Living Letters

letter“And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11).  This is one of the most hopeful (full-of-hope!) verses in the New Testament. After listing 10 of the most addictive sinful lifestyle choices, Paul declares that although at one time the Corinthian Christians lived that way, they no longer did so.  What freedom to not be controlled by desires, urges, and societal pressures!

This is the power of the Gospel.  By trusting in the grace of God, the blood of Jesus, and the power of the Holy Spirit our lives become testimonies of transformation.  The only thing that stands in the way of you becoming more like Jesus is . . . YOU!

We are not transformed by “taking control of our lives” but by letting go!  Trusting, however, does not mean the absence of struggle.  You may, in fact, find yourself fighting harder than ever to trust the Lord and follow the Spirit.  But when you enter the battle by faith, you also find the strength to do whatever it is the Lord has called you to do, and become what he is calling you to become.  The finished product is a transformed life, a letter written by Christ and read by all.  Let him have his way you so that others might find the hope held out in the Gospel of life.

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.

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2 Responses to “Living Letters”

  1. avatar Stephen Carman says:

    Just listened/watched the sermon….communication is about connecting, and how much more connected can we be than heart-to-heart. Thanks for the way you unpack these lessons each week.

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