Food for Thought1 Corinthians 12:27 Christ's Body
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By Marni Montanez

1 Corinthians 12:27 GODíS WORD Translation

27. You are Christís body and each of you is an individual part of it.

When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we take on the identity of Christ.  We are called Christians, one in Christ and reborn in the Holy Spirit.  We worship and fellowship with God as spiritual beings; we obey God out of love and serve Him with all our heart.

Spiritually we are of one body which is the spiritual body of Jesus.  Our common ground is our faith, beliefs and desire to be close to God. As individuals on earth we are different from each other; having our own personality, desires and abilities.  We are created to be individuals who have the freedom to express our own unique selves in a manner that is sincere and natural for us. 

God created each one of us for a specific purpose on earth and we are given the personality, tools, talent and the aspiration to fulfill what we are designed for and achieve success in that role.  He knows what we are capable of and many times challenges us to move in a direction we are not comfortable with only to find, it was easier than we thought it would be.   

The Holy Spirit is very good at leading us into a situation where we have to decide whether to move our arms and legs and swim, or choose not to do anything and end up drowning in our own complacency.   

Not even God will force us to be whom we are meant to be or do what we are meant to do.  The world, Satan and other people have the ability to feed us toxic information that oppresses our real self.  A traumatic and abusive experience can paralyze us so that we are too afraid to search our own heart and face the thing we most fear.  If we listen to the negative long enough we eventually shrivel up into status quo.   In this place of stagnation resentment builds and hope fades.   

God created us for abundance.   Abundant peace, abundant hope, abundant love and all it takes is for us to reach out with a humble heart and tell God we want what He has for us.  We donít have to conjure up ways to change ourselves or to make things happen;  He knows our greatest desires on earth.  As we learn the significance of surrender to Him,  He brushes away the cobwebs of insecurity and doubt and begins His process of building us into magnificent vessels that will take our place in the body of Christ as effective spiritual beings. 

God is looking for team players, who are willing and ready to see with Kingdom eyes and hear with Kingdom ears.   We have our individual purpose in this world which manifests into the one great picture of God's plan.    

An expectant mother houses her baby within her womb and this child is surrounded by the amniotic fluid which is the protection. This is the same for us in the Spirit of God.  We are dwelling in Godís Spirit and nourished in His presence as we move through out the earth by His grace and in His love.   

Acts 17:28  New Life Version   

28. It is in Him that we live and move and keep on living. Some of your own men have written, ĎWe are Godís children.í

God bless

Marni

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lamb-rightThe purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.