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September 22, 2016, 11:05 AM

A Nugget From My Spiritual Journey...October 2016

A Nugget From My Spiritual Journey…

  With the upcoming election, including the election of a new President of the United States, most Christians are asking many questions regarding the condition of our nation and our responsibility as citizens who are believers in Christ. With all of the talk about change, what does that really mean in the life of a nation? As Christians, we should know better than anyone else what it means to be changed or transformed. It should also be clear that a “nation” is not really an entity unto itself, but it is made up of individuals who live within its borders. So, it would stand to reason that a transformed nation will come about only if the individuals who make up that nation personally experience transformed lives. That brings it right down to where you and I live every day.

   In Romans 12:1-2, Paul wrote:

1Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. (HCSB) 

   Christianity is a lifestyle, 24/7, NOT a man-made religion. It is not a matter of trying to “do better” Mondays-Saturdays, and showing up for a couple of hours at a church building on Sundays. As Christians, we have a personal relationship with the One and only Holy God, through the gift of salvation purchased for us by His Son, Jesus Christ! He permanently indwells us, with His full and holy character, through the residence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

   How does that transform my life? I stop living life the way I would design it. I stop making choices that don’t match up with the holiness of God. I present my life as a “living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God.” That is how I worship Him 24/7, not just on Sundays. In my own strength? Can’t be done! Using His power and character, residing in me around the clock? That’s the only way. It takes a lifetime of choosing/learning, but there is no better day than today to start!  

         Marsha Cook, Director


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