Monday, September 30, 2013

In CHRIST, We Are . . . God's Own Workmanship

High-five!
{Photo Credit}


When was the last time you gave a high five?




Not to your husband,

or  wife,

or  son

or daughter,

or  a co-worker,

or a loyal fan who shares your love for the team,

or your faithful four-legged companion,





but to you?



 For we are God’s masterpiece.
 He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
~Ephesians 2:10, (NLT)

For we are his workmanship, 
created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, 
that we should walk in them.
 ~ Ephesians 2:10, (ESV)


 This past summer I was blessed to spend some much needed quality time with my sister and her family. As we were eating dinner one night, her precious little boy suddenly smacked himself in the nose.

"Ouch!" my sister exclaimed. "That had to hurt. Why did you do that, honey?"

"Because, my nose is great! I'm giving it a high five!"

Then, he proceeded to smack himself again, only this time, he yelled, "Good job, nose!"

But, he didn't stop there.

WHAM!

"Good job, eyes!"

SLAP!

"Good job, ears!"

POW!

"Good job, mouth!"

Then, he just sat back in his seat and smiled at his wonderful self.

You made my whole being;
you formed me in my mother's body.
I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way.
What you have done is wonderful.
I know this very well.
~ Psalm 139:13-14, NCV

This precious little boy not only understood his body was amazing, he was celebrating it.

When was the last time you celebrated you?

As my sister and I laughed at the exuberance and delight of little Sebastian,
I couldn't help imagining God's reaction to this elaborate celebration.

How these high fives must have delighted His heart and brought our Creator an enormous amount of pleasure.
After all, it is HE who created us.  It is HE who deserves all the praise.

It is HE who we celebrate when we celebrate us!

Did you mark something off your "to do list" today? Then, stop and give yourself a high five.

Did your legs transport your body through all your daily activities today?  Then, time for a high five.

Did you wash the dishes, mow the lawn, balance the checkbook?  Pow! High five.

Did you dance through the tulips, push your child on a swing, climb to the top of Mount Everest?  High Five!

Did you say "no" to that extra piece of cake and "yes" to spinach?  HIGH FIVE time!

Did you serve at a soup kitchen, give a neighbor a ride, babysit for a single mom?

Did you choose
patience over anger,
love over hatred,
fear over faith,
God over you?

Then raise your hand and celebrate with God.

We were created for God's pleasure. 
What could bring our Father more pleasure than celebrating His workmanship?

We were created to do the works He called us to do before we were even created.
What could bring our Creator more pleasure than celebrating the good He is accompllishing
in us and through us.

WHAM!

"Good job, hands!"

POW!

"Good job, mouth!"

CLAP!

"Good job, heart!"


BRAVO,

GOD,

BRAVO!


In CHRIST, we are . . . God's own workmanship.










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Friday, September 27, 2013

If You Don't Get It, Give It~


 
So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: 
compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. 
Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense.
 Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. 
And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. 
It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. 
Never be without it.
~Colossians 3:12-14, (MSG)







 
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Thursday, September 26, 2013

In CHRIST, We Are . . . Gracefully Transformed~

I love butterflies! 
The way they flutter through the air is beauty in action.

To me, they are the definition of graceful: 
characterized by elegance or beauty of form, manner, movement, or speech; elegant.

Butterflies, however, are not born with this quality.   

Their life begins as that of a "lowly" caterpillar.

But then................then, metamorphosis takes place.

What an amazing transformation!

You and I entered this world as lowly sinners.
There is certainly nothing graceful in that!

Thankfully, by the grace of God,
we are not destined to live out our days
in this lowly state.

As the Holy Spirit begins the work of metamorphosis
 in us, we too, experience transformation - a transformation nothing short of a miracle.

Butterflies experience this transformation naturally.

You and I do not.

As always, God, who gave us a will,
leaves the choice up to us.

We can either conform to this world and remain unchanged or we can surrender to the transforming power of God in our life and begin to develop and display the graceful character of our God. 

Isn't it exciting to remember God isn't finished with us yet?! 

He is still at work, re-creating us into the graceful creature He designed us to be.
As we allow the Spirit to renew us, we are changed more and more into the image of God and His likeness.

Praise God! There is certainly grace found in that!

In CHRIST, we are . . . gracefully transformed.






