LIVE UP TO HIS DREAM – Pastor Chris
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4).
Consider the fact that Jesus Christ, the Son of God in truth, gave Himself for you on the cross and died as your Saviour, and that God raised Him from the dead to give you a new life. That life isn’t, and couldn’t possibly be subject to defeat, failure or death; it’s a life of glory. The Father’s dream was that Christ would come, live and die, and be raised from the dead to give us eternal life.
In John 10:10, He emphasized that He came that we might have life—the divine life—to the full. Ephesians 2:1 says, “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins.” The word “quickened” above means, “made alive.” The Amplified Classic version puts it this way: “AND YOU [He made alive], when you were dead (slain) by [your] trespasses and sins.” We’ve been made alive in Christ. The life of Christ is at work in your system; every fibre of your being is inundated with divine life. Now, live up to His dream.
The Bible talks about the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow (1 Peter 1:11); that glory is in you now. You’ve been glorified in Him. You’re the glory that made Him endure the cross, and despise the shame. He thought you were valuable and important to the Father; so, He came for you. Why then should you live an empty or unhappy life?
The way to show your gratitude for all He’s done is to live for His glory; live up to His dream by maintaining your superiority and victory over Satan, and his cohorts of darkness. Live a healthy, prosperous, vibrant, and successful life. Dominate circumstances. Show forth the beauty and excellence of the divine life in you. Hallelujah!
Dear Father, I thank you for sending Jesus to die in my stead, a display of your love, and a testimony of my worth and value to you. I live triumphantly today and always, conscious of your infinite grace and love, and the life of righteousness that I have in Christ, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
FURTHER STUDY: 1 Peter 1:10-11; 2 Peter 1:3-4
1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN Luke 14:25-15:1-10 & Judges 19-21
2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN Romans 11:1-12 & Psalm 119:81-104
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