Saturday, January 26, 2008

I Am The Grateful Dead

No, not Jerry and Mickey and company-they tour only in our memories now. I mean that I am grateful to God, and dead to this world, so to speak. As Paul said in Philippians:
“20For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 21who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.”
The temporal is temporary; while we are here, living for God, we live, breathe, fall, get up, make mistakes and grow old. Sometimes we do good; often we mess up and it comes back to us that we are simply sinners saved by Grace. It is His Righteousness which grants us entrance to Heaven, and none of our own.
“15Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.” 1 John 2:15-17
Never give up, friends. I know that it is hard not to heed the siren call of the world. We are immersed in it daily, but the World doesn’t stand a chance against the Word.
Meaning that He Who has begun a good work in us will continue to perfect us, draw us closer to Himself, and away from the world.
Yes, we fall. Without His Spirit indwelling us, we would be ground to sinful mincemeat, with no hope of ever entering the presence of God in Heaven. But Greater is He Who is in you than he who is in the world.
The body of our humble state will be transformed into conformity with the body of His glory.
May God continue to Bless you, friends, to lift you up when you are down, enable and strengthen you for the coming days. It’s going to be Wonderful.

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