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Crucified with Christ

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I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

The truths of this verse can set a person free.

I have repeated this verse in my mind a thousand times. Even so, a thought often nags at me when I think on it.

It is a doubt that is commonly associated with the idea of being crucified with Christ.

The doubt centers around the fear that this is not yet a completed process. That it is still ongoing. Meaning that I might not be fully crucified yet.

Which is what many in Christian circles commonly teach.

But, something wonderful occurred to me the other day. And it has to do with the simple words, “with Christ“.

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The Salty Christian

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I recall a specific sermon given by AW Tozer. He was discussing biblical teaching on the doctrine of Separation. Which is a doctrine based on God’s command to be separate from sin and from sinful practices.

He was making a distinction between what the Bible teaches versus how Separation is commonly applied (or not applied) by Christians.

Because, we often take for granted the vast differences between popular Christian practice versus what the Bible actually commands us to do.

Unfortunately, most Evangelicals have no idea what Separation even is; let alone, how to properly apply it in their lives.

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All Voices Matter

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For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12)

The backlash against Black Lives Matter, in general principle, has to do with BLM’s insistence that the lives of “black’s” must be the exclusive focus. As opposed to including the lives of all others.

BLM is demanding a specific focus. And it demands that special money be given, legislation passed, and cultural changes made that will change the “racial bias” which BLM insists is endemic to America.

While it attempts to silence and threaten all who would disagree with it or any who try to focus also on “all lives” vs specifically “black lives”.

This seems to be the core of the generally-perceived BLM position.

Which is made while assuming that these concerns are truly what is desired. While assuming that there are no other, hidden, agendas that are really being advanced in the midst of all this chaos.
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The New Religious Order: Conclusion -Bowing Down

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The Risk of Saying What You Believe

The other most basic function of government is to protect the right of free speech.

But that has been declining for a long time now.

The only real free speech today is that which the mainstream media and the progressive academic establishment approves. All dissent to the contrary carries great risk.

To speak out against any of the popular protests today will bring dire consequences. Which is why even most Conservatives are silent today. Because they know that the mob will come to their house.

Even to their walled and security-patrolled houses.

And then what will they do?

They will bow the knee.

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The New Religious Order

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A New Religion That’ll Bring You to Your Knees

As we watch the progressive loss of American liberties, the politicians look on impassively.

Not unlike the Senators of ancient Rome.

Modern Senators are men and women isolated, as most politicians and bureaucrats are, from the daily life and problems that average Americans face. Especially those average people in the vast “flyover country” that spreads out between the East and Left coasts.

You know, all the people that don’t live in the big cities. All the people that basically provide the food and resources that those living in the big metropolitan centers depend upon to survive.

It is amazing to me how the faddish passions and causes that consume those within these big population areas control what the rest of this vast country is supposed to do and think and say.

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Bible Preservation Research

Some Brief Thoughts

I just thought it would be good to take a minute to discuss a couple things about this doctrine of Bible preservation.

Because it is such a lightning rod for emotional response among Christians.

Sadly, this should not be the case. Christians should be very deeply informed and readily able to discuss this whole doctrine.

But the church has purposefully stayed away from this.

Except to merely touch on it to reassure Christians that the current state of popular texts and translations is perfectly fine. And that the biggest problem a Christian may face is to find a translation that “speaks to them” or which they can understand.

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Supernatural Work

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We must be genuine in our witness to people.

This requires that we must first be honest in our relationship with the Lord.

In other words, we must stop trying to impress the Lord or stop trying to fake Him out as far as what we really think and want. Because He knows us better than we know ourselves.

And without this honesty before God, we will not be able to genuinely manifest His life to those around us.

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Reaching the Lost: Conclusion – The Work of the Holy Spirit

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Prayer is Critical 

So, where does that leave us?

I would like to propose a couple simple ideas.

One: Without prayer, all else is useless and meaningless.

We need to pray for those specific people we are trying to reach. And to do this well in advance of when we expect to see them. To pray for their salvation. To prayer for an opportunity or a “door of utterance” for the Lord to provide.

We need to pray that people will be prepared to receive the truth; and pray that the Lord will give us the words and timing to say what we should say.

This is the most critical thing we can do. All else, is worthless without this.

And, if we don’t have an opportunity, don’t force it. Trust that the Lord is in charge.

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Reaching the Lost

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We all deal with so many people in our lives. We walk among people of every type of belief and lifestyle.

Even within our own families, there is such a diversity of beliefs about spiritual things. Let alone about eternity and salvation.

And it seems that so many people are completely oblivious to the urgency of their situation. They are living their lives with no apparent concern for their eternal destiny.

So, I think a lot about how I can impact those people I come in contact with. How do I truly affect those around me for Christ?

And the answer, I believe, is one that is much different than you might expect.

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