Sunday, February 22, 2015

Lifetime Guarantee by Bill Gillham

Lifetime Guarantee: Making Your Christian Life Work and What to Do When It Doesn't 
by Bill Gillham

   This is a foundational book to knowing your identity in Christ. Galatians 2
20   "I have been (1) crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but (2) Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in (3) the Son of God, who (4) loved me and (5) gave Himself up for me.”
Cross-references
  1. Rom 6:6; Gal 5:24; 6:14
  2. Rom 8:10
  3. Matt 4:3
  4. Rom 8:37
  5. Gal 1:4
   In this book the author is willing to be transparent. Bill Gillham has struggled; and he is willing to share his daily turmoil to help others understand their life problems. The audio sets, “How to Live the Victorious Christian Life” and “How to Live the Victorious Christian Life: Advanced Series” along with this book are the foundation to our subject of "Christ in you."
   On page 170 and 171, Dr. Gillham summarizes what has been written so far:
FACTS:
Ø  When Christ died, you died an ‘old man.”
Ø  When Christ arose, you were born as a “new man.”
Ø  Christ is now the only life you have. Any other technique you employ for living is “death.”
Ø  Christ is now resting in heaven and so are you in Him.
Ø  You have the same rights Jesus had when He left heaven and came to earth-none. You are a “living sacrifice.” You are to “see God first” and He will supply all your needs.
FAITH:
Ø  You must believe the above based on revelation by the Holy Spirit to you from God’s Word.
WORKS:
Ø  Moment by moment, by faith, you are to act as though Christ is expressing His agape life through you to accomplish His will.
Ø  You are to apply all diligence to the task.
Ø  You are to study God’s Word so the Holy Spirit can train you to discern good and evil, that you might not prostitute the life of Christ by living for self while claiming it to be a life of Christ through you.
Ø  You are to rest in your mind that your method (faith and obedience) is correct.
Ø  You are to rest in you mind that the results are Christ’s results through you, and you are to praise Him whether “successful” or not.
Ø  You are to recognize that your emotions are not your primary barometer of truth. God’s Word is.

   Bill Gillham writing about my new nature on page 92, I read, “You are not grubby. You are glorious in your nature! The new natural you is really someone special. You are a child of God as Jesus said in John 1:12, and as the Word repeats in many verses such as Galatians 3:26: ‘For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.’ And He is now your life. He will live the same life through you that He lived through His own earth-suit when He walked the planet if you will cooperate with Him. This means a supernatural life of agape, not a life of constantly striving to get your needs met. Jesus Christ wants to express through you what the Father expressed through Him, bringing love and hope to a hurting world, beginning with your own house.”

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