Monday, August 22, 2016

We are Strong in Jesus

Photo by Carlos Varela
Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:1
You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

Insights: I had the amazing privilege this week to preach in Ecuador.  I preached from 2 Timothy 2:1-3.  Verse one provided the first point of the sermon which was we are strong in Jesus.  Grace is the favor of God which we do not deserve.  We were sinners and enemies of God and yet, Jesus died for our sins.  When we enter into that relationship with Him we are then born again and receive the promised Holy Spirit who enables us to live life from the point of strength.  This strength is super natural and not something we can manufacture ourselves.  In and of ourselves we are weak and escapable of change, but in Jesus, we are strong and courageous.  We are valiant and bold.  We can affect the lives of others because of God’s work in and through us.  Beloved, it is my fear we who claim to be followers of Christ Jesus do not live life from this perspective.  We live life from a faithless and ineffective position.  We belong to Christ.  We are His, and because of our redemption, He is ours.  Our lives ought to look differently from that of those still lost and bound in this world.  It is my prayer others around you are able to notice and recognize the difference Christ Jesus makes in your life.  You are to be truly transformed.  May your life reflect this powerful distinction.

1. Are you a son or daughter of God?
2. If you are a son or daughter, do you live in the strength that is your right as His child?

Prayer: Father, all too often I live in weakness and fear.  I ask You to strengthen my heart to live life by faith and in the power which is mine as Your child because of Jesus’ work.  May my life of faith bring You glory and honor.  Amen.

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