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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

"Bearing His Death"

Rules for Rearing Children - 2“Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.” II Corinthians 4:10



What a statement! Paul was always bearing about the death of Jesus. Literally, he was always living under the burden and example of Christ's death. This is one of those truths in God's Word that is so grand I really don't want to write a Words of Truth on it; however, let me point out several things from this thought.

There is the brutality of Christ's death. This is the selfless, sacrificial death of Christ. Jesus prayed “not my will” before He went to Calvary. The death He suffered had no pity on the body. Paul bore in his body this willing death of the cross. He said, “I die daily,” and “I am crucified with Christ.” He was surrendering to the crucifixion every day of his life. This is how victory is won in the Christian life. When we yield ourselves to Christ's death, the flesh is overcome, and sin is defeated. It is no wonder Paul had such great success in his work for the Lord. Paul was put to death every day, and Christ lived through him.

Then there is the burden of Christ's death. God so loved us that He gave us Christ. Jesus so loved us He became sin for us, and took our death. Paul carried that same burden every day. He said, “The love of Christ constraineth me.” He stayed burdened with Christ's burden for the lost. He got up every day and thought, “I am going to live for what Jesus died for.” Paul would not be moved from that burden. Persecution, prison, popularity, or people were not going to move him from the goal of the gospel. He said, “I am not ashamed of the gospel,” and “I press toward the mark.” It is no wonder Paul turned the world upside down with the gospel! He stayed burdened with the cross.

This is just the tip of the iceberg of a life-changing truth. Determine to study this out, and strive to live it each day. Get under the burden and example of the Lord's death, and let Him be seen in your life. You will turn our world upside down.

Study verses: 1 Corinthians 15:31; Galatians 2:20; Romans 1:16; Philippians 3:14

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Previous devotions

"Down By The Riverside" - July 11, 2012
"Thank You, Jesus!" - July 4, 2012
"Modern Day Sodom" - June 27, 2012
"Keeping What Has Been Committed" - June 13, 2012
"The Pause That Refreshes" - June 6, 2012

"The Sin of Idleness" - May 30, 2012
"Remembered" - May 23, 2012

"Graduating Diamonds" - May 16, 2012
"Mom-Others" - May 9, 2012
True Motherhood - May 2, 2012

What Missions Means to Me - April 25, 2012
The King and the Witch - April 18, 2012

Rules for Rearing Children (Part 4) - April 11, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 3) - April 4, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 2) - March 28, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 1) - March 21, 2012

Gullible Christians - March 14, 2012
Tenacity - March 7, 2012
Above the Storm - February 29, 2012
The Principal Thing - February 22, 2012
The Greatest Valentine - February 15, 2012
He First Loved Us - February 8, 2012
Real Love - February 1, 2012
Pardon Your Enemies - January 25, 2012
Applause - January 18, 2012
Finish! - January 11, 2012
Meeting New Goals - January 4, 2012
Meeting New Goals - December 28, 2011
The Word Made Flesh - December 21, 2011
Sonship - December 14, 2011
Fruit in Old Age - December 7, 2011
Dangers of Multi-tasking - November 30, 2011
Ingratitude - November 22, 2011
"Wash! Wash! Wash!" - November 16, 2011
"The Pastor" - November 9, 2011
"Value of a Name" - November 2, 2011

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Words of Truth - March 28, 2012