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If Anyone Is in Christ

December 27, 2015

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If Anyone Is  in Christ

Our lives  are influenced by so many factors  without our even being aware  of it  —  the culture we’ve grown up in  —  the kind  of friends  we have  —  health  and physical challenges  —  education  —  the faith  we’ve been brought up in  —  you name it.     And,  we all have old baggage  we carry with us  —  bad thoughts  —  bad feelings  —  bad habits  —  painful memories  —  untruths of every sort.

For all of us  there is one thing  that holds true,

For God  so loved the world,  that He gave His only begotten Son,  that whoever believes  in Him  shall not perish,  but have eternal life.       John 3:16

We are a part  of this world,  and God gave His Son,  Jesus,  so that we might receive  eternal life  when we believe  in Him.     Believing  and trusting  in Jesus  to forgive absolutely all  of our sins dramatically changes  the way we think,  feel,  and want to be.     Just knowing  we really are  loved dearly  by God Almighty  puts a whole new light  on our lives.

Because we realize  we really are precious  in God’s eyes,  we are inwardly urged  to start acting  like a child of God Almighty.     2 Corinthians 5:17 becomes a reality  in our lives,

Therefore  if anyone is  in Christ,  he is a new creature;  the old things passed away;  behold,  new things have come.

And Ephesians 4:22  also begins  to hold true,

…….that,  in reference  to your former manner  of life,  you lay aside  the old self,  which is being corrupted  in accordance  with the lusts  of deceit…….

Everything hinges on  if we are  “in Christ”.     Being  “in Christ”  we are depending  on Jesus for our salvation  —  not ourselves.     Being  “in Christ”  we highly value all  of God’s plan  of salvation  —  not our humanistic way  of thinking.

There is peace being  “in Christ”.     That peace  leads us  to say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for making us new  in Christ Jesus.

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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