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“For I know the plans I have for you,” says Jeremiah 29:11. God had plans for Israel. Is this a promise that can help you realize God’s plan for your life?
In The Weight of Glory, C. S. Lewis discussed the benefits of thinking about heaven in terms of things that we are already familiar with.
This 1727 revival in a small town had a lasting global impact. Take a look at how it began, and why it almost didn’t begin.
Jesus taught His disciples to view all things in the light of His own authority and purpose. This included the law of Moses. You can even see the five books of Moses in the outline of the Sermon on the Mount.
Frank Bartleman lived through Azusa Street Revival that began in 1906. Here are some lessons he taught as he looked back on the experience years later.
Holiness is beautiful. If you see it you will want it. You will choose it above all else. And the more you choose it, the more clearly you will see it.
Two Ways to Be Human
To be human is to be a sinner.
To err is human, and so is to sin.
That’s how we often see things, anyway. But, in fact, humanity was not created to sin, and sin is not part of our original design.
Therefore, if someone were to live a life completely free of sin, they would be acting in a more human way than the rest of us.
This is what Jesus did.
Jesus lived a sinless life and He is ready to help you to overcome sin because He overcame sin perfectly.
So what did this life look like?
Here is where it gets interesting. If Jesus hadn’t started preaching the kingdom of God and doing miracles, He would not have been recognized as a unique man of God.
He started His ministry when He was about thirty years old. By that time, He had been living a sinless life for thirty years and yet nobody seemed to have noticed. In fact, the people who knew Him best, the people of Nazareth and even members of His own family, rejected His ministry. They knew Him so well, they were convinced that He was a normal guy, not a great prophet.
Sinless humanity is normal humanity. It is the natural way to be human. In this sense, Jesus was more normal than we sinners are. It is sin that is unnatural and even anti-human.
Yet it seems so easy and natural for us to sin.
This is because we have it backwards. Jesus set it straight.
If we want to overcome sin and live the lives that we were meant to live, we will have to re-learn everything we thought we knew about humanity from the greatest human who ever lived.
In other words, we will have learn to be human from God, for Jesus is also God just as He is fully human.
Jesus said to His disciples, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).
You and I may never be able to comprehend exactly how Jesus could be God and man at the same time, but here He assures us, as He assured His disciples, that His humanity didn’t conceal His divinity from us, it revealed it.
For Jesus, being human wasn’t incompatible with being God. For you, being human isn’t incompatible with being holy.
You were created to be holy as certainly as you were created human.
Learn from Jesus how to be human, and you will find that He has also made you holy.
This has been a summary of chapter one of A Life Has Been Lived for You.
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The more you exalt Christ in your thinking, the easier it is to picture yourself like Him.
The greater your esteem for His freedom and the more you stand in awe of it, the easier it will be to consider yourself free from sin and alive to God in the same manner.
The more you magnify Christ in relation to sin and death and the universe, the more accurate your vision of Him will be, and also your vision of yourself.
It is easy to see yourself as free from unrighteous behavior in the light of His glory. The greater He is to you, the greater is His power to make you like Him.
You can’t win a fight against God. You are bound to lose and when you do you will lose everything. Jesus Christ already lost that fight for you. On the cross He lost the fight against God. He became God’s enemy in your place so that He could lose for you.
Compartmentalizing or minimizing the place of Christ in the universe is the first step toward drifting away from the faith. How you conceive of Jesus Christ’s role in the universe will also determine His role in your life.
The gospel changes us by not changing, and not waiting for us to change. It helps us to live in this world by not conforming itself to this world—by giving us a message from outside of this world and insisting that this ever-changing world in which we live and grow has ended, and that our lives in it have ended as well.
As for the fact that we are clearly not dead, the gospel gives us a new world to live in, a world governed by—in fact, created by—God’s once-and-for-all decree that we are righteous in Christ. To live under that decree is to live in the Spirit, and to live in the Spirit is to live the life of the new creation.