You May Have Life In His Name!

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Oh how I love the statement, "you may have life in His name." You see, in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, and He planted a Garden eastward in Eden. In that Garden along with all that a man could ever dream a paradise could be, God created a man and his wife, Adam and Eve. It is specifically stated that "God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." You know how the history goes: God told them how to maintain the life He gave them, Satan deceived them into believing otherwise, they lusted, they fell and, as the saying goes, the rest is history. But it's more than just their history, it is your history and mine, too.

"And You He Made Alive Who Were Dead."

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Did you catch that?

You, He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1). If you look up that word for dead in the Greek you find that dead is exactly the translation. One Greek dictionary that I consulted gave this: νεκρός: 1a) one that has breathed his last, lifeless 1b) deceased, departed, one whose soul is in heaven or hell 1c) destitute of life, without life, inanimate 2) metaph. 2a) spiritually dead 2a1) destitute of a life that recognizes and is devoted to God, because given up to trespasses and sins 2a2) inactive as respects doing right 2b) destitute of force or power, inactive, inoperative. [www.greekbible.com] In plain English, whoever he’s talking about is dead as a doornail and not "mostly dead" like the Dread Pirate Roberts.

But that’s not what I wanted you to catch …

What Will You Fight For?

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We fight for what we believe in. We fight for that which is important to us. The school boy may not fight you because you stole his dollar, but he will fight you if you speak ill of his mother. Politicians and governments fight over territory, oil rights, and often religion. Have you ever thought about what God would fight for? What is the most important thing to God? How would He fight for it? It’s really hard to answer some of these questions. To know absolutely, we would have to know the mind of God ... which we don’t, except for that which He has revealed to us in His Word.

Dry Bones Can Live!

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To my mind we have to keep asking, "Are we the church that Jesus intends us to be?" To make it more personal we should be asking, "Am I the Christian that Jesus intends me to be?" If we are all concerned about and dealing with the second question then the first one will take care of itself.

What does Jesus intend us to be? To some degree that is subjective.

Charge!

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Jesus charged us to go into all the world and preach the gospel. He said He would be with us always. He also said that the gates of hell will not prevail against His church. He not only believed the church could be successful, He actually commanded the church to go and be successful.


I am reminded of the situation in the wilderness when Israel was told to go and take the land. After sending spies into the land, the people demonstrated a lack of trust in God. It was not the first such demonstration, but it was the straw that broke the camel’s back. When they disregarded God’s charge and listened to the “evil report” of the ten spies rather than the good report of the two, God disinherited them and took their children instead (40 years later). What did God expect them to do when they saw the giants that made them look like grasshoppers in their own sight? What did God expect them to do when they heard of the great walled (fortified) cities? He expected them to trust Him. He told them He would be with them. He had shown them that He would be with them.