Tuesday, 03 January 2012 13:42
It's A New Year. To God Be The Glory! Remember God loved us first. He gives to each of us a will of our own and allow each person the freedom to choose because He wants a world where love is real. Take note of Deuteronomy 6:5 and it reads: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Jesus called this the greatest of all the commandments.
As the new year begins, again resolutions are contemplated. The problems with New Year's Resolution is they tend to “go in one year and out the next.” Well, today, from the pulpit message of Rev. Robert J. Morgan, let us consider adopting a Bible verse as a resolution. He tells us that some people choose a Bible verse at the beginning of January to set the theme for the coming year.
If you could have one verse scripted and framed to hang in your living room for the next 12 months, which would you choose? Rev. Morgan would like to suggest Galatians 2:20, and it reads: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved and gave Himself for me.” This verse presents three configuration to the Christian life.
1. The Relinquished Life: “I have been crucified with Christ.” In receiving Christ, we come to the old rugged cross and gaze upon the dying form of one who suffered there for us. We see his hand nailed fast to the wood. We see the spikes in his ankles. We see the blood flowing in streaks down his body, and deeply moved, we turn aside from the kind of life we once lived and take our stand beneath the cross of Jesus. We die to ourselves and to our sin. We die to the world, the flesh, and the devil, and we identify with the cross of Jesus Christ.
2. The Exchanged Life: “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.” Missionary Hudson Taylor called this the “Exchanged Life.” None of us can live the Christian life in our own strength or resist temptation solely by our own will power. Only Christ can successively live the genuine victorious Christian life – it is, after all, His life – and when we come to Him in full surrender, He begins living His life through us.
The Trusting Life: “And the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” This is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith (1 John 5:4). Romans 1:17 tells us that the Christian life is one of faith from first to last, for the just shall live by faith. And Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.”
A. W. Tozer wrote, “If you ask God to give you a special message for the opening year, one that will be made seasonable and real in every exigency of the unknown future, you will be surprised how faithfully He will fulfill His word, and how fittingly the Holy Spirit will speak to you of things to come, and anticipate the real needs and exigencies of your life.”
So why not a Bible verse for a New Year Resolution? And if you are dying for a new beginning and willing to be “crucified with Christ”, perhaps Galatians 2:20 is that word from God for you today.
TO GOD BE ALL GLORY AND HONOR
By: Bro. Paeng Santos
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