Mind at the end of its Tether

“Mind at the end of its tether’, was the title of the last book ever written by H.G. Wells before he died in 1945. He paints a bleak future for mankind with no hope at all.

Whatever way the future unfolds for this world the truth God has for us is that this world is not all there is. The choices we make here, “make or break us “, for eternity. Had Christ not died no glimmer of hope would ever had shone over this sorry world. Those who refuse Christ perpetuate their own hopelessness into eternity.

Even the Christian can give place to despair. There are no easy fixes for it but when we cannot hold on to Christ He holds on to us.

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Someone was asked whether a certain building was haunted and the reply came,”Yes but only by the living”.

It is inevitable that in the church are people who are spiritually dead with a name to live. Others are dying daily, to sin and self. They are alive in Christ and living for him day by day and will never truly die. May we be of that number.

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Made Alive in Christ

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

We are taught here that in and of himself the Christian is in His original state in no better condition than the rest of mankind. We were in the same bondage and disobedient state that sin brings into the world.

These verses clearly show that it is God who makes the difference. Motivated by his own loving nature He lifts the believer up out of sin and to a new and heavenly existence. Not by bringing us all at once into heaven, but rather planting heaven into us by the indwelling Spirit of Christ.

He seats us spiritually in the heavenly places as trophies of his boundless grace. Yet no idle life is this but shows itself in an out flowing of that grace expressed through all creation, through all the ages.

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Mind at the end of its Tether

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