Give Your Body to Christ

27 01 2009

Jesus Christ laid his life down on a cross for us and the least we can do is die to ourselves daily and offer our bodies as a living sacrifice to Him.  My life is not my own, I was bought at a price.  I want to honor God with my body physically – treating it as the temple that it is.  I cannot serve Him properly when I am sick!  Therefore, I will sacrifice earthly desires for heavenly treasures. 

Ask God to give you strength to overcome your weaknesses, whether it be concerning what you eat, how you view your body, or your self control.  Instead, focus on His sustenance and how that will nourish you.  Ask for guidance in how you present yourself to others; may people know that we are Christians without ever having to speak a word.

 

Verses to cling to:

I Cor 6:19b-20

You are not your own; you were bought at a price.  Therefore honor God with your body.

 

Romans 12:1

…offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.





Get in the Word Daily

24 01 2009

This year, and for the rest of your lives, make it a habit to read the bible every day.  Many of us have been guilty of surviving on snippets of scripture or simply reading Christian books.  Reading the Bible is crucial to our Christian walk.  It is much easier to stray when we are not hiding God’s word in our heart.  I have also come to realize that there is no better way to learn God’s word than to read it everyday.  I may not be able to memorize the Bible word for word, but I pledge to know the truth and have a command of where to go in God’s word to find His promises. 

 

A few years ago I learned from my spiritual mentor to pick up a “One Year Bible”.  I figured that once I finished my year, I was done.  The next Christmas, the only present I asked my mother for was another one year bible so that I could begin the journey again.  For some of you, a Bible such as this may be the answer to quick-start your reading.  Others of you may have a different plan.  Whatever the case, don’t let planning stand in the way of action; make Bible reading your daily feast!

 

Psalm 119: 9-11

How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.





1 John 3:16

19 01 2009

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?  Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.

-1 John 3:16-18

 

For many of us, the first memory verse we every learned was John 3:16…and with good reason!  However, have you ever taken a look a 1 John 3:16?

 

Throughout the bible, we are instructed to love.  In verse 16 above, God clearly defines love for us; He loves us so much that he gave up His son to die on the cross for our sins, and Jesus willingly allowed himself to be crucified for our sins.  If we say we love someone, but are not willing to sacrifice of ourselves for them, we are being hypocrites.  Love is mentioned over 500 times in the bible…I think God is trying to tell us something.