Archive for January, 2014

Enjoying Our New Life in Christ

Posted: January 26, 2014 in Book Reviews

“Life in Christ”

By Jeremy Walker

A Review

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When we are physically ill, there are a multitude of measures that we can take in order to assess what is causing us to feel the way we do. One of the basic things we can do is to take our temperature. When our bodies are losing a battle to some microscopic invader, our body temperature rises. When we are blessed with health, it can become rather easy to forget what it feels like to be sick. We take our health for granted so often. Yet, when we become ill, it gives us a chance to become reflective and thankful for the times we are free from those invaders that make us feel sick.

How similar this is in our spiritual walk as well. In his book, “Life In Christ,” Jeremy Walker reminds believers who they are in Christ. Yet, it isn’t so simple as all of that. We can simply agree with who we are in Christ, yet, at the same time, it doesn’t seem to make much difference in how we live, or in our overall attitude. We can become rather cynical, discouraged, and depressed as we trudge along in our lives. It may even get to the point where our lives parallel the lives of unbelievers. How can that be?

Honestly, as I read this book, it grabbed me and convicted me. Walker rightly attacks the complacency that I can have in my walk with my Savior. So often, I become so familiar with who Christ is and we become so comfortable, we no longer long for anything more. Yet, Scripture teaches us that the riches of Christ are “insurmountable.” We should never be content with where we are because the mine of God’s wealth and treasure is incredibly fortified with treasure beyond our comprehension! Yet, we are comfortable with the grace that we have experienced. We smugly feel entitled to it like we deserve it.

Walker reminds us that a richer life in Christ goes well beyond this. This superficial dating of Christ is not what is clearly expounded to us from Scripture. We should love God and love His Truth from His Word. Often, when exploring a beautiful trail in the wilderness we are awestruck at the tremendous beauty that God has created. This is, of course true. Yet, when we encounter the truths revealed in His Word, do we experience an even greater sense of awe that the God of this universe and the beauty therein, has freely and gladly revealed that Truth to such a sinner as you and me? That is what our life in Christ should be like. A genuine, authentic love that was initiated by God to penetrate our inner-most being to assure us of our need for Him and our ultimate destiny of eternity with Him and to make the most of every opportunity on this earth to wisely use all of our gifts, skills, and talents to further advance His Gospel to a lost and dying world that is easily swayed to chase fervently after all the traps and snares this world offers.

What a great reminder of the life that we can now experience as we walk with Christ experiencing all of the rich treasures He has so abundantly supplied for us to enjoy and to look forward to when we meet Him in Eternity…

Give a listen to Jeremy as he talks about the book here:

http://www.janetmefferdpremium.com/2014/01/16/janet-mefferd-radio-show-20140116-hr-3/

http://confessingbaptist.com/podcast038/

I would like to extend my gratitude to Cross-Focused Media for the free copy of the book for me to offer this unbiased, balanced review as well as Reformation Heritage Books.

Have you ever thought that you kept a secret with someone only to find out that they didn’t exactly keep their word? How did you feel? Betrayed? Embarrassed? Angry? All three? What was it about the topic of the secret that you didn’t want anyone else to know about? Have you really thought about the fact that we can’t really keep any secrets with God? He knows everything about us, even the very thoughts and motivations behind the things that we do.

As you take a spiritual inventory, don’t allow that to alarm you. Even though for the very slightest of those sins that may come to the surface, if you have a relationship with Christ, you can rest assured that He has forgiven those sins and that He desires a rich relationship with you. Yet, at the same time, He loves you too much to allow you to continue in your sins. He wants something much better for you.

Thoughts for your walk:

  1. Meditate upon all of that which causes you to fear as it pertains to the fact that God knows all things.
  2. What if your best friend knew everything about you? Do you think he or she would still be your best friend? Consider that as you meditate upon these truths this week. God does know all of our actions, words, and attitudesàeven those we do not outwardly express. Yet, He still loves us and desires an even more intimate relationship with Him. Take some time right now to praise Him for that.

Do you ever forget anything? Keys? A phone number? Someone’s name? Think about this. God does not forget anything, except those sins which we ask His forgiveness for, which He promises to banish as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12).