7th September 2013

A Lifelong Walk With Jesus

“Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.”
Hebrews 2:14-15 (NIV)

Christianity is a life long journey because of the process of making humans who have no natural inclination for God into people who instead choose to seek and do his will.  So there is a necessary change in our nature, our heart and mind. This transformation can not come about instantaneously, it takes time.  The prophet Jeremiah speaks about the covenantal change which constitutes our Christian outlook and lifestyle in Jeremiah 31:33-34, “‘I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will they teach their neighbour, or say to one another, “Know the Lord,” because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,’ declares the Lord. ‘For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.’”(See also Hebrews 8:7-13) 

“The Christian faith is meant to be lived moment by moment. It isn’t some, general outlineit’s a long walk with a real Person. Details count: passing thoughts, small sacrifices, a few encouraging words, little acts of kindness, brief victories over nagging sins,” says Joni Earekson Tada, Evangelical Christian author & radio host. 

This turning of our inclination to God is lived out day by day.  It is a constant changing of our desires from the carnal to Godly.  A wonderful miracle takes place enabling us to be partakers of his divine nature.  This change takes time and the gradual work of the Spirit. Thankfully God is consistent, faithful and will complete his good work. 

So let us trust God and be patient with ourselves.  It took time for us to get to this point and it will take time “in bringing many sons and daughters to glory.” (Hebrews 2:10). And again he says in verse 13, “Here am I, and the children God has given me.”

Prayer
Our Father, thank you for your unending care for us and the work you are doing in us. Help us to live in the love and freedom which you have given us. In Jesus name.
Amen
 

Study by Lorraine & Cebert Gibbs 

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cebertandlorrainegibbsAbout the Authors:
Lorraine and Cebert Gibbs have been married 52 years and attend the Birmingham Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Birmingham
All Saints Church
George Road
BIRMINGHAM
B23 7QB

Meeting Time:
Saturday 1:00pm

Local Congregational Contact:
David Gibbs
Phone: 01213420609 (answer phone)
Mobile: 07974440580
Email: david_gibbs@wcg.org.uk

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