Life on Death Row
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
April 19, 2009
1. What does it MEAN?
a) A Past Event of Cancellation
b) A Present Experience of Crucifixion
2. What does it MATTER?
a) A Momentous Identification
b) A Miraculous Revelation
c) A Marvelous Appropriation
One of the greatest discoveries that I have ever made is that of the Christian life. I have found that the Christian life is nothing more, nothing less than Jesus Christ Himself. It is not denomination. It is not affiliation. It is not participation. It is Jesus Christ Himself.
It is all what Christ has done for us, to us, and in us. It is a life that originates with Christ. It is a life that permeates with Christ. It is a life that consummates with Christ. It is Christ who comes into us that it may be Christ who comes out through us.
As Stephen Olford said, "The Christian life is nothing less that the OUTLIVING of the INDWELLING Christ!"
Through my discovery of the Christian life, I came to realize that God expects nothing more, and nothing less of me that utter, complete and total FAILURE!
He doesn't expect me to succeed, but to sink. He doesn't expect me to climb, but to crash. He doesn't expect me to flourish, but to flounder. In fact, He expects absolutely NOTHING of Steve Wagers.
So many people imagine that the Christian life is THEIR attempt to live as Christians for Christ. IT CAN'T BE DONE! We can't keep the Ten Commandments. We can't keep the Sermon on the Mount. We can't keep the principles, precepts, admonitions, or absolutes of the Word of God.
Many have tried, but ALL have failed. It's not that it won't be done, or it hasn't been done; IT CAN'T BE DONE!
"Without me ye can do nothing." (John 15: 5)
"For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life a ...
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