 
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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

In CHRIST, We Are . . . His Exquisite Fragrance~


 In the Messiah, in Christ, God leads us from place to place in one perpetual victory parade. 
Through us, he brings knowledge of Christ. 
Everywhere we go, people breathe in the exquisite fragrance. 
Because of Christ, we give off a sweet scent rising to God, 
which is recognized by those on the way of salvation. 
~ 2 Corinthians 2:14,15a (MSG)

Everyday, people are going through the motions of living.
As they make their way through conversations, committments, and commutes,
they are totally and completely
void of God's love,
void of the beauty of life,
void of life itself.

They are merely existing, not truly living.

Their mind is consumed with cares, worries and struggles.
Their heart is heavy, hung low, buried under heartache, sorrow and grief.
Their lungs are filled with stale air and empty promises that leave them gasping for more.

How they need the refreshing,
chain-loosening,
life-giving,
victorious love of God!

How they need to breathe in the beauty of Jesus!

You and I are called to shower the world with the love of Jesus.

As we seek His face and learn of His ways, He begins to permeate our life with His beauty.
As we die to self, and allow His Spirit to have victory over our flesh,
our lives become sweetened by the aroma of Christ.

It is Christ's love that attracts us.
It will be His love released through us that will capture the hearts of those around us.

As we offer our lives up to Christ as a living sacrifice,
we will fill the air with the breathtaking, heart-capturing love of Jesus.

As we allow Jesus to live in us and through us,
His fragrance will permeate the world around us.

As we live in CHRIST,
we will become His exquisite fragrance -
drawing all those around us,
to new life in CHRIST, too.

As you go through your day, what will you bring into the life of those around you?

Are you content to simply be stale air?

Windblown
{Photo Credit}
I didn't think so, and neither am I.

I want my life to be SO FILLED
with the love and knowledge of Christ,
that everywhere I go,
everything and everyone is stopped in their tracks
by the sweet fragrance of God.

I want to live my life so as to be
a sweet-smelling aroma of God's love.

I want to be a breath of fresh air....


the kind that will breathe new life into "dead" souls
and awaken them to new life in Christ.

In CHRIST, we are . . . His exquisite fragrance.








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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Introducing My Sister, Inspiration for Moms, (and a Fall Giveaway!)

Have I ever told you how Heartprints of God came to be?

One day, way back in February of 2009, I got a phone call from my sister, Laura.  Randomly, out of the blue, she shared, "Hey, guess what I did today. I started a blog."

"A blog?" (I hadn't even heard of one, and here she was already diving into one!)

"Yeah, a blog - and you should, too.  You love to write. You need to start a blog."

And so, after much, MUCH, much prayer and much, MUCH, much encouragement from my sister and much, MUCH, MUCH, MUCH prodding from the Holy Spirit, Heartprints of God was born.

Today, I would like to introduce you to my sister and her fabulous blog, Inspiration for Moms.

As you will soon discover, my sister is amazing.  From DYI projects like building a bed for her son or redecorating her laundry room, to decorating for fall, to sharing wonderful recipes, to loads of inspiration and motivation, to . . . , you name it, you'll find in on her blog.

And today, because she loves Fall (don't we all?) Laura is having a Fall giveaway and invited me and some of her favorite blogging friends to hop on board. 



Celebrating Fall, letting you in on one of the best kept secrets out there - Inspirations for Moms, and a chance for one of my readers to win a $300 gift card of their choice - Target, Amazon or Visa , sounded too good to pass up.

To enter, all you have to do is follow the instructions on the rafflecopter below. If you subscribe to Heartprints of God or follow me on Facebook or Pinterest, you already have entries waiting for you, so be sure and enter.  If you don't, no worries. Just follow the instructions on the rafflecopter and it will walk you through the steps to sign up and get entered in this fabulous giveaway.

Plus, in addition to Inspirations for Moms, you might just happen upon other blogs that will inspire you, too.

Happy Fall!


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Saturday, September 21, 2013

In CHRIST, We Are . . . His Own~











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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

In CHRIST, We Are . . . Called to be Holy, Not Perfect~

He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done 
but because of his own purpose and grace. 
This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time...
~2 Timothy 1:9 (NIV)

If you were to thumb through a thesaurus in search of synonyms for the word holy,
you would soon discover perfect did not make the list.

Synonyms you would see listed (just to name a few) are:

beautified
blessed
chaste
consecrated
devout
god-like
pious
pure
redeemed
resurrected
righteous
upright
virtuous

But, not perfect.

Look twice.  Look three or fours times if you want.  It's not there.

And yet, in our human way of thinking, 
holy
and perfect are often thought to be one in the same.

