Our Co-Pilot?April 25 2010 at 7:03 PM
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I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. Galatians 2:20
Bible in a year:
2 Samuel 21-22; Luke 18:24-43The bumper sticker Jesus is my co-pilot may be a well-intentioned sentiment, but it has always troubled me. Whenever Im in the drivers seat of my life, the destination is nowhere good. Jesus is not meant to be just a spiritual co-pilot giving directions every now and then. He is always meant to be in the drivers seat. Period!
We often say that Jesus died for us, which of course is true. But theres more to it than that. Because Jesus died on the cross, something inside of us diedthe power of sin. Its what Paul meant when he said, I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me (Gal. 2:20). We were essentially co-crucified with Him. With Jesus in the drivers seat, the old destinations are off-limits. No more turning down the streets of self-centeredness, greed, or lust. No more off-road ventures into the swamp of pride or the ditch of bitterness. We were crucified with Him and He is at the wheel now! He died so that He alone can drive and define us.
So, if youve died and Christ lives in you, Hes not your co-pilot. Your joy is to let Him drive and define your life. There may be a few bumps in the road, but you can count on itHell take you somewhere good.
Lord, I thank You for salvation,
For Your mercy, full and free;
Take my all in consecration,
Glorify Yourself in me. Codner
Still at the wheel of your life? Its time to let Jesus drive!
This One Thing
|April 25 2010, 7:04 PM |
"I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead"
(Philippians 3:13, NLT)
Are you determined to forget the past? I know many people don't fully understand what that means. They wonder, "How can I forget something that's happened to me?" But one definition of the word forget is to disregard intentionally or to overlook. In other words, you have to choose to disregard your past so that it doesn't keep you from moving forward. That means the good and the bad. Sometimes our past victories keep us from rising higher as much as past failures. If we don't let go of the old, we'll never be able to embrace the new.
It doesn't matter what's happened in your history, it's time to forget what lies behind. Make the choice today to look forward. Trust that God has a better future in store for you. Trust that He's working behind the scenes on your behalf. As you forget what lies behind and press forward, you will see the abundant life the Lord has in store for you!
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father in heaven, I choose to forget the past today. I don't want anything to hold me back from the good future You have prepared for me. I choose forgiveness and ask that You help me, by Your Spirit, to press forward in every area of my life. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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