Oct 20 2017

Dead to me

Have you ever heard the phrase, “You’re dead to me”? One of my pet peeves with Christians is when I hear a believer refer to themselves as a sinner. It drives me nuts because that is not the true identity of a believer. In Romans 6-8, we have this discussion about sin in the lives of a believer and it slowly builds to a crescendo of the reality that we have died to sin and now live victorious lives as a result of the work on the cross. Here’s a newsflash for you: if you have given your life to Jesus, you are no longer a sinner. This same passage in Romans tells us that our flesh has a sin nature, so we are born with a natural propensity to sin. But when we surrender our lives to Jesus, something changes. Instead of being a slave to sin, we become a slave to righteousness. So there exists this conflict in every one of us. Our physical body has a sin nature that wants to pull us in one direction, and our spirit has a righteousness nature that wants to pull us in another direction. Our bodies are dead as a result of sin, but our spirits are alive for righteousness. This is why we are encouraged to live our lives from the perspective of the spirit and not from the flesh. When we turn back to our sinful flesh, it’s like we are trying to resurrect it from the dead. Your sinful flesh is dead to you! We don’t have to listen to those desires anymore and we don’t have to follow back down that old path that we gave up when we turned to Jesus. Sin no longer has any control over us because it is dead to us. My encouragement to you this week is to view sin as something that died a long time ago and is never coming back. Live from the spirit, listen to what Jesus is speaking, and ignore all the other voices in the world that would try to convince you to resurrect that old sinful nature.

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Oct 13 2017

Simple Faith

How much faith do you have? Is it enough to believe for miracles? Is it enough to see someone raised from the dead? These questions may seem a little intimidating if you don’t think you have this level of faith, but if you understood the fullness of what Jesus did, you would realize that you, and every other believer, already has enough faith to do everything that Jesus did, and more. Jesus’ death on the cross to provide the world with salvation is the greatest of all miracles. Nothing compares to it. If we never saw anything else supernatural happen during his walk on earth, or during our own lives, this one supernatural salvation event would still be the greatest thing to ever happen in the universe. But before Jesus died on the cross, he endured an excruciating beating at the hands of the Roman soldiers. Isaiah 53:5 says, “…by his stripes we are healed.” The death on the cross paid for salvation, but the stripes, the beating of Jesus, is what paid for healing. And that payment was made before Jesus was ever hung on the cross. So, if salvation is the greatest miracle, that makes healing a lesser miracle. Now pay attention, here’s where the faith part comes in. I’ll ask again, how much faith do you have? Do you have enough faith to believe for salvation? If you are a follower of Jesus, the answer is definitely yes! You have already exercised enough faith to believe that Jesus died for you and receive the salvation he offers. And since you have faith for the greatest miracle of all time, that means that you also have more than enough faith for any lesser miracle. If you have enough faith to be saved, you have enough faith to see the sick healed, the dead raised, and any other supernatural event God wants to do through you, because they are all lesser miracles. This is why Jesus could compare our level of faith with a mustard seed, because it takes very little to believe for amazing things to happen. The gospel really is that simple. Now, what are you waiting for? Go exercise a little faith and watch how quickly God shows up!

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Oct 6 2017

Unity

I have been thinking about unity a lot lately. The body of Christ is so large and there is so much we need to accomplish, but it often seems like we are disjointed and not working together as well as we could be. I was excited to hear that Christian organizations were doing more for the victims of hurricanes than the federal government, it was encouraging to me because it was a glimpse of what we could pull off, if we were willing to cross denominational lines and work together on solutions to the world’s problems. We have been given the mind of Christ, every solution to every problem is available to us. And since each member of the body plays a different role, we have to come together to fully represent the answers that the world needs. It is almost like God has given us different pieces to a puzzle and we all have to come together to see the puzzle fully put together. I believe the walls between the denominations are coming down and the believers are starting to work together in ways that will show the world how to solve the major problems we face. We are seeing more churches and leaders meeting with each other, movements shifting from large congregations to small house churches with a focus on actively changing culture, and ministry networks being formed to encourage forming a bond of unity. These are the types of actions that will allow us to more effectively change the culture and beliefs of those outside of the church. And I believe that, if the church would lead the way, the rest of the world will follow.

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