The Christian life, as we have seen, is one that it totally dedicated to God and His Son Jesus Christ alone. The gospel demands that we surrender all that we are to Christ; He is now Lord and King over our lives. What does it mean for God to be the King over your life? It means that He permeates absolutely everything you do. From the time you wake up in the morning to the time you lay back down to sleep and everything in between then, the Lord must be first-place.
For Him to be first place it will cost you a lot. For thousands of years it has cost men their lives in order to gain Christ. For those of us in North America, who live comfortably, and have no threat to our lives, it must cost us every pleasure, it must cost us every selfish desire, it…
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One day we will all find out that being sincere, does not give us license to be wrong. Truth demands investigation and commitment. Our conclusions must be in keeping with truth that can be tested. To be handcuffed by a lie, is the worst of all imprisonments.
— Ravi Zacharias, from The Lotus and The Cross, Introduction
God helps us through failures and the Lord delivers us out of them. God also makes goodness come from our failures. Even Christ’s strength was made perfect in weakness.
Christ’s strength made perfect in weakness
2 Corinthians 12:9 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Disciples failed to cast out demons
Matthew 17:14-21 14 And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. 16 So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.”
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Tit 2:6-8 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. (7) In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, (8) Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.
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