The Fullness of Blessing!

The early Christians were “fired up!” They lived in the wonder of the resurrected Christ! Jesus, Who was recently cruelly murdered on a Roman cross, came out alive from the tomb. They saw Him alive themselves or heard from unimpeachable sources who had seen Him alive. Restored to life, it was an amazing miracle of gigantic proportions! As this supernatural wonder unfolded, they came to realize that they were to be indwelt with His resurrection Life. He would abide in them! He accomplished an astonishing amount of impact on their world by working in and through them. We look back and ask how it is that we have such an anemic version of the vibrant faith that drove them. And the answer is simple! When we, who are born again, begin to consciously dedicate ourselves to do whatever is required to experience Jesus as they did, we will have begun to recapture authentic and exciting Christianity. We will be revived! We will be freed from the boring routine so commonly characterizing many who have been content to be at ease in Zion. We will start to live in the fullness of blessing. A “hum-drum” and unsatisfying spiritual slumber will no longer be acceptable. Nothing less than whole-hearted embracing of the Lord of the Word and the Word of the Lord will do! Are we ready for this? Will we become disciplined in using all the means of grace? Paul, in Philippians 3:7-10, gives us the motivation that would radically change our lives from a sterile lethargy to fullness of blessing: “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for Whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death.” John W. Peterson gave us a picture of what can be. In “Come, Holy Spirit,” he gave us something to think on, something that should be our fervent prayer: “Then in an age when darkness gripped the earth, ‘The just shall live by faith’ was learned; The Holy Spirit gave the Church new birth as reformation fires burned. In later years the great revivals came, when saints would seek the Lord and pray; once again we need that holy flame to meet the challenge of today! Come, Holy Spirit, dark is the hour; we need your filling, your love and your mighty pow’r! Move now among us, stir us, we pray; come, Holy Spirit, revive the Church today!” Selah! Are we going to seek the Lord and pray?   Ron

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