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WALK IN HIM

If we have claimed Christ as our Savior then He dwells in our innermost hearts. Our new life as Christ-followers will manifest an intimate relationship with Him by a walk of faith in Him. In Colossians 2:6, Paul says; “So walk in Him.”

Walking implies action. Our faith is not to be confined to our church. We must carry out in practical terms the effect of that which we believe. If a person walks in Christ, then they should act as Christ would act. For if Christ is in us, our hope, our love, our joy, our life, are the spontaneous effects of the image of Jesus. Others would then say of us, "They are like their Master — they live like Jesus Christ."

Walking signifies progress. "So walk in Him." Proceed to move forward from grace to grace until you reach the utmost level of knowledge that a Christ-follower can achieve concerning our loving Lord.

Walking implies continuance. There must be a perpetual abiding in Christ. How many Christ-followers think that in the morning…

NOT ASHAMED

For the past six years my wife and I have gone to the Fort Worth Livestock Show and Rodeo. It now qualifies us as having a tradition. We enjoy looking at all the animals and attending the rodeo. The rodeo follows the same format every year. It begins with the Grand Entry where all the supporters and participants ride into the arena on horse back and ends with Bull riding. So, it would be easy to say that if you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all. Yet, we still go year after year.

This year during the opening part where the national anthem is sung and the American flag is presented something new happened. The voice of pro rodeo, Bob Tallman, began to speak about our country and talked about how great it was living in the land of the free. Then he took the conversation in a direction I had not expected. He stated that faith was what has preserved our country’s greatness and the people of faith have given it strength. He then proclaimed that faith was found only in Jesus Christ, his Lord an…

The Principle of Repetition

Not long after I became a Christian, I began to hear people talk about a deeper life in God, and it nearly always revolved around an experience. People would talk about having one powerful, emotional, life-altering experience with the Holy Spirit — and it would take them to a new level of Christian living with new levels of joy and power and victory and abundance. And I would think: I want this experience. I wanted God to zap me one time, once and for all, to fill me up to overflowing, so that I could live out the rest of my days in victory. And I sought this experience with all my might.

Here's what I learned in the process. Yes, there are times when we will have powerful experiences in the presence of God. These experiences are deep, and they're sometimes very emotional, and they're real. These are moments when we enter into a deeper realm of worship, when we experience indescribable and uncontainable joy, and when we sense the presence of God in everything we do. These a…

CHANGE ME

When I was in elementary school, I believe the forth grade, the art class teacher taught us about working with clay. She had us decide on what to create. The only thing I could come up with was a long horn steer. I worked hard molding that chunk of clay, forming it into horns, legs, tail, body and head. Then I glazed the whole thing. The final step was to fire it. The project was put into a Kiln that generated great heat to turn my project into a work of art. Lol!

During the late 80’s or early 90’s during the praise chorus era of church worship music we sang a song that goes like this: “Change my heart, O God, make it ever new. Change my heart, O God, may I be like You. You are the potter. I am the clay. Mold me and make me, this is what I pray.”

I can’t help but be reminded of the 4th grade art class I had taken and I began to think about how much pride God takes in each one of us as He molds us. Each curve, each hair, each freckle was perfectly placed to make you, you.

Over the years, …