Friday, January 21, 2011

2011 January 21 - Morning Manna

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Today's Morsel: Are you in Christ or out of Christ?  If your focus in on the past, you are probably out.  If your desires are for riches, fame and glory, you are probably out.  If your hopes are obtaining some position, or a better car, home, or location, you are probably out.  If your mind is often drawn to politics, sports, or worldly entertainment, amusement, and gadgets, you are probably out.  But on the other hand, if your focus is looking ahead to what new thing God is going to do in and through you, you're probably in.  If your discussion oftentimes lead you to talk about or write about Jesus, you're probably in.  If heaven is your hope, dream, desire, and want, you are probably in.  To be in Christ is to have put on Christ (Galatians 3:27).  It's to be free from continual worry, terror, and unrest.  It is to be a vessel fit for the Master's use.  It's being willing to go wherever and to do whatever Jesus asks of you.  Paul said that if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. Therefore, you can't be the same as you were before.  You are new.  When you are new, you realize what you use to be, and that you've been given another opportunity to be what God intended for you to be when He created you.  But because of sin in our lives, we became defiled.  But when we repented of our sins and were baptized in His name, His blood cleansed us from our sins and we became new creatures.  And now we are in Christ and old things are gone.  So until one obeys Peters instructions, "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost"(Acts 2:38), they are not yet in.  Paul also lets us know why we need the Spirit of Christ in us,  "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his" (Romans 8:9).  In or out, which are you?
Sing: He's changing me! My Blessed Savior, I'm not the same person that I use to be. Well it's been slow going, but there's a knowing, that someday perfect I will be.

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