Aligning Our Behavior with Our Position In Christ

I don’t go to church because people in the church act worse than people who don’t go to church. I can’t believe they’re acting like that and they call themselves a Christian. We hear this a lot. What this all means is that our practice, our behavior, doesn’t match our position in Christ. We should become who we already are in Christ. So, what is our position? Our position, our legal status, is holy. That we are forever secured by our faith in Christ. 1Peter 1:5KJV, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. We are kept by God. We are kept by the power and faithfulness of God.

Let’s review our position in Christ. God calls us saints. I Cor. 1:2 NLT I am writing to God’s church in Corinth, to you who have been called by God to be his own holy people. He made you holy by means of Christ Jesus, just as he did for all people everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours. We have a new life in Christ, 2Cor. 5:17 KJV Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. We have been predestined, Ephesians 1:5 KJV Having predestined us unto the adoption of children by Christ Jesus to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, within he hath made us accepted in the beloved. So, the word confirms it, God had a purpose for us ahead of time that he would adopt us. Next, we are redeemed, Eph. 1:7 NIV, In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace. We’re not done yet, he has sealed us, Eph. 1:13-14KJV, In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. In other words, you have heard and believed the gospel and are saved because of it and sealed with the Holy Spirit. This is our position as believers, we belong to God. Praise God for our position!!

You may be asking how do I get my behavior and position to align with one another? There must be spiritual growth in order to demonstrate a behavior that matches your position in Christ. Supporting other saints, encouraging them and feeding your Spirit the word of God. Therefore, your spiritual growth will be evident by your behavior. You will display the Fruit of the Spirit, Gal. 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. We will obey the word of God, Luke 11:28 KJV – But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it. And John 14:15 KJV, If you love me keep my commandments. And reading the word of God, as stated in 2Tim. 2:15 KJV, reads as this, Study to shew thyself approved by God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of God. We have also, 2Tim 3:16 KJV, All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. We are to love others, 1John 4:11KJV, Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. Lastly, confessing your sins, 1John 1:9-10 KJV, If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

We are part of the kingdom and our position in Christ is because of God’s grace. We can live our position, only if our behavior aligns with our position. Paul talks about our personal behavior in Ephesians 4-6 KJV. Take time to read all of Ephesians. Start today, aligning your behavior to match your position in Christ by leading with love, humility, and patience.

Be Blessed

My Obedience and Gratitude – God Thank You

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 In order to make a sacrifice it’s going to take a commitment of obedience. The goal cannot be reached without staying the course and doing the work. Jesus came and did the work of his Father. Complete obedience. So, in knowing this I can drown out my worries and shower my thoughts with the sacrifice Jesus made for me, for us. Before his ultimate sacrifice on the cross he has taught me how to live humbly and with compassion, having the fruit of the spirit within me. Jesus thank you for your obedience and sacrifice, because I am a sinner in need of a savior. Now, it’s my turn to make the sacrifice, to deny my flesh in order to be closer to you God, making a vow of obedience to the one who created me in his image. Oh, how I count my blessings!!

I am blessed beyond measure and will not take for granted the love God has given me over the years, months, weeks, days, hours, and seconds. I cannot and will not live any old kind of way. My lifestyle of being more like Christ I will work at daily. I die to my flesh everyday with the help of the Holy Spirit and think on the things of Jesus to keep me focused and strong. God’s outpouring of love, grace, and mercy rejuvenates me and I know that I am not alone – he is with me. There are days where I immediately hit pause in my daily routine to give him the praise he deserves, and my nights belong to him too, when I have awakened to say thank you Lord for all that you do. I’m not perfect, but my heart is fully dedicated to God and being a servant to the best of my ability. Lord I pray that you forever search my heart and know that I love you mind, body, and soul.

I can’t complain because I’m breathing because of him. I can’t complain because things could be worse. I can’t complain because he first loved me. I can’t be sad because joy is running through my veins. I can’t be sad because he is there in my good and bad days. I can’t be sad because he is my God, my Father, my redeemer, my protector, the creator of all the earth. As a disciple of Christ, I am the salt of the earth where my speech will be seasoned with salt, knowing how to answer every person with love. I will keep his commandments because I do love him, John 14:15. My vow is not to stir up evil but to show love in a major way. I have the fullness of peace and will run this race to see what the end will bring, always running towards the mark. I patiently wait to hear a whisper from him in my quiet place to replenish my soul. And what I know for sure is with him I can do all things because he strengthens me. Therefore, in my obedience, I will present my body a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is my reasonable service. Dear Heavenly Father this is from my heart with sincere gratitude and love.

 

Your Body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit

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What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1Cor. 6:19-20

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. 1 Cor.3:16-17

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Romans 12:1

When you read the scriptures above there is no misunderstanding in what God says about our bodies being the temple and how we should treat the temple where the Holy Spirit resides, but you are not sure how to live a life of righteousness and holiness. Well here you go, by seeking God first, and by doing that you are renewing your mind and when your mind is focused on God you search for Him, reading about him, drawing closer to him, which feeds the Holy Spirit that dwelleth in you like the word says. The word is your biblical instructions for righteous and holy living.  In Jeremiah 29:13 And ye shall seek me and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. For Romans 12:2 tells us, And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 1Peter 1:16. That is a command from the Lord. Remember obedience is better than sacrifice. Starting today, feed your Spirit the word of God, so your actions and speech are acceptable to God. Surrender it all and glorify God in your body and Spirit.

 Be Blessed