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Word of Faith > Enjoying Newness of Life

By: Martin Cisneros

The Lord's lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is His faithfulness! (Lamentations 3:22-23 NASB)

For I will not contend forever, nor will I always be angry; for the spirit would grow faint before Me, and the breath of those whom I have made. (Isaiah 57:16 NASB)

For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. (1Corinthians 15:22 NIV)

Here's a radical thought: embracing the Lordship of Jesus is about embracing life and not about embracing death. Passing through death in order to attain life is nothing more than passing from whom you've been into living life in and through and with Jesus Christ.

Jesus' yoke is easy and His burden is light!

Do you come from a religious background that makes the Christian life an intolerable ongoing process of death? While there are further and further levels of life that are there for the taking, the embracing, the inheriting, and the becoming, yet it's a process of going from life to life and peace to peace and joy to joy and not an ongoing gory abhorence to all flesh, like something dreadful out of the movie "Stigmata."

As you have therefore received Christ, [even] Jesus the Lord, [so] walk (regulate your lives and conduct yourselves) in union with and conformity to Him. Have the roots [of your being] firmly and deeply planted [in Him, fixed and founded in Him], being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving. (Colossians 2:6-7 Amp)

The Bible teaches a growing process of sinking your roots deeper into Christ and into your new life through thanksgiving, and through embracing the infinite grace of God that is already abounding towards you. And you grow in this thanksgiving and in the consciousness and experience of His grace through knowing and growing in obedience to His Covenant of grace. Your knowledge and growth in obedience to His Covenant of grace grows in your heart through spending quality time in His Word so that you are progressively yielding up your life to His Word and His Holy Spirit more and more fully throughout the rest of your life.

You ought to get your Bible and find the book of Colossians in the table of contents and from there turn to the book of Colossians and read verses 12 through 17 in the third chapter again and again and again. That outlines for you the extent of your responsibilities throughout your whole life as a Christian. And that is your success formula for everything that ever has or ever will be important to you as you pursue your life in Christ:

Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. (Colossians 3:12-17 NKJV)

You ought to read Colossians 3:12-17 out loud for at least 30 to 45 minutes a day for one to three months, or until it starts sinking in that the Christian life is a romantic joy and a journey as well as a continual act of self sacrifice. Too many Christians seem to focus on the self sacrificial part to the everlasting exclusion of living an easy going, carefree life.

Don't worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel. Finally, my friends, keep your minds on whatever is true, pure, right, holy, friendly, and proper. Don't ever stop thinking about what is truly worthwhile and worthy of praise. You know the teachings I gave you, and you know what you heard me say and saw me do. So follow my example. And God, who gives peace, will be with you. (Philippians 4:6-9 Contemporary English Version)

You can be true, pure, right, holy, friendly, and proper. Holiness and friendliness are not opposites! Your heart is your garden. And it is your responsibility to cram the Gospel of Christ into it, so that eventually all your words, your deeds, and your presence are reflecting [little more than] the Words, Deeds, and Presence of Christ. The Gospel, in it's pure form as found in the Bible, will never produce legalism. The Gospel, as contained in the Scriptures, can never produce religious and political venom. Christians have often slipped into traditions that have brought venom into the local fellowship of believers, and consequently to the society at large. Because the Bible says to be holy, then interpretations have been layered to texts that required all kinds of legalistic applications that dried up the fountain of any genuine Gospel being treasured in the hearts, mouths, and minds of believers. And then it became a matter of looking religiously acceptable and focusing on appeasing and maintaining and spreading traditions that had no reflection of the life of Christ and no positive consequences on the genuine flow of life between and from believers.

Tread softly on applications of Scripture and be teachable your whole life long in how to express the Biblical truths of Redemption through Christ. Don't just stay flexible when it comes to new methods of bringing others to Christ. But stay flexible regarding how you pursue the application of every truth. The specific concepts in the Bible of our redemption never change. But none of us fully understands all that there is to be understood of the full depth of all that Christ has accomplished, will accomplish, and will yet express Himself through each of us from generation to generation. Again:

As you have therefore received Christ, [even] Jesus the Lord, [so] walk (regulate your lives and conduct yourselves) in union with and conformity to Him. Have the roots [of your being] firmly and deeply planted [in Him, fixed and founded in Him], being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving. (Colossians 2:6-7 Amp)

If you'll do these things then Jesus' yoke being easy and His burden being light will not only clarify more and more to your understanding and how you express Christ to others, but you'll start to experience it. And as you begin to experience it, then you'll find yourself, one day, truly enjoying newness of life!

 

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