Posted by: firstupcofkewanee | January 17, 2010

Close to the Cross, but Far From Christ

Luke 23:47-49 (King James Version)

 47Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man. 

48And all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things which were done, smote their breasts, and returned. 

49And all his acquaintance, and the women that followed him from Galilee, stood afar off, beholding these things.

After the crucifixion of  Jesus, the Roman centurion declared Christ’s righteousness, but he failed to declare Christ’s purpose. He only knew about Christ’s personality, but not His person! 

We should not be fascinated by the cross! We should not concern ourselves with our nearness to the cross, but to the Christ of the cross! The cross itself cannot save us…but Christ can! 

Matthew 11:28 (King James Version)

 28Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 

John 7:37-38 (King James Version)

 37In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 

We have the choice of how we perceive things. It’s our choice every day to either have a spirit of complaint or contentment. 

Complaint dampens and destroys love for God – complaint is faithlessness! 

Contentment is the opposite of complaint. It fills the heart with faith and endless reasons to praise God! 

 Fire extinguishers work by removing one of the three things needed to keep a fire ablaze: heat, oxygen, and fuel. 

WATERpressures of life can dampen our worship. 

Isaiah 59:19 (King James Version)

 19So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.

OXYGENheart clutter can choke out the Holy Spirit.  

Ephesians 4:30-32 (King James Version)

 30And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.  

 31Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:  

 32And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. 

FUELcontinued revelation of God is the fuel for the fire! 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-19 (King James Version)

 16Rejoice evermore.  

17Pray without ceasing.  

18In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.  

19Quench not the Spirit. 

We tend to make church attendance the sum total of our relationship with God, but we can enjoy God’s presence in so many ways – read His Word, pray, fellowship with God’s children, get out into His magnificent world!


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