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Monday, September 2, 2013

Part One: I saved you

I saved you. I named you. You are mine. 
Isaiah 43:2

I saved you.
How sweet is that? Christ saved you.
Superman, Lois Lane.
Tarzan, Jane.
Spiderman, Mary Jane.
Mighty Joe Young, Jill.
Jesus Christ, You.
   He greatly exceeds any of Marvel's comic-strip characters or any other fictional character by a gazillion to a negative gazillion and then some, but you get my failed attempted at a comparison, right? Jesus Christ laid down his life for you, bearing the sins of the world. 
Your lustful desires -- on the cross. 
Your lies -- on the cross. 
Your unforgiving heart -- on the cross. 
Your gossip -- on the cross. 
Your bitterness -- on the cross. 
Idolizing other things over Christ -- on the cross. 
He died for you, SAVED you, and promised you eternal life if you only submit your life to Him -- and He did it in approximately three days. What superhero can compare? Jesus is your superhero! Just like a knight in shining armor he rescued you from sin, and gave you a new life. "Therefore, if anyone is Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here." 2 Corinthians 5:17 Just like that he saves you and makes you new! Even if you don't "technically" feel new and things haven't visibly changed in your life, you are not the same, you are new in Christ. 
   We go through phases as new Christians where we "think" its going to be an overnight transformation, and all of our fleshly desires and sinful nature will, "poof, be gone"! Even those who have been saved for years upon years still experience temptation, but the great thing is that Christ will show us a way out of the temptation. "But remember that the temptations that comes into your life are no different from what others experience, and God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can't stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it." 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT) Just so we're clear -- the temptation will come -- and to make it even more clear He loves us enough to give us the strength to stand against it. I think that’s better than superman. See superman nor spiderman can pass on his powers to his "damsel in distress", but Christ enables you to be strong enough to stand. He equips us for the challenge.
How He Equips: 
1. Discipleship: When we are babes in Christ it's so vital to have someone mature in Christ as a leader and mentor. We don't know everything about the word, and having someone as spiritual covering helps to ensure that we stay committed in our walk. We need a church home. Often people make the statement that "I can worship at home," or "It's so many hypocrites in the church" and I look at them like seriously? You're right you can worship at home, but do you? Do you commit to waking up and spending time in the word? More than often the answer is "No, but I can." Which is true you can but you haven't and you're still learning how, so in the process of learning how to  -- why not spend your time learning from someone who has been placed to be the disciple over you. And, yes there are hypocrites everywhere, but those hypocrites will be judged by and held accountable by the same God. Don't let your response to Him be "Hypocrites kept me from getting to know you." Hebrew 10:25 "Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another -- and all the more as you see the Day approaching (NIV) 
2. Reading: One of the easiest ways to grow in Christ is by making the word a priority! Find a bible reading plan something you can commit to daily. In addition, to reading the bible, pickup a Christian novel. Three books that have been great additions to my spiritual growth: Crazy Love By: Francis Chan, PinkLips Empty Hearts By: Heather Lindsey, The God Catchers By: Tommy Tenney. Great literature is good for you just as the word. You can't spend thirty minutes reading the bible, and then pickup "50 Shades of Grey" and feed your flesh for the next few hours! 
3. Praying: I like to wake up and go to an empty room in my house! Just me and Jesus. Before when I worked 45 minutes from my home I would use my entire drive time praying. Not listening to music but just talking to The Lord. This was one of the most difficult seasons in my life, but I grew closer to The Lord.
Are you equipped? Have you confessed Christ to be your savior? Have you given Him the opportunity to save you?

Romans 10:9: If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (NLT)

Take the time to confess and pour out your heart to Him, and then ask Him to lead you to a church home that will feed you spiritually, and show you, through teaching, how to live for Christ.

Put your faith into practice. Live for Christ.

Peace, Love, Christ!
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