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Forward And Upward (2 of 4)
Series: New Life
Last week's message was 4 observations about (the Christian) life
Eternal Life is much longer than earthly life
The fence life is not a fun life
The life that is lost is the life that is found
Observation #4: THE NOW LIFE IS THE NEW LIFE
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 NKJV)
Under the New life, we walk by faith. Under the old life, faith is not needed, man lives by what he sees.
Under the New Life, the Spirit leads. Under the old life, man is moved by his own senses.
The New life is a surrendered life under God's control. The old life is filled with pride and man is in control
Forward and Upward
Our faith is forward and our calling is upward.
In order for an airplane to take off into the air, it must be moving forward and it must have its nose pointed upward.
As Christians, I am not saying that we are to have our noses pointed upward! Pride and elitism doesn't work in the church.
A man, down on his luck, went into a church which catered to the ''uppity''. Spotting the man's dirty clothes a deacon, worried about the churches image, went to the man and asked him if he needed help. The man said, ''I was praying and the Lord told me to come to this church.''
The deacon suggested that the man go pray some more and possibly he might get a different answer. The next Sunday the man returned. The deacon asked, ''Did you get a different answer?''
The man replied, ''Yes I did. I told the Lord that they don't want me in that church and the Lord said, 'Don't worry about it son; I've been trying to get into that church for years and haven't made it in yet.''
Come on somebody, our noses are not up in the air. Our calling must be pointed upward while our faith is moving forward ...
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