Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Monday, December 24, 2012

Are you in Christ?

"It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with Him, we shall also live with Him." 2Timothy 2:11

The claim of so many people in the world today that it is not "religion" that saves, but the good life one lives, because they share the notion that "one religion is just as good as another" is deceitful.

Many religious people share a portion of that idea, in that they think, if one lives a good life, God will approve and save that person.

As I talk with people about becoming Christians, making it clear that no matter how good we think we are, we just cannot live good enough to save ourselves.

To one who has a basic understanding of the need for the cross of Christ, it should be obvious that morality is not enough to save anyone.

If morality, man's goodness, were sufficient to save, there would have been no need for Christ and the cross!

The Apostle Paul rightly stated that if righteousness is through the law, then Christ died in vain.

"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which i now live in the flesh i live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20. 

If salvation were by our goodness, then Christ died in vain!

The truth is, we all have sinned, and we cannot by our own works atone for even one sin we have committed.

The Bible says that it is only in Jesus that salvation can be found in.

"Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." Acts 4:12

If we are saved at all, it will be "in Christ".

Our works will not save, but Christ can.

Only Christ can save.

Make no mistake about that. It is necessary that we live a good life, but that life must be lived "in Christ Jesus" if we expect the blessings of God.

Christ is the greatest gift of God to man and it is only in Him that we have salvation. That means, no matter how good we may be or how good we may live, if we are not "in Christ" we are not saved.

"For we are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God." Colossians 3:3

Saturday, December 15, 2012

11 Days Before Christmas

I saw this and wanted to share....

Twas' 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38 when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven's gate.

Their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air.

They could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.

They were filled with such joy, they didn't know what to say.

They remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.

"Where are we?" asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.

"This is heaven." declared a small boy. "We're spending Christmas at God's house."

When what to their wondering eyes did appear, but Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near.

He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.

Then He opened His arms and He called them by name.

And in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring those children all flew into the arms of their King, and as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,

One small girl turned and looked at Jesus' face.

And as if He could read all the questions she had

He gently whispered to her, "I'll take care of mom and dad."

Then He looked down on earth, the world far below He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe, then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,

"Let My power and presence re-enter this land!"

"May this country be delivered from the hands of fools"

"I'm taking back my nation. I'm taking back my schools!"

Then He and the children stood up without a sound.

"Come now my children, let me show you around."

Excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran.

All displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.

And I heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,

"In the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT."

Written by Cameo Smith, Mt. Wolf, PA

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Do you know His voice?

"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow me:" John 10:27

The Shepherd talk to us personally, by name.

He knows us inside and out.

Have you ever heard the Shepherd's voice speaking to you through the pages of His Word?

Have you ever been sitting in church or even reading on your own and a verse or passage has been illuminated as if it seems to jump right off the page?

Almost like that specific portion of Scripture has your name on it.

He knows our thoughts before we think them, our words before we speak, our emotions before we feel them, and our actions before we do them.

When He speaks to us it is in our own personal language of our life.
God'S Word is very personal!

How do we know for sure when someone comes and says I have a word for you?

Which voice is truly relaying the authentic voice of our Shepherd?

We should never just take any one's word for anything.

The best i can tell you on this matter is you to go to your Bible and search the Scriptures.

We are to ask God to open our ears so He can give us a personal Biblical word.

Yes, God does speak through others, but is what they have said in accord and confirmed by His Word?

Who is clamoring for you attention?

Who is claiming to speak for God as he or she tells you what to do?

Is it a parent, spouse, pastor, counselor, friend, boss, therapist, doctor, professor, boyfriend, girlfriend?

Whose voice do you hear or listen too?

How are we supposed to make wise choices in a world that is swirling with contradictory opinions on every subject?

Yes, it is sad to say that even the world within the church offers conflicting viewpoints.

The ONLY way for us to know for sure that we hear His voice speaking to us, and that is through His Word.

Everyday is a battle in which we need to hear our Shepherd's voice.

Are you lead by the Shepherd?

Let me tell you if you are lead by the Shepherd and someone is claiming to speak for Him to you and you are uneasy and don't know why, generally that is a warning  going off in your spirit.

Your spiritual antenna will go off.

The only way for sure to know and discern if the person is true or false is to know the Shepherd's voice.

What is that - His Word!

We need to be saturated in the Scriptures of Truth.

We need to be disciplined in every day study.

If you not, there is no better time than to start than right now.

When we know the truth and are presented with that which is false, we will instinctively know it.

It is not an option, I must read it, study it, understand it, apply it, and live by it - the very Word of God!

We are also to listen to our shepherd's voice through it - the Word of God!

We must heed His voice.

When we do, His Word will make a lasting impact on our life, which in turn will bring fruit cause His Word is powerful!

"He that is of God heareth God's words:" John 8:47a