simplicity IN the purposeful Christian Life

We often think that finding the will of God is a complex thing …

“For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and BELIEVES IN Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”  John 6:40 (NASB)

Peter describes the gift God gives the believer …

Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized IN the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”  Acts 2:38 (NASB)

That once fulfilling the will of God in belief one may then walk and live according to the will of God …

For the gospel has for this purpose been preached even to those who are dead, that though they are judged in the flesh as men, they may live IN the spirit according to the will of God.  1 Peter 4:6 (NASB)

Jesus describes the two-fold outcome of such a belief …

“He who BELIEVES IN Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.”  John 7:38 (NASB)

“Truly I say to you, if you have faith (if you BELIEVE) the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.”  Matthew 17:20 (NASB)

You may look at the last two passages and wonder, ‘How?’

“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives IN me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith (by BELIEVING) IN the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”  Galatians 2:20 (NASB)

Here are a few more words of wisdom from Major W. Ian Thomas about the INdwelling life of Christ (Yes, I’m still unpacking the introduction).

“Do you know what it is to live purposefully? ?  Is there an urgent sense of mission or some compelling thrust within you which makes life add up to the sheer adventure that God always intended life to be?”

“If so, there is good news awaiting you, good news about a treasury of purpose and truth and wisdom to be found IN the person of Christ, for living purposefully means trading …

  • our poverty … for Christ’s wealth
  • our weakness … for Christ’s strength

We exchange …

  • the bankruptcy of the fallen Adam
    for ALL the fullness of Life of Christ

and we discover the sheer adventure of allowing Jesus Christ to be God IN our own experience, for God He is!”

Abide IN Christ Jesus, His love, His words … IN His life!

Bernie

 

About bwebbjr

A grandfather, father, husband, man, and a child of God who is following Christ Jesus and working out his salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work IN me, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). I dodged my first bullet with cancer when a cancerous polyp was removed in a sigmoid colectomy surgery in August 2007. Four years later, in the midst of a second colectomy surgery we discovered I had Stage IV metastatic colon cancer. Rather than colectomy surgery I had colostomy surgery, which now means the colostomy bag is a part of my everyday life ... with the emphasis on life. God has given us a peace beyond understanding as my wife and I have traveled this journey. By the grace of God I am blessed to be a 6 plus year cancer survivor aka warrior. In writing, I am often wrestling with my own personal struggles and beliefs and in the midst God leads me to a lesson He wants me to learn ... or sometimes He simply touches me in the revelation of Himself. My hope is that the result you see here might touch your heart and glorify God. And let me be clear ... I am not the only one with something to say. Please join in the conversation sharing your faith, your cancer experiences, etc. I would love to hear from you. Bernie
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4 Responses to simplicity IN the purposeful Christian Life

  1. jimdavenport says:

    Bernie, I can see that our discussion this week is going to be a rich one. We may just have to stay on the Introduction for a while yet and move on only when the Lord allows!
    Jim D

    • bwebbjr says:

      Amen to that … it is so enlightening and enriching to go through this book with a brother IN Christ … the conversation and insights cause me to go even deeper than Major Ian Thomas already does!

  2. Butch Dean says:

    Bernie, Thanks for this simple reminder. We often tend to complicate God’s word.

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