Anyway… the service at the Crossing this past Saturday was amazing!! Pastor Greg preached on prayer, and it was one of the best sermons I have ever heard. He used many passages from the Bible to demonstrate and explain righteous prayer, effective prayer, and fervent prayer. It was wonderful. At the very end of the service, while he was closing in prayer, I had this awesome epiphany from the Spirit. It was the kind where you already ‘knew’ it, but now you really understand it personally, in your heart and spirit – where Jesus opened your eyes to something you didn’t see before.
I was thinking about how it is a fact that humans sin. Then a thought that was obviously from the Holy Spirit hit me: Even though I, as a human, still sin, I am alive in Christ! I have died and have been re-made and re-born in Christ, free from sin, a willing servant for the Lord, right? But I run back to sin again and again, acting in anger, speaking harsh words, being lazy, being inconsiderate and uncaring, being judgmental, being disrespectful, and being just plain sinful. But Christ is living in me, so when I can’t love, He can, through me and in me; when I can’t be joyful, He can, through me and in me; when I can’t be content and perseverant and forgiving and patient and peaceful and self-controlled and loving, He can, through me and in me! I am spiritually alive in Christ, and will act and think spiritually alive every minute of I day, like Christ, if I study God’s Word and apply it in my personal life, have a constant conversation of faithful, fervent, effective, trusting prayer, and strive to seek God and God’s Will with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength – I will be truly alive!!
A group of girls I’m part of online were recently talking about what approaching the full stature of Christ looks like (“The gifts he (Christ) gave were . . . to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.” –Ephesians 4: 11-13). One girl said that for her it “would mean people wouldn't see me when they looked in my direction. I'd be invisible, transparent- Christ would be the only thing you could see.” Is that not awesome or what? Ya gotta love it.
Paul says, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20). Paul also writes, “In the same way, count yourselves alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.” (Romans 6:11-13). And later: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
If you want to watch Pastor Greg’s sermon, go to http://www.crossingonline.org/archives, click “Launch On Demand”, and click on the video titled Awakening – Week 3 (it has the word ‘People’ on the picture for the video).