"Our LIFE, is hidden in CHRIST."
Updated: Jun 22, 2022
If you would, I'd like you to use your imagination today, and "imagine" a very wealthy man, who after contracting a "LIFE-THREATENING" disease, gives away all his riches.
He does so, after concluding that his wealth and lavish lifestyle, were keeping him from enjoying LIFE, and everlasting happiness." “Imagine him growing up with Believing parents, who always tried to instill in him, the virtue of having FAITH in The WORD of The LIVING GOD, JESUS CHRIST." And now, picture him being anxious, and increasingly desperate to find out, if what his parents Believed, is entirely true." After searching long and hard, for answers. This man stumbles upon Jeremiah 29:13."
There, he here's The LORD, say to him." And you will seek ME and find ME, when you search for ME with all your heart.
And with that thought, established fresh in his mind. He resolved to search The SCRIPTURES, daily, and grasp for The LIFE-GIVING WORD of GOD." He wisely chose to search for GOD, and embrace every last WORD that HE spoke." In other words, he embraced The WORD of The LIVING GOD, with all his heart!"❤️
And because GOD, is "A GOD of MERCY and TRUTH," Who keeps HIS WORD." HE reveals HIMSELF to everyone, who in TRUTH, wishes to know HIM." But to those, whom the devil has lulled into a deep sleep, and don't know any better, than to continue doing the will and desires of the devil.
1st Corrinthians 15:34 speaks this WORD, saying: Awake to RIGHTEOUSNESS, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of GOD. I speak this to your shame.
The LORD, our GOD, wants us to remind everyone of 1st Corrinthians 15:1-4, so that they too, might embrace The GOSPEL of CHRIST, and be SAVED!"
Let me share it with you, and get your thoughts on it." It reads like this: Moreover, Brethren, I declare to you The GOSPEL which I preached to you, which also you recieved and in which you stand, by which also you are SAVED, if you hold fast that WORD which I preached to you - unless you Believed in vain.
For I delivered to you first of all that which I also recieved: that CHRIST died for our sins according to The SCRIPTURES, and that HE was buried, and that HE rose again the third day according to The SCRIPTURES.
I imagine that the wealthy man from this story, who got sick with a LIFE-THREATENING illness." Believing The GOSPEL of CHRIST, and embracing HIM, as LORD of his LIFE." I imagine him, gaining the riches of CHRIST!" Just like you and me." And just like you, and me, he was "BORN of The WATER Of GOD'S WORD, and of HIS SPIRIT." Yes, because he knew within himself, that he greatly needed a SAVIOR." He embraced
JESUS CHRIST, as LORD, and chose to daily take up his cross, and brandish the SWORD." For after having the knowledge of GOD, and recieving HIS SPIRIT, to live within him. The biggest shock of his LIFE, was when he finally realized how horrible, soulless, and without feeling the ‘five-star’ lifestyle, really is.” And who can know this, but only the wise."
The book of Proverbs, is considered by many, to be a book of wisdom.
And knowing that GOD’S "WISDOM, is SUPREME." Through Proverbs 4, GOD urges us, to consider carefully, the path we take in LIFE."
Yes, for GOD is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance, of doing the will and desires of the devil." So Proverbs 4:19 contrasts the free, unhindered path of the just with the dark, confused way of the wicked. Consider how GOD, through Proverbs 4:20-21 gives us this admonition, saying: MY son, give attention to MY WORDS; incline your ear to MY sayings.
Do not let them depart from your eye's; keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are LIFE to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.
And so, after Believing The WORD of The LIVING GOD, and HIS finished work of The Cross, that washed him of his sins." Can you imagine the wealthy man from this story, joyfully recovering from his illness?"
To anyone whose LIFE, is being threatened, through illness or disease." Proverbs 4:23 speaks these WORDS": “Let your heart retain MY WORDS; keep MY commands, and live.”
“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of LIFE.”
And Proverbs 4:26 instructs us all, saying: “Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established.”
[Yes, let our ways be established," by obedience to The WORD of The LIVING GOD, JESUS CHRIST."]
Each of these verses from Proverbs 4, encourages us to evaluate where we are in LIFE."
Even as Deuteronomy 30:19-20 points us to obedience to JESUS, "The WORD of The LIVING GOD," if we are to keep our LIFE!"
Consider how it reads🤔: I call HEAVEN and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you LIFE and death, Blessing and cursing; therefore choose LIFE, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may LOVE The LORD your GOD, that you may obey HIS VOICE, and that you may cling to HIM, for HE is your LIFE and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which The LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them."
Because JESUS CHRIST," is
The WORD of The LIVING GOD. HE is vastly refused, and rejected, by the greater part of humanity." Yes, by people of the world, who have their portion in this LIFE."
Thus, The LORD speaks these WORDS to them, John 7:7, says: The world cannot hate you, but it hates ME because I testify of it that its works are evil.
[But we, who Believe, and embrace our LORD'S instructions. Are instructed through Mathew 7:13-14 to enter HIS KINGDOM by the narrow gate.
Consider how it reads: "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to LIFE, and there are few who find it.
And so again, Beloved, because the vast majority of humanity, will not submit to GOD'S Authority." A horrible place awaits them, where they will hear the gnashing of teeth, and great calamity!" But that's not what awaits, me and you!"
We LOVE GOD," and embrace The TRUTH of HIS WORD!" We don't mind, GOD telling us what to do."
For we know, that it's by our obedience to The WORD of The LIVING GOD, that we say to GOD, I LOVE you." For our LORD, says to us, in John 14:15, If you LOVE ME, keep MY commandments.
And we do!" And by our obedience, we say to JESUS, LORD, 'I LOVE YOU!"❤️
And I appreciate that on The Cross, YOU proved just how much, YOU LOVE me, too!"
Certainly, no one wants to go through LIFE on a dead end road."
But those who think that having money and great riches, is the fulfillment of LIFE.
1st Timothy 6:6-10 admonishes, saying: Now Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world and it is certain that we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the LOVE of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the FAITH in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
[Do you see, Beloved,"
what The LORD, our GOD, has SAVED us from?"]
Many sorrows, Beloved, could've overwhelmed our LIFE." If we simply would've chosen, to LOVE money, above GOD, Who gave us LIFE." So please, Beloved, daily ask The LORD, Who is our LIFE, for direction. And then, embrace HIS WORD, through FAITH and obedience." Yes, follow every last one of HIS instructions. "For obedience to GOD, is our LIFE!"