Tag Archive | While we were sinners Christ died for us

Is He your priority?

Our calling, as followers of Christ is not a following of convenience. It is a following of love and passion for the One that first loved us. The One who willingly suffered excruciating pain, shed His blood and laid down His life in order that we would have access to fellowship with the Father. He provided the ultimate sacrifice on the altar of the cross and that was Himself. Enabling us to become the righteousness of God through Him.

It would do us well to remember every time we come before Him in prayer of the high price He paid. Also, the deep love of God our Father that He loved us enough to provide His Son as the ultimate sacrifice!

1Peter 3:18 NIV 18For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.

We serve an awesome, holy, just and loving God who has provided His Holy Spirit to draw us to Him and enable us to be transformed from glory to glory. He provides His Word that we can feed on. His supernatural Word that teaches, guides, transforms and gives us a firm foundation of promises to stand on.

There is nothing He hasn’t provided for us to live a life in union with Him. However, just as any good Father He will never force us to choose Him. It is ultimately up to us to turn to Him. He wants our love to be given freely. He did not create us to be robots but gave us freedom to choose to love and follow Him or to reject Him.

If we love Him, we need to live as if we do. If a loved one told you they loved you yet never spent time with you,  you would have a very difficult time believing it. When we decide to put other things and people before our relationship with God we demonstrate disregard not love.  No relationship will grow with neglect and abandonment and it is the same with our relationship with Christ. We need to spend time with Him in prayer, reading His Word and following His will for our lives. We need to serve others as He served.

Colossians 3:1-4 NIV 3 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is yourlife, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

If you have been neglecting Him, it’s time you put aside the things that are temporal and spend time with the lover of your soul. No other can compare or replace Him. Time spent without intimacy with Christ is time wasted on things that will soon pass. Time spent with Him and in His Word gives us the wisdom and guidance to make the right decisions in all the other areas of our life. When we put Him first the rest of our lives work out for His glory. When we put things and others first it ultimately results in chaos.

Matthew 6:31-34 NIV 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Don’t put your relationship with Christ in a “convenience” category, thinking you will get around to spending time with Him later after you get all the things that are so much more important done.  We are told to watch and be ready for His return at any time. There really is nothing worth sacrificing our intimacy with the One who gave His life as a sacrifice for us. My desire is that when He does return we will be found ready and waiting!

1 John 2:28 NIV 28 And now, dear children, continue in Him, so that when He appears we may be confident and unashamed before Him at his coming.

You’ve got a friend

Imagine having a friend that demonstrated love to you even when you were most unlovable. Someone that was ALWAYS available no matter what time it was, morning, noon or night, weekday or weekend.  Someone that knew you deserved to be punished for some of your actions yet took the punishment for you. Someone that was willing to be beaten, scourged and even killed so that you could have freedom! Imagine that this friend never refused to take your calls or ever responded with, “I’m too busy right now can you try me again later.” Someone that you could put your trust in 100 percent and they would never hurt you or abandon you. Someone that when you did put that trust in, would perform miracles when necessary on your behalf. That would not only help you whenever you needed it but when you would mention others needs to them they would resolve them too just for you and your trusting them to come through! A friend  that would hold you accountable to a higher standard of living and give you the power to accomplish that. A friend that would intervene gently when you were about to make a big mistake in life that could cost you greatly or intervene firmly when you needed a kick in the pants to get you back on the right track. Someone that would promise and follow through walking alongside you during every high and low period of your life and would even give you joy while you went through the low periods.

It’s hard to imagine why anyone would refuse to have a friend like this ..but sadly millions do.  They reject the one who offers all of the above and more. I will never regret accepting Christ and welcoming Him into my life. He has NEVER disappointed me. He has NEVER allowed me to go through anything I couldn’t bear going through with Him alongside me. He gives me joy that allows me to have full confidence in my future no matter what the circumstances. He’s replaced my anxiety with peace! That alone has been monumental in my life. He gives me guidance and direction whenever I ask Him. He provides wisdom when I need it. He has answered so many of my prayers over the years that it is impossible for me to even mention them all. He has brought amazing people into my life and has given me a love for others that in the natural would be impossible. I have no doubt He will continue  to provides direction for the coming days when prophetically things will become increasingly difficult.

So who is this friend that is like no other…

John 10:10,11 NIV 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

John 10:27-30 NIV 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me,is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

Isaiah 9:6 NIV For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,  Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Phillipians 2:5-7 NIV In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.

Hebrews 4:15,16 NIV 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are —yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approachGod’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

If you don’t have Christ as your friend the solution is easy and can be found in the next few verses… Romans 5:8 NIV But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 10:9 NIV If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Amazingly simple and amazingly profound..He will be a friend like no other!

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