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Pastors Notes - February 2014

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What does it mean to say: "I believe in Jesus Christ?"  We use that term sometimes very carelessly.  Is it as simple as accepting as truth a person named Jesus who lived, died, and rose again years ago?


To simply believe that He was born in Behtlehem, lived and ministered among men for 33 years, then died a dreadful death on a cruel Roman cross in not believing, in the Spiritual understanding of the word.  Millions of Muslims believe these things about Jesus, yet they are not saved.


Jesus Himself had a lot of trouble getting peopleto really believe, even His Apostles.  He told them who He was; He showed them through His works that He and the Father were one; He performed mighty miracles; yet they did not believe. (John 10:24-38)


To believe means that one has a deep, inner passion (a thirst and a hunger) for Jesus Christ that is only satisfied by making his life your life.


Jesus claimed to be One with the Father (John 10:30).  That unity manifested itself in Jesus doing the works of the Father (John 10:37 - 38) while on earth.  And Jesus says: "He that believeth on Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water"  (John 7:37-38).  The one who believes will do the works of Jesus.


True belief in Jesus will manifest itself in our lives in the following ways:  we will no longer be people who just know "about" Jesus; we will no longer regards God as some distant, abstract being; Christ will become the very source of our life, our constant companion.  His presence is a living reality in our lives; His will, His wishes, His intentiions, His purposes become ours.  In essence it means tht Christ is a part of every moment, waking or sleeping!


Only those who are prepared to see themselves as sinners before a perfect Savior will no longer hold God at arm's length but will allow Christ to enter into their lives and believe in Him.  It is not difficult then to concede to his Lordship in our lives.


Paul said that anyone who believes in Christ is a new creature, the old things have passed away and the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)  Those who believe will no longer enjoy doing the things of the world; they will be offensive to the believer.

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