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How Are You Living?

How Are You Living?

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 me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:20 (NKJV)

For most people, there is a tremendous sense of relief once they have made a profession of faith in Jesus.  For me, the joy of knowing I was forgiven far exceeded any other feeling.  The sleep was sweet that first night as the feeling of guilt and anxiousness was replaced with peace and calmness.  

Q:    Truthfully, our sleep should continue to be sweet each and every night that follows our profession of faith.  But it isn't always so.  Why is that?  

A:    I believe it is because of how we are living our lives.

I believe we tend to think we have somehow stumbled across the finish line when we make our profession of faith in Jesus - that there is no more to do but wait for heaven once we die.  Some can tend to think because their sins have been forgiven, they don't have to worry about the current choices they face.  And although we shouldn't be worrying about anything (Phil. 4:6-8), we still need to be mindful of the proper way of conducting ourselves.  

Q:    So, how can we know the proper way of conducting ourselves?

A:    By asking God for Wisdom (Jas. 1:5) and implementing it into our choices.

My son, let them not depart from your eyes  - Keep sound wisdom and discretion; So they will be life to your soul  And grace to your neck. Then you will walk safely in your way, And your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet. Proverbs 3:21-24 (NKJV)

When we have our minds on God, and the things of God, then our actions will reflect a life, one pleasing to God. In like manor, when we have our minds on the things of this world, then our actions will reflect this as well.  This is the very principle Jesus was speaking of in Matthew 6.

 "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Matthew 6:24 (NKJV)

Q:    What does this mean to me as a believer in Christ?

A:      It means that our old life styles - those ways of seeking to please our fleshly nature are over.  It means from the moment we were saved we've officially died to self.  Jesus took on every one of our sins while He was up on that Cross.  He died for those sins so we might be cleansed on any unrighteousness.  We are simply coming into agreement with this and are choosing to die to them as well. We are determining to pick up our cross and follow Jesus.

The Apostle Paul said it best when he wrote to the Galatians, "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me..."

We can agree with Paul and say with confidence, "It's not going to be a set of external rules which determines my actions or how I live, but by the leading of the Spirit who lives inside me now.  He will be the one guiding me in all understanding because He has written His rules upon the fleshly tablet of my heart"

Hey Christian, are you allowing God to guide every aspect of your life, or do you find yourself still attempting to live in a way to please yourself?  We cannot serve both God and ourselves.  We will end up living a life with no true peace.  We will be anxious and worrisome.  If we are to experience the life God intended for us, then we need to lay our lives down and let God live through us.  We need to say, like Paul, "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me..."

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn about how we should be living according to the Scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: How are you living?  Are you living in a way that is pleasing to God, or to self?

APPLICATION: Be willing to esteem others better than yourself.  Seek to serve others in every way.  Keep your eyes on the Lord and continue to ask His guidance and leading for every decision.  

Father, Thank You for Your guidance and leading in my life.  Thank You for showing me how to live properly.  Forgive me for those times where I have sought to live for myself and not others.  Help me to see these opportunities clearly when they are presented.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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