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Monday, March 14, 2016

Calling All Joy-Filled Aliens!

            Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Even aliens need to drink it!  Do you believe that?

            When the word “alien” is used, visions of UFO’s and creatures from another world often come to our thoughts.  Television and the movie industry have certainly added creative images to our memory bank.  But did you know that the Bible talks about aliens? The Biblical term means something quite different than an extraterrestrial! In 1 Peter 2:11, we are admonished:  
“Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.” 

            As committed Christians, we should be “aliens”! Let’s dig into that concept a little. Instead of blending in with the crowd and conforming to the ways of the world, we are supposed to be “set apart” by being different.  In Scripture, to be “set apart” is to be sanctified and holy. Our lifestyle should change when we accept the gift of God’s salvation and understand that Jesus died for our sins. We become like “strangers” in that our actions and words make us different than the norm. We think differently, talk differently and react differently because we are sold out to becoming more like Christ every day.

            Take a long hard look in the mirror.  Do you see just another pretty face that blends in with the rest of the world?  Or do you see an “alien” who is joyfully taking a stand for Christ?

            Calling all “aliens” to stand up for Jesus and experience an “out of this world” kind of joy!  

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