What a misconception!
What a sneaky way for Satan to keep us caught up in the rat race of trying to "be" and trying to "do".
What a ingenious way for the enemy to keep non-believers believing they'll never measure up,
and to keep them asking "why should we even dare to believe in Jesus or try to follow in His footsteps?".

What a tragedy when we fall for this lie.


For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ and through him God reconciled everything to himself.
He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.  
This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News.
~Colossians 1:19-23



In Christ, we are holy.
In Christ, we are blameless.
In Christ, we are righteous and in right standing with God.
In Christ, we are beautified, blessed, chaste, consecrated, devout, god-like, pious, pure, redeemed, resurrected, righteous, upright, and virtuous.

Not in our good deeds, not in our "measuring up",  
not in our being perfect.
Our holiness is found IN CHRIST and Christ alone.

But, our holiness in Christ, does not get you and I off the hook when it comes to the way you and I choose to live our life. Once we are walking "in Christ", Christ calls us walk in His holiness.

Don’t lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing. 
You didn’t know any better then; you do now. 
As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life, 
a life energetic and blazing with holiness.
 God said, “I am holy; you be holy.  
You call out to God for help and he helps—he’s a good Father that way. 
But don’t forget, he’s also a responsible Father, and won’t let you get by with sloppy living.
~ 1 Peter 1:14-17 (MSG) 

  
So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”
~ 1 Peter 1:14-16 (NLT)


In CHRIST, we are called to be holy.
To be holy, we must be in CHRIST.

No, perfect and holy are NOT one in the same,
but holy and "in Christ" most definitely are.

 In CHRIST, we are . . . called to be holy, not perfect.








 

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Friday, September 13, 2013

In CHRIST, We Are . . . Heirs of God's Promises~









 
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

In CHRIST, We Are . . . Privileged to Suffer~

Trials, temptations, tribulations-
not words we like,
not something we warmly welcome into our life,
not something we receive with joy.

But, we should.

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.  
For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.  
So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, 
you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
~ James 1:2-4, (NLT)

Make no mistake about it.

Being in Christ does not keep us from suffering.
In fact, being in Christ is a sure guarantee that in this world, we will suffer.

Indeed all who delight in piety and are determined to live a devoted and godly life in Christ Jesus
 will meet with persecution [will be made to suffer because of their religious stand].
~ 2 Timothy 3:12 (AMP) 

Persecution -
not a word we like,
not something we warmly welcome into our life,
not something we receive with joy.

But, again, we should.

Blessed and happy and enviably fortunate and spiritually prosperous
 (in the state in which the born-again child of God enjoys and finds satisfaction
 in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of his outward conditions) 
are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake 
(for being and doing right), 
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven! 
~Matthew 5:10 (AMP)


You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. 
The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.
~Matthew 5:10 (MSG)

Troubles and persecution -
both are part of being in Christ,
both bring blessings that couldn't come any other way,
both serve a divine purpose in our life.

But, the ultimate reason JOY should be found in our suffering is this:

 For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ 
but also the privilege of suffering for him.
Philippians 1:29 (NLT)


To suffer for our Jesus,
to share in HIS suffering -
this is what it means to be in Christ.
This is our highest honor.
This is our greatest privilege.
This is the reason for our JOY.

In CHRIST, we are. . . privileged to suffer.






 
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Saturday, September 7, 2013

In CHRIST, We Are . . . Closer than We Sometimes Feel~

What do you do when you are in the middle of writing a series entitled, "In CHRIST, We Are...",
only to sit down at your laptop and unexplainably find yourself without a word to type.

What do you do when suddenly you feel as though you are on the "outside looking in"?

Not outside, exactly - still in Christ, but journeying through the wilderness.

You know Christ is there, you just can't see Him beyond the next word on the screen.
You know Christ is speaking, you just can't hear Him over the winds of doubt, fear, and insecurity blowing through your mind.  You know you are still IN Christ, but you feel out of sync, out of earshot (and heartshot), out of His presence, out - not in.

Have you ever been there?

Oh sure, maybe you weren't in the middle of writing a series,
but chances are you, too, have sat down at the table of life, only to find the tables turned -
(and most likely in a life-changing way you never expected or never saw coming).

Perhaps, you have been in the middle of

a job and unexplainably found yourself in the unemployment line,

a marriage and unexplainably found yourself in divorce court,

a healthy body and unexplainably found yourself at a cancer treatment center.

