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UNRAVELED LIFE

Isn't it awesome that the bible was written thousands of years ago, yet remains so relevant for us today! Taking a familiar passage of Scripture and applying the passage to our lives helps us grow in our daily walk with the Lord. Therefore, let’s look at the story of the rich young ruler from the perspective of Christ calling for acceptance of Him as Savior and Christ calling us into full devotion to Him. 

Mark 10:17— As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. "Good teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 
Notice the attitude of the rich young ruler. He ran to Jesus. The young man did not approach Jesus with an arrogant demeanor. The man fell on his knees. This is a clear sign of reverence for Christ. The title "Good" refers to God, as only God is good. This man who had all the wealth anyone could possibly want acknowledges that he is lacking the most important wealth. That treasure is the se…

WHAT DID I DO WRONG?

Have you ever argued with God, trying to deny that you did anything wrong? King Saul did, in first Samuel chapter fifteen! When confronted by Samuel, God’s servant/prophet, to “Stop telling lies” and listen up because the Lord God had a message to share with him concerning his unacceptable behavior, Saul argued that he did not disobey God (v. 15) but rather it was his army that was at fault. How often do we put the blame on someone else and fail to take responsibility for our misdeeds?

Samuel rejected Saul’s lies and explained why God couldn’t accept the captured animals as legitimate sacrifices. “What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice.” The prophet was saying that the Lord God wants living obedience from the heart, not dead animals on the altar. God doesn’t need any of our gifts what He desires from us is a broken and repentant heart (Psalm 51:17). Making sacrifices to God without…

BORN OF GOD

The US Treasury has specialist whose job it is to track down counterfeiters. These individuals know a fake bill when they see it. The reason they are able to detect fraudulent currency is because they spend countless hours studying the real thing. They are so familiar with authentic bills they can spot a counterfeit by looking at it or even, more times than not, simply by feeling it. In our world today there are counterfeit Christians that the Bible describes as “children of the devil.” In the same way a Treasury official spots fakes by knowing intimately the genuine article, the Scriptures give a genuine description of Gods children not the characteristics of Satan’s children.The contrast is obvious.

A true child of God practices righteousness and loves other Christ-followers despite their differences. “Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers does not belong to God” (1 John 3:10). Practicing righteousness and loving the brethren is a true sign of being a…

WIN AGAINST SIN (Part 2)

Walking in the light involves following Christ’s example and walk as He walked—1 John 2:6—“Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.” The key statement here is “as Jesus did.” We are to walk in the light as Jesus did by living here on earth the way Jesus lived when He was here, and the way He is right now in heaven. As Christ-followers we are to look to Jesus Christ as the one great Example of the kind of life we should live.

To win against sin you must abide in Christ who is the sacrifice for your sins and the advocate who represents you before God for He is the perfect pattern for your daily life (1 John 2:1a-2). To abide in Christ means to depend completely on Him for all that you need in order to live for Him and serve Him. It is a living relationship. When He lives His life through you, you are able to follow His example and walk as He walked. Paul said it like this in Galatians 2:20, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” Christ lives…