The Life That We Are Given.

When Jesus Christ gave up His life for us, He not only gave His life for us, but to us as well. Most of us focus on the fact that He died for us because it is an incredible truth. Without this glorious offering, where would we be? As Christians, we should remember His death, we should remember all that He left in Heaven in order to live a life here on earth, we should remember the things that He went through in order to give us salvation, something that we did not even deserve. But we shouldn’t stop there. Our salvation does not stop after we receive it. We continue living a Christian life. We continue bettering ourselves. We continue to seek Him out. Similarity, we can’t stop at His death and resurrection and say, “He died for us, the end.” We must remember the reasons why He died. Not only to save us from Hell but to give us the strength that we need in order to go on and live a powerful Christian life. He died for us, and He gave His life to us. He gave the spirit of God. He gave us the ability to be friends with God for the very first time.

He didn’t die for us and give His life to us in order for us to continue living like we are unbelievers. He didn’t die for us and give His life to us in order for us to treat others horribly, in order for us to neglect the Bible, neglect our prayer life, or refuse to share the gospel with others. He did not make so great a sacrifice so that we live a life of weakness.

We may claim that we are unable to stop giving into temptation, and yes, it is true that we will never stop sinning until we are in Heaven, but we are “saved, saved, saved.” Saved from the punishment of sin, the wages of sin is death. Saved from the power of sin, we are given all of the resources necessary through Jesus in order to refuse temptation. To be saved from the presence of sin in eternity. Remember 1 Corinthians 10:13There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. While God may allow us to go through certain temptations, and Satan certainly attacks us nonstop at times, He never allows us to go through a temptation that is too strong for us because we have Christ Jesus, and nothing is too strong for Him. We sin based on our own sinful flesh, but we know that Jesus Christ lends us the power that we need in order to say no and to yield to Him completely.

Yield. That is my word for the year. We could also use the word surrender.

Yielding/surrendering, that’s the key. We are offered a great life, given the opportunity to live in a Christlike manner, but we have to give everything else that we have ever had to God. Paul made a list of things that he was once proud of before he was saved. He had a great list. He was an incredible man, followed the law perfectly, was someone that most of us would aspire to be when we look at his list. He went as far as to say that he was blameless when it came to the world and how it looked at him. But those things that he had…he considered them dung after he met Christ. He surrendered everything that he once loved, everything that he once prided himself on, and considered them a loss. And he gave himself to God. He yielded, and he lived a life that all Christians should look up to. Paul pressed toward the mark and encouraged us all to do the same, to live a life of holiness. How did he do that? How did he manage to live such a life? How did he manage to make such a Godly impact in so many places? Think of it! He has been in Heaven for so many years, yet still encourages us and inspires us in the year of 2017. Don’t we want a life like Paul? Or better yet, like Jesus?

So, what holds us back from living it?

“It is a blessing for us that, as sin lives, and the flesh lives, and the devil lives, so Jesus lives. It is also a blessing that, whatever strength these may have to ruin us, Jesus has still greater power to save us.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon, All of Grace

Jesus still has the power that we need. When we’re saved, we are given His power. Everything that He has, He offers to us freely. His strength, His grace, His hope, His love, everything. Yet most Christians still live a pathetic life – don’t get mad, I’m talking to myself here – and use lame excuses on why they just can’t do better.

Christian, you can do better.

Whatever you are doing now, you can do ten times more. We will never be perfect, but that should only inspire us to keep doing more. As Paul said, “I press toward the mark!” We should never stop running the race, never stop trying to get closer to Christ! We have no excuse because we have a great Savior!

If you are saved…what have you done with Christ? Not just for Him, but what have you done with Him? What have you done with the things that He has given you? What have you done with your spiritual gifts? What have you done with your salvation? Are you being a difference maker because of Him? We have won Christ, just like Paul, and He has won the battle for us. He takes every area of our life and lets it wither away as my Pastor said in this sermon. Again, are we yielding? Have we surrendered? Because until then, nothing great will happen. But when we do, it opens an incredible door for us.  

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But with Him…Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

What is stopping you from living the life that Christ wants you to live?

“I’ve found a way, through the blood, past the veil
To the Holy of Holies with God.
There by His power over sin I prevail,
I can walk in the path that He trod.
There in the presence of Jesus I stand,
Glorified Son at the Father’s right hand,
There I can plead, I can claim, I can have,
All that He purchased for me.”

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34 thoughts on “The Life That We Are Given.

  1. Grace January 10, 2017 / 1:24 am

    I had never thought to use the word yield as a word of the year!!

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    • kalinann January 10, 2017 / 1:57 am

      I had a completely different word picked out but God humbled me…gotta yield before anything else!

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  2. Amy Hagerup (@amyhagerup) January 10, 2017 / 1:51 am

    I love your word for the year: yield. Mine is attitude and my verse is Phil 2:5 – “Have this attitude in yourselves which is also in Christ Jesus.”

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    • kalinann January 10, 2017 / 1:57 am

      I have yet to pick a verse! I love yours!

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    • kalinann January 10, 2017 / 1:58 am

      I think that at times, He gives us more than WE can handle. That way, we have to rely on Him and not on ourselves!

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  3. Terri's Thoughts January 10, 2017 / 2:37 am

    More and More of him is what I want

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    • kalinann January 10, 2017 / 1:36 pm

      Yes! More of Him and much,much less of our own selves!

