Tuesday, October 4, 2011


This is one of the vast number of resources available to Christians from www.middletownbiblechurch.org
I highly recommend the study and the sharing of their Bible materials. Here is "The Christian Life."

...it is not about you; it’s about Jesus Christ (Phil. 1:20-21; Jer. 9:23-24).

...it is not about your glory; it’s about God’s glory (1 Cor. 1:31; 10:31).

...it is not about your merit and resources; it’s about God’s grace and provision (Jn. 1:16; Rom. 5:1-2; 1 Cor. 15:10).

...it is not about your wisdom; it’s about God’s Word (Isa. 55:8-11; Ps. 1:1-3).

...it is not about your will; it’s about God’s will (Matt. 26:39; Rom. 12:1-2).

...it is not lived through your strength; it’s lived by the power of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 7 & 8; Zech. 4:6; Eph. 5:18).

...it is not lived on your terms; it’s lived on God’s terms (Rom. 6:11-13; 12:1-2).

...it is not about service first; it’s about spirituality first (Jn. 15:1-5).

...it is not about pleasing yourself; it’s about pleasing God (2 Cor. 5:8-10).

...it is not about walking by sight or by feelings; it’s about walking by faith in Christ (Col. 2:6; 2 Cor. 5:7; Heb. 11:6).

...it is not about covering your sins; it’s about confessing your sins (1 Cor. 11:28-32; 1 Jn. 1:5-10; Prov. 28:13).

The key to living in horizontal relationships is trusting in my vertical relationship (Ps. 127:1; Gal. 3:1-5; Jn. 15:1-5). There is suffering in this life, but there will be glory in the next (Rom. 8:18-25; 2 Cor. 4:16-18). I must keep our eyes upon the Lord and His faithfulness, and not on people and their failings (Heb. 12:1-2; 2 Tim. 2:13; 1 Thes. 5:24; Lam. 3:22-24). My greatest problem is me, and my independence and unbelief; it is not because of circumstances or the fault of others (Rom. 7:14-18; Jam. 1:2-4; 1 Pet. 1:6-7). To be disappointed in myself is to have believed in my self (2 Cor. 3:5-6). The way up is down, for He must increase, and I must decrease (2 Cor. 4:8-11; Jn. 3:30). God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble! (Jam. 4:6; 1 Pet. 5:5). God's grace is sufficient for me, for when I am weak in myself, I am strong in the Lord (2 Cor. 12:7-10). It's better to be a "fellowshipping Mary" than to be a "busy Martha" (Luke 10:38-42).

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