More Alive 3
Being a Christian is a better way of life. In fact it is the best way of life. Have you sensed that you are more alive when you are studying the Bible, serving the Lord, doing what He wants you to do, when you have confessed and forsaken some sin, when you are right with Him, when you are praying, when you are preaching or teaching, when God is working in you, when you are fellowshipping with other believers, when you are a blessing to someone else and when you are filled with the Spirit? Are those the most delightful and satisfying times of your life? Do you want to be alive like that more and more of the time? Or perhaps even all of the time? If you have no desire to be more alive like that I wonder if you are an unwise Christian or if you are a Christian at all. Being born again is entering into a life with God in it. A life with God in it will certainly be different and better.
John 10:10b: . . I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Galatians 2:20: I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Romans 6:4: Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
1 Timothy 4:8: For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
2 Corinthians 5:15: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
1 Thessalonians 5:10: Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
1 Peter 4:1: Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; 2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.
Romans 14:7: For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. 8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord*s.
Titus 2:12b: . . . we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
Ephesians 3:17a: That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; . . .
Romans 6:11: Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Luke 20:38: For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.
2 Corinthians 6:16: And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
1 John 5:11: And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
1 John 3:14: We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
2 Timothy 3:12: Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
Matthew 5:11: Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
A life with God in it is not always peaches and cream. Persecution is powerful evidence that we have a new and different life. In spite of the persecution I still want to be more alive.