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Alyssa J Howard
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Living by the Light of the King
Living by the Light of the King

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There’s something to be said about the difficulty of leading those we personally know to the Lord. It’s one thing to talk about the Gospel with strangers, but in that scenario we have nothing to lose.

When it comes to our loved ones, we struggle with finding a balance between our desire to see them know Jesus and our desire to not strain the relationship we have with them. We often let the fear of severing a relationship get in the way of sharing the truth.

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When we hold up our worldly loves in comparison to our holy God, there should be absolutely no competition. Why even prop up our unstable idols next to a God whose holiness will always triumph? Nevertheless, we try. There are even times when our idols get knocked over and we scramble to set them upright again, only to find them failing us once again. Idols will never satisfy a human heart made for its Maker.

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If you’re anything like me, you grew up hoping for your happily ever after. I looked forward to the day I would meet my prince charming and become his beautiful bride. Perhaps this is one of the reasons God calls us the bride of Christ throughout Scripture. It’s a relationship most of us long for and can relate to. And unlike this life with all of its flaws and imperfections, it’s a happily ever after we can rely on to come true.

So what does it really mean to be the bride of Christ? This beautiful analogy gives us a small glimpse of the love God has for us. It also speaks volumes about what happens to us when we are born again.

Think of it this way… Would God really allow His Son to marry anything less than perfection?

#MessiahOnAMission

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Christ has all authority over the enemy whom He defeated on the cross, and we are united with Christ in His victory. Therefore when the enemy comes at us with a lie, we simply need to remind him of the truth.

Jesus won.

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Have you ever thought about what it means to be a “priest” of God? The Bible tells us that all those who are in Christ are His royal priests. This is certainly a change from what it once was under the Old Covenant. Under the Mosaic Law, it was the tribe of Levi who served as priests for the entire nation of Israel. But this was not God’s original intention for His people. Even in those days, He looked forward to a day when He would have an entire nation of priests. (Exodus 19:5-6)

As royal priests, we have priestly duties…

#MessiahOnAMission

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The Bible tells us that as children of God, we have been equipped to handle anything life throws our way. Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4) The same power that raised Jesus from the dead now lives inside each and every one of us. (Romans 8:11) Jesus overcame the world, and we are now in Christ sharing in His victory. (John 16:33)

To say we have been equipped by God to endure the struggles of this life is a vast understatement.

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The Bible speaks often of crowns. But the truth about crowns is that they are either earned or given. No one puts a crown on themselves. It is bestowed upon them for a reason. Either they were born into their identity as royalty, they married into it, or someone decided to grant them royal status.

As children of God, we are given royal status. We are born into a royal family by the Spirit of God. The Bible describes us as the bride of Christ, making us royalty by marriage. And because of the cross, we are officially declared righteous and worthy of our royal status.

#MessiahOnAMission

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We all face trials, but as believers we can experience God’s peace and joy through difficult circumstances rather than suffering in misery.

In other words, we have a choice to suffer in our trials or to trust God through them.

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In recent years, the secular world has been painting a picture of Jesus as a man who embraced all people with no questions asked. He dined with the sinners of His day and did not judge based on sin. They proclaim that Jesus was a minister of love who was all about accepting people for who they are.

The truth is that Jesus did expect repentance. He spoke often of the cost to follow Him. But throughout His ministry, His love came first. Jesus knew that once a person experienced the true love of God, they would never be the same.

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The early church was strong. They endured persecution and spread the Gospel message to the entire known world. But the truth is that it was also a very confusing time for the church. They knew the Gospel message, but they were still figuring out what it meant to be “the church.”

The biggest hurdle they faced was how to handle the tension between the Jews and Gentiles. Since the days of Abraham, the Jews alone were God’s people. Yes, there were some Gentiles who chose to recognize the God of Israel as their God, but they were viewed as second-class.

But Jesus changed the game. He offered salvation to all people… equally.

#MessiahOnAMission
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