Saturday, April 4, 2020

Living or Existing?

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV 

Oh, sad Christian, why do you weep? Are you mourning over your own corruption? Look to our perfect Lord and remember that you are complete in Him! You are as perfect in God’s sight as if you had never sinned. The Lord our Righteousness has put a divine robe on you, so that you have more than human righteousness—you have the righteousness of God. You who are mourning because of your inborn sin and depravity, remember that none of your sins can condemn you. You have learned to hate sin, but you have also learned that the sin is no longer yours—it was laid on Christ’s head. Your standing with God is not from your own good—it is in Christ. Your acceptance is not in yourself, but in your Lord. You are as fully accepted by God today, with all your sinfulness, as you will be when you stand before His throne, free from all corruption. I beg you, lay hold of this precious thought—perfection in Christ! You are “complete in him” (Colossians 2:10 NKJV). With your Savior’s garment on, you are as holy as the holy One. “Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us” (Romans 8:34). Christian, let your heart rejoice, for you are “accepted in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:6 NKJV). What do you have to fear? Let your face always show a smile. Live near your Master, in the suburbs of the Celestial City. Soon, when your time comes, you will rise up to where Jesus sits and reign with Him at His right hand. It is all because the divine Lord was made to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. C.H. Spurgeon Morning and Evening 

I myself have groaned and cried over my fallen state as a sinner.  For a great many years it was chains that wrapped around me so tight that I couldn't see beyond them.  It was all I really knew until a time came when Jesus had enough and shattered them.  I was indeed saved but wasn't able to live it because of the burden.  I cried out to Him and He heard. 

My friend, it matters not where you are in this life of yours. Jesus will meet you there.  It matters not what you have done.  He's ready to forgive.  Ready to heal your broken soul.  

The thief on the cross was there for crimes he committed. Yet because of faith stood with saints. 

Know where you are going.  Nobody gets in a car without an inevitable destination. 

Some may say oh they just get in and go. Well you still inevitably end up at a destination.  Your life has a destination. 
Either to the left or to the right of the Throne of God.  

In the here and now you can choose your destination based on where you are before God.  Think about your life and where you are going.  Is it really going the way you thought?

I used to think like those I grew up with.  That you have to set goals and achieve them.   Until I did.  Then I was lost again.  It wasn't until many trips to the altar that Jesus got my attention to forget goals and set my mind to what He wants of me. 

He is faithful to be with me all the time.  When I am doing what He wants there's no chance of failure.  It's like Robert Redford in the movie The Natural.  Every at bat is a home run.  

Every mountain doesn't stand a chance. 

Think about your life.  Are you really living or are you existing?

Come to Christ and ask Him to show you what living really is.

I had a goal of writing a book.  Jesus said that I wasn't thinking big enough.  This blog was born 11 months ago.  Today it has been seen over 10,000 times.  God's taking His message places that I never imagined. 

Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness. Start there my friend. Start there. 

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