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"Analysis of A Christian"
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"Are you a Christian, Mrs. Smith?" asked Donnie.

"Yes," she answered absentmindedly.

"What is a Christian?" Donnie continued earnestly.

This time Mrs. Smith hesitated a moment before replying.

"Well, Donnie, a Christian is one who believes in Jesus."

"I believe in Jesus, too," Donnie said and went off to play, his curiosity satisfied for the moment.

Mrs. Smith continued to think of the question, "What is a Christian?" She realized her answer to Donnie was insufficient, for didn't the Bible say that even the devils believe? Putting all else aside she got her Bible and sat down to find a more complete description of a Christian.

A Christian is:

A Christian is a disciple, learner and follower of Christ (Acts 11:26). To be a disciple one must receive Christ, become a child of God by the new birth (John 1:12-13; 3:3).
That makes him a new creature (II Cor. 5:17).
By virtue of this new nature he is a saint of God (Rom. 1:7; Eph. 2:19).
He is a brother (or sister) to Christ and to fellow Christians (Mark 3:35; Heb. 2:11).
He loves God and man (I John 4:19-21).
He seeks for truth (II Tim. 2:15).
He heareth or listens to Godís Word and obeys it (John8:47; Matt. 7:21).
He strives to be like Christ (Rom. 8:29; 12:2; & Phil. 2:5).
He seeks to serve the Lord and others (John 12:26; Col. 3:24; Ďal. 5:13; & 6:10).
He lives in love, by faith, with hope (Titus 2:11-14).

My Friend The Wind

Having grown up in West Texas where the wind always blows, I'd come to almost hate that part of nature. Then on a recent walk, when the October winds were stirring things up a bit, God began to reveal Himself to me through the wind. Here are some of my discoveries:

Warm south winds carry the promise of spring, just as the comfort of the Holy Spirit cheers the heart.

A soft breeze cools my damp skin in the heat of the summer, and the wind of the Holy Spirit refreshes me when I am in the heat of a spiritual battle.

The autumn winds prune the trees and scatter the seeds for spring growh just as the Holy Spirit prunes the dead works from my life and scatters the seeds of the gospel that I have produced. Ps 1:4 "The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. "

Cold north winds often bring the snow that waters the ground to prevent possible drought. I've been through some cold times when it seemed I hadn't a friend and felt like I would dry up and blow away, then learned that through it all, my best Friend, Jesus, had been there all the time, faithfully watering my soul.

Stormy winds bend the trees in a seemingly painful exercise to make their trunks strong and lasting. The Holy Spirit drives me into the wilderness to be pounded by the beast of temptation so I can become pure and Christ like. Who but Jesus is the strongest and most lasting? Mark 1:12-13 "Immediately the Spirit driveth Him (Jesus) into the wilderness. And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him."

Hurricane winds that sweep across the landscape with such devastating destruction can be viewed as a time for new beginnings. Spiritual hurricanes come to cause us to run to that shelter of His arms where we find refuge and safety, and learn total dependence on Him as we rebuild our lives. Ps 91:2 "I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.' "

Father God, You create all things for a purpose, so I will never despise Your winds again.

The Pathway Of Non-retaliation

Let's picture Jesus carrying His cross, on the road to Golgotha, his footprints stained with blood.

He had been betrayed by His disciples. His closest friends had deserted Him in His hour of deepest need, and one had even denied he ever knew Him. He had been betrayed by the people. He had labored for them unto weariness in the ministry of the Word and of healing. And His reward? They cried, ďCrucify Him.Ē

He had been betrayed by the Sanhedrin, governing body of the Jews. No less than 15 Jewish laws were broken in the apprehension and trial of Jesus. They shamelessly broke them so as to convict Him. He who had never sinned, who had always obeyed the law of love, was denied the just principles of civil law.

He was betrayed by the Romans. Pilate knew He was innocent. His duty under Roman law was to acquit Him, but fearing that the impending riot would bring disgrace upon him from Rome, he broke the law to save himself. How often have the innocent been sacrificed on the altar of anotherís vain ambition!

Jesus was human as well as divine, and do we imagine He was immune to human considerations? The shame, the sense of injustice, the cruelty, the cowardice of His friends, the sense of having been deserted and betrayed must have lain heavily on that dear heart just as it would have lain heavily on ours.

Added to all this was the heavy Cross, placed so roughly upon a back already torn to ribbons by the cruel lash. Truly His foot steps on the Calvary Road were stained with blood.

Now let's look deep into His heart. Observe and wonder, for here is no resentment, no planning of revenge, no desire to justify Himself, no bitterness, no self pity.

Instead we see meekness, gentleness, humility, acceptance, and nothing but love for His tormentors. He was suffering and about to die for the very ones who had betrayed Him, for the very ones who had cowardly forsaken Him in His hour of greatest need, for the men who were even now holding the nails. Truly there are no depths to which Godís love will not go, in order to lift us.