by Steve Wagers

What Does Jesus Look Like?
Steve N. Wagers
Galatians 5:22-24

A little boy was punished, confined to his room, but he would always sneak out after his parent's went to bed. He would escape from his window, and then climb down an old fruit tree.

One day, his father told him that he was going to chop down that fruit tree because it had not borne any fruit for years. That evening, the boy and his friend bought a bushel of apples and, during the night, tied the apples on the branches of the true.

The next morning, the man could not believe his eyes. He said to his wife, ''Honey, I can't believe it. That old tree that has been barren for so long is covered with apples. And the most amazing thing is that it is a PEAR TREE!

Did you know that the Bible compares every good, godly and growing Christian to a tree? It is because a tree bears fruit of itself to indicate that it is not dead and lifeless.

Major Ian Thomas said, ''Through the Holy Spirit, man can make himself available to God, and God is prepared to make Himself available to man. The Spirit becomes the Agent of a mutual inter-availability. All there is of God is available to every human being who is available to all there is of God.''

Ephesians 6: We are in a battle against the world, the flesh and the devil. But, we have been given the ''whole armor of God'' to use in the battle.

Romans 6: We learn some truths that many Christians never learn.

We have been crucified with Christ. The day that we were saved, our ''old man was crucified with him.''

We died with Jesus on the cross. As he died for our sin, the day we were saved, we died TO OUR SIN. We must ''know'' this blessed fact.

Then, we must ''reckon'' ourselves ''dead unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ.''

Once we ''know'' that we died with Christ; we then, ''reckon'' and determine that we will not allow sin to ''reign in our mortal bodies, that we should obey it in the lusts thereof.''

Then, once we ''know' ...

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