The Transforming Power of Christ

Hello Dear friends,

It was great to be with you last week at PWC.  I hope that the truths from Philippians 4 are enriching your life this week.  Remember whenever you feel the temptation to worry or be fearful, pray and turn your fears over to the Lord.  Rejoice in the Lord always, and let your gentleness be evident to all because the Lord is near. 

Here is an additional Easter encouragement from God’s word:

The Bible says if anyone is in Christ, then he or she is a new creature.  Old things are passed away, behold all things have become new.  That’s a big change!  We are talking about a major transformation, a total overhaul, a complete new creation. What does it mean to be a new creation?  The Bible tells us that when we place our faith in Christ:

 We become children of God and a part of His family (John 1:12)

We become citizens of Heaven (Philippians 3:19)

We become God’s possession (Ephesians 1:13)

We are holy and dearly loved (Colossians 3:12)

We have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us (Ephesians 1:13)

We are declared righteous (Romans 1:17)

We are no longer controlled by our sinful nature (Romans 7:9)

We are no longer condemned (Romans 8:1)

We are forgiven (Colossians 2:13, Ephesians 4:23)

 Paul put it this way, he said as Christians we have taken off our old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.  I’m thankful for the difference Christ’s presence makes in my life.  You know in Biblical times, Roman citizenship was highly honored and revered.  People paid large sums of money to acquire the right to be a Roman citizen if they were not born into it.  Those who were Roman citizens were proud of it and were expected to live up to the honor. 

 We have the great privilege of being citizens of Heaven.  Our citizenship was bought at a high price, the blood of Jesus.  May we walk in a manner worthy of our calling, our high calling as daughters and sons of the king.  Take some time today to thank the Lord for calling you to Himself and the great honor of becoming a new creation and a part of His family.