Hey everyone! Hope you are in preparation for Easter. Yes, today is “Good Friday”. Today (some years ago) was the day when Jesus took on the penalty of our sin. Instead of just taking this as another day, thank God for what He did many years ago. Without Easter, we would still be praying and confessing our sins to a priest. Our sins would not have been paid for.
I’m reminded of a great verse that shows the freedom we have through Christ:
“Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split…”
Then…JESUS CONQUERED DEATH!
Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
-1 Corinthians 15:55-57
This is a re-post of a blog I wrote a few months ago. I thought that I would share it again.
A song that I’m sure most of us have heard called “White Flag” is a song by Chris Tomlin that focuses on the theme of surrender. It is really a great song, and it is applicable to every Christian’s life.
So often, we do things in our own strength…not God’s. Living the Christian life, you are either fully surrendered to God with every aspect of your life, or you are not. I can assume that most of us have been on both sides of the spectrum.
We often temporarily surrender to God, but then the…
- temptation that leads to sin controls us
- busyness of life steals our time with God
- time we once devoted to spend with God now is replaced with something else
The list can go on. The point is that in order for complete surrender to happen, we must do the following:
There is a common question that encompasses many Christian’s lives: “How do I follow God’s will for my life”? As Christians, we should desire to stay in God’s will for our lives. If we are truly following Christ, we should have the desire to please and serve Him.
If you are always questioning if what you are doing is within God’s will, then how can you serve Him to your best ability? The answer is rather simple, but it is hard to live it out: we need to keep our focus on God. This is easy to say, but it is not easy to live out on a daily basis. There are a few things that I have to remind myself of all the time to be able to be assured that I am living out God’s will for my life.
First off, prayer is important. If prayer is not an important part of your life, you can be certain that God’s direction will not be clear. If you are not on the same wavelength as God, you are not going to make the decisions that He wants you to make.
There are many things that try to steal our attention and focus away from God. One of the hardest battles to face as a Christian is the battle of the mind. I believe Satan can begin to infiltrate our minds if we do not have a defense system in place.
The more controlled your mind is, the easier it is to remain focused on God. Living in this world and trying to live for Christ at the same time is almost considered an oxymoron. The reality is that Christians live this oxymoron on a daily basis.
It is necessary to develop defenses to guard your mind on a daily basis.
God desires not for us to conform to the standards of the world, but to live serving Him and others. It is hard to live for God if your mind is filled with things that are not honoring to God.
When you wake up and your feet hit the floor, a new day begins. It is important to have a purpose. God gives us another day to live for a reason. The reality is that we engage in a battle every day.
In order to win, we have to have a purpose.
If you go about your day with no purpose, it can be a waste of time. Instead, God calls us to live with a purpose…In other words, we are called to live intentionally.
What Is Your Purpose?
This can sometimes be a hard question to answer. The ultimate purpose for every Christian should be to glory God and to make Him known to others. The way we can do this effectively is by living intentionally. Wherever God places us, we should be ambassadors for Him.
“Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.”
In my previous post, I discussed how our words and actions can make a difference in others. It is important for our actions to line up with what we say. If you missed reading this post, you can read it here!
As Christians, we should desire to make a positive impact on others around us. One of the reasons God has us on this earth is to show His love. By doing this, we can make an impact on others. In the post Making A Difference With Your Words and Actions, I stated that if you want to make an impact on others, you have to be authentic in your words and actions. In other words, what you say must line up with your life.
At the end of the post, I asked the question: “Do you find it hard to make a difference?” I received some great responses from several readers.
The other day, I posted a tweet that said, “Words without actions are meaningless”. True influencers are able to back up their words with actions.
If you think about it, would you rather listen to someone who just tells you what to do but is unable to execute it personally? Or would you rather listen and follow someone who actually lives out what they say?
I would choose the second option.
I have received numerous emails from teens across the country in the past week that have really inspired me to write this post. Many have started connecting with me through twitter, but a few have actually kept me updated on things through email. It is awesome to connect with people my age around the nation that I have never met before.