TODAY'S MANNA for Thursday Dec. 1, 2016
Are you displaying the fruits of Christian faith?
Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? -- unless indeed you are disqualified.
2 Corinthians 13:5 New King James Version
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
When a person says they are a Christian what they are really saying is that they are in "The Faith" of Christianity. Christianity is "The Faith". They are saying that Jesus lives and flourishes inside them. They are saying they are Christ like in all they do and say. They are saying they have a day to day personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, that they really know Him! In fact you cannot be a Christian, saved and going to heaven unless you are in faith and abiding in Christ and His Word. For it is by grace through "faith", that you are saved (Eph 2:8). You are not a Christian just because you go to a church on Sunday morning, or once a week and have a Bible on your bookshelf or coffee table. No, you are a Christian only because you have Christ living inside you, because He is your Lord, because you are fellowshipping with Him daily, and because you are living a Christ like lifestyle everyday. Knowing about Christ Jesus will not make you a Christian, you must personally know Jesus. Christian means Christ-like or Christ-inside! Are you displaying the fruits of that faith? We should be, if we are calling ourselves Christians. Or are you an actor (hypocrite), pretending to be holy and a Christian, going to church on Sunday, but then living like the rest of world the rest of the week. The fruits of your life will show us and the world, and God which you are. You can not hide your fruit, especially from God.
Father, I just want to thank You that You have sent Christ to me as an example of how to live the live of faith. You said in Your Word that the "just" shall live by faith. So if I am just (in right standing with You because of what Jesus did for me) then I need to be living by the faith. Father, let Your Holy Spirit give me the want to, the strength to, and the power I need to live by faith in You and what Jesus has already done for me. Strengthen me day by day as I walk with You. Lead and guide me into the "Christ-like" life style everyday. Show me those things that need to change and be removed from my life. Draw me ever closer to Your side. Help me to become God inside minded and to walk and talk as Christ did always. In Jesus' name I pray.
In His Service
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