If you are a believer in Jesus Christ and have actually confessed your sins and believed in Him for salvation and a new reality, I want to remind you that Jesus Christ is your new life. Colossians 3:4 reminds us of the truth that Christ is our life and Colossians 3:3 lets us know that our lives are hidden with Christ in God. This week when you are facing the struggles and realities of this world remember this:
- Christ is my new life: He is the perfect, content, holy and fulfilled life and He actually lives in me!
- Christ is my victory: Though I struggle with my insufficiencies, He is the victor in all things and specifically He is the victor in this!
- Christ is my fullness: Of myself, I am tired, weak, foolish and empty, Christ is overflowing in the fullness of all I need!
- Christ is my supply: In this moment that I am lacking, Christ in me has all I need!
- Christ is my peace and rest: This week as the wind blows and the waves crash, Christ is at perfect rest in me.
- Christ is my meaning: When I wonder if I am accomplishing anything, God is working perfectly in me and through me.
- Christ is my hope: No matter my feelings and no matter the circumstances, Christ is perfectly working and able to sustain me all the way through this life.
- Christ is my everything: The meaninglessness of so much of this life is superseded and overcome by the all-sufficiency of my God who is with me and for me!
- Christ is the door opener: The impossible hindrances are easily walked through with Christ who is the gate and door unto eternal and abundant life.
- Christ is the door closer: My God is able to not only bless me with good things but is able to keep me from anything that is less than His plan for me!
All of this is predicated on God being perfect, holy, righteous, good and completely able in all He does. And furthermore, it is available to all (and only) who will walk by faith. Invite Jesus into your heart. Let Him be Savior. Let Him today and always, be your life!
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. Galatians 2:20
What is the new life that we have as Christians? If we are “saved” and “born-again” then the Scriptures tells us the “old has gone and the new has come”. So what is the “new” that has come?
The Scriptures are so clear that Jesus Himself is the “way, the truth, and the life”. Jesus is indeed our life. The new life that is available is the very life of Jesus Christ. Once we are made new our old self is dead. Our old self has been crucified with Christ so our new life is the very life of God Almighty by His Spirit within us.
Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27
The poured-out, indwelling Holy Spirit is our new life. As such every thought, emotion, attitude, motive, and circumstance must be taken to the Lord in prayer and examined against the Bible so that we may allow the very life of Jesus Christ to be the direction and action of our life.
For me, this means three things: 1. I must always lay everything in my life before the Lord for Him to do with it what He wants and 2. I must always listen to the voice of the Lord that comes by His Word and Spirit and 3. I must always set my heart and will to obey the Lord by faith and realize that His very life within me will proceed forth.
As Christians, the hope, promise, and reality is that we don’t have to live the perfect life by our effort and vain-glory, but rather that He will live His perfect, holy, loving, and righteous life through us. I believe this and on this, I stand. I pray for a fully-surrendered spirit within me that will never quench or grieve or despise or work against the life of Christ within me.
Thank you, Lord, that you are the perfect life within me.
But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption. 1 Corinthians 1:30
Do you feel empty and depleted? Does it seem that in your spirit you struggle to have the joy you know you are supposed to have or the faith that others seem to have? Maybe it seems like God is so very far away. Continue reading