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THE PATH AND ANSWERS

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GOD'S PART:  He gives a new    MIND    (LIGHT), a new   FAMILY
                     (LOVED), and a new     ME      (LIFE)

                     Only He can deal with our moral blindness, insecurity,
                     and fleshly desires.


OUR PART:  We must choose to deny our       SELF     , take up our
                            CROSS     , and follow Him.

      Only we can turn from our pride, self-sufficiency, independency, and half-
heartedness; and reach out in love to others.                                                 

It is up to us: we can walk as the old man walked with our lives revolving primarily around ourselves; or we can lose our lives and find them as we walk in the New Man, filled with Christ's life, with our lives revolving primarily around God and others!

GOD'S PART


WITH GOD'S __LIGHT__, WE CAN GO FROM___DARKENED___THINKING

TO    ENLIGHTENED__ THINKING (ROM 12:2)


     FROM         REBELLION         TO _SUBMISSIONLORDSHIP    OF GOD
                                                      (Eph 5:21)

                 MEANINGLESSNESS   TO     MEANING      INTENTIONS OF GOD
                                             (Eccl 3:11; Eph 1:11,12)

               CREATURE-WORSHIP  TO  GOD-WORSHIP GREATNESS   OF GOD
                                                    (Rom 1:21,25)

                 MORAL DARKNESS    TO   MORAL LIGHT  HOLINESS__ OF GOD
                                                       (Eph 5:8,9)

                       DISUNITY          TO        UNITY       TRIUNITY__ OF GOD
                                                       (Jn 17:21)


WITH GOD'S LOVE    , WE CAN GO FROM       ENSLAVING    EMOTIONS TO
  LIBERATING   EMOTIONS (Matt 11:28-30; I Jn 4:18)

     FROM FEELING      REJECTED   TO FEELING _ACCEPTED__  LOVED
                                              (Heb 13:5)                    UNCONDITIONALLY

            FEELING  CONDEMNED   TO FEELING _CLEANSED_   OPEN ACCESS
                                   (I Jn 1:9; Rom 8:1; Heb 4:15)            TO GOD

            FEELING _WORTHLESS_ TO FEELING    VALUABLE    VALUED
                                            (I Pet 1:18,19)

            FEELING _  ANXIOUS  _ TO FEELING     PEACEFUL   ETERNALLY
                                              (Phil 4:6,7)                          CARED FOR

            FEELING _FRUSTRATED  TO FEELING      JOYFUL     DISCIPLINED
                                       (Phil 4:4; James 1:2-4)

WITH GOD'S LIFE   , WE CAN GO FROM     SELF-LIFE TO    CHRIST-LIFE (Galatians 2:20; II Peter 1:3,4)

            FROM       DEATH    TO SPIRITUAL       LIFE             LIFE OF CHRIST  
                                        (Jn 11:25; Col 1:27)
                        BLINDNESS TO SPIRITUAL      SIGHT           ILLUMINATION
                                   (Jn 8:12,16:13; I Cor 2:12)
                        EMPTINESS TO SPIRITUAL COMPLETENESS  FULLNESS
                                        (Jn 6:35; Col 2:9,10)
                       WEAKNESS  TO SPIRITUAL     POWER          EMPOWERMENT
                                        (Jn 11:25; Acts 1:8)

 

OUR PART

WE MUST DENY SELF, TAKE UP OUR CROSS (LK 9:23)

    DENY SELF-DECEPTION         (I Jn 1:8-10)     CONFESS  

             SELF-RELIANCE           (Prov 3:5,6)      RELY

             SELF-WILL                 (James 1:22)     OBEY

             SELF-SEEKING             (Matt 6:33)       SEEK GOD

             SELF-SERVING             (Phil 2:3,4)       SACRIFICIALLY SERVE

 

AND SEEK TO REACH OUT IN LOVE   (MATT 22:37-40)

             TO           GOD              (John 14:21)      LORD BECOMES LORD

             TO     OUR FAMILY         (Col 3:18-21)     OUR FAMILY IS A FAMILY

             TO   BODY OF CHRIST   (ACTS 2:42-47)    VITALITY IN CHURCH

             TO      OUR WORLD       (MATT 28:19,20)  EVANGELISM OF THE LOST

 

WILL YOU FOLLOW JESUS CHRIST ALONG THE PATH OF THE CROSS?

        WILL YOU LEARN ALL YOU CAN ABOUT THE PATH?

        WILL YOU FOLLOW THE PATH WHEREVER JESUS MAY LEAD YOU? (IN
               YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE?  IN YOUR IMPORTANT DECISIONS?)

 

A SIMPLE GOAL:   MAKE GENUINE LOVE YOUR GOAL (I TIM 1:5).  EVERYTHING LISTED ABOVE IS THE WAY TO GET TO THIS GOAL ---THE WAY OF THE CROSS!  JESUS' CROSS TO OUR CROSS!

 

GOD'S GOALS?  EPH 3:16-19; I PET 1:13-15

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