If the bible talks to us about being transformed in the way that we think, then that should naturally affect the way that we act. Without keeping our guards up we are bound to get hit right in the kisser by an unrelenting enemy and slide back into what was once our old lives. Read on, this is a fantastic wake up to a promising 2013 – Live strong, finish stronger.
I’m a fight fan. One of the fundamentals of fighting is to be able to hit and not get hit. We all know that in an octagon of aggression, a terrible mistake could translate to a TKO to the enemy’s favor. That’s why we always hear coaches by the sideline yelling at their fighter to keep their guards up. The likelihood of kissing the canvas unconscious is high every time a fighter throws a punch with his other hand down.
How true can such reality apply in the world of a Christian disciple?
Are we a people who keep our guards up? Or are we someone who is putting it too low? Or maybe some of us have been TKO’d simply because we’ve kept it too low.
Paul tells us in that we ought not to be conformed to this world (Rom 12:2).
Conformity is always locked up with…
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|But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. – 2 Peter 3:8-9, NLT
|God may have seemed slow to these believers as they faced persecution every day and longed to be delivered. But God is not slow; he just is not on our timetable. Jesus is waiting so that more sinners will repent and turn to him.|
|We must not sit and wait for Christ to return, but we should live with the realization that time is short and that we have important work to do. Be ready to meet Christ any time, even today; yet plan your course of service as though he may not return for many years.|
“Mary Did You Know” performed by CeeLo Green featuring scenes from producers Roma Downey (Touched By An Angel) and Mark Burnett’s (The Voice, Survivor, Shark Tank, Celebrity Apprentice) epic minseries THE BIBLE.
“Mary, Did You Know?”
Performed by CeeLo Green
From the album “CeeLo’s Magic Moment”
2012 Atlantic Records
By Mark Lowry And Buddy Greene
© 1991 Word Music, LLC (ASCAP) and Rufus Music (ASCAP)
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|December 21, 2012|
|For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered* for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps. He never sinned, nor ever deceived anyone. 1 Peter 2:21-22, NLT|
|We may suffer for many reasons. Some suffering is the direct result of our own sin; some happens because of our foolishness; and some is the result of living in a fallen world. Peter is writing about suffering that comes as a result of doing good. Christ never sinned, and yet he suffered so that we could be set free.|
|When we follow Christ’s example and live for others, we too may suffer. Our goal should be to face suffering as he did–with patience, calmness, and confidence that God is in control of the future.|