Monday, February 8, 2016

Clay pot you are! 2-8-16

Who you are in Christ.#11



One of my favorite aspects of being a follower of Jesus...I am a new creation in Christ!

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

The old man is gone!

Romans 6:6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.

Ephesians 4:21-23 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,

This is a process to become like Christ. Some sins and old habits may leave quick and some may take some time. The power of Holy Spirit will help you grow in Christ if your are surrendered to Him!

Isn’t it great to know you are new in Christ! Whooooo hoooooo! Thank you Lord Jesus!

I am a new creation in Christ! Are you?

Tom

Friday, February 5, 2016

Give God the glory He deserved! 2-5-16

Who you are in Christ.#10



I am chosen by Jesus to bear fruit!

John 15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.

So what is the fruit we should bear?

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

All these are traits of Jesus. So as a follower of Jesus, we should have or be developing the same traits. The book ends of the traits, love and self-control, are key to the other traits. For if you can love like Jesus and exercise self control all the others are doable!

So if you are in Christ, you are chosen to bear fruit! Are you?

Tom

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Who you are in Christ. #9

I am a saint. God is clear in His word that when we become followers of Christ we are then saints!

1 Corinthians 1:2 To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

Ephesians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus:

Philippians 1:1 Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:

Colossians 1:2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 4:11-12 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,

Psalm 30:4 Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.

Romans 8:27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

So what is a saint? One separated from the world and consecrated to God; one holy by profession and by covenant; a believer in Christ. So in short a follower of Jesus!

You may say well I don’t feel like a saint! Feelings don’t matter! Truth matters and Jesus tells us if we are a follower of Him we are a saint! Case closed.

Praise God I am a saint in Christ Jesus!

Tom

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Do your possessions honor God? 2-3-16

Who you are in Christ.#8



I am a friend of Jesus.

John 15:15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.

In life I have read, and heard how people will say “I have no friends.” While that is terrible to feel like that, if you are a follower of Jesus it is not true! You see with your own eyes Jesus is a friend and to be honest He is your best friend who will never let you down and always be there for you! Jesus is the only friend you need! Look at what our friend Jesus says about His friendship:

Proverbs 18:24 A man who has friends must himself be friendly,
But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

The friend closer than a brother is Jesus!

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

When times get tough some friends leave not Jesus!

John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

How many friends will willing die for you? Jesus did! Proving how much He loves you.

So you need a friend? Their is no better friend than Jesus! I am living proof! He saved me!

You are a friend of Jesus!

Tom