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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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Life is not meaningless – Prayers for CT Families

In Uncategorized on December 14, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Today, I was saddened beyond words as I heard of the events in CT and the children and families involved. It was like walking around in a fog of tears streaming down my face off and on while I was out. I can’t fathom what literally went through this mans mind. I don’t want to. It’s so troubling that I just walked around aimlessly and then sat in the car and cried at times. I prayed…but I didn’t ask for understanding because I know I can’t handle it. I prayed for comfort and overwhelming peace for these families directly affected and also for those not affected but fearing this horrible sinful world we live in.

There are not words anyone can say to help or comfort in a time where loved ones especially kids are lost…only one person can comfort the heart and that is God. He can speak directly to a persons heart the way they need to hear in a special way to be comforted that goes beyond explanation. In a time like this…it’s hard to understand how people walk around thinking there is no heaven or hell, no devil or God, no Christ who loved us so much and unconditionally he died for us while we blatantly rejected Him, no Christ that said HE WOULD BRING US A COMFORTER, no Christ who said children are the precious ones. No judgement for the life we live and the things we do? No God that can take this horrible tragedy where people may say these people or kids are scarred for life and would need lifelong therapy and turn it around to have something truly remarkable come out of this? How can they heal from something that breaks them apart? Some internal animal instinct?? Really?

Real talk – you say you are praying, but who are you praying to? What are you praying for? I pray that my Lord would heal them. That they are not scarred and broken, but that they know the true and living God who works miracles each and every day. I won’t pretend that I know the plans God has for me or anyone else, but I know I can trust Him. Even when things look bleak, and it makes no sense whatsoever and everyone else is laughing or calling me a fool…I hang on knowing God has my back. I pray that through all of this, they know, God has their back. Even if their child is not with them…their child is with our Father.

And I also pray that they know forgiveness at some point. I know it’s hard for those so angered by the senseless acts of an extremely troubled person to get to a stage of forgiving a person. Forgiveness doesn’t excuse the action. But it isn’t something we can do on our own. The more we don’t the more it eats at us where we are bitter and angry toward everyone and everything.

For those that think this life is meaningless…how do you explain this??? A random act of chance where millions of years ago molecules came together to form life through evolution and then intelligence and then deciding what is good and what is evil and then someone was born and shot people and kids. Yeah, evolution at its best. It takes more faith to believe that then it does that there is a God who loves and cares for us and created us. LIFE IS PRECIOUS, LIFE HAS MEANING. THERE IS A HEAVEN AND A HELL AND THERE IS JUDGEMENT FOR THIS LIFE. There is hope, if we trust in Christ 🙂

John 3:16-20

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

John 14:26-27

26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. 27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

John 16:28-33

28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father. 29 His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb. 30 Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God. 31 Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe? 32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. 33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

1 John 2:12-17

12 I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake. 13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father. 14 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one. 15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.