Clang…. the Prison door closed behind you. What just happened? You are given back everything you were wearing when you were convicted. You walk out the Prison doors, and you are told by others, “You’re free!” “Jesus took your place!” You look bewildered, but I only accepted that someone else would take my spot on Death Row. You are told, “He died for everything you were convicted of, as well as everyone else’s Prison Sentence.”
So, your life in Christ began. You started reading His Word, amazed that He took your sin, but between your realization of the cross and everyday life, a shift occurred. Or maybe you were never truly introduced to your Saviour properly.
You see, we throw around the terms, “freedom”and “Just as if I had never sinned” so much that we make decisions to accept Christ, but end up, living however we please.
10, 9, 8, 7, 6…Next year is a few seconds away. We want it to be a year like no other. We start out with our “Resolutions” for a skinnier, happier, sober, richer self and we haven’t considered a very valuable truth, pardon the slang, but “This ain’t Your Life!” When we accepted Christ’s dying for our sins, we agreed to live His life out.
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Cor. 5:17
We belong to Him, 100%.
Yes, we know this, Julie. This is “old-school”. We are passed that, we prophesy. I have nothing against the gifts! I want to see the gifts in operation, but I see a lot of strange fire, and that is NOT God’s fault.
Upon leaving our prison, with our old things in tow, we are told that we are “New Creatures”.
We see certain other “New Creatures” around us, those who are not like we knew them in the World. They have changed their lifestyles completely. They don’t talk, act, go to worldly places, or entertain themselves, like the world. Wow! Their life has been changed.
Then, we see other so-called “New Creatures”. These are the cool ones. Oh, and they are non-confrontational. They are just enough “Jesus” that they won’t offend. They accept anything and everyone. Deep down, you know that they aren’t New!
When God asked Abraham to kill his son (Genesis 22), obedient Abraham had his hand raised to slaughter his dearly beloved son. God stopped him in the nick of time. Flash forward, several thousands of years, when God (Himself) is in the same situation, kills and crushes His Own “Dearly beloved” Son, we don’t realize that God actually had to “step up”and do what he asked of Abraham. It was His Plan for Jesus to die. God did not regret Jesus’ death. A just and Holy God had to destroy sin so we could be in a relationship with Him!
But it was the LORD’s good plan to crush him (Jesus) and cause him grief. Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have many descendants. He will enjoy a long life, and the LORD’s good plan will prosper in His hands. Isaiah 53:10
We were pardoned. Jesus took our sin and took our death sentence for us. We are freed, but this freedom was a freedom not to live like the world. You see, we are not puppets. We are given a choice, even after salvation, with how we are going to live. As Abraham’s son willingly got up on that altar, we are right there. Yes, Christ traded places with us, but we stood on the sidelines, as He died. Yes, we are free from the punishment of death, but Christ died so He might have a “Legacy”through us.
Oh, I know I hear many saying,”Not of Works”, Julie. You are getting a little bit off in your theology,Julie. Am I? Did not the word of God say,
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
“Not of Works, lest any man should boast” (Eph. 2:8-9) means we did not do anything to save ourselves. Christ is our Saviour! We are His, when we accept Him. We were saved to live for Him and for good works.
Surrendering to God doesn’t happen in an instant at the altar, but a lifetime on the Altar!- Julie Coggins
2010 or in Roman numerals, MMX.
God’s Voice broke through to me as I was preparing for this New Year. You see, the world has seen the name-only “Christians”, who do everything under the sun, but still call themselves Christians; this is why so many will never darken a church building.
The world wants to see Jesus. The One who doesn’t live like they live. Faultless, Pure. You say, Julie, I make mistakes everyday. I do too. But there are things that the world will raise their pointed finger at you and say, “You call yourself a Christian” and if you answer them and say, “I’m free”, you have just twisted Scripture to suit your worldly lifestyle.
2010. MMX. I heard God say, “This is the Year of Christ, Our Lord.” The formal Greek correspondent of x was chi, pronounced like ch in loch. As the initial of the name Christ, X has become a symbol for it, e.g., in Xmas and in the monogram XP (chi rho). In Roman numerals X stands for 10. ( thefreedictionary.com) “Christ” comes from the Greek word Xristos, meaning “anointed.” Its meaning is the same as the Hebrew word Messiah (John 1:41). They both mean “anointed” or “anointed one.”
Anoint in Dictionary.com means 1.to rub or sprinkle on; apply an unguent, ointment, or oily liquid to. 2.to smear with any liquid. 3.to consecrate or make sacred in a ceremony that includes the token applying of oil:He anointed the new high priest. 4.to dedicate to the service of God.
This year let our lives be anointed. X marks the spot. We are Christ’s. 100% We are marked or consecrated for Him. We are accountable to Christ with what we do in this New Year. We didn’t have to die, but our worldly ways and nature must be burnt up on that altar! UnGodly things are holding us back from seeing HIM! The Cross marked us as set apart.
Without holiness, no man will see God. Hebrews 12:14
His blood was applied to our hearts and minds. He, now, resides within us. Our life is for Him and dedicated to His Service! That is Anointing.
This is the Year of Christ, Our Lord! MMX! Be set apart for His Life lived in you!
What can God do with One who fully surrenders not just a day, but a lifetime? -Julie Coggins