Preaching, Teaching, and N

Our Resurrection Ground

Life, is what Christ came to give us…..Eternal life, which begins the moment we receive Him into our hearts and lives (get born again)…..and continues to all eternity.

Salvation is all of Christ Jesus.

But the enjoyment and witness of Christ’s life within us…..includes our willingness.

Song of Solomon 2:10-13. “My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.

For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;

The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;

The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.”

All these verses speak of resurrection fruits. The waking up from the cold and bitterness of winter….to the warmth and life of spring.

Life is awaking, and budding, and blossoms appear. The harvest is not yet, but life is there and working…..bringing out a witness to this new life.

(“Rise up”…I love this…..how many times does He call us on with these words. Rise up from where you are….

…..stand….that’s right, on your feet…and then take that next step….don’t worry, I am right here….I will never leave you….but it is time to go on…I will show you the way.

Once a man in our church gave this testimony….he had been recently restored to the Lord’s Will for his life…..and was often discouraged by the consequences for the things he had gotten himself into:

“I was sitting at the desk at work, after a day of trying to solve other people’s problems….

……and I realized that I was drowning in emotions.

I felt that I was floundering…..when I asked the Lord for help…..

….and He said to me, “Stand up, get up! You are drowning because you have set down….up, on your feet and look at things from My point of view.”

Well, spiritually, I just willed to stand with Christ in everything…..and I wasn’t drowning anymore….

… I started to see where I first “sat down”…..and confessed my self-pity….and I began to bring everything to the Lord from that day.

By the time I was done, I was rejoicing in spirit….it was wonderful”)

Jesus is calling….for us to follow Him into resurrection life.

A life that comes out of the “death” of the cross….our cross.

(If you say to me, that Jesus paid the penalty for everything….I say “yes”. Jesus took all our sins on His cross…..but we are to take our wills on to ours.

It is a matter of becoming willing in everything….

…everything He requires, and leads us into.

…everything of our self lives….willing to put Christ first.)

Matthew 16:24-25 “Then said Jesus unto His disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for My sake shall find it.”

Are you a “whosever will”? Or a “whosoever won’t”?

If you will, Jesus says….then let him deny himself…

….you deny yourself here in the will.

Jesus says to go here….and you will to do so.

Jesus says to “stand still”….and you will to do so.

This is not natural to us,….but a willed response to our Lord, and often there is resistance within us to doing what He says.

Then one day you realize…..Hey, it has been a while since I have argued with the Lord about what He said…..or how to do what He said.

You realize you are no longer resisting His will….but have come to the place where you will do His Will, no matter what.

We begin to lose our life in ourself,….to find our life in Christ.

This is not instant obedience…..but final obedience…

….and once that is really settled….there is liberty and life….the resurrection life of Christ working in us.

Philippians 2:13 “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.”

The word means “work mightily”…..effectively.

It is God Himself in the heart of the believer.

Ephesians 3:20 “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”

We should all….ask ourselves….how much of the power of the Spirit are we letting work in us?

Are we letting Him speak to us about things that have happened?

Are we letting Him guide us?

Are we letting Him show us things, or people?

Are we talking to Him….bringing everything to Him….that He may give us His peace and patience?

Romans 8:29 “For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

The Greek here is literally “conformed ones of the Image”……

Christ is the One we are to be conformed to.

His character is our example….

….the mold into which the Holy Spirit pours our lives, that we might be:

“Conformed”….Romans 8:29

“Transformed”….Romans 12:1-2

“Translated into the kingdom of His dear Son”….Colossians 1:13

“That we might find our lives in Christ”….Matthew 16:25

True life is to be found in Christ alone.

Not in the world….or the things of the world….

….or in Christ plus the things of the world……..but in Christ.

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