A Matter of Life and Death: What It Means to Be Alive in Christ | alyssajhoward.com

A Matter of Life and Death: What It Means to Be Alive in Christ

It’s a matter of life and death. We often use this phrase to discuss something of extreme urgency and importance. So when someone begins a dialogue with these words, we tend to pay attention. With that being said, what I am about to tell you in this blog post is a matter of life and death. Why? Because without Christ, you will die. But in Him, you will experience life everlasting.

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Once We Were Lost: What It Means to Be Found in Christ

What do you do when you lose something valuable? How do you feel and respond? Well, if you’re anything like me… you panic! No really, though. I often find it difficult to think of anything else until my lost item is found, especially if it is something really important to me personally. The Bible describes our life before Christ as “lost.” But what does it mean exactly to be lost? And more importantly, what does it mean to be found in Christ?

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Citizens of Heaven: What It Really Means to Be Not of This World | alyssajhoward.com

Citizens of Heaven: What It Really Means to Be Not of This World

When speaking of our identity in Christ, “citizen” is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. But the truth is that it is probably one of the most defining attributes of a believer. Being citizens of heaven not only gives us an identity, but it also gives us a purpose. We are called to represent heaven here on earth. And this is a responsibility we should never take lightly.

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What It Means to Be the Holy Temple of God

In the Old Testament, the presence of God made its dwelling in the Holy of Holies. As the innermost sacred area of the tabernacle, it contained the Ark of the Covenant and was only accessible once a year by an Israelite high priest. The presence of God was so powerful, that to go behind the veil in an unworthy manner could potentially mean death. But all of this changed when Jesus died on the cross. The veil was torn in two and all of God’s people gained access to His presence. The Bible now describes us as the temple of God. His presence, the same powerful presence that once dwelt in the Holy of Holies, now dwells within us.

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Your Inheritance in Christ: What Does It Mean to Be an Heir?

Financial security. Wealth. Retirement. Inheritance. In this world, we like to feel secure when it comes to our future. We want to know that we are taken care of financially, and we save our pennies hoping to one day retire well and leave an inheritance for our children. But while there is nothing wrong with saving for the future, we need to remember that material wealth can be gone in a moment’s notice. On the other hand, spiritual wealth never fades. The Bible speaks often our inheritance in Christ. But what does it mean to have an inheritance in heaven?

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3 Biblical Truths Regarding Your Royal Identity in Christ

There is something so incredibly intriguing about royal families and traditions. Think about it. When something major happens involving a royal family or bloodline, the whole world watches in excitement and anticipation (or horror and disbelief depending on the event!) So what if I told you that according to the Bible, you have a royal identity in Christ? And not only that, but you are called to walk according to this identity in your everyday life.

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The Love of God: You Are No Longer Alone

There was a time in my life that I battled severe loneliness. With everything we have in this world to make us feel connected to one another, it’s still so easy to feel alone in it all. In fact, it’s easy to feel isolated behind the screens. We don’t actually communicate anymore. Instead, we “comment.” We click buttons to demonstrate our approval or dislike of something. In a culture that is striving to find new ways to connect, we are actually becoming more disconnected than ever before. But I learned an important lesson in my time of loneliness: When you become a child of God, you are no longer alone. He is with you and will never forsake you.

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Take Courage: You Are No Longer a Slave to Fear

We often define fear as a basic human emotion. Everyone fears something – right? It’s normal to feel afraid when it comes to your career, major life decisions, your children, etc. But if fear is an emotion that God designed for us to feel, why does He command us in the Bible to not be afraid? As a child of God, you are no longer a slave to fear. Do you really believe this truth about yourself? Do you choose to trust God and take courage in your day-to-day life?

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Freedom in Christ: You Are No Longer a Slave | alyssajhoward.com

Freedom in Christ: You Are No Longer a Slave

Slavery is such an ugly word. There is something deep down inside each and every one of us that knows we ought to be free. In fact, this country was built upon the idea that all men had rights and were created equal. We desperately longed for true freedom… But freedom often comes at a price. The Bible tells us that Jesus came to set the captives free. He died on a cross so that you and I could have the option to choose freedom in Christ over slavery to sin. But what does it really mean to be free in Jesus? 

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Declared Righteous: You Are No Longer a Sinner | alyssajhoward.com

Declared Righteous: You Are No Longer a Sinner

We are all “sinners saved by grace.” Truly, this is the essence of the entire salvation message. We were once lost in our sin… a slave to it in fact… but in Christ, we were set free from sin’s power and have inherited eternal life. As Believers, the Bible tells us that we are now declared righteous by God. (Romans 5:1) You are no longer a sinner, rather you are a saint in Jesus’ name. But if this is true, why do so many Christians still view themselves as sinners?

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