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Our Journey Online - December 27, 2012

  • 2012 Dec 27

Be Like Jesus?

1Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. —Ephesians 5:1-2

Have you ever found yourself on the edge of temptation where you are a moment away from sinning against God? The answer is a resounding yes! It could be in the dark hours of the night at home, in a meeting at work, or even when that person at the checkout steals your place in line. Temptation can arrive at any moment to battle over our affection for Christ.

We all know intimately the brief satisfaction when we jump off the cliff and give in to sin, then the crushing blow of shame awaits us at the bottom. Why? Did we fall merely because we did not act the way we were called to by Christ? Here is the truth. Overcoming temptation is not only about doing what you are supposed to do; it is about being who you are supposed to be. And we need to be like Jesus.

When temptation arises we need to ask ourselves this simple but profound question, “Do I want to be like Jesus?” The honest answer might grieve us. It is honesty that unveils, in that moment, that our affection for sin and self is greater than our love for Christ. The only reason why it exists is because temptation found us living in our own strength, and not in Christ’s. Apart from Jesus we can do nothing (John 15:5).

Our preemptive strike is to be imitators of God, as “beloved children,” who continuously “walk in love” as Christ loved us. In other words, we want to be like Christ when we love Christ most. If temptation finds us walking in the love of Christ, we will not sacrifice love for momentary pleasure, because our desire to be like Him is something we well not let go.

When Christ gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God, He sacrificed His righteousness by becoming sin. We must sacrifice our sin to become righteousness, and it begins with the simple question, “Do I want to be like Jesus?”

For when the battle for our affections is at hand, Christ is standing there reminding us of His love for us, and calling us to love Him. —John Cox

Journal Questions

What are the things in my life I must sacrifice to be like Jesus?

What are the top ten things I love most about Christ? How can I incorporate these things into my life on a daily basis?

Prayer - Father, I know Your desire for me to be like You.  You transform me every day. You want me to love what You love and hate what You hate. Many times I have failed You. Thank You for Your constant love and forgiveness of me. May I never use the power of Your forgiveness to justify sinning, but may it draw me closer to You, so that when temptation comes I may boldly proclaim, “I want to be like Jesus!” In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Always True&#58; 5 Great and Precious Promises of God
Always True: 5 Great and Precious Promises of God 

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What if you believed—truly believed with all confidence that God is with you? How would today go for you if you knew without a doubt that God is in control? What would be different in your life if you were sure God is watching and good? What would you risk if you were certain God is victorious? 

Just how would believing God’s promises change your life?  

Ask the greatest Christian you’ll ever meet if they hold on to God’s promises and they’ll all say yes. Believing that God will do what He promises leads to a great life. The greatest Christian you’ll every meet knows, treasures, and is resting in the promises of God. They cling to these assurances that God gives His people so they can walk by faith while they wait for Him to work.

So what exactly does God promise?  In this topical study of what will always be true, Pastor James MacDonald will explore five great and precious promises that God keeps. Enter into this study with anticipation and faith that the God who makes these promises is faithful and true... always true.


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