Saturday, November 9, 2019
Your Day Your Life
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him. Colossians 2:6 NKJV
If I have received Christ himself in my innermost heart, my new life will demonstrate its intimate acquaintance with Him by a walk of faith in Him. Walking implies action. Our religion is not to be confined to our private rooms—we must make a practical effect of what we believe. If a person walks in Christ, he or she should act as Christ would act. When Christ is in us as our hope, our love, our joy, and our life, we become the mirror image of Jesus—and others will say of us, “They are like their Master; they live like Jesus Christ.” Walking signifies progress. So walk in Him—proceed from grace to grace, and run forward until you reach the utmost degree of knowledge about our Beloved. Walking implies continuance. We must be perpetually living in Christ. How many Christians think that they should meet Jesus in the morning and evening but can give their hearts to the world all day? But this is poor living—we should always be with Him, following in His steps and doing His will. Walking also implies habit. When we speak of people’s walk and conversation, we mean their habits—the constant tenor of their lives. If we sometimes enjoy Christ and then forget Him, if we sometimes call Him ours and at other times lose our hold, that is not a habit. We are not walking in Him. We must keep to Him, cling to Him and never let Him go, living and having our being in Him. C.H. Spurgeon Morning and Evening
But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
At times you may feel so worn out and stressed that you are not sure you can take another step. You may seem to spend all your time running from crisis to crisis and to be constantly giving your time and energy to others. Your Lord wants to renew your strength and enable you to enjoy the abundant life He intends for you. The key is to wait upon Him to do so. Our generation does not enjoy waiting. We rush through our lives without stopping to evaluate our activities. Part of God's restorative process is to slow us down and make us listen to Him. As we wait on Him, God will remind us of our utter dependence upon His strength. When we slow down and seek His will, He will reveal His plans. Biblically, waiting on the Lord is never passive; it is always active. Waiting requires us to cease our own pursuits and give God our complete attention. We may have to give up some of the activities we have allowed to inundate our lives. We may need to take an entire day to sit quietly before the Lord. If we ask Him, God will show us the resources He has provided to help with the work we have been attempting on our own. God may address feelings of guilt that have motivated us to do things that He has not asked us to do. Jesus carried more responsibility than you do. More people needed Him than will ever need you. Yet He was never overwhelmed or inadequate for the task. Now Christ offers to guide you so that you will fulfill your heavenly Father's will and gain the strength necessary for each day (Matt. 11:28). Blackaby Experiencing God Day by Day
It amazes me how God can bring the thinking of two of His servants together in their thoughts and messages.
Think about this day. As I had also asked people on Facebook, so I ask you.
Today you get up and get ready for the day. You are dressed and get ready to start. There's a knock at your door. It's Jesus! He's there to spend the day with you. He doesn't want special treatment. Just wants you to go about your day.
How much would you still try to change from your normal way of life? All the sudden you would rethink your priorities.
All the sudden that game or that movie wouldn't be so important to you. Why? Well It's Jesus! And and He's HERE! With you!
So tell me. Or better still tell yourself. Why is it so different when He's not physically with you?
He walks with you. As mentioned above that's an action word. It's not symbolic. It's factual. He provides strength and wisdom in difficult times. He is there with you all the time. So why are we living as though He isn't? You're not? Go look in the mirror.
You intend to spend hours watching a game or attending. Yet you won't spend 1 hour in your Bible. You won't spend even a half hour in prayer. You will veg out in front of a television watching something you never would had Jesus been sitting physically next to you. So why?
Why are you not taking your life with Christ seriously and yet wonder why it's such a struggle? Again, go look in the mirror. You are your reason. You have left your first love, which is Jesus Christ. Why are you fighting mad at an opponent in a game yet display such apathy to the things that are important to God?
Look in your mirror.
Look at your life.
I have to look at my reflection every day. I have been making changes and choices to be the Disciple of Christ that I am supposed to be. Are you? It's not all in fun when people cut down others for the sake of a game or of political views. It's not humorous to God why should it be for you?
I do not say what I have achieved as a means of puffing myself up. It's a confession. I fail Jesus every day. I give Him reasons every day to leave me but He forgives, binds up my wounds and still helps me to walk with Him.
Look in your mirror.