'Christ in You...'
by Dale Krebbs
Would you like to live forever?
Not as you are now...subject to troubles, struggles, worries, pains, and difficulties with other problems in living...sickness, getting older, feelings of failure? If you are now a real Christian, your life has already been arranged, predestined, ordered, directed, guided. You are cared for, guarded, and provided for. You are beginning to know Him. And, more important, He knows you (Matthew 7:22-23). But IF you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, your life will continue as is. As the proverb says, "the more things change, the more they will remain the same".
But IF - if you can believe in Jesus Christ: if can turn you back on your way; take up His way; and live for Him:
"And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert [on a pole], so must [so it is necessary that] the Son of Man be lifted up [on the cross], In order that everyone who believes in Him [who cleaves to Him, trusts Him, and relies on Him] may not perish, but have eternal life and [actually] live forever! For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life". - (John 3:14-16). Then you can have a new life! "Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses,
He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation). And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One). He did this that He might clearly demonstrate through the ages to come the immeasurable (limitless, surpassing) riches of His free grace (His unmerited favor) in [His] kindness and goodness of heart toward us in Christ Jesus. For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God; Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.] For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]." - Ephesians 2:5-10 (AMP)
Now all things become new - you are no longer destined for eternal punishment. You have been begotten again for a new life that lasts forever. With Christ living in you, many burdens become lighter, because He has loved you and will saved you. You are becoming a new creation. You will finally be born again. All those worries, troubles, and doubts you can now take to Jesus. He will help you carry and bear your burdens. You can now rest from your worries and give them to Him. "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest ]relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good—not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne." - Matthew 11:28-30 (AMP)
Can you believe? He promises that He will help your difficulty in believing. Just ask Him. "At once the father of the boy gave [an eager, piercing, inarticulate] cry with tears, and he said, Lord, I believe! [Constantly] help my weakness of faith!" - Mark 9:24
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