Classic Christianity – A Closer Look at Faith, Hope & Love P69 (09-23-20)
Have you ever heard someone say that the gospel is to obey the two greatest commandments that Jesus gave, to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself? No, that is not the gospel. That is the fruit of the gospel, as a believer abides in Christ, allowing God, who is love and lives in you, to love in and through you. We may have the desire to love, or to be perfect, but I tell you, you cannot do that in the energy of your flesh.
The truth of the matter is that we do not know what love is until we come to understand God’s love for us through what He came to do for us in Christ Jesus. When we do not grasp God’s love for us, what do we do? Well, we can try and try until we fall on our face, we can pick and choose what we think we can do, or if we really want to make it easy on ourselves we can come with all kinds of substitutes … Listen to Broadcast & Read More
Classic Christianity – A Closer Look at Faith, Hope & Love P68 (09-22-20)
Our natural fallen flesh wants to be noticed and wants its own way. But as our mind gets renewed we learn to walk in the new way of the Spirit. We look at the example of Jesus as he walked this earth in total dependency on His Father. We see that attitude of humility of Jesus to leave heaven to live among men and become like one of us, who, in his attitude of servitude, came not to be served, but to serve, not to condemn but to save, and to lay down his life as a ransom for many. We zoom in and look at one detail of his life that demonstrates this attitude of not wanting your own way.
Jesus was sent on a rescue mission to rescue mankind from a certain condition of spiritual death and the problem of death is solved by life. If that problem is not solved, there is no hope for mankind. If what caused our death, which is sin, is not taken away first, mankind is lost forever. And if life is not given back to man, he … Listen to Broadcast & Read More
Classic Christianity – A Closer Look at Faith, Hope & Love P67 (09-21-20)
We want to have attitudes of heart formed in us, the same attitude that is in Christ Jesus. A picture of the attitude of Christ Jesus is when he was in the garden of Gethsemane, agonizing over what he will experience for our sakes. Jesus said, “Lord, if there is any other way for this to be done, but it is not my will, but your will be done.”
These attitudes of heart, of servitude, of not wanting our own way, of not putting ourselves first, but honoring one another above ourselves, of going to another who is caught up in sin, not to condemn but to restore, of setting out to make peace with everyone, as far as it depends on you. These attitudes show up, of not having a critical spirit on another brother or sister who is called to a different function with a different gift than you, of not being jealous of another person’s success or notoriety or popularity, of being humble of heart saying if it were not for grace of God there go I.
Classic Christianity – A Closer Look at Faith, Hope & Love P66 (09-16-20)
As we think of attitudes of heart that God wants to form in us, think about the attitude in Christ Jesus, who said, “Not my will but your will be done” and so he proceeded to carry out the will of the Father, which was to sacrifice himself on a cross to take upon the sins of the whole world. Now, that is contrary to the desire of the flesh that wants to save our lives. Recall the words of Jesus to us, “What good is it to gain the whole world and yet forfeit your soul?“ or “Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for my sake will save it.”
Our flesh does not naturally want persecution, hardships and trials, yet we know they will come and we know the things the Lord told us about concerning end time events, and the birth pains we must endure. So when we pray, do we pray like Jesus, and say, “Lord, I know what I want to happen, but Lord, it is not my will that I want. You know … Listen to Broadcast & Read More
Classic Christianity – A Closer Look at Faith, Hope & Love P65 (09-15-20)
As we read in Philippians, concerning the attitude in Christ Jesus, there are three basic attitudes that God wants to form in us, the attitudes of servitude, humility and dependency on the Father. When we come to Christ by faith in his death, burial and resurrection for us, we are on the starting line, where for the very first time the Spirit of God is placed in us. The mind of Christ is what we now have, to discern the things of God.
We need the mind of Christ so that our minds can be renewed with truth to replace the error of the world, the philosophies and the thinking of the world that has kept us in bondage and is contrary to the life God has given us. We are instructed to renew our minds with the new mind God has freely given us, to be able to walk in the new life. We have this option to participate in the divine nature. We are to have this attitude that if not for the grace of God, there go I.