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My John Piper Devotional this morning

In Faith, Hope, Love on August 20, 2013 at 8:28 am

I’m going through 15 days in the Word with John Piper (it’s been more than 15 days though 🙂 Today’s devotional was so good I just had to share to encourage my brothers and sisters out there. I hope you are drawn to nearer to Christ through this post.

The Stupendous Reality of Being “In Christ Jesus”

Being “in Christ Jesus” is a stupendous reality. It is breathtaking what it means to be in Christ. United to Christ. Bound to Christ. If you are “in Christ” listen to what it means for you:

1. In Christ Jesus you were given grace before the world was created. 2 Timothy 1:9, “He gave us grace in Christ Jesus before the ages began.”

2. In Christ Jesus you were chosen by God before creation. Ephesians 1:4, “God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world.”

3. In Christ Jesus you are loved by God with an inseparable love. Romans 8:38–39, “I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

4. In Christ Jesus you were redeemed and forgiven for all your sins. Ephesians 1:7, “In Christ we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses.”

5. In Christ Jesus you are justified before God and the righteousness of God in Christ is imputed to you. 2 Corinthians 5:21, “For our sake God made Christ to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

6. In Christ Jesus you have become a new creation and a son of God. 2 Corinthians 5:17, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” Galatians 3:26, “In Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.”

7. In Christ Jesus you have been seated in the heavenly places even while he lived on earth. Ephesians 2:6, “God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”

8. In Christ Jesus all the promises of God are Yes for you. 2 Corinthians 1:20, “All the promises of God find their Yes in Christ.”

9. In Christ Jesus you are being sanctified and made holy. 1 Corinthians 1:2, “To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus.”

10. In Christ Jesus everything you really needed will be supplied. Philippians 4:19, “My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

11. In Christ Jesus the peace of God will guard your heart and mind. Philippians 4:7, “The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

12. In Christ Jesus you have eternal life. Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

13. And in Christ Jesus you will be raised from the dead at the coming of the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:22, “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.” All those united to Adam in the first humanity die. All those united to Christ in the new humanity rise to live again.

How do we get into Christ?

At the unconscious and decisive level it is God’s sovereign work: “From God are you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Corinthians 1:30)

But at the conscious level of our own action, it is through faith. Christ dwells in our hearts “through faith.” (Ephesians 3:17) The life we live in union with his death and life “we live by faith in the Son of God.” (Galatians 2:20) We are united in his death and resurrection “through faith.” (Colossians 2:12)

This is a wonderful truth. Union with Christ is the ground of everlasting joy, and it is free.

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We aren’t made to carry our burdens-lean on Jesus

In Faith, Hope, Love on March 24, 2012 at 1:01 pm

COME UNTO ME, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give u rest. Take My yoke upon you, and LEARN OF ME; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye SHALL FIND REST unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and my burden is light. – Matthew 11:28-30

Sooooo…Jesus said if I come unto Him He will give me rest. So then why do I continue to try to carry all my burdens myself??? #Stubborness. I WILL TRUST in The Lord!

– C

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Subtle theft…

In Faith, Hope, Love on March 24, 2012 at 12:15 pm

on Friday, July 2, 2010 at 7:56am

Don’t let the enemy steal your praise or rob you of your joy that’s in Christ.
Our Father will still commune with you even if YOU think you haven’t been the perfect Christian. If we could perfect ourselves, what need would we have for Christ???
Don’t let your flaws become a reason for solitude. His word says “by prayer supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” That includes ALL things you are going through or concerns you have- including inconsistencies with prayer, praise, studying or whatever.
Stop thinking that you have to change on your own before you can come before Him. He accepts YOU as you are and He will make the change if you ask and believe. Matter of fact, He wants it that way, so we can humble ourselves and not be proud or boastful.

Be encouraged and don’t stop fighting the good fight. He knows our struggles. And said He’d never leave us or forsake us. God’s got your back!!!