Convicted In Christ

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Scripture

Revelation 1:9 “I, John, am your brother and your partner in suffering and in God’s Kingdom and in the patient endurance to which Jesus calls us. I was exiled to the island of Patmos for preaching the word of God and for my testimony about Jesus.”

Observation

As the writer of the book of Revelation to the seven churches in the cities of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea, the apostle John reveals his identity in Christ as a fellow believer by stating 1) he is a brother in the Lord, 2) he is a partner in suffering, 3) he is a partner in God’s kingdom, 4) and he is a partner in the patient endurance of the call of Christ for all believers. Furthermore, he unashamedly declares his conviction in Christ as a person banished to the island of Patmos for preaching God’s word and sharing his testimony about Jesus.

Application

I once heard someone ask this question, “If you were accused of being a follower of Christ, would there be any evidence to convict you?” In contemplating an answer to this question, I believe there would be significant evidence in my life to convict me as a Christ follower provided that I share the same evidences that identified and convicted the apostle John as a fellow believer and follower of Christ. To accumulate such evidences in my life, I must faithfully live my life in a way that affirmatively answers the following questions: 1) Am I a true brother in the Lord to other believers in Christ? 2) Am I a true partner in the sufferings experienced from a personal faith in Christ along with other believers? 3) Am I a true partner with other believers in building God’s kingdom in my generation? 4) Am I a true partner in the patient endurance of the call of Christ for all believers during my lifetime? 5) Am I faithful to unashamedly share the good news of the gospel with others and tell them about my relationship with Jesus?

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I praise You for You are Jehovah Tsidkenu, the Lord my Righteousness! Thank You Lord for Your unfailing love towards me that never gives up on me even when I have failed You and have demonstrated a weak conviction in You. By Your overwhelming grace in my life and the power of Your Holy Spirit working in me, help me to grow in Christ day by day in ways that produce solid evidences of my life surrendered to You, my Lord and Savior. I love You Jesus! Amen!

Convicted In Christ Copyright 2012, Gary J. Borgstede.  You have permission to reprint the personal devotion, Convicted In Christ, in its entirety only, and forward to your colleagues and friends, provided the copyright notice remains part of the reprint and transmission.  All other rights reserved.

The Make It Happen Moment ® Create Your World

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Quote: “There is nothing as powerful as attitude.  Attitude creates your world and designs your destiny!” – Dr. Myles Munroe

If Dr. Munroe’s statement isn’t enough to spark a personal quest for a positive attitude, then let me add some more fuel to your attitude think tank.  Spell the word A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E on a sheet of paper and then record each letter’s numerical position within the 26 letter English alphabet underneath each letter.  For example, put 1 under the letter A because the letter A is the 1st position in the alphabet, put 20 under each letter T because the letter T is the 20th position in the alphabet, and so on.  When complete, add up all of the numbers and contemplate what the sum represents to you about attitude?

According to Dr. Munroe, “your attitude is the manifestation of who you think you are” and according to Webster’s dictionary the word “manifestation” is defined as “the act of revealing or the state of being revealed.”  If all of the letters of the word ATTITUDE add up to 100 [1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5] and your attitude is the manifestation of who you think you are, then it shouldn’t be difficult to believe that your attitude actually reveals 100 percent of the real you each moment of your life.  And the good news about this reality is that if you don’t like the life that your attitude is revealing every day, then all you have to do is choose a different attitude towards life.  It is in the power of this every day choice that determines the kind of life you live, the destiny you fulfill, and the legacy you leave.

In Deuteronomy 30:19, Moses proclaims the Word of the Lord to the people of Israel by declaring, “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore, choose life, that both you and your descendants may live, that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days…”  Furthermore, the psalmist David wrote in Psalm 118:24, “this is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.”  From the Word of God, it is clear that we have the choice of a positive attitude towards life that produces the fruit of God’s generational blessings in our lives as well as a gladness of heart for living each moment of the day. 

With a spirit of faith and commitment, choose life, by giving 100 percent of who you are to Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, who gave 100 percent of Himself, so that you and I could have life and have it more abundantly.  In so doing, the spirit of leadership will be ignited in you with purpose, strength, and inspiration for creating your world and designing your destiny within God’s perfect will for your life!

The Make It Happen People Value: “Make It Happen” People Possess A Positive Make It Happen Attitude!

Have a blessed “Make It Happen” day!

Edited by The Make It Happen Moment ® Editorial Team

The Make It Happen Moment ® Create Your World Copyright 2007, The Make It Happen Learning Institute.  You have permission to reprint The Make It Happen Moment ® Create Your World, in its entirety only, and forward to your colleagues and friends, provided the copyright notice remains part of the reprint and transmission.  All other rights reserved.

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