Live As Jesus Lived – 1 John 2:6

“Whoever says that he lives in God must live as Jesus lived.”  1 John 2:6 (NCV)

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What conviction comes to the soul when I am compared to my Lord Jesus Christ!  Yes, certainly he came to save the world from sin, and therefore, positionally all can be saved. Yes, we can only be saved by faith – by believing that he died on the cross, was buried, was risen on the third day, ascended into Heaven and shall return to judge the living and the dead. But what happens after salvation?  Is that it?  Does the believer grow into instant maturity and simply by faith does everything pleasing to God?  The Apostle Paul says “shall we continue in sin” as slaves to righteousness?  His response…”certainly not.”  Perhaps sanctification is what is so missing from the lives of believers today.  Is it enough to commit to a marriage vow and then still live single?  Certainly not.  To live as Jesus lived means to no longer love the world or the things in the world – for they both will pass away. It means to live the single sin life behind and commit to holy relationship with Jesus. If we are to live as Jesus lived, then we must strive to no longer please our sinful selves, no longer desire the sinful things we see, and no longer be proud of what we have in this world.  Oh, I feel the burdensome question…..no, this may not happen overnight in some areas of our lives but it should be progressively happening.  What man commits to a woman in marriage and does not progressively become a better husband?  Perhaps that man who is not committed to the change in relationship. Things must change, when we have a change in relationship. If you say you love God the Father, then you must live as Jesus lived, or die trying your best.  Leave the world in its death track and walk into the newness of the eternal life you have been given.  Reject all knowledge that rejects the revelation of Christ as King.  Be holy for he is holy.  Lord, I pray, help me to live up to this sanctifying walk and overcome my own “falling short” of your glory.  In the name of Jesus Christ.  Amen.
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Author:De'Andre Salter

De'Andre Salter is a nationally recognized entrepreneur and senior pastor of The Tabernacle, a fast-growing, non-denominational ministry in South Plainfield, New Jersey. Salter is a self-made success and CEO of Professional Risk Solutions, LLC, the largest minority-owned specialty brokerage firm in the United States. A Jersey native and Drew University graduate, Salter was honored as one of the “Top 40 Black Executives Under Forty” by The Network Journal. In addition to winning souls, he has a vision to build communities through supporting entrepreneurs. His book,Hope in the Hood, is a springboard to helping others who hail from neighborhoods like his in Newark, build and grow businesses in their community. He is offering not just a step-by-step action plan, but also financial resources.

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