Wednesday 22 November 2017

Living in Christ


The Book of Acts registered all the events happened after the Resurrection of JESUS CHRIST.  It begins with a wonderful line. 
Acts 1:1 [NLT] – “In my first book I told you, Theophilus, about everything Jesus began to do and teach…”
“Jesus began to do and teach”
He did and taught! 

JESUS CHRIST is our only role model to be followed.  He taught what HE lived on this earth.  A Godly man once told: “JESUS didn’t study many books and taught the Sermon on the Mount.  But HE preached what HE lived”. He also said: “why are these days preaching are not powerful? Because many want only to preach (nicely).  They don’t want to live (nicely).”  
Ministry is important.  But not as important as life in CHRIST.  

Life in Christ is like a basement of a building.  Ministry is like a floor which should be built on the basement (life).  But today many are not willing to build a basement, but they want to build the floor first.  

Living with and living in Christ is very important.  Ministry will come automatically from that overflow of love on Christ.
In Ezekiel 36:27[NLT] we read that:
“…I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful with my regulations.” 

Why is GOD giving us HIS Spirit? To do miracles? – NO! The power of Holy Spirit is given to us to follow his WORDS on this sinful earth. That is what Jesus told in Acts 1:8[NLT] – “…you will receive the power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.” 

What is that power? 

The power to LIVE in CHRIST in this world.  
I saw and seeing many other religious people who want to come to JESUS are not coming to HIM because of the bad testimony of Christians[not all] today.  They may do miracles, they may cast out demons, and they may prophesy.  But see what answer they’ll get from JESUS on the Judgement day.  We can read that in Matthew 7:21-23.

As a servant of GOD, Bible has some very good examples for us to follow.
2 Kings 4:7[NLT] – we read that Elisha got a testimony from the lady that: he is a man of GOD! See the 9th verse also: I am sure this man who stops in from time to time is a holy man of GOD. What a testimony! 

Today I see many fights for titles.  But see Elisha.  He never said I am a servant of GOD or I am a holy man.  If you see someone saying that I am a man of GOD for himself, then surely he is not at all a man of GOD.  A true man of GOD won’t say himself that he is a man of GOD.  His life in CHRIST will automatically give that testimony.

Here’s another testimony for Elisha in 2 Kings 3:11: “He used to pour water on the hands of Elijah”.  
If our ministry for GOD stands before us means then it’s a testimony from people
If our life in GOD stands before us means then it’s a testimony from GOD.  Those who have testimony from people won’t go to heaven, but the testimony from GOD will.

The Book of Revelation 12:11[NLT] says – “and they have defeated him (the devil) by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony.” A life with a Good testimony in GOD has great power. Revelation 12:10 says – satan is an accuser.  What will he accuse us about before GOD? Not about the ministry but Life.  

Dear brethren – let us think about our lives today.  We may have been called to do HIS Ministry.  Yes, it is important but not important than life. JESUS CHRISTS’ 30years of life is what turning people’s lives today to HIM.  Ministry (3 ½ years) is next.

Yeah GOD gives us HIS Grace to live a good LIFE before HIM.

Author Bio-
Pastor M. Lazar from Tamil Nadu, South India. GOD has chosen him from a poor family. Started serving GOD while in Chennai.  During that time GOD gave a vision that: He was taking the Bible and walking in a valley of dry bones.  After that, he prayed to GOD so as to understand the vision and GOD said to him to preach HIS WORDS among poor people and to plant Churches in villages those who don’t know CHRIST.  (According to Ezekiel 37:1-14)

According to that vision, he obeyed GOD and came to a village named as Walajabad in Oct 2001 and started to serve GOD.  Now V.A.Koil(a village) as center serving GOD for the past 17 years also in many villages.

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