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GROWING IN CHRIST

"God's Way"

Date published: 10/08/2013
Hebrews 13:15 “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise — the fruit of lips that confess His name.”  (NIV)

Before Christ, the Jewish people had an elaborate system of worship that included sacrifices for sins, meticulous recognition of events, and customs for interacting with God. Other religions developed their own elaborate ways of relating and being made right with their gods. A common thread often found in other religions and cults was man refusing to humble himself before God. Instead of seeking God’s way, they formed their god(s) around their desires. Ezekiel 33:31 describes it this way, “My people come to You, as they usually do, and sit before You to listen to Your words, but they do not put them into practice. With their mouths they express devotion, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain.”  Romans 10:2 illustrates man determining his own salvation, “For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge.” Inherently you desire God because there is a hole in the center of your being from not having Him in your life. Ephesians 2:8-9 shows why this hole cannot be filled by inserting your own path to God – “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” Through Jesus Christ, God has satisfied your most basic need of having relationship with Him. The ultimate praise you can give God is to seek Him through every aspect of your lifeLive a life where every breath, movement, and desire is passionately expressed out of your companionship with Christ. It is no longer your deeds or spiritual activities that bring pleasure to God, but a life that is so devoted to Him that your desires are indistinguishable from His desires. Isaiah 66:2 shows the heart of such a person, “This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at My word.” May you live each moment desiring and experiencing more of Christ!  

Ephesians 3:17-19 “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (NIV)