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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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October 1, 2013 - Yes, I Am!

By Jerry D. Scott

A painter does not exist to stir colors. He mixes paint to create beauty. We can get so focused on our lives — so wrapped up in work, projects, people, and plans — that we lose sight of real LIFE. (Well, I do, anyway. Do you?) We can mistake our "doing" for our "being."

My existence includes mundane necessities like oil changes and lawn mowing, but that is not the "all" of it. My true identity is found in my identity as a child of the living God, a citizen of His eternal kingdom, called to make the world beautiful and privileged to make the invisible God a real presence in the envelope of time and space. When people do not have that vision or when a Christian loses it, life devolves into a struggle for money, sex, or power.

Without the divine, we become like the creatures of the forest, fighting to survive. Period.

Paul's letter to the Romans, that amazing treatise on God's grace, says: "When God counted [Abraham] as righteous, it wasn't just for Abraham's benefit. It was recorded for our benefit, too, assuring us that God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God. Therefore, since we have been made right in God's sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God's glory" (Romans 4:23-5:2, NLT).

"Righteous!" God offers us full acceptance. We need not live in shame or guilt, feeling alienated from Him. The Cross connects us to our Heavenly Father and settles, once and for all time, the question of His love for us. "Peace with God!" There is no need to avoid Him, to pray tentative prayers from a distance. Through His grace, we are living in harmony with Him, filled with His Spirit, one with His purpose. "Undeserved privilege, where we now stand!"

We are not subject to the accusations of the evil one, nor need we be pulled down by the nagging voice of our old sinful nature. God has pulled us to our feet and given us a Solid Rock on which to stand. "We confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God's glory!" Yes, yes, yes ... there is hope for the future. Our bodies will die, but a grave is not our destiny. We are already alive in Christ, so death is just the transition point from living within the confines of time and space to an existence beyond them.

By faith, even today, determine to live out the true identity God has created in you. Sometimes we read promises from the Word and nod our heads, but we leave them on the page, so to speak. Pull out Romans 4:23-5:2 and place it in your mind, at the forefront of your conscious thoughts today. It will make a difference.

Here's another word from the Word: "So if you're serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don't shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ — that's where the action is. See things from his perspective. Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life — even though invisible to spectators — is with Christ in God. He is your life" (Colossians 3:1-3, The Message).

— Jerry D. Scott is senior pastor at Faith Discovery Church (Assemblies of God) in Washington, N.J.

 

 

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