Sunday, October 14, 2012

Carry Your Name

Galatians 3:26-28  You are all God's children by believing in Christ Jesus.  (27)  Clearly, all of you who were baptized in Christ's name have clothed yourselves with Christ.  (28)  There are neither Jews nor Greeks, slaves nor free people, males nor females. You are all the same in Christ Jesus.

Those who believe in the infinite Lord are now His children. We belong to His great name. The scripture says have clothed ourselves with Christ. We have His character. We have His passion, and we have  His desire to see all changed by His power. We should be carriers of His Name to the nations.

St. Bernard was a priest who ministered to the people of the ALPS. His passion was to see these people come to saving knowledge of Christ. For Forty years, he preached the gospel seeing many conversions and many miracles.

Since the ancient of times there was a path that crossed from the ALPS to the Valley of Aosta. During the winter months this path would be covered with several feet of snow. The journey was treacherous and life threatening. St. Bernard decided to build a monastery and a hospice at the highest point of path. ( 8,000 feet). A few years later, he created another hospice at a different point for the adventurous travels.  The Augustinian monks were left in charge of each place. During the heavy snowy months, the monks would venture out into the cold with their big and friendly dogs and rescue any travelers trapped in the snowy abyss. To this day, those dogs carry the name of the priest who thought more about his fellow man than he did himself. The St. Bernard breed of dogs still are used to this day for rescue and retrieval of many trapped in the treacherous storms of the ALPS. They are reminders to who St. Bernard was as a man of God for they carry his name.

What about you and I? Do we carry the name of Christ with the same type of dignity and love? We are carriers of His Name. Everything Jesus stood for. Everything Jesus was and is must rest upon his people. We carry inside of us the truth and the hope for all mankind. Carry HIM where ever you go. Carry HIM throughout your life and become a world changer.

Monday, October 8, 2012

I die

This is a trustworthy saying, if you die with him. You will live with him today. II Timothy 2:11

Woke up this morning hearing from Holy Spirit, "Johnny Mengarelli dies this morning to the things of this world."
Now I know this sounds crazy, but no one said I was sane. What does it mean to die? What does it mean to die with Christ?
I was posed with these questions this week. Am I dying to the worldly matters?  Am I laying down all for the cause of Christ?
It seems weird to think that in order to live one must die to self. One must die to world matters. One must let go of worldly passions and run after the heart of God. Only through death can a resurrection anew appear. 

When I die, spiritually, then He can breathe life in me. He can resurrect my old bones and set me up right again. The shame of the church today is that they don't know how to die. We need to die in order to find true life in Christ. What are you willing to die to? What are you willing to let go? In today's world we make excuses for our sins by calling it a natural anomaly. The sin nature is not the original design for mankind. Holiness is at the core of our existence. Death in the spiritual is the journey we must take in order to live righteously in the King.

So today I die and tomorrow I die and the next day I die in order to live in Him.  I die again and again until each time I am revived I become more and more like Him. I realize I have not begun to live until my death. My grave has been filled with the dirt of sin and temptation. My flesh has been wrapped in the binding garments. I can't get out until new life has come.  Today I Die...........