John 14:6—Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father apart from Him. In other words, we are lost, in confusion and dead apart from Christ.
Proverbs 14:12—There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. I can’t figure out my own way, become enlightened, or find wisdom on my own which will give me life. Therefore, I am at God’s mercy for life. Am I receiving His mercy? Picture:
Kind of like Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, God is giving life to our mortal bodies, one day to be fully revived—resurrected.
-Romans 8:9-11—the spiritual life should be seen in my mortal body
God is making every effort to revive me.
-Romans 8:18-21—God’s creation longs for this.
-Sufferings are actually Holy Spirit breaths and pressure from God’s Word—from Scripture—to keep my new heart going.
I have to participate in the revival process—I have to receive God’s help!
Psalm 51:8, 10-13—David as an example. He knew he needed a new heart. He also knew he needed God’s help in sustaining this new life.
Ezekiel 37:1-6; 37:11-14—the Valley of Dry Bones. God is the one who gives it life and he is the one who will be glorified. This should be the same in my life!
John 15:1-2…God is making it so we will be more fruitful. We have to participate in the “pruning.” vs. 8-9…I have to let go of anything not helping me to love others
This is the blog of Tyler Shepard, the Associate Pastor for Centre Union Church in Yeagertown, PA.
I hope you are encouraged and challenged to walk more closely with Jesus Christ!