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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Kingdom Hold'em"

Date published: 01/21/2013
 
Romans 14:23 “But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.” (NIV)
 
Every aspect of your life must flow from faith. You live under the total Lordship of Christ when you live your life in this way. Paul professes in Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”  Paul realizes that he must submit in faith everything to Christ’s Lordship: relationships, activities, events, vocation, material wealth, etc. We must also submit everything to Christ in faith.Holding back any area of your life is sin because you are replacing God with something you value more. Sin’s effects are like the lenses an optometrist uses when fitting you for glasses. Each area you hold back from God is similar to using a weaker and weaker lens in your glasses, which puts God a little more out of focus. Soon your picture of God is so distorted that you have an unclear picture of who God is and what part He plays in your life. Continuing to live in this fashion makes your relationship with God so fuzzy and distant that you not only lose your ability to live in relationship with Him, but also how to live your life by faith in who God is. When you came to Christ and gave Him your life, it was like finding a new treasure that was an exciting experience. Giving only a portion of your life to Christ allows God’s treasure in you to tarnish; making Him Lord of your life will return your walk with Christ to the wonder and excitement of experiencing faith in the living Christ! In Ephesians 1:18, Paul prays, “I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints.” One of your best steps to experiencing faith in Christ is to passionately seek God each morning in prayer and Bible reading. Mark writes in Mark 1:35, “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.” Make Jesus Lord of your every activity by prayerfully asking Him to reveal areas of unbelief, repent of what He shows you, and by faith submit those areas to Christ, so that you can experience Christ in His fullness!
 
2 Corinthians 3:4-6 “Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are competent of ourselves to claim anything as coming from us; our competence is from God, who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not in a written code but in the Spirit; for the written code kills, but the Spirit gives life.” (RSV)