Why do so many people hear the words of Jesus in fear and trepidation and the miraculous life of Christ as being little more than pie in the sky? How can we reignite the love, grace and freedom we once experienced at the beginning?
Live your lives, NOT according to the ignorance that only appears valid to those who are drunk on it, BUT according to the very wisdom of God who is causing us to know what it is to be alive in Christ
Holy is what we already are, for we have died to what we were and have been raised to new life in Christ.
“Time doesn’t matter, only life matters.” — from the movie, The Fifth Element. Of all that we think most important, one truth stands above all: life
Being led by the Spirit is all about that love of God. It’s not just saying that these things can’t separate us from God as in a positional-security sense, but that they can’t separate us from his love
Our problem with the written word (aka. the Bible) is the very same as our problem with life itself. We have learned to assume that there is no relevancy between our actual life and God
The Father brings us to experience the death from which life springs forth. Death working in us, life in those we minister to
We have been freed in Christ to truly be alive. That includes the experiencing of the broken-heart, for it is a gift of God to us as through the pain we experience the suffering of Jesus himself.
Religion is a hard taskmaster because it plays off our fears and insecurities and pride and shame
When Jesus talked about following him, especially in view of taking up his cross, the message was simple because it declared that they didn’t have what it took to follow him
there is no advice in this world – even if it comes from a Bible verse or a preacher’s sermon – that can produce God’s work within you. Oh, it might make you appear more spiritually productive, but the working of God doesn’t come from the practical side of the grave … but from the living side that has risen past it. When I tell you that Christ is your life, I’m telling you about the one and only present-tense reality that causes you to live as one who is truly alive in this world. source