'BEFORE THE MOUNTAINS WERE BROUGHT FORTH, OR EVER THOU HADST FORMED THE EARTH AND THE WORLD, FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING THOU ART GOD.' [KJV PSALM 90:2]
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Hello and Welcome my Beloved Friends:
Are YOU; Am I, a 'living sacrifice'?
If you are in Jesus Christ, 'saved'; and were asked what is God's will for the life of a Christian, what would you say, and are you abiding by what you say?
As Christians, we're called to give ourselves to God as a 'living sacrifice.' But, what does this actually mean?
Let's spend some time together over a few Sundays and Saturdays, to check this out from the Holy Bible.
Post 1, Saturday, September 29, 2018; Post 2, Sunday, September 30, 2018; Post 3, October 6, 2018
First: The Apostle Paul helps us understand this truth in his letter to the believers in Rome:
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. [Romans 12:1-2] audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
A Living Sacrifice - Dying to Self
So, how do we truly present ourselves to God as a 'living sacrifice'? The concept of 'dying to self', can be understood through a little and wonderful Anonymous poem. But, in a nutshell, we must 'die to everything in and about - our prior selves, who, what, we were, our thoughts - before coming to faith in Jesus, before God 'regenerated' us enabling us to hear the Truth, and to accept the Truth', causing us to repent and be 'converted' unto salvation by faith - which is justification; sanctification; unto glorification.
[Ephesians 2:8-9, 'For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.']
As the Apostle Paul wrote at Galatians 5:20-21, to wit: 'I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. We, like the Apostle Paul, must die to our prior selves.
Jesus explained it in this way, as found at "Matthew 16:24-26, in the 'Disciples' Literal Translation New Testament, Copyright © 2011 Michael J. Magill. All Rights Reserved. Published by Reyma Publishing "
"Deny Yourself, Take Up Your Cross, And Follow Me. Some Here Will See Me In My Kingdom.
Matthew 16:'24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wants to come after Me, let him deny[a] himself, and take up his cross[b], and be following Me. 25 For whoever wants to save[c] his life[d] will lose it. But whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what will a person be profited if he gains the whole world, but forfeits his life[e]? Or what will a person give in-exchange-for his life?'
Now, let us 'pause' and reflect upon the information in this Post 1. Then, as we progress, we will consider, for examples, more 'specifics' on what 'dying to self' may look like. Then, in the end, we will 'examine ourselves', take some 'personal assessments' of where we truly are - with respect to our 'spiritual health', and, what we need to do, by the Grace of God, to correct any deficiencies. We need to be 'nipping them in the bud' before they become 'diseases of the spirit'.
May the 'eyes of your understanding be opened' as we go through these posts during the next few Sundays/Saturdays, at this 'Welcome Room' of my house in and with Jesus. [Ephesians 1:18-220] And with that, then, may we 'have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying', [Matthew 11:15; 13:9-16; Mark 4:9,23; Revelation 2:7, 17, 26; 3:12, 21]; be 'doers of the word, not just hearers, deceiving ourselves. [James 1:20-25]
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