Putting on Christ by Pastor Dave

Putting on Christ means we live for Christ:
· To admit that we’re powerless over so much of what happens in life and that our lives can get out of control…
· To believe in our hearts that only by trusting Jesus can our lives be restored to wholeness…
· To intentionally turn our will and lives over to the care of Christ… knowing that what we resist to give over persists in our lives…
· To make a moral and fearless inventory of ourselves – we can’t surrender what we refuse to acknowledge…
· To freely and openly admit to God – to ourselves – and – to another person the exact nature of our sins…
· To be entirely ready to have Christ remove all of our sins – these defects in our character…
· To humbly ask the Lord to remove our short comings – to transform and change our hearts according to Hi plan and will…
· To make a list of all those we have harmed and be open to making amends wherever possible – to be willing to acknowledge that we’ve made mistakes – that we take ownership for them – and then to humbly ask forgiveness- amazing Grace isn’t a way to avoid being honest in our human relationships…
· To continue to take a personal inventory of our actions, words, thoughts – our being – and when we’re wrong – which will occur – promptly admit it… this is to put on the mind of Christ… this becomes how we know who we are… And – who we are NOT!
· To be a prayerful individual and practice meditating to improve our conscious contact with our Risen Lord Jesus… praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and for the courage and power to carry that out…
· And finally – to carry the message of the Gospel of Grace to others a- to make disciples for Christ who will also transform the world…
· THIS is what it means to clothe ourselves in Christ – this is what it means to celebrate our lives by living as if we’re “sons of God” and heirs to the kingdom of heaven…