This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him [Jesus], We shall also live with Him. If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself. (II Timothy 2:11-13 NKJV)
Jesus Christ died for our sins, “past, present and future”, and if we claim to be true followers of Christ we must die as Jesus died. We must pick up our own cross and stretch out our arms as He did, and give it all to The Father in Heaven! We put to death the inner man that controls all of our evil thoughts and desires that are wrong and ungodly! We no longer live for the temporary things of this world, we live for Jesus! We live with Him! We are reborn and alive in Christ!
We endure by remaining steadfast in our faith and the hope that is in us. We do what’s right and pleasing in the sight of The Lord! And when the day of our death to this world comes to pass, we will leave these old worn out bodies to be in the presence of The Lord where we will reign by His side forever and ever!
If we choose to live for ourselves and deny The Lord, He will indeed deny us! If we remain faithless, He will remain faithful till the end! He will hold to His promises, you can count on that!
Pick up your bible and read for yourself, I tell you the truth! “Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things.” (II Timothy 2:7 NKJV)
I stretch my arms out and give it all to You! I die to self, I live for You, I live for others. I cherish the things you put before me, I am blessed, and thankful for all that You do, your grace, the love and the hope that You instill in my soul. I wait patiently for Your return, but I ask that you come now Lord! The time is now! Never the less it is Your will I must follow! And it is in your precious name I pray, amen!
Craig Bradshaw – April 28, 2014