Posts Tagged ‘Jesus Christ

14
May
20

The Will Of God

As Americans, we have a kind of individualism in our attitudes toward the will of God. We want to know God’s will for our lives. We have lost sight of what Jesus says in the Lord’s Prayer. He prayed in Matthew 6:10b (NIV):

…your will be done…

Jesus wasn’t praying for God’s will to be done in His life alone. He was praying for the will of God to be done throughout the earth. There is a greater plan God has in mind than just His will for our individual lives. We need to be concerned for what the Father is doing everywhere in the world and not just in our tiny corners of it. We need to get out of our own spaces and into the world that He created. There is a great big world out there and God is concerned for every part of it. The Kingdom that Jesus came to establish is a worldwide Kingdom. The will of God is that every part of Creation would submit to Jesus as King. Jesus is Lord of His Kingdom and the King of the world. The will of God is that everyone would be part of it.

13
May
20

The Kingdom Of God

One of the reasons Jesus came to earth was to bring the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is the rule and reign of God Almighty at every time and everywhere. In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus instructs us to pray for God’s Kingdom to come. He prayed in Matthew 6:10a (NIV):

…your kingdom come…

This part of the prayer is a petition of submission. We need to pray that every man, woman and child would submit to the rule and reign of God in their lives. Why? Because God is the sovereign Lord of all. It is only by submitting to the Lordship of Christ that we can find our true purpose and identity. When we submit to His Kingdom rule, we will discover that life in the Kingdom is not only easier, but it is better. The King knows what His subjects need. The King loves the inhabitants of His kingdom. This King does not rule with in iron fist, but rather with a compassionate heart. Do not be terrified of your King. Gratefully bow before His Majesty and He will lift you up and bless you. Your King is good.

12
May
20

God’s Name

Names are special, aren’t they? They can evoke memories and they can stir up emotions. The word hallowed means sacred or special. In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus says that the name of God is hallowed. He prayed in Matthew 6:9c (NIV):

…hallowed be your name,

The name of God is holy or sacred. It is special. God and His name should be praised and not taken lightly. God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit are all deserving of honor and praise. We must never blaspheme God nor use God’s name in vain. We must never flippantly use the name of Jesus Christ as an expletive or in a casual way. God’s Word says that at the name of Jesus, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is Lord of all so that God may be glorified (Philippians 2:10-11). Part of our prayers, according to Jesus, should be the praise and adoration of our Heavenly Father and His name. When we come into the presence of God in prayer, let us take a posture of worship as we call upon the name of God. God is sitting on His throne and ruling and reigning in glory and power. His name is holy and hallowed. Let’s treat it as such.

24
Feb
20

Christ Is Life

What is life? Is life the pursuit of happiness? Is life the pursuit of stuff? Is life the pursuit of pleasure? Is it just trying to make it from the cradle to the grave and maybe leaving some kind of mark on this world? Is it just the same old, same old living from one day to the next?
Or is there more to life? The apostle Paul wrote in Colossians 3:3 (NLT):

For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.

True life is found in Jesus Christ. It is the pursuit of looking like Him. Is it pursuing righteousness and holiness. It is discovering our true purpose is to know God and make Him known. It is living for something greater than ourselves. The things of this world cannot fulfill our hearts and souls. If our purpose is to pursue the things of this world, we will feel empty when we breathe our last. If we pursue the things of Jesus, we will find life like we’ve never known. Real life is only found in Jesus. Don’t waste your life in the pursuit of things that are less than life. Pursue Jesus and discover all that life can be.

18
Feb
20

Connected To Christ

Jesus is the head of the body, which is the church. He holds everything in the church together. He is the ultimate reality when it comes to our lives. Those who are quick to condemn others are full of pride and arrogance. They believe that they are holy and devout, but their sin blinds them to the truth. The apostle Paul wrote in Colossians 2:18-19 (NLT):

Don’t let anyone condemn you by insisting on pious self-denial or the worship of angels, saying they have had visions about these things. Their sinful minds have made them proud, 19 and they are not connected to Christ, the head of the body. For he holds the whole body together with its joints and ligaments, and it grows as God nourishes it.

The fact is that Jesus alone is worthy of worship. He alone is our judge. It is not our job to judge or condemn anyone. We are called to make disciples of all nations by baptizing them and teaching them to obey what Christ has commanded us. He will judge us by His standards and not our own. If you feel tempted to look down on someone because they don’t follow your rules today, you’d better check your pride and your connection with Christ. You may not be as great as you think you are.

10
Feb
20

God In The Flesh

One of the hardest concepts for us to understand is how Jesus could be God. We tend to think of God the Father as God and Jesus as the Son of God, which He is. The Father is not the Son and the Son is not the Father, but both are God, along with the Holy Spirit. It is hard to wrap our minds around this Truth, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Paul wrote in Colossians 2:9-10 (NLT):

For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. 10 So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.

When we are united with Christ in baptism, we are made whole and complete. It doesn’t mean that we become little gods or that we are a part of God. It means that we are united with Him in His death and resurrection and will one day be raised just as He was raised. This is the hope that we have as Christians. Jesus is supreme over the entire universe. He rules and reigns over everything at the right hand of God the Father. May He rule in our hearts as Lord today as we follow and serve Him.

07
Feb
20

Human Thinking

In life, there is human thinking and wisdom that comes from this world and then there is Heavenly wisdom that comes from Christ. They are not the same. There are different goals and outcomes associated with each. They are opposed to one another. One can be trusted and the other cannot. The apostle Paul wrote this in Colossians 2:8 (NLT):

Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.

What voices are you listening to? Are you listening to the voices of this world that are empty and nonsensical? Or are you listening to the voice of Truth? The voices of this world will lead you astray from Christ. They will tell you to follow your heart and march to the beat of your own drum. They will tell you to follow your truth. This voice comes from the enemy, whom Christ called the father of lies. The voice of Christ will draw you closer to your Father in Heaven and He will never lie to you. Don’t listen to the lies of this world. Follow Jesus and hear His voice of Truth drawing you closer to Him.




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