1st Peter 2:9

9But ye are an elect race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that ye may show forth the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
10 who in time past were no people, but now are the people of God: who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

May 23, 2013

May 23, 2013

An Attitude Carried About by Earthen Vessels

Always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. (2 Corinthians 4:10)

As earthen vessels, we are to live by trusting in the treasure (the Lord Jesus) who dwells within us: “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels.” (2 Corinthians 4:7) Also, we are to give Him all honor and glory as He sustains us day by day through the trials of life: “that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” In addition, to help us magnify the treasure who lives in us, there is to be an attitude (an outlook) carried about (embraced) by the earthen vessels.

The particular attitude that results in magnifying the treasure is the perspective we hold concerning the death of Christ: “Always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus.” This is about dying in order to live. Jesus taught this. “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it” (Luke 9:24). Those who hold on to the life they received from Adam lose what they are trying to guard and develop. They never find true life. However, all who renounce their sinful natural life and trust in Jesus find a new life from Him. This is the attitude that followers of Christ are to carry with them. “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me” (Luke 9:23). Day by day, our perspective is to include a rejection of any life that we could produce on our own (“deny himself”). We are to agree with God that the self-life always deserves the cross of Christ (“take up his cross daily”). This leaves us with only one option: pursue after Jesus for the life that He alone can provide (“and follow Me”).

Such confessions are in harmony with what actually happened to us at the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ. “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism [that is, through identification] into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4). When we placed our trust in the Lord, His death and resurrection became our death and resurrection! This is to be our confidence continually. “Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:11).

When we carry about this attitude, we are actually trusting the Lord Jesus (the treasure who dwells within us) to live in and through our “earthen vessels,” our humanity: “that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.”

Dear Lord, I want to carry about with me Your dying. I want to embrace all that Your cross proclaims and provides. Thank You for dying in my place. I rejoice that I died there with You. Now, I ask You to live in and through me day by day, Amen.

Intensions & words

WE ALL NEED MONEY!!!!!


   Conceal your intensions. Keep people off balance and in the dark by never revealing the purpose behind your actions. If they have no clue what you are up to, they cannot prepare the defense. Guide them far enough down the wrong path, envelop them in enough smoke, and by the time they realize your intentions it will be too late. 

Always say less than necessary. When you are trying to impress people with words, the more you say the more common you appear, and the less in control. Even if you say something banal, it will seem original if you make it vague, open ended and sphinx-like.Powerfull people impress and intimidate by saying less. The more you say, the more likely you are to say something foolish.

friends???????????

WE ALL NEED MONEY!!!!!


Never put too much trust in friends – they will betray you more quickly, for they are easily aroused by envy. They also become spoilt and tyrannical. But hire a former enemy and he will be more loyal than a friend, because he has more to prove. In fact, you have more to fear from friends than from enemies. If you have no enemies, find a way to make them.

 

Friends!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WE ALL NEED MONEY!!!!!
Never put too much trust in friends – they will betray you more quickly, for they are easily aroused by envy. They also become spoilt and tyrannical. But hire a former enemy and he will be more loyal than a friend, because he has more to prove. In fact, you have more to fear from friends than from enemies. If you have no enemies, find a way to make them.