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The Secret is
(By Dr. Bill Bright)
Perhaps you are saying,
"I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died for
my sins. Am I not a Christian?" Not if you have refused to yield
your will to Him. Or you may say, "I heard a wonderful sermon, my
emotions were stirred and I had a great emotional experience. I even
responded to the invitation to go forward for counsel. Am I not a
Christian?" Not if you have never relinquished the throne of your
life, your will, to Christ. The surrender of the will is the key to
becoming a Christian and the secret of living a victorious Christian
If you have not already
received Christ as your Savior and Lord, will you, in the quiet of
this moment, surrender you will to Him - invite Him to come into
your life to live His life in you? Your life upon this earth and for
all eternity is affected by your decision. Be assured that if you do
receive Christ as your Savior and Lord, He will pardon your sin,
give purpose to your life, and give you His peace and power. Your
life will be forever changed. If you desire to receive Christ, bow
your head and pray this prayer:
Lord Jesus, I believe You
are the Son of God and that You died on the cross for my sin. I
surrender my will, the throne of my life, to You. Show me Your
purpose for my life, and I will follow You. Give me Your peace and
power that I may please and honor You, Lord Jesus. Amen!
If you have received
Christ into your life, you have begun the great adventure for which
He created you. We are told in the Bible, "What is it that God has
said? That he has given us eternal life, and that this life is in
his Son. So whoever has God's Son has life; whoever does not have
his Son, does not have life. I have written this to you who believe
in the Son of God so that you may know you have eternal life" (1
John 5:11-13, TLB). When you receive Christ, you have eternal life
here and now. You need not invite Him in again. He promises His
followers, "I am with you always, even to the end of the world"
(Matthew 28:20, TBL). His Holy Spirit will dwell within us for the
remainder of our lives.
Simply begin every day on
your knees, acknowledging that He is Lord of your life. Invite Him
to walk around in your body, think with your mind, love with your
heart, speak with your lips, and continue seeking and saving the
lost as He came to this world to do two thousand years ago.
As you continue in
obedience to Jesus' commands, you will experience the fulfillment of
His promise of an abundant life.
May God bless and keep you in this great adventure with Christ our
Who was Had by a Dream
(E-Sword - Rylisms)
Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated
him even more." (Genesis 37:5).
Some people get really upset when someone else tells them about a
dream they have had. Not normal people, mind you - only religious
people. And the reason they get upset is that they already hold
something against the dreamer. Joseph's brothers illustrate this.
They were jealous of Joseph, because he was so favored by their
father; and their jealousy moved them to do shameful things against
him. Nevertheless, Joseph held true to what he believed. And why?
Because he "had a dream."
Actually, when we consider the true meaning of those words, we
discover that it was really the other way around. The word had means
"to bind firmly." In other words, Joseph became firmly bound up in
the dream that God had given him. Dreams that are from God are
spiritual experiences that root deep in your heart; never to be
Joseph had a dream. Perhaps we could more accurately say that the
dream had Joseph!
And it was that dream which carried him through all that happened to
him over the years. For, like Moses before him, he "endured as
seeing Him who is invisible."
What dream from God HAS you?
the Power of the Resurrection Every Day
The resurrection is
more than just an event that happened once in history. It's the
source of the power you can experience in your own life, every day.
The same power that resurrected Jesus from death to life is
available to you, and if you tap into it, you'll see amazing
transformation in your own life, too.
Here's how you can
experience resurrection power every day:
Use the power
now, not just in heaven. Your hope of the resurrection
isn't just for the future when you physically die and go to
heaven; it's also for now, while you're living on earth and
struggling with sin. Make use of that God-given power to help
you overcome sin right now, and every day you're alive.
Regularly confess your sins, repent of them, and embrace the
forgiveness and grace God offers you to keep growing.
religion for relationship. Instead of pursuing hope
through performing religious rituals, believing right doctrines,
or doing good deeds, realize that those things are valuable yet
can't produce hope. Place your hope in a dynamic relationship
with Jesus. As you live for Him, relying on His resurrection
power at work in your life, you'll experience the fulfillment of
all God's good purposes for you. Instead of focusing on what you
can do for God, focus on what God can do through you.
priorities. Ask God to help you see your life from His
perspective. Look beyond the world's values (which are only
temporary) to what has eternal value. Base your decisions - for
all aspects of your life - on what matters most in eternity.
Make the most of your time here on earth, keeping in mind that
it will soon be over and you'll be accountable to God for how
you used your time here.
Die to self.
Remember that death must always precede resurrection. Be willing
to sacrifice whatever selfish desires and agendas you have that
conflict with God's purposes for your life. Decide to crucify
your selfish attitudes and behaviors, so God will raise you to
new life by transforming your attitudes and behaviors into
healthy ones that will help you grow to be more like Jesus.
Understand that, physically, you're born and live until you die,
progressing toward physical death. But spiritually, you're dead
until you're made alive through a relationship with Jesus,
progressing toward eternal life.
impossible. Just as the resurrection itself was
impossible for anyone but God, the power behind the resurrection
will take you into situations that are impossible for you to
deal successfully with on your own. Expect God to challenge your
faith when you ask for His resurrection power in your life, but
know that if you trust Him, you'll experience greater adventures
than you can imagine.
resurrection peace. You don't have to live with guilt
and shame because of the resurrection's power to forgive your
sins. Ask God to flood your soul with the peace of knowing that
you're in a right relationship with Him. Recognize that if
you're deliberately sinning against God, you can't be in a right
relationship with Him, so deal with your sin so it doesn't block
the peace God wants you to experience. If you want to experience
the peace Jesus offers, you must come to Him on His terms, being
willing to live the way He leads you to live - the way that's
best for you. Every day, repent of your sins, so you can enjoy
Note: The above is a report on the practical applications of
Henry & Melvin Blackaby's new book, Experiencing
the Resurrection: The Everyday Encounter that Changes Your Life,