Do you know any Christians who are really trying to live the abundant life, but are falling short? We all do, could this be you?
To help those struggling, conduct a simple test. Ask them this most important and illuminating question:
“What is your understanding of your salvation?”
THEN LISTEN CAREFULLY
They will say things like “Jesus died for my sins on the cross, I asked Jesus into my heart, I get to go to heaven when I die”, and so forth. All good answers and true. How would you answer?
Most will never say they received a new lifeat salvation. They did, but just don’t know it. It’s the reason they struggle, only knowing half of the gospel.
If you don’t know you received a new lifeat salvation, you will try to live the Christian life focused on behavior in your own strength instead of trusting in the new lifeof Christ’s strength within you.
SCRIPTURE MAKES IT CLEAR
“Those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!” II Cor 5:17
The Apostle Paul writes: “…I no longer live, but Christ lives in me and the life I live in this body, I live by faith…” Gal 2:20
The Bible tells you: “Examine yourself to see whether you are in the faith; testyourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus lives in you – unless, of course, you failed the test?” II Cor 13:5
TRUTH SETS YOU FREE
Teaching that lands at your feet and tells what you must dois not the truth, but teaching that lands at the feet of Jesus and tells what Jesus does foryou,inyou, and throughyou is the truth; because “Jesus is the way, the truth, and the (new) life.”
God’sWord is meant to be applied and lived out by the new lifeHe puts in you at salvation, His Son’s liferevealed in your mortal body. It is living the new life abundantly, a life you live by faith.
LIFE LESSON: Jesus confirms this truth by saying, “I am the resurrection and the life.” And, we are the body of Christ. We are God’s workmanship…apart from Him we can do nothing…Christ lives in us, the hope of glory.
Happy Easter from all of us at Growing in Grace Ministries. He is risen indeed! Thank you for your support and prayers.
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