the will of God so that His eternal plans and purposes can be done. Seek Him!

Father, we rejoice in You and in Your Son. Help us to receive His life so we can live in You. Amen.

A Thought for the Week--Our Blessings in Christ

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

"Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God," (2 Corinthians 1:21 NKJ)

God offers people a new life. The life we were born with, inherited through Adam, is against the ways of God. The nature of Adam is to live to please ourselves, to be dependent upon ourselves, and to live to bring glory to ourselves. In the Adamic nature man can do many good things. Many people help the poor, try to raise good families, and improve the structure and ways of our society--but there is much more they could do.

Living in the Adamic nature might be likened to a child who has been educated through the fourth grade level, and remains a fourth grader in body and intellect all of his life. He is able to do good things. He is able to do more than those who have been educated at all. But he is far less than he could be if he had completed his education and growth. In order to be fully energized and fully developed, we need to receive all God has provided for us and made available to us. God has provided us with His very life and nature to dwell within us so that we can live in communion with the Holy Spirit. His Spirit gives us access to His love, His wisdom, His strength, His perfection and His holiness. Simply put, God has provided us with Himself. Manís natural or Adamic nature has only limited capabilities. People need a new nature so they can love to be holy, so they can love doing what is right, so they can love Godís will and seek to live by His standards, freed from the destructive behavior patterns so prevalent in our society. People need Godís nature and life to come into them and abide in them.

Men living in the Adamic nature are not aware of these truths, nor are they seeking to have Godís life living in them. Paul, the God-anointed apostle, was aware of these truths. He wrote, "This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles (heathen) walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardening of their heart;" (Ephesians 4:17-18 NKJ).

God has provided a way. Jesus brought the nature of God into humanity. He lived in the nature and in the will of God. He provided a way for us to be taken out of the Adamic nature and brought into the nature of God. Now God can bring His nature into us, put us into this new life, and have this new life come into all of our being. The Bible says that God can and will establish us in the new life. The Bible says that in Christ we can be all He created us to be. Let us receive and live in Him and let His life be manifested in our bodies each day.

Father, we rejoice in the life that is ours in Christ. Establish us in this life, and help us to let this life come into all of our being so that we can live it out in our bodies. Amen.

A Thought for the Week--Our Blessings in Christ

Thursday, February 22, 2007

"Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place." (2 Corinthians 2:14 NKJ)

God leads us to triumph in Christ. There are several truths in this statement. The first is that God leads us. This implies that God knows where we are, and that He knows what our needs are. This brings great comfort. The Being who created all things and who has all power and who reigns over all things is willing to take time from His busy schedule to come and lead me. More than that, I am always in His schedule. He is always with me, willing to communicate His love, power and wisdom to me. My role is to look at Him, to keep My eyes on Him, to acknowledge His presence with Me and His presence in Me through Jesus. David knew how to do this. He said, "I have set the LORD always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope" (Psalm 16:8-9 NKJ). Jesus lived this way, always beholding His Father who was always with Him. He said, "Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner" (John 5:19 NKJ). We must let God lead us.

Secondly, God leads us to triumph. God leads us so that He can give us victory. If we are to have victories, it must be that we are going to have trials or difficulties. Many people fear difficulties; then they often flee from trials. Some flee into business, drugs, pleasures, shopping sprees, denial and other things, hoping to escape the problems and trials of life. Some hope that God will sovereignly lift them out of trials so they do not have to face them. Rather, God meets us in our trials. He prepares a table before us in the midst of our enemies. He then gives us the strategy and the power to go through the trials in victory. He leads us to triumph. Jesus told us that we would have trials. He also promised us victory because He has overcome each and every trial we would ever have. He said, "In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world" (John 16:33 NKJ). This leads us to the third truth.

God leads us to triumph in Christ. God leads us so that we learn to live in Christ. He allows us to have difficulties so that we learn to look for our help in Christ. Jesus has wisdom for us. He has peace for us. He has the revelation from God for us. The solution for all our needs is in Him. Also, He has a life for us that knows how to hear the voice of God. He has a new nature for us that loves the will of God and knows how to abide in it. He has a life for us that has overcome sin and the desires of our flesh. He has a life for us that lives in communion with God and is above the ways of Satan. God has brought us into that life. God has brought us into Christ. We can live in Him and have Him

Father, we rejoice in You and in Your life. Thank You that in Christ we have victory in all things. Amen.

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