Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6 kjv
CONFIDENT: full of assurance, having no uncertainty, trustful, believing
The great joys of a christian is that NEW life in Christ! Born again...brand new.
A WHOLE NEW LOOK!
The significant mark of a born again Christian is a CHANGE!
As if life started all over again! A new walk, new talk...
This is to be a total make-over!
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. II Corinthians 5:17 kjv
What great CONFIDENCE indeed...to know that GOD is faithful as promised and he performs that good work in us when we trust him...HIM ALONE...as our LORD and SAVIOUR. The work begins that moment!
I found it quite interesting as I read about the Caterpillar (before he becomes a NEW creature!)....the caterpillar is considered a pest in agriculture. They have bad vision as well.
Sounds much like the sinful creatures we WERE before salvation...blinded and a pest to our own lives! Destructive.
And then...the change comes by simple faith of trust..as the definition of CONFIDENCE states...trustful. Believing the truth of the WORD of GOD.
I loved reading about the MONARCH butterfly... the name alone says something:
MONARCH: a hereditary sovereign-right, holds a dominate position.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you. I Peter 1:3-4
The monarch butterfly feeds on MILK-weed...how noteworthy, that the WORD OF GOD is called MILK.
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.
I Peter 2:2 kjv
Amazing how fit everything is...even for me.
I was raised in Pacific Grove, California in my youth...and participated in our yearly parade as a "butterfly kid" for the celebration of the MONARCH butterflies coming to the coast in October each year. I recall watching films about the CHANGE of the caterpillar to this glorious "Monarch" butterfly.
What a wonderful example God has left us in his creation of the very thing he does in life with that of a sinner who comes to him in sincere faith, repenting and desiring to live a NEW LIFE IN CHRIST by salvation in his SON.
If you have read my story at Watering Wells of Hope...you will remember me writing about the glorious mountain...Mont Blanc in Switzerland.
MONT BLANC... is called the MONARCH of the mountains! How touching for me and how God places so many things in our lives to illustrate...
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ... Philippians 1:6 kjv
THIS IS THE DAY...rejoice in the continued work of Christ in your life and let him have HIS way with thee...Let others SEE the change.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. I Peter 1:25
It is finished...it is SEALED.
Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant... Hebrews 13:20
What JOY...to KNOW that our salvation is everlastingly SEALED in the LORD Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 1:13 says..In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise...
II Corinthians 1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given us the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
I remember when I was first saved and my husband (not then) continued to share with me the Scriptures. The very foundation of TRUTH. The Cornerstone of our faith...the WORD OF GOD. This is where faith is built up in strength. As in the book of First John..the KNOW book. I was so heart struck as I read the Scriptures for the first times. The true Scriptures. The confidence and assurance that came as I read. It testified of itself by His Holy Spirit within a true believer. There was no question in my mind or heart that this was TRUE.
And then to read of the SEALED promise. SAVED...it is finished. Confession of my sinful life was forgiven...FINISHED. The WORD that I could read and learn from...was FINISHED. NO more adding or taking away..it was finished, complete, SEALED.
For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. Revelation 22:18-19
Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
No wonder Christians REJOICE...no wonder a new Christian leaps for JOY. What greater gift of life than to have Eternal Life and to know that it is for ever...sealed and yours.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.