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Does our talk intersect with our lives?

Posted by appolus on December 16, 2014

He commanded that they should tell no one the things that they had seen, till the Son of man had risen from the dead. (Mark 9:9)

Tell no one.” But so many people do tell what they saw on the Mount of Transfiguration-their mountaintop experience. They have seen a vision and they testify to it, but there is no connection to what they say and how they live. Their lives don’t add up because the Son of Man has not yet risen in them. How long will it be before His resurrection life is found and evident in you and in me? (Oswald Chambers)

The above statement by Oswald Chambers is one of the reasons I could no longer walk in most Pentecostal circles. The following sentence is a devastating indictment of most of Christendom ” There is no connection to what they say and how they live.” How many of us know that just like Peter, one can have a mountaintop experience and then go on and totally deny Jesus with our lives ? It is not the mountaintop experience that transforms us, it is not that one radical encounter or that series of visions or that witnessing of miracles that transforms us…….it is the transforming resurrected power of the living God changing our lives from the inside out. The very life of the risen Christ flowing through us and changing us from glory to glory. It must be evident in our lives for it to have any meaning whatsoever. It will be evident. If we cannot identify with His death and with His suffering then it will be impossible to identify and be identified with His resurrected life of transforming glory and power. Have you embraced the life of the cross? Are there scars on your back? The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. (Rom 8:16-17)

Is there a connection between what you say and how you live? In Luke 17 ten lepers encountered Jesus. They cried out to Him to be healed and He healed them. Only one of them was later found at the feet of Jesus with a loud voice glorifying God. It is not about the mountaintop experience, it is not about the miracles nor is it about divine intervention, it is about the resurrected life of Christ flowing in us and evident to all. For it to mean anything to a lost and dying world, there has to be a connection between what we say and how we live.

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