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It is Easter. But are you alive?

Today is Good Friday and we remember that Jesus died in our place. Soon it will be Easter Sunday and we will rejoice that He is alive.

Yes Jesus is alive.

He has risen from the dead and because He lives we can also live! That is why Jesus could say “I am come that you might have life  and have it more abundantly”

But ……….Are you alive in Christ. Alive?

Here are 7 very simple tests used to establish if something is actually alive.

1. GROWTH. Living beings grow. This is an irreversible growth not like a crystal.

Are you growing and maturing spiritually?

2 Peter 3:18 Grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ

2 Thes 1:3 We ought always to thank God for you…because your faith is  growing

2. MOVEMENT: Living beings move. The ability to move as a result of the expenditure on energy. Animals move to search for  food, Plants move towards or away from stimuli such as the sun.

Are you moving closer to God?

Not content with present spiritual state seeking to improve.

Phil 3:12-14 Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

3. SENSITIVE: All living things are sensitive to changes in their environment and are therefore able to react to these changes. So for example as the sun moves across the sky the sunflower follows its movement.

As Christians we need to be sensitive to God’s voice so that we can respond to His directions.

John 10;4-5 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.

John 8:47 Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”

4. FEED: All life forms seek nutrition.

1 Peter 2:2 Like new born babies crave pure spiritual milk so that by it you may grow up in your salvation

If we are alive in Christ we will seek sound Biblical teaching. Having sought and found food living things then use that food, they eat. So too as
Christians we need to not only study the bible but apply it on a daily basis.

John 14:23 Jesus said if anyone loves me he will obey my teaching

1 John 5:3 This is love for God: to obey His teaching

5. RESPIRE: No not just breathing. In Biological terms this refers to the release of energy which takes place in all life forms.

As a Christian our “source of energy” is God, not ourselves. We are energised by the power of God in our lives. It is not us but Him.

Eph 3:16 I pray that …He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being.

Phil 4:13 I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.

6. EXCRETE WASTE: Leave behind that which no longer belongs

Rom 6:1-15 (Look it up)

7. REPRODUCE: Living beings naturally reproduce.

Mat 28:18-20 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

2 Cor 5:20 We are Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us, we implore you on Christ’s behalf: be reconciled to God.

Are you experiencing the LIFE Jesus rose to give you?

You can.

If you know you are a Christian but you are not experiencing the Full Life which Jesus died and rose again to give you then today Easter is a perfect time to surrender all to His control.

If you have never done so before you can turn yourself over to Him. Exchanging your existence for real LIFE.

John 7:11

 

God bless you,

Ray

 

 

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ABOUT Christian House Sitters Christian House Sitters is a Worldwide ministry that started in order to provide holidays for Christians and sitters for owners who needed a reliable Christian to look after their home, pets and garden. House owners do not pay anything to have their property listed. House sitters are only charged £25 per year and in return for this some enjoy numerous holidays each year. All fees from membership go to sponsor food for children at the Home of Peace Children’s Home in Kenya. This only supplies about a quarter of what is needed to feed the children so we urgently need sponsors. All funds go via our Registered Charity TLC Children’s Trust Charity Number 1156786 website http://www.tlc-childrenstrust.org N.B. Joining Christian House Sitters does NOT commit you to sponsoring a child or giving any support beyond your membership fee to these children. Although naturally if you want to support that would be greatly appreciated. We have some regular sponsors and other people who give an occasional gift. All are greatly appreciated. ABOUT RAY & MARILYN We are Marilyn & Ray White. A fun loving Christian couple who have been in Christian work for over 30 years. Marilyn was born in England but moved to Zimbabwe as a baby. At the age of 16 she moved to South Africa. Ray was born in South Africa and grew up on a farm. We met in Johannesburg and got married in 1966. Ray worked in business for many years then he worked for YfC in South Africa then went on to Bible College and Pastored a church. In 1982 we moved from South Africa to England. In addition to his theological training Ray trained in Psychology and since moving to the UK he has lectured in Psychology, counselled for the NHS and opened a Christian Counselling Centre. Marilyn is also a trained counsellor and manager. In addition to the counselling we trained Christian counsellors both in our local area and by invitation in other areas of the UK. In total over 700 people completed the training courses. Many are serving the Lord by working in or through their local churches. We also ran a secular Stress Management business. We are now semi-retired and focus our time and attention on Christian House Sitters and Ray also serves as a member of our Church Leadership Team. Ray also has an active preaching ministry and runs Christian seminars on subjects such as stress management for church groups. He has written two books. A Christian book that is a very practical workbook on Christian commitment as applied to real life. The book looks at how we can surrender ourselves more fully to God. This is looked at under the headings of Physical, Mental, Social and Spiritual commitment. The book is called Let’s Get Serious. He has also written a secular book on Stress Management called Stress Overcoming this Potential Killer. (Ray was previously Chair of the International Stress Management Association UK). News Update This book has now been released as an e-book as well A few years ago we did a 2 month House Sit in France. Whilst there we felt the Lord leading us to set up a Christian House Sitting service. Since then we have done a number of other house sits. We believe this site will benefit many Christians around the world. Feel free to contact us (BUT please no spam) NOTE: If you want a fast reply the best way to contact us is via the contact page on the Christian House Sitters website www.christian-housesitters.com God bless you, Ray & Marilyn

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