SUNDAY 19TH APRIL 2015.
TOPIC: CHRISTAINITY; A BED OF ROSES.
OPENING TEXT: The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows) (John 10:10 AMP).There’re those who say Christianity isn’t a bed of roses. Usually, I wonder at which Gospel such people believe. It may not have been their experience, but Christianity is a bed of roses, and you had better believe it, because it’s true. Why do you think Jesus came? What was the reason for His suffering? It’s so we can have, and enjoy life to the full.
1 Peter 1:11 talks about the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow. Christianity is a call to the glory-life—a call into the land that flows with milk and honey; a life of enjoyment. Now, if that hasn’t been your experience, you need to make up your mind to change things; you’ve got to reverse the order. Don’t let ignorance cheat you out of God’s best. The glorious life is your heritage in Christ.
This doesn’t mean there’re no "giants" in the land; the land that flows with milk and honey has giants in it. Nevertheless, they’re not a factor, because we were born victorious. The giants are bread for us. Recall what Caleb said? He said, "Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the LORD spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: ifa so be the LORD will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the LORD said" (Joshua 14:12). That’s what we do in our fight of faith; we drive out giants by the power of the Spirit of God. It doesn’t matter how many "giants" are in your land, you can war a good warfare (1 Timothy 1:18).
Jesus said you shall have what you say (Mark 11:23). In Matthew 17:20 He said, "…If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you." So, you see, anything is possible; it’s not how huge the "mountain" is or how many "giants" are present. It’s the faith of God in your heart, and the Word of God in your mouth.
Let nothing stop your enjoyment of life in Christ! Never succumb to your circumstances. Remember, you’re seated together with Christ in the place of power; therefore, your words are not ordinary. You can laugh your way through life triumphantly, and be in control, every day.
PRAYER: Dear Father, you’ve enabled me for the triumphant life, and have enlightened the eyes of my spirit to recognize and apprehend my heritage in Christ! I’m living your dream, and gloriously fulfilling your destiny for me, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
further study:Ephesians 3:8; 1 Peter 2:9; Romans 8:35-39
: Luke 17:20-18:14 1 Samuel 8-10
: Mark 3:20-35 Leviticus 19