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Bible Text: “ So that it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. This

Christ First

Bible Text:  So that it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. This life that I live now, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave his life for me.” – Gal.2 v 20 (GNT)

 

Hi Y’all, how you doing? In the words of Will Smith’s hit single… it’s summer time! Hope summer is treating you alright and has been quite relaxing, engaging with bosom friends and activities that in all bring glory to God, of whose mercy has kept us through into July. You know summer time periods have been envisaged as one of the romantic periods of the year: people find love, some come out of love/relationships after quite a long period. However, God desires for us children a better path way (Hebrews 6 v 9b) whenever we are faced with cross roads (Jer.6 v 16) in regards to our relationships and ultimately whom we settle down with FOR LIFE… YES, YOU HEARD ME! He is concerned in pretty much everything, especially our relationships. 1 Peter 5v7 (GNT) says “Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you. “

 

So with this brief intro, that being said, let’s get to the chase, shall we!

 

In our world today, most relationships are fueled by selfish “I’s” that have resulted in a series of broken, weeping, sorrowful hearts. Whenever you walk into your relationships, whether in your ways, wisdom, you, in your “I standing beliefs” will only receive relationships that would not see the light of day, as it awaits its untimely death (Break – ups, I say!). Proverbs 4 v 12 (GNT) says “Nothing will stand in your way if you walk wisely, and you will not stumble when you run. ” Also, Proverbs 18 v 1a (NKJV) says “A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire…” which in proverbs 14 v 12 & 16 v 25 (NKJV) says thus There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” This clearly informs us that no matter how wise you might be, the moment you isolate God from the picture better still, The Word, from the decisions of your relationship life, you are most prone to face issues, that would stand in the way of your relationship and in your hopes of leading such partner down the aisle. This would ultimately if not dealt with, lead to one stumbling into series of “deaths” in your relationships.

 

Thus, this emphasises our bible text of today’s discussion, it says “So that it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.” We are encouraged and further admonished that our “I’s” no longer exists through the finished works of Christ upon the cross of Calvary, and upon confessing that Christ, is now who lives in us. This further connotes the place of Christ “The Word” residing daily in our lives, to shepherd our soul as seen in Psalm 23 v 1a (heart, mind and emotions – soul) and as emphasised from our bible text which says This life that I live now, I live by faith in the Son of God”. In addition, do remember that God, even before He embarked on anything clearly stated: “In the beginning was the Word” (Genesis 1 v 1). This is should be our daily lifestyle in involving the Word FIRST in our lives either before we embark on our voyage of pursuit for a partner as a single or as a married couple in building your home in the fear of the Lord and His wisdom to avert any appearance of destructive outcomes or death that results in the majority of relationship evidenced in our time.

 

In conclusion, how much of Christ (His very spoken words) has its dwelling and life in you, living in, out and through you? How much of His very words lead your every decision not only in your relationships but in sacred aspects of your life (Psa.2 v 6)? Isa.53 v 6a (GNT) says “All of us were like sheep that were lost, each of us going his own way. Christ, The Word came that we not be likened to one lost in our ways as regards to our relationships but that through His word which is light would find entrance in our hearts, giving us insight and understanding on definite paths (Best/good paths) to walk in His wisdom in every aspect of our relationships (Psalms 119 v 130). Our daily resolution in my heart that our lives and our relationships will be anchored in “The Word”. This will ensure your comfort and lasting joy and would also avert/prevent the harm and loss of time (years) spent which is most times peculiar in most relationships (Prov.31 v 12; Gen.24 v 67, Acts 27 vs 9-11, 21 -23).

 

Yours Sincerely,

Michael Ihenacho #Catch you later.

 

 

 

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