You know you are still in Christ, but suddenly you are journeying through the wilderness.
You know Christ is there, you just can't see Him beyond the bills, the rejection, the doctor report.
You know Christ is speaking, you just can't hear Him over the winds of doubt, fear, and insecurity blowing through your mind. You know you are still IN Christ, but you feel out of sync, out of earshot (and heartshot), out of His presence, out- not in.


No matter where we find ourself,
no matter what our circumstances may be,
no matter what our feelings may be trying to convince us we feel,
we have to hold tight to the truth that

grounds us,
    
sustains us,

upholds us,

as we journey through.



In CHRIST,
  we are always 
        near to Christ.
               ALWAYS.






 But now in Christ Jesus, you who once were [so] far away, 
through (by, in) the blood of Christ have been brought near.
~ Ephesians 2:13, (AMP)


Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? 
Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, 
or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 
 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
~ Romans 8:35, 37-39 (NLT) 

Sometimes, we walk hand in hand with God through lush green pastures.
Sometimes, we walk heart to heart with God through a vast wilderness.

In both, God is near.
In both, God is active.
In both, God is working all things for our good and His glory.

Feelings are fickle. 
Circumstances change.

But, our God - our God is always near. 

What do you do when the tables have turned?
What do you do when you feel you are more "out" than "in"?
What do you do when you don't know what to do?

Trade your feelings for faith and keep on
typing one word after another,
sending out one resume after another,
embracing one friend after another,
praying one prayer after another,

until

your feelings are overtaken by your faith,
your circumstances no longer loom bigger than your God,
your heart knows that it knows that it knows, your God is near.
ALWAYS.

Chances are - your God is closer than you've ever imagined.

In CHRIST, we are. . . closer than we sometimes feel.








 
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Thursday, September 5, 2013

In CHRIST, We Are . . . All ONE~







 
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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

In CHRIST, We Are . . . Never Without~

It's a simple fact:
you can't be "in" and "without" at the same time.

in*: on the inside, within
       plentiful; available

without*:  at, on, or to the outside out; outside of
               beyond the compass, limits, range, or scope of
               not having


It's impossible.
It can't happen.


You can't be in your garage and without it at the same time.
You can't be in the ocean and without it at the same time.
You can't be in a contract and without it at the same time.

It's a simple spiritual truth:
you can't be in Christ and without Christ at the same time, either.

And, if you are in Christ, you can't be without. Period.

And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) 
your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
~Philippians 4:19 (AMP)

If you are in Christ, you can't be without
salvation,
forgiveness,
or redemption.

If you are in Christ, you can't be without
wisdom,
instruction,
direction.

If you are in Christ, you can't be without
hope,
promise,
faith.

If you are in Christ, you can't be without
protection,
watch care,
shelter.

If you are in Christ, you can't be without
love, 
joy, 
peace, 
patience, 
kindness, 
goodness,
faithfulness,   
gentleness, 
self-control.

If you are in Christ, you can't be without
bread to eat,
water to drink,
your daily needs.

If you are in Christ, you can't be without
His favor,
His blessing,
His delight.

If you are in Christ, you can't be without
HIS might,
HIS strength,
HIS power.

If you are in Christ, you can't be without
HIS comfort,
HIS care,
HIS embrace. 

If you are in Christ, you can't be without
HIS companionship,
HIS SPIRIT,
HIS very presence.

If you are in Christ, you can't be without
ANYTHING.

If you are in Christ, you can't be without
PERIOD.

In Christ, we are...never without.








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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

In CHRIST, We Are...Reminded to KISS~

No, not smooch. (although - a kiss, when appropriate, is always, well, appropriate)

I'm talking about the acronym: K.I.S.S.

K-eep
I-t
S-imple
S-weetheart

I was reminded of this simple acronym reminding me to keep it simple while I was having an anything but simple conversation with a fellow church goer this past weekend.

Can anything get more complicated than a theological debate?
And yet, the way of Jesus is so very simple.

SO. VERY. SIMPLE.

But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, 
so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
~ 2 Corinthians 11:3, (NKJV) 

I don't know about you, but simple works for me.  
In fact, the simpler, the better.

I'm not a           
rocket scientist,
or a
biologist,
geologist,
physiologist,
or any other kind of "gist".

Yet, when it comes to understanding 
the love of my Jesus
and his death on the cross, 
I more than get the gist of this.

Love like no other,
sacrificed once and for all,
FOR ALL,
so once and for all,
ALL MANKIND  
would understand the love of God.

It's not complicated.  
It doesn't take a theology degree.  
It doesn't require 
debate, 
discussion, 
or dissection.

