But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.- James 1:14-15 ESV
Now that the Resurrection celebration is over, the candy is eaten, and the colored eggs have been consumed- our choices bring glory to ONE, or the other. It is TRUE, because HE HAS RISEN, we RISE with Him, BUT how do we represent that decision of yesterday, TODAY? Today, the real work begins, bringing HIM glory and honor through your actions and your ACTS! We either bring GOD GLORY or SATAN glory through all our choices, our thoughts, our actions of commission and acts of omission. Whether a TEMPTATION or a TRIAL, whether from the DEVIL or HIS MASTER, our CHOICES bring glory to EL Shaddai or EL Diablo.
Leader, the Bible tells us to PUT ON JESUS, just like we put on our EASTER clothes, we put on our JESUS! But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. (Romans 13:14) The Righteous Man Job put it this way; I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my justice was like a robe and a turban. (Job 29:14) and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.(Col 3:10) Now that the party is over, it is time to WEAR HIM well! and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:23-24)
Conduit, the whole point of EASTER, of Resurrection Sunday, was that GOD PAID IT ALL for us through JESUS CHRIST! For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Cor 5:21) Daily as we die to Christ, we are to PUT HIM ON! Galatians 3:27 says it plainly: For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. As a follower of THE WAY, we need to put HIM ON and PUT other things OFF! Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. (1 Peter 2:1) If we are to be HIS, then let us DRESS the part! Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love. And remember; the FRUIT of HIS SPIRIT is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness. We are never more like JESUS then when we FORGIVE and show LOVE even to those who don’t deserve it! We call that SACRIFICE!