The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225

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07/05/2013

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Special With Responsibilities And Blessings


"Therefore; since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders us and the sin that easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us" (Heb.12:1).

The past two days I have written about our special nature as God's children and the responsibilities that accompany that speciality... Today, lets take a look at our responsibilities and blessings. As per promise of God, we are joint-heirs with Christ. "If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Gal.3:29). We are heirs according to this promise, and it is an inheritance that cannot be defiled or corrupted. It cannot fade, and there is a place reserved for us in heaven. "Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For He has rescued you from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves" (Col.1:12-13). What a blessing it is to be the recipients of such a great and glorious promise, but here come the responsibilities.... After being thankful for the blessing, we are to do everything we can possibly do to abstain from fleshly works. If you want a list of some of these, just before the Fruit of the Spirit in Gal.5:22-23, you will find such a group of things to absolutely avoid. Then comes a part that is a bit more difficult. "For we are the temple of the living God.... Since we have these promises, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God" (2 Cor.6:16, 7:1). God has the desire that we try with all our might to be a holy people. If we want to receive those wonderful blessings as God's special people, we must with patience, carry out our part of the deal with an enduring faith... Today's verse tells us about the race that has been marked out for us, and what we must to to complete it successfully... Do you still feel special? Do you still feel blessed? The responsibility is the great, but the rewards are greater....

Have a great day... Smile a lot and tell people why.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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