Tag: Christ

4 Handprints of the Potter



“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

– Ephesians 2:10
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4 Reasons We Need Christ



“I have a great need for Christ; I have a great Christ for my need.”

– Charles Spurgeon

The Great Need for Christ

If a person doesn’t realize that their sins have separated them from a Holy God (Isaiah 59:2), then they won’t run to the cross for saving through the Savior’s work at Calvary. Until a person sees their need for the Savior, they won’t see the need for being forgiven and cleansed. A person must first realize that all they have earned is eternal death, but God extends the offer of eternal life in Jesus Christ (Rom. 6:23). The greatest need we have is to repent and trust in the Savior. We all have a great need for the Great Savior.

The Great Need for His Strength

Jesus once told the disciples that they could do nothing without Him (John 15:5). That’s a fact, and nothing doesn’t mean a little something. This explains why Paul wrote, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13), meaning we can do nothing outside of Christ in our own strength. What we do by sheer human effort is not enough because Christians are in a spiritual battle with a powerful enemy force; therefore, we need to “put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:11-12).

The Great Sufficiency of Christ

If all you have is Christ, then you have all you need. People around the world are martyred every day for their faith. They lose their job, their home, their family, and sometimes they lose their life, but they believe their sufficiency rests in Christ. Paul prayed three times to have his painful “thorn in the flesh,” whatever it was, taken away, but God answered him, “’My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Cor. 12:9). Paul learned the sufficiency of Christ in his greatest weakness.

The Greatness of Christ

We know that Jude was “a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James” (Jude 1:1), but Jude wrote that he was first of all a servant of Jesus Christ before he was his brother, showing the preeminence of Jesus’ divinity and as the fulfillment of the long-prophesied Messiah, which is why Jude gave praise “to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen” (Jude 1:25). Jesus is the turning point of human history because history is His-story!

Conclusion

Eventually, all people will believe in Jesus Christ, but for many it will be too late (Rev. 20:12-15). We must repent, humble ourselves before God, trust in Christ today, and voluntarily bow our knee. Every knee will bow one way or the other, but this word cannot be broken: “Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:9-11).

Watchman Nee Quote – With Christ I Am Strong



“Outside of Christ, I am only a sinner, but in Christ, I am saved. Outside of Christ, I am empty; in Christ, I am full. Outside of Christ, I am weak; in Christ, I am strong. Outside of Christ, I cannot; in Christ, I am more than able. Outside of Christ, I have been defeated; in Christ, I am already victorious. How meaningful are the words, in Christ.”

– Watchman Nee

 


Watchman Nee Strength in Christ Quote Commentary


How many times have you heard Christians say the verse ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’? Chances are, you have heard this verse from Philippians repeated quite a lot. It is, after all, one of the most popular Bible verses. However, many people who say it often use it as a some sort of ace in the hole or some sort of secret weapon that enables them to conquer their day and keep forging ahead. While it is true that this verse packs a lot of power, its power comes from a much deeper source. If we want our daily walk with Christ to truly have resonance that goes beyond using Bible verses as ‘power’ mantras that give us the will to push forward another day, we need to dig deep into our relationship with Christ.

 

Christ Gives Us Power Through Hope

We CAN do all things through Christ if we believe, and act, that he is our ONLY strength and our only salvation. If we insist on injecting ourselves in the equation, this dilutes his strength much like when Peter started to sink after he started walking on the water to meet Jesus. We can surmount many ‘impossible’ challenges in our lives if we remain focused on Christ. However, if we, like Peter start looking at our own strength and the enormity of our circumstances, we begin to sink. Watchman Nee’s quote above, highlights the sheer emptiness of life, hope, aspirations, dreams, and striving outside of Jesus. Jesus gives us hope because our own strength, wisdom, and power are never enough. With Jesus, we can seemingly run on ’empty.’

 

Christ Gives Us Power over Sin

A big part of the reason we have so much power through Jesus is because he gives us power over sin. Being saved is not just about being counted as righteous in the eyes of the Father. Accepting Jesus as our personal savior also means gaining his power to resist sin. This means resisting addictions, negativity, false pride, overcoming fear, and other strongholds of the Devil. By abiding in Christ and walking with Him daily, we gain power over sin. We are able to have self-discipline and self-control. These lead to greater peace, spiritual and material wealth, and fulfillment. Isn’t it time you stopped trying to go your own way? Isn’t it time you let Jesus into your life? Lose a life of constant frustration and striving and choose a life of constant victory in Jesus Christ today.

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