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How Do I Consecrate Myself to the Lord?

(Originally posted on the Bibles for America Blog.) In previous posts, we discussed the crucial significance of consecration for our Christian life. We saw that consecration means putting ourselves in the Lord’s hands and becoming a living sacrifice. We also saw that God’s purchase of us and His love for us are the basis and motivating power for us to give ourselves to Him...

What Does It Mean to Be Pure in Heart?

(Originally posted on the Bibles for America Blog.) The Sermon on the Mount, the traditional name for what Jesus spoke in Matthew chapters 5-7, begins with nine blessings known as the Beatitudes. These blessings are full of rich meaning for our Christian life today. In a previous post, we discussed the meaning of the very first blessing recorded in Matthew 5:3, “Blessed are the poor in spirit.”...

What Does It Mean to Be Poor in Spirit?

(Originally posted on the Bibles for America Blog.) As believers in Christ, we all desire to be under His blessing. In Matthew 5, Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” Have you ever wondered what that means and how it applies to you? In this post, we’ll take a close look at this phrase in the Bible. With the help of notes from the New Testament Recovery Version, we’ll dig into the...

The 3 Parts of Man—Spirit, Soul, and Body

Originally posted on the Bibles for America Blog. Human beings are complicated. Each one of us is unique; we come from various backgrounds and have different personalities. But with respect to how God created us, we’re actually all the same. The Bible tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:23 that we were all created with three parts—a spirit, a soul, and a body: “And the God of peace Himself sanctify you...

How to Experience Christ Living in You

Originally posted on the Bibles for America Blog. In a previous post we saw that when the apostle Paul said, “Jesus Christ is in you,” he was not speaking metaphorically. He was speaking of the wonderful fact that Christ as the life-giving Spirit actually comes into those who believe in Him. We looked at eight verses that confirm and enrich our understanding of this wonderful reality. Of course...

8 Verses that Show Jesus Christ Lives in You

(Originally posted on the Bibles for America Blog.) In 2 Corinthians 13:5, the apostle Paul asks the Corinthian believers a question: “Or do you not realize about yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you?”  In writing Jesus Christ is in you, Paul wasn’t speaking poetically or metaphorically. He meant that Jesus Christ was literally dwelling within them. Just like the Corinthians, we believers...

How to Practice the Private Prayer Described in Matthew 6:6

(Originally posted on the Bibles for America Blog.) In Matthew 6:6, the Lord Jesus said: “But you, when you pray, enter into your private room, and shut your door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will repay you.” These words aren’t hard to understand, but we may find they’re much harder for us to put into practice. Life today is...

What Does It Mean to Love God with All Your Heart?

(Originally posted on the Bibles for America Blog.) The Lord Jesus said in Mark 12:30: “And you shall love the Lord your God from your whole heart and from your whole soul and from your whole mind and from your whole strength.” What does it mean to love the Lord from our whole heart, our whole soul, our whole mind, and our whole strength? Do we even have...

Why We Witness for Christ and 6 Practical Points on How to Do It

(Originally posted on the Bibles for America Blog) We may have heard the phrase “witness for Christ.” But what does it mean? Witnessing simply means telling others what we’ve personally experienced of the Lord Jesus. For instance, when we received Jesus as our Saviour, maybe we told our friends or family about our salvation experience and how wonderful it was. That was our witnessing to them...

What to Do about Your Old Way of Life After You’re Saved

(Originally posted on the Bibles for America Blog) Because the Lord Jesus died for our sins, when we believed in Him, we were forgiven and washed of all traces of our sins. We shouldn’t feel troubled by what we did or who we were before we were saved. We must be very clear about this. But when we were saved, we also became a new person in the Lord with a new life. We were born again with the life...