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The Solution Is Life on God’s Terms

The Solution Is Life on God’s Terms

Thursday Scriptures of Encouragement

 

EXPERIENCING THE FREEDOM OF ETERNAL LIFE (BY PASTOR DAVIS)

EXPERIENCING THE FREEDOM OF ETERNAL LIFE (Photo of Pastor Davis by Pastor Davis)

With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.

God went for the jugular when he sent his own Son. He didn’t deal with the problem as something remote and unimportant. In his Son, Jesus, he personally took on the human condition, entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity in order to set it right once and for all. The law code, weakened as it always was by fractured human nature, could never have done that.

The law always ended up being used as a Band-Aid on sin instead of a deep healing of it. And now what the law code asked for but we couldn’t deliver is accomplished as we, instead of redoubling our own efforts, simply embrace what the Spirit is doing in us.

Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing. And God isn’t pleased at being ignored.

But if God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of him. Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won’t know what we’re talking about. But for you who welcome him, in whom he dwells—even though you still experience all the limitations of sin—you yourself experience life on God’s terms. It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s!

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  1. Thank you so much! This is so true. My solution is turning my life over to God and getting out of the way.

    • PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER

      Oh my friend, that is truly a powerful message. Just go far it. God will never fail you. Thanks for sharing and may you enjoy His peace and love in your life always.

  2. “God went for the jugular when he sent his own Son. He didn’t deal with the problem as something remote and unimportant. In his Son, Jesus, he personally took on the human condition, entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity in order to set it right once and for all.”

    What a wonderful way to express God’s great love and care for His people. Thank you brother for you faithfulness in reminding all of us of our great need of Christ as the ONLY path to getting our lives straightened out and our eternity secure in Him.

    May the Lord continue to bless you and your ongoing ministry here my friend.

    • PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER

      Thank you so much my brother for all that you add to this ministry. May the Lord continue to bless you and all that you do with His abundant love.

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