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There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law—indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you. (Romans 8:1-11, NRSV)

If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus dwells in you, he will give your mortal body life.

Life is not lived in our fleshly bodies but through the Spirit of God. Life is lived in the Spirit.

Without God, there is no life.

Know God – Know Life!

No God – No Life!

So allow Him to live in and through you!

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170328For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light—for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what such people do secretly; but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” (Ephesians 5:8-14, NRSV)

Know that everything you do in the dark or in secret will be made known to all. Do you really want your mother to know you do that?

No probably not. So do not think you can hide anything from God, as He sees everything and knows everything and everything you are will be exposed.

So live like you are a child of the living God and allow your life to shine His love on everything.

 

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Shine Jesus Shine

170226Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.” And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone. As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.” (Matthew 17:1-9, NRSV)

Six days later? What happened six days ago?

Well it was a little event at which Jesus called Peter satan and advised him to get a proper perspective by getting behind Jesus.

Jesus told the disciples He was on His way to Jerusalem where He would be killed. And Peter said this will not happen. So Jesus put Peter in his place, where all of us belong. I have said before if you can’t see the back of Jesus’ head then you need to change your perspective.

And then here, after Peter tries to tell Jesus what is going to happen, Jesus takes him and James and John up the mountain where Jesus meets with Moses and Elijah. How did Peter, James, and John know it was Moses and Elijah? I mean they didn’t see polaroids of them. Were they wearing name tags? Hello my name is Moses?

But anyway, Peter shows who he is again by stumbling over his words, amazed at what he was seeing, asking if they should build tents for the three of Moses, Elijah, and Jesus, so they can all stay there forever. But of course that is not why they are there, they are there to be reminded of who Jesus is. The beloved son of God.

And Jesus shows mercy and grace, even to Peter. The one who thinks he knows what is happening, but really doesn’t have a clue.

But isn’t that really all of us?

We think we know, but thankfully God loves us any way and continues to shine in our lives.

So Shine on me Jesus and help me to be a beacon for your love.

 

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160317I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, (Ephesians 1:15-18, NRSV)

This is a wonderful prayer, one all of us should pray for everyone around us.

I pray that God, the Father of our Lord and Savior, will give you a spirit of wisdom and reveal to you who He is and how He will work in your life. I pray that God will open the eyes of your heart so you may see Him and be enlightened, so you will see and understand the hope that He gives to all of us. So we all may be counted with the saints in light.

May this be our prayer for all of our brothers and sisters!

 

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On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified. When they heard these words, some in the crowd said, “This is really the prophet.” Others said, “This is the Messiah.” But some asked, “Surely the Messiah does not come from Galilee, does he? (John 7:37-41, NRSV)

Do we really ever hear what Jesus says?

Some heard the words He spoke here and said,

This is really the prophet…

This is really the Messiah…

Surely the Messiah doesn’t come from Galilee…

We think we know someone and everything about them from maybe one detail about them.

We are set on preconceived notions and ideas and are not willing to open ourselves up to the possibilities that maybe something bigger than us is at work here.

Jesus said out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water, and these weren’t even His words, but the words of the Hebrew Scripture. Yet we are sometimes slow to believe, and when others around us question we waver.

Hold tight to Jesus and allow Him to live in and through you so that He is the center and not what we think we know.

 

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