Posts Tagged ‘Life

17
May
18

Our Obligation

God has rescued us from the darkness. He has saved us by His grace through faith in His Son, Jesus. He has promised to raise us back to life and has promised us that we will live with Him eternally. So how do we respond? Paul wrote:

Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. – Romans 8:12-13 (NIV)

Our obligation is to live lives of holiness and righteousness by submitting to the leadership of God’s Spirit. Instead of surrendering to our flesh and its desires, we are to live according to the Spirit of God. We are to put to death the sins and misdeeds of the flesh, otherwise we will spiritually die. We are called to do this because God gave His Son for us to rescue us from the darkness and has given us life.
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10
May
18

What Governs Your Mind?

There is a battle between flesh and Spirit that rages in the minds of people. The apostle Paul wrote about the difference between a mind that is controlled by the flesh and a mind controlled by God’s Spirit. He said:

The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. – Romans 8:6-7 (NIV)

When Paul writes about the mind, he is talking about our worldview and our thought patterns. Your worldview and thought patterns are controlled by one of two things – the flesh or God’s Spirit. The benefits of being under the Spirit’s control are eternal life and eternal peace. Do you want more peace in your life? Then you need to submit to God and His ways. The consequence of being controlled by the flesh is eternal death and separation from God. Paul says that a worldview that is controlled by the flesh is hostile to God and will not and cannot submit to God and His ways. The ways of the flesh and the ways of God are diametrically opposed to one another. You cannot be controlled by both. It’s one or the other. One way leads to death and the other to life. Surrender your life to Jesus and you’ll discover eternal life and peace.
15
Apr
18

Jesus Is The Light Of The World

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on John 8:12.

02
Apr
18

Jesus Is Resurrection And Life

The Easter 2018 message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on John 11:25-26.

27
Sep
17

A Matter Of Life And Death

Love is life and hatred is death according to the Apostle John. He wrote:

We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. 15 Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him. – 1 John 3:14-15 (NIV)

John is calling for love in the church. If you look around your church family and you hate the people with whom you worship the Lord, you are guilty of murder, John says. How can you claim to love God and yet hate His people who are made in His image? How can you say you love Jesus and yet hate people for whom He died? Love is what is supposed to set the church apart! Love for God and love for people is what breathes life into the church. Do not let anger boil over into hatred. Deal with your anger before it leads to death.
11
Aug
17

Jesus Is Life

1 John 1:1 says that Jesus is the Word of life. John said that Jesus was real. He could be seen, heard and touched. John then goes on to write:

The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. – 1 John 1:2 (NIV)

Jesus is life. He does not merely give life. He was not just alive when He walked on earth. He was not only alive when God raised Him from the dead. Jesus is the very definition of life. If you want to have life, then you need Jesus. No one and nothing else can give you life the way that Jesus can. Why? Because Jesus is eternal life. Jesus said about Himself that He is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). Many things promise life, but only Jesus delivers. He makes good on His promise to grant life and life eternal. It is because Jesus is life.
02
Mar
17

Jesus IS Life

Good Thursday morning to you! In Colossians 3:3, Paul said that our lives are hidden with Christ. He goes on to say in verse 4 that Jesus IS our very life. He says:

When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. – Colossians 3:4 (NIV)

Jesus said in the Gospel of John that He is the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25). John 1:4 (NIV) says,

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.

Jesus rose from the dead on the third day, just as He said He would, and He lives forevermore. Those who put their trust in Him for salvation receive life from Him and will live with Him eternally. John 20:31 says that we have life in His name when we trust in Him. Jesus said that He came to give abundant life to His followers (John 10:10). If you feel like you’re living a half-life or that you have no life, then you need to trust Jesus because He IS life. He can give you life like no one else. A life filled with meaning and purpose. A life filled with joy that lasts even in hard times. A life that is filled with hope because it is a life that will never end. Jesus IS life and if you don’t know Jesus, you don’t know how good life can really be.

 




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