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Jim Killebrew has 40 years of clinical psychological work for people with intellectual disabilities, and experience teaching, administration, consulting, writing with multiple publications. Dr. Killebrew has attended four Universities and received advanced degrees. Southern Illinois University; Ph.D., Educational Psychology; University of Illinois at Springfield, Counseling Education; M.A., Human Development Counseling; Northeastern Oklahoma State University, B.A., Psychology and Sociology. Dr. Killebrew attended Lincoln Christian Seminary (Now Lincoln Christian University). Writing contributions have been accepted and published in several journals: Hospital & Community Psychiatry, The Lookout, and Christian Standard (multiple articles). He may be reached at Killebrewjb@aol.com.

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Christian living is a way of life

Christian living is a way of life; a way of life that is derived from hearing, believing, accepting and following the way of Christ. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Christians in Philippi sharing with them about how Jesus left the glories of heaven to become part of the creation as a man to give Himself as a sacrifice so that all people everywhere could return to a face-to-face relationship with God.

Recorded in the account of Genesis chapter 3 in the Bible, the fall of mankind is laid out in some detail. Disobedience entered into the world because the woman and the man decided to enter into a life style of making choices that rejected their Creator. From that day forward there are two laws that exist in the world that influence all people everywhere and for all time this earth is allowed to continue. Those two laws are mentioned by the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Roman church in chapter 8:2-4:

"For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."

One only has to look at the daily newspaper or listen to any of the 24-7 news network cycles to know that sin abounds all around us. Sin and death has reigned from the very beginning. If a person lives a life by the law of sin and death he lives in a way that produces outcomes of hate, despair, heartache, deceit and lies, unhappiness and final destruction. Throughout history following this law has resulted in lawlessness, revolution, genocide, totalitarianism, dictatorships and millions placed in various forms of slavery.

Of course there are many times when the person does good deeds and may even contribute to the great humanitarian causes that result in wonderful things to many other people. But in the final analysis, being subservient to the law of sin and death absolutely does bring destruction. There is only one way to break the death-grip of the law of sin and death: The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.

The Apostle begins chapter 8 of Romans with a great promise,

"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."

When the person puts faith into the work that Jesus did on the cross, that is, Jesus shedding His blood, dying and being raised from death, there is a new life that begins for that person as he or she becomes a Christian. That new life is empowered by the presence of the Spirit of Jesus that enables the Christian to live within the law of the Spirit of life in Jesus.

Keep in mind that there is no work that can be done by any person to bring about this salvation from Jesus. Jesus has already completed all the work necessary with His work on the cross. His sacrifice was sufficient for each person to be totally forgiven from any sin in their life and have the cycle of the law of sin and death broken. With continued faith in what Jesus has completed the Christian receives the Spirit of Jesus and is given the power to live within the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus.

When that happens the Christian-living becomes a life-style that pleases God.

(All Scripture is King James Version)

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