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  4. pia jingco January 10, 2017 / 8:52 am

    You’ve inspired me to pick a word for myself this year. I’ve never done that. Need a bit more time to pray and dwell on the word 🙂

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    • kalinann January 10, 2017 / 1:37 pm

      It took me longer than expected to find one for myself. I had a completely different one picked out but God humbled me over the week and made me realize that before I set out to do anything, I must yield first!

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  5. mariewikle January 10, 2017 / 10:25 am

    This is a great way to look at surrendering to the Will of God! Love this

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  6. Kristi January 10, 2017 / 10:39 pm

    I love that thought….he not only gave his life for us but to us! Yes, we can do better because He gifted us the Holy Spirit so we could do greater things. We need to lay our old selves down and trust in what He has given.

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    • kalinann January 12, 2017 / 5:53 pm

      Yes! The only thing that can stop us from growing and getting stronger is ourselves!

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  7. deannalexis January 11, 2017 / 10:20 am

    I find that my own fear and laziness are what keeps me from pursuing Christ as I should. It is fitting that my word for the year is priority!

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  8. Life Lessons, God's Way January 11, 2017 / 6:05 pm

    I liked what you said about Paul. It is so true. There are so many things he did before Christ and there are so many things that I did and was good at before Christ, that are totally meaningless now. My life has been yielded and surrendered to Him and it will be a continuous process for the rest of my life through every different season as it presents it’s new challenges and exposes my weaknesses and need for Christ. Thanks. 🙂

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    • kalinann January 12, 2017 / 5:54 pm

      Absolutely! Our priorities, the things that we hold dear, the things that we find most important…all of those things change when we become a follower of Christ. Focus on the eternal, not the external.

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  9. Scott LaPierre January 11, 2017 / 6:34 pm

    Hi Kalinann,
    On Sunday mornings we’ve been moving through Luke’s Gospel verse-by-verse. We just finished the Parable of the Soils in Luke 8:1-15. The third soil “chokes out Christ.” Riches, cares, and pleasures of this life leave no room for Him. That’s what I thought about when reading your post. Most of us can – and probably all should – make more room for Him in different ways, or as you put it, find other ways to put Him first and do more for Him.

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    • kalinann January 12, 2017 / 5:55 pm

      I recently did a study on Luke and really enjoyed it, I need to take a better look at Luke 8 and those verses!

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      • Scott LaPierre January 12, 2017 / 5:58 pm

        Always glad when I say something that encourages people to better dig in to God’s Word :).

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  10. Beka January 12, 2017 / 3:50 pm

    Great thoughts. Thanks for sharing.

    God has been taking me on a journey of yielding and obedience for about a year now. It’s been a stretch for me, but a beautiful journey with Him. It’s a great goal to aspire to.

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    • kalinann January 12, 2017 / 5:55 pm

      It is! A big challenge, but so worth it.

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  11. Steve Goodwin January 13, 2017 / 12:48 am

    On our local Christian radio station that we listen to (WBGL.org), I heard the afternoon radio host talk about how instead of “resolving” to make goals, what if we surrendered the goals to Christ and lived how He wants us to! This post totally reminded me of that!

    I’ve been trying to make a difference in my two little girls’ lives more now that I’m a SAHD to them. Since I’m now one of their primary influencers due to time spent alone with them, I am trying to up my bar and work harder to set a better example! This is tremendous pressure, but is allowing me to better answer God’s call on my life!

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    • kalinann January 25, 2017 / 1:57 pm

      It is definitely a lot of pressure! God has His way of challenging us greatly so that we lean and rely on Him more. I love the idea of surrendering our resolutions to God. That is our only hope to really accomplish them!

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  12. Laura January 13, 2017 / 11:38 pm

    Honestly not trying to be self-promoting (haha) but after reading your post, I think you’d appreciate my book! Similar concerns as your post. However, you are not really the target audience. My book would probably be like “preaching to the choir.” : ) I wrote it, hoping, that it might challenge those who have been taken in by so much of the watered down “best life now” type of Christianity – what I refer to as the positivity gospel.

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    • kalinann January 25, 2017 / 1:58 pm

      I’d love to read it! What is it called? Even if it is preaching to the choir! 😉 Perhaps I may be able to share it with others!

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  13. jdelsanto January 25, 2017 / 2:30 am

    I didn’t read the entire post, but one line caught my attention.

    “and yes, it is true that we will never stop sinning until we are in Heaven, but we are “saved, saved, saved.”

    I disagree with this statement; if we say “we will never stop sinning”, it sounds like intentional and willful sin.

    We “may” sin, it is “possible” for us to sin, but we should not wake up in the morning and have the mindset of “I will”. Repentance and grace are not the get out of jail free card.

    From your others posts it seems you feel we should strive for holiness, and that we are NOT all sinners who “sin every day”

    Forgive me if I am incorrect in reading your statement wrong.

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    • kalinann January 25, 2017 / 2:34 am

      Reading the entire post should help explain that. 🙂 The point was that we are fallible. We won’t be able to stop sinning 100% until we are in Heaven. It doesn’t mean that we should try and strive for holiness, but it is an encouragement to know that He still loves us despite the fact that we aren’t perfect. The whole point of this post was to remind us of the power that Jesus’s life gives us, that power enables us to live a holy life. My point was that we may not be perfect until heaven, but we often forget about the strength that we have through Christ.
      Hope that explains it better! I try every day to live a life pleasing to the Lord, but I fail. We all do! That’s where His grace comes in!

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      • jdelsanto January 25, 2017 / 2:35 am

        I didn’t think my post went through; my app is being finicky. I did read further, and my question was clarified!

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