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What Would Jesus Do?

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Thinking with the Mind of Christ

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.

 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.

(Philippians 2:5-11; Ephesians 5:1-2, 8; Romans 12:2)

If you’re serious about letting Christ change your life, you’ll be asking yourself this question a lot.

Christ’s death on the cross did a lot more than teat up your rap sheet and clear your name with the Judge. By accepting His death, you have also accepted His life, the seeds of a new character that He is forming inside you as you let His words become yours, as you begin adopting His nature of purity, trust, and humility, crowding out the self-centered clutter you’ve been accumulating all these years. Christ has come to clean house, to bag up the stuff that needs to go in the garage, to throw open the windows for fresh breezes of godly insight and perspective, to shine the revealing light of His word into every corner of your life. As He starts to work within your everyday experiences, you’ll not only begin doing things His way, but thinking the He thinks, becoming sick to your stomach at the sight of your own unfaithfulness. Yet you are renewed to seek your thrills at no other place than the satisfying waters of Christian obedience and to filter your daily decisions through the lens of His unselfish love.

“God’s intention is that we be free from this world’s mindset. When we think like God thinks, we are free from the bonds of Satan.” – T. W. Hunt

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Tomorrow’s Reading: Once you’re known the Father’s love and felt the Son’s transforming embrace, you can open your life to the sweet presence and safeguarding of the Holy Spirit.

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Purpose of the Cross!

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No matter how foolish it may seem to nonbelievers, the Cross serves four key purposes.
First, Jesus died on the Cross to satisfy His own justice. God’s Word says that “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). When we break God’s Law, we must pay the penalty. Jesus, the only sinless one, paid that penalty for us on the Cross.
Second, Jesus died on the Cross to redeem His own children. He delivered us from sin and death. Every one of us is born into enmity with God, but God has provided the way back to Him through the Cross.
Third, Jesus died on the Cross to justify believers. It was an act of gracious justice. God does not excuse our sin as a minor concern, but He forgives and restores us when we come to Him in repentance and humility through faith in Jesus Christ. God gives us salvation from sin and death as a gift—a very costly gift.
Fourth, Jesus died on the Cross to reconcile all of those who will believe in Him to His Father. Sin creates a wall between us and God; only Jesus can tear down that wall. When we are reconciled with God, it transforms us from being God’s enemies to being His children.
Prayer: Thank You, Jesus, for all that You accomplished on the Cross. Thank You for the reconciliation I now have with God because of the price You paid.
“For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life” (Romans 5:10).

But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. (Acts 20:24 NKJV)

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God Hates Arrogance

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God Hates Arrogance

by Max Lucado

Proverbs 16:18 reminds us as humility goes before honor, “pride goes before a fall.”

Ever wonder why churches are powerful in one generation but empty the next? The Bible says, the Lord will tear down the house of the proud. God hates arrogance. He hates it because we haven’t done anything to be arrogant about. Is there a Pulitzer for ink? Can you imagine a scalpel growing smug after a successful heart transplant?  Of course not. They are only tools. So are we. We may be the canvas, the paper, or the scalpel, but we are not the one who deserve the applause.

David declares who does in Psalm 23, “He makes me, He leads me, He restores my soul… for His name’s sake.” For His name’s sake! No other name. This is all done for God’s glory. He takes the credit, not because He needs it, but because He knows we cannot handle it!

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