THE CHALLENGE OF OUR NEW RELATIONSHIP! 8-8-2012

posted Aug 6, 2012, 9:16 AM by Dale Barnes
“I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. (2 Co.11:2-3 NIV)

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. (Jn.8:12NIV)  Jesus said, “I am the vine...If a man remains (abides) in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit. (Jn.15:5 NIV)

Methods, gimmicks, and many ways are being presented to us with the hope of finding reality and fruitfulness that God promises. They center our lives on the wrong things. Jesus still promises life and true fruitfulness through a steady relationship with himself.  He is God’s way, truth and life!

The apostle warns us: “Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink...religious festival, a new moon celebration...sabbath day. They are a shadow of things that were to come; the reality is found in Christ.” (Col.2:16-17)  No wonder we are told to “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith..” (Heb.12:1-2 NIV)

Jesus remains the same!(Heb.13:8)   He has entered heaven to appear for us in God’s presence. (Heb.9:24)  The Holy Spirit will make the things of Christ real to us. (Jn.16:14-15)  
Let’s do it God’s way!  Let’s build and maintain a close relationship with Christ.
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