Learning and Living the God-centered life

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How we began 2010, so how did we finish...

The Challenge when we started in January 2010
God the Father, who is holy, righteous, just, omnipresent, omniscient, self-sufficient and eternal has made a way for man to be in fellowship with Him forever and ever. This is man whose heart is evil and desperately wicked, who has done nothing but rebel against God from day one, who doesn't seek God or what anything to do with God and is at constant enmity with God. So how can this kind of man who is sinful, unholy, deceitful and undeserving stand in the presence of this God without being immediately condemned, judged and cast into an eternal fiery hell? It is because of the gift of God the Father which was His Son Jesus Christ. And in that gift God made a way through the death of Christ on the cross for our sins to be paid in full and for the righteousness of Christ to be credited to our personal accounts. My brothers and sisters in Christ, this must be meditated on daily so that we can be receivers of this amazing grace. Keep in mind there is no doing at this point there is only receiving. And the receiving is based on an external event that is an objective historical fact which is the death of Christ on a cross. As this grace falls on your heart and mind, God gifts a measure of faith which becomes the instrument that allows us to REPENT and BELIEVE. We then become a community of believers that receive grace daily as is falls into our lives based on the person and work of Christ, joy starts to rise in our affections toward God and the outworking becomes our love toward others. But I want you to see that it is the vertical relationship that drives the horizontal relationships and not vice versa. When you come into the 2010 year and do a spiritual evaluation and find many of the horizontal aspects of your life missing such as giving, serving, and fellowshipping, the key is to get back to the cross! Because as grace starts to be meditated on and embraced, then a joy for God will rise up and leads to an overflow of love for others in the horizontal sense.

The Summary
Don't make the 2010 year primarily about what you do but a year to mediate, pray and study about what has been done for you by Christ at the cross.
This is called making sure that you don't put the imperatives (the commands of Scripture) ahead of the indicatives (the reality in Scripture of what Christ accomplished on the cross). If you need a quick refresher on this just click on this LINK.

Take time this year to be amazed by the grace of God in all aspects of your life. Pray diligently, consistently for a measure of faith from God to absorb, embrace, understand and relish in His grace. Please, please, please understand this is about God being the Giver and you being the receiver. Never ever get those positions mixed up in your personal theology. As He gives grace and you receive properly and Biblically then watch what happens in terms of your Christian service. It will start to come from delight and not duty. It will be from a heart that says "may I" instead of a head that says "must I."
It no longer becomes what I have to do but what I get to do because of an overflow of love for others. I again want to reiterate that if the horizontal pieces of your Christian life are dry or missing then it is critical that you remain steadfast in your thinking and meditation regarding the cross of Christ.

I am hoping and praying that 2010 will be the most spiritually enhancing and God honoring year of your lives. Allow me to close with what could easily become a theme verse for our community this year;
1Pet. 4:11 Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.