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Only One risen Saviuor

Only One risen Saviuor
There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved - Jesus

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Be Filled!

13:11 "And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts."
 
Do this. Do what? Put on love. Become one with Jesus. Make Him the center of your life. Notice that what Paul calls the "works of darkness" are all things focused on myself. Putting me first only leaves me empty. Putting Him and others first leaves me full. God designed us for interconnectedness and interdependence. We thrive and find true happiness in seeking the good of others and immersing ourselves in the wonder that He is.
 
In his last line of chapter 13 he says "and make no provision for the flesh". Don't make sin easy. If you have an addiction don't fill your cupboards with it and then try and resist. Fill your life with Jesus first. Every morning reflect on Him, the things He has done for humanity and the things He has done for you personally. Then reflect on His promises. Think about all He has said He will do. When I get home at night (I live far from city lights) I look up at the uncountable stars and think how full heaven is going to be with all of us. When I see the sun or the moon pushing it's light through cloud cover I imagine what it will be like when Jesus and countless angels burst through our galaxy to come to our rescue. When I face a new day I remember that Jesus faced a new day every morning as well and knows my challenges and has my back.
 
Don't focus on emptying your life of sin. Focus on filling it with Jesus and His love. Focus on filling it with activity that will bring a smile to someone else's face. When you do these two things you will bring a smile to His face and yours as well.
 
Consider this amazing quote from a devotional book called 'Lift Him Up', page 98:
 
"The shortness of time is frequently urged as an incentive for seeking righteousness and making Christ our friend. This should not be the great motive with us; for it savors of selfishness. Is it necessary that the terrors of the day of God should be held before us, that we may be compelled to right action through fear? It ought not to be so. Jesus is attractive. He is full of love, mercy, and compassion. He proposes to be our friend, to walk with us through all the rough pathways of life. He says to us, I am the Lord thy God; walk with Me, and I will fill thy path with light. Jesus, the Majesty of heaven, proposes to elevate to companionship with Himself those who come to Him with their burdens, their weaknesses, and their cares. He will count them as His children, and finally give them an inheritance of more value than the empires of kings, a crown of glory richer than has ever decked the brow of the most exalted earthly monarch."

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