Wednesday, March 25, 2009

It's just that simple...

Colossians 2:6 (MSG) My counsel for you is simple and straightforward; Just go ahead with what you've been given. You receive Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. You're deeply rooted in him. You're well constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you've been taught. School's out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving.

We make our life and the things of God much to hard and laborious. Before the Fall God created Adam and his wife to live in the wonderful paradise call the Garden of Eden. God has everything already there for Adam and all he needed to do according to Genesis 2:15 was to tend and keep it. It was only after the Fall that God said life would be hard for us.
Yet we know that it is the blood and name of Jesus Christ that has redeemed us from a hard and cursed life. Jesus said to us in John 10:10b that His purpose in coming was to give us life more abundantly. It shows even in the Old Covenant starting with the Abraham God set out to bless us and prosper us.

It reads in Ephesians 2:10 (AMP)For we are God's [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew]that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].
Stop making everything so extremely complicated and difficult. Stop making God a tyrant and a dictator. Stop seeing yourself as just barely-making it, barely-saved christian.

The good life is a GIFT to us. It comes through an intimate relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Living the good life means agreeing, believing and confessing God's word over ourself and our circumstances. It really is just that simple.

Be Blessed, Manie