God loves me and God loves you.

It's as simple as that, sweetheart.

In CHRIST, we are...reminded to KISS.










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Monday, September 2, 2013

In CHRIST, We Are . . . Curable~

Do you ever feel like giving up?
Do you sometimes doubt if you will ever be able to "get it right"?
Do you try and try again, only to fail, and then fail  - again?
Do you ever feel as though you are spiritually broken, beyond repair?
Do you ever feel powerless in your fight against the raging disease of sin in your life? 

Do you ever feel incurable?

I have to admit, I've been there.  Many times.  And, so has Paul.

For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.  It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge. I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me?
~ Romans 7:17-24 (MSG) 

Can anyone cure me of my sin?

Enter our "in Christ" verse for the day:
No condemnation now hangs over the head of those who are “in” Jesus Christ. For the new spiritual principle of life “in” Christ lifts me out of the old vicious circle of sin and death.
~ Romans 8:1-2 (Phillips)

Oddly enough,
or maybe it was perfectly perfect,
when I looked up the word "condemn" at Dictionary.com
one of the definitions I found was this:

to declare incurable

Outside of Christ, we are under condemnation.
Outside of Christ, we are caught in the vicious circle of sin and death.
Outside of Christ, you and I are incurable.

In CHRIST, we find our victory over sin.
In CHRIST, we are under His blood.
In CHRIST, WE. ARE. CURABLE!

Listen to the rest of Romans 7 and Paul's excitement as he makes the same discovery:

Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.
~Romans 7:25


Not in me trying harder.
Not in me spinning my wheels
and failing miserably.
Not in me doing it myself.


Not in my own works, 
my own ability, 
my own self.


Our healing is found
IN Jesus Christ our Lord.



In CHRIST, we are . . . curable.








 
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Sunday, September 1, 2013

In CHRIST, We Are...Invited to Enter In~

All that we have in Christ, is found IN Christ.

Unless we are willing to enter "in", we will simply be another window-shopper,
gazing through the glass pane,
desiring all that is laid out before us,
yet unable to reach out and take hold of it.

In CHRIST, we are invited to enter in. 

Remember Noah?

He believed in God, no doubt about that.
He believed in God to the point he was willing to build a boat,
a HUGE boat,
in the middle of the desert,
when rain was yet unseen and previously unknown to mankind.

He believed in God to the point he was willing to endure ridicule
and find himself the punchline of one joke after another,
day after day after day.

He believed in God to the point he was willing to say yes to God,
no matter what.

And, when the time came,
Noah was willing to accept God's invitation and enter in.
Before the sprinkles came,
before the lighting flashed and the thunder roared,  
before there was any evidence of a coming storm,
Noah's faith in God led him to walk right up to the door of the ark and enter in.

It wasn't enough for Noah just to build the ark.
It wasn't enough for Noah to simply believe God would save him.
Noah had to enter in to be saved.

Noah did more than believe,
He followed his belief with action.

He accepted the heavenly invitation
to enter into the provision and protection of God,
found only in the ark,
and, as a result,
he and his family were rescued from death,
given a new start and
brought into newness of life. 

You and I have been given the same invitation.

Through the blood of Jesus Christ,
spilled on the cross for you and I,
we can now enter in to Christ,
and all the promises of God.

Like Noah,
we have been given a heavenly invitation
to enter into the provision, protection, and salvation of God,
found only in Christ,
and, as a result,
be rescued from death
given a new start,
and brought into newness of life. 

But, like Noah, we have to be willing to enter in.

We have to be willing to follow our faith
                 into Christ's will.

We have to be willing to follow our faith
   into Christ's plans, purposes, and promises.

We have to be willing to follow our faith
           into Christ's death,
             so that in Him,
         we might find new life.

We have to be willing to follow our faith
               in to Christ,
so that we might in turn, be "in Christ".


Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit. Only eight people were saved from drowning in that terrible flood. And that water is a picture of baptism, which now saves you, not by removing dirt from your body, but as a response to God from a clean conscience. It is effective because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
~1 Peter 3:18,20-21 (NLT)

Therefore we have been buried with him through baptism into death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so also we may live a new way of life.  
~ Romans 6:4 (LEB) 

For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith.
For as many [of you] as were baptized into Christ [into a spiritual union and communion with Christ, the Anointed One, the Messiah] have put on (clothed yourselves with) Christ.
Galatians 3:26-27, (AMP) 


In CHRIST, we are . . . invited to enter in.







 
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