Putting the “Christ” Back In “Christian”

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I finally got out my camera, and this is the beautiful scene I got!

 

I have been distressed lately with the fact that many people who say they are Christians live a life defeated, in sin.

I’m not being judgmental . I don’t know who’s truly a Christian or not.

I do know that God does not want us to live in sin, live in defeat, live without Him.

So, there are two reasons people are living in sin.

1. They Are Not Truly a “Christian”

The definition of “Christian” is “follower of Christ”. What defines a follower of Christ?

Well, the definitions of a follower are:

–someone who supports and is guided by another person or group

–someone who likes or admires someone or something very much

–one in the service of another

–one who imitates another

So “follower” means fan, admirer; if you’re a follower of Christ, then you want to imitate Him, you admire Him, you are guided by Him.

If a person does not have a personal relationship with Christ, they will not have any inclination to follow Him.

If you’ve decided to let Christ into your heart, confess and repent of your sin, then you will have the Holy Spirit in you and the Holy Spirit is the guiding spirit of God in your life.

2. They Are Denying the Power of God

It says in 2 Timothy how in the last days, there will be people “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2 Timothy 2:5).

Unless you submit to God and let Him rule in your life, you will live defeated.

Many people assume that submission means lack of freedom. It actually means freedom in abundance!

It doesn’t really make sense from a logical viewpoint, but when we submit to God we have the freedom of not living in sin. Apart from God, we have no choice: we have to live in sin. But with Him, the chains of sin are broken and we can live in victory!

We can live in victory  “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world [sin]: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” (I John 5:4)

So our faith in God overcomes sin.

I hope that, if you are struggling with something in your life, you will realize the power of God and let Him take over your struggle: He always wins!

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