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Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh

Discussion in 'Daily Devotionals' started by altya, Apr 28, 2002.

  1. altya

    altya Servant of God

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    1 Peter 4:1
    Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, ARM YOURSELF LIKEWISE WITH THE SAME MIND: for he that hath SUFFERD in the FLESH hath CEASED FROM SIN;
    2 That he NO LONGER should live the REST OF HIS TIME in the FLESH TO THE LUSTS of men, BUT TO THE WILL OF GOD.

    This scripture is one of those that I meditate on for years and today I’m truly thankful for the input of this scripture into my life.
    God started to change my character and what I mean is this:

    Everything of my character that did not match Christ character was chopped off and I’m sorry to say that all of my character was chopped and changed. Nothing that I have could stand the match with Christ. The reason is that I came out of the world with worldly standards, and the way the world sees things is not Gods idea of how things worked

    I thought that I had some of the fruit of the spirit, at least love. I loved people but when God showed me that my love fall short of His standard. I saw that the worldly love is poor in standards. Worldly love is centered on the first person –
    I will love you if you love me; I will be good to you if you are good to me; I will treat you with respect if you do the same.
    Gods love is differed – I will love even if you hate me; I will love even if you hurt me; I will love you even if you steal rob or harm me. I will go before God with compassion in my heart and pray for you in humbleness. I will look to you the way God sees you. I will ‘close’ my eyes for any works of the flesh and not judge you but rather seek for the potential in you and help you to work on it.

    Then I think ok I’m a joyful person and even here my eyes were opened. I was full of joy as long as things went my way and I discover that its very easy to be happy when all is good and nice around me but I failed joy – the worldly standard is I’m happy and cheerful when everything is fine. God’s joy is to be happy and contented when: (Habakkuk 3:17) Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: 18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. 19 The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. This is quite a thing to practice. It’s not easy to be joyful in these times and this is why we need God’s joy.

    How many of you know that it’s easy to be at peace if no one is angry with you. If everybody is treating you with the respect that you feel you deserve. It’s so easy to walk in peace when people (those who are members of your household and those brother and sisters in church) are so ‘considered’ to you. But it’s a different story when someone is treating you very badly.
    I failed peace – Worldly standards are to defend myself; to shift the blame to someone else; to have the right to feel offended. God changed me to choose not to be offended. To not care about blame shifting and not to get caught up in arguments. If people hurt me I pray for them. If they verbally abuse me I don’t take it personally and pray with compassion for them. If they really hurt me badly I turn to God and ask God’s help to overcome. I even have to rejoice in it. (1 Peter 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy).

    With these changes I learned to establish better relationships with (my) people. I saw the importance to walk in peace in my own home and Church.

    Years ago I thought I was smart by praying a lot, reading the bible and do everything I thought Christian should do, but then God changed me from having religion into having relationships with people. I’m very impressed with God because with religion I wanted the people to see how good I am. How much God loves me; All was centered around me, but with relationships I have to put myself and my needs on the background, and look to my fellow brother and sister, seeing their hurt and needs and serve them. Helping them to overcome their difficulties. When I’m doing this I found out that God took care of my needs and hurts. To do this does not require lots – only willingness to a heart change. God supplied all the ‘tools’ to be available to serve people.
     
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  2. Gerry

    Gerry Jesus Paid It All

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    I am always awed when I see the anointing of God. I applaud the self inventory here. But this last paragraph is truly anointed. The Christian walk is all about choices. It is oh so easy to say "I forgive you", but the words are meaningless, until we choose to forgive in our heart. When we make that Choice, God, Himself gives us the grace and strength to carry it through and then comes the most beautiful cleansing. Then God can take the clean heart and fill it so full of love and joy. I know from experience. A "forever" lost love was restored in just this way, and it is now 10,000 times sweeter than ever before. What a God we serve and what a Sweet Saviour we have in Jesus! God bless you Alta in your walk with Jesus and in your service to Him through your service to others.
     
  3. Mandy

    Mandy Well-Known Member

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    Amen.
     
  4. Thia

    Thia New Member

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    I have recently started my walk with Jesus (got saved in Sept). I can't imagine ever going back to the way I was. The more I learn, the more I want to know. All the days of my life I have never felt this thirsty. The more I know, the sadder I feel for people around me. How they are missing out on the incredible gift of Love from God. How did I miss it for so long? Thank GOD He drew me near. I have learned to love every day, every minute of my life. No matter where I am. So sad to hear people say, "if the weekend would just get here", or "when I retire I'll finally be happy". I CHOOSE to be happy NOW. I answer the phones at my job and people just marvel at how I'm always happy and having a great day. I just pray that I am a witness to them and that they crave what I've got because I would love to share with them where my inner peace, and joy come from. It is available to EVERYONE! Praise God. :bow: :bow: :bow:
     
  5. altya

    altya Servant of God

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    I rejoice :bow: :eek: :eek: over your repentance with the angels in heaven, may your Christian walk with God be in obedience to His word

    Luke 15:10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

    You have discovered a great truth – to make God the centre of your joy.
    May goodness and mercy follow you all your days.
     
  6. altya

    altya Servant of God

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    This is so true - we need to walk in forgiveness daily :)
     
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