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Body Life
by Janie Buck
Date: 06.07.2007
The Holy Spirit is given to all who truly trust Jesus as their Savior. When He comes into our heart through faith in the death of Jesus Christ we become a brand new person. We are born again and the Lord lives with us in oru body. God living in our bodies makes us His temple. "Don't you realize that all of you together are the house of God, and that the Spirit of God lives among you in His house.... for God's home is holy and clean, and you are that home" I Cor. 3:16 TLB).

And again Paul writes, "Haven't you yet learned that your body is the home of the Holy Spirit God gave you, and that He lives within you?"

Our body does not belong exclusively to ys. God bought us with a great price, the death of His son. Therefore we should use ever part of our body to give glory back to God. He owns us. And that is perfect freedom for "if the Son shall make you free you will be free indeed."

In prayer give your self to the Lord. Thnk Him for the priviledge of being a "temple" in which He lives.
Our Thought Life
by Janie Buck
Date: 06.07.2007
Have you ever wondered why the Lord allowed the temple in Jerusalem to be destroyed? And why it hasn't been rebuilt even though the Jews have been back in Israel for 40 years? Jesus predicted that the temple would be destroyed, and it was by the Romans.

The first permanent temple where the presence of the Lord dwelt was built by King Solomon. People went there to worship God. That temple was destroyed and rebuilt only to be destroyed again in wars. It was permanently destroyed 70 years after Jesus died on the cross. This was done so men would never again seek God in a physical place.

During His life on earth Jesus identified His body as the Temple. (John 2:19) Also He taught that when a person becomes a Christian He would come and live in them thus making their body His temple. Paul wrote about this: "Do you no know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?" (I Cor. 3:16).

We should be careful what we allow to enter our body whether it comes in through our eyes, ears or mouth. Mental images that are not pure can corrupt our thoughts just like bad food or drink can make out bodies sick. Keep your thought life clean by reading wholesome literature and watching decent movies and TV. Ask the Lord to protect you when sinful thoughts come into your mind.

There is an old saying that we can't keep birds from flying over our head but we ccan keep them from building a nest in our hair. That is true for sinful thoughts.
Doubts & Faith
by Janie Buck
Topic: Journal
Date: 06.07.2007
Are you a Christian who sometimes doubts your sins are forgiven? Well join the crowd. Separation from God is a reality before we put our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The only way to the Father and heaven is faith in what Jesus did for us when He died on the cross, was buried and arose three days later.

When you believe Jesus died for your sins and invited Him to come into your heart something wonderful happened. Jesus actually came into your heart, and He will never leave you alone again. Your sins are forgiven and you will go to heaven when you die. This is the new birth, and is known as being “born again.”

Also the Holy Spirit came into your heart and you become a new person. You are literally a brand new person. You and the Lord Jesus live in your body. This new you is interested in the Bible and desires to learn about the Lord. You begin to think differently. Your relationship to God is also different. He is your Father and one day He will call you to His home - heaven.

The Lord will never leave you, but if you allow un-confessed sins to stay in your heart doubt will take over. As long as we live here on earth old habits of sin may creep back into our life. Remember to confess your sins and rest in the assurance that the blood of Christ cleanses us from all sins.

When the Lord reveals that you have done wrong it is never to condemn. He is very gentle when He points out that our “bad habits” are really sin. His kindness gives us courage to ask forgiveness. He does two things: forgives and washes us clean. Do I hear a "thank you, Lord"?
Growing as a Christian
by Janie Buck
Topic: Journal
Date: 06.07.2007
The way we thought and acted before we became a Christian is like "grave clothes." We want to put off the habits of our B.C. days. Our attitude toward our old way of life will change as we read and study the Bible. It is God's word and spiritual food that sustains us. The Bible reveals who God is and what He has done for us.

A friend who became a Christian called me one day and said, "I am such a sinner! What should I do?" I explained that is the normal reaction new Christians have because the Holy God has come into their life. I told her to read I John 1:9. It says that is we confess our sins God will forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

"Blessed is the one whose transgressions is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity and in whose spirit there is no deceit." (The rest of Psalm 32 describes more of the sweet relief when we confess our sins. Read it and be blessed.)

The old feelings of separation from God may creep back into your life. You know your weakness and failure to be a "good" Chrisitan. The harder you try to change your self the more you fail. We are changed and grow by feeding upon the Word of God, the Bible. Believing it make us strong in faith. This is why we need serious time reading it. The Bible is "soul food" that nourishes and strengthens us so we can put off the old sins that trip us up.

Decided today that you will start reading the Bible. The New Testament is the best place to start, then read Psalms and Proverbs. When you go through these sections you will want ot know more about the first books in the Bible.
Living Daily with Jesus
by Janie Buck
Date: 06.14.2007
"Have faith in God" is a command of our Lord Jesus Christ. Don't allow doubt to rob you of the reality of Jesus living in your heart. The big hindrance to realizing His presence is un-confessed sin. We all sin and I mean Christian too. There is still enough of our old life in us that wants what we should not want and does what we regret.

The good news is the Lord will forgive us if we quite making excuses and admit we sinned. "If we confess our sins He is faithful and just and will forvie us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

After confession ask the Lord to fill you with the Holy Spirit. We can't "be good" unless we allow Him to control our life. Don't be afraid to turn your life over to Him. God is good and He is only good. Trust Him to guide and direct your life and supply all your needs.
Christ In You the hope of glory
by Janie Buck
Date: 06.14.2007
We can understand what our Lord Jesus Christ thinks because we read the Bible that is His word. All we need to know about heaven and hell and how to live is recorded in the Bible.

The Holy Spirit helps us understand the Bible so our life can be transformed into kind of person we only wish for apart from the Word and the Spirit. We can leaarn the truth about God and ourself by reading and studying the Bible.

Jesus gave an illustration of how God lives and works in and through us. He said a vine and its branches show how close our connection is to Him. Just as the sap of a vine flows through the branches and produces fruit, Jesus life filling ours give us the ability to "produce fruit." And He living in us teaches us to behave ourself in the way that pleases the Lord.

We don't need to keep asking the Lord to be near us. If you are born again never waste time asking the Lord to be near you. Jesus is already within you, joined to you in a union that He described as "one spirit" with Him. Give thanks to God that your sins are forgiven and praise for making the way to heaven availbe to all who know the Savior.

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