Updated: Jul 27, 2020
IDEA: A Christian is something different - something better
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Matthew 13:43 (NLT)
43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s Kingdom. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!
Daniel 12:3 (NLT)
3 Those who are wise will shine as bright as the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever.
Philippians 2:15 (NLT)
15 so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people
Isaiah 40:31 (NLT)
31 But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
Romans 8:11 (NLT)
11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.
2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
1 Corinthians 4:20 (NLT)
20 For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.
You can’t be hit by a logging truck and not be changed. What’s bigger, a logging truck or God?
Have you encountered God?
Paul Washer tells the story of a man who was late to a speaking engagement.
In his defense he said that he had a flat tire on the freeway and had to change it. While working a lug nut rolled into the lane and he chased after it only to be struck head on by a logging truck traveling at sixty five miles per hour. That was why he was late.
The person who hired him knew that he was either a liar or an insane person.
Because you cannot have an encounter like that with a logging truck and not be changed.
Have you encountered God?
How can you know?
Because you will be changed.
Jesus promised us the same Spirit that allowed Him to live a perfect life and accomplish what God sent Him to do would be available to us.
Have you taken advantage of the presence of the Holy Spirit?
I don’t mean in a negative way, as one might take advantage of an easily confused person, I mean in a powerful way, as one might take advantage of a flamethrower to ignite an inferno.
God is untamable, all powerful, creative, loving and surprising.
If you are indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God, your life should be marked by the same. You should seem different.
What if God wants to change everything about you?
The truest expression of your unique, creative, beautiful, powerful self as a blood bought child of God and joint heir with Jesus Christ is your total surrender to the will and power of God’s Holy Spirit. The only way to be the best possible version of yourself is to give God completely reign over every area of your life.