Posts Tagged ‘Savior

23
Oct
17

The Holy Spirit Fills Us

God’s Spirit is is an awesome power source for the Christian. He is a reminder that God lives in us and that we belong to Him. He testifies to the truth that Jesus is the Son of God. John wrote:

This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. – 1 John 4:13-14 (NIV)

Jesus is the Son of God and He is the Savior of the world. This truth is confirmed in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. When we come to faith in Christ and we trust in Jesus for salvation by grace through faith, we are not only forgiven, but we are filled with the Holy Spirit. We must listen to God’s Spirit and submit to His leading and teaching in our lives. When we do, we’ll find that life makes more sense and we have a peace that goes beyond our ability to comprehend it.
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18
Oct
17

He Loved Us First

The Apostle John writes quite a bit about God’s love in chapter 4 of his first letter. God put His love into action when He sent Jesus to earth to take the punishment that we deserve for our sins. John wrote:

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. – 1 John 4:10 (NIV)

Notice that God the Father sent Jesus before we loved Him. Jesus coming to earth wasn’t a response to our love for God. It was done out of God’s love for us. Before we even knew we were loved, Jesus came. Before we even knew we needed a Savior, Jesus came. Before we could reach out to God, Jesus came. God reached out to us before we reached out to Him. That’s what is so awesome about the love of God. It is undeserved and unconditional and it is for everyone. If you’ve never reached out to God, know that He has already reached out for you by sending His Son, Jesus.
10
Oct
17

The Jesus Test

How can you recognize a false prophet, false teacher or false religion? There’s a simple test and it involves Jesus, the Son of God.

This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. – 1 John 4:2-3 (NIV)

The Holy Spirit testifies that Jesus is the Son of God, sent from God to save us from our sins. Any religion, prophet or teacher that does not promote, preach or teach Jesus is not true. It all comes down to the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus was more than a good man. He was more than a good teacher. He was more than a prophet. Jesus is the Son of God. Every false religion, false prophet and false teacher is an antichrist for Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
10
Aug
17

Jesus Was Real

The Apostle John made a very important point at the very beginning of his first letter – Jesus was real. He wrote in verse 1:

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. – 1 John 1:1 (NIV)

Notice that John said that Jesus was heard, seen, looked at and touched. Jesus was not a ghost or a figment of his imagination. Jesus was real. Since Jesus was real, it means that He went through the full range of human experiences. He breathed air. He ate food. He probably stubbed His toe. He was even tempted to sin. What it all means is that Jesus knows what it is like to be human. This is why the Bible says that He can sympathize with us. Jesus is not aloof and unsympathetic toward us. He is kind and compassionate and that’s the kind of Savior we need and that’s the kind of Savior He is.
10
Jan
17

The Heart Of The Matter

We get so caught up in the outward appearances of things that we forget that God’s primary concern is the condition of our hearts.  We’ll dress up on the outside, but never clean up the inside.  We’re not much different than the Pharisees of Jesus’ day.  Over and over He chastised them for their outward shows of religion and strict adherence to the Law without any concern for people and their predicaments.  Their hearts, though, were far from God.  On two occasions in the book of Matthew, Jesus quoted Hosea 6:6, which reads:

I want you to show love,
not offer sacrifices.
I want you to know Me
more than I want burnt offerings. (NLT)

We can bring sacrifices of praise and tithes and offerings to the Lord’s storehouse, but never understand what being a Christian is really all about.  Does it please God if we can sing peppy worship songs and timeless hymns, but despise our brothers and sisters in Christ?  Is God happy when we strictly tithe our salaries and income yet hate our neighbors and enemies?  Will God notice perfect worship attendance and daily Bible readings and prayers if we are not compassionate towards those who are suffering and those who are far from Him?  There is a difference between knowing God and going to church.  I believe that we need to worship corporately and be edified by teaching from God’s Word.  But if we are merely trying to earn perfect attendance certificates for our worship attendance and the message never hits home or goes to our hearts, then we have big problems.  God wants a relationship with you more than He wants your money.  He wants a compassionate heart that beats for others more than He wants your sacrifices of praise and worship.  Our giving and our praises please Him more when they flow from a grateful heart for what He has done for us through His Son.  May our gratitude overflow into our hearts and change the way we see others and give us a desire to truly know God.

PRAYER: Lord God Almighty, I want to know You today. I don’t want to merely know about You. I want to know You as my Father, my Savior, my King and my Friend. Help me to know You more each day starting today. I ask this in Jesus’ name, amen.

04
Jan
17

Do You Know Jesus?

John 7:32-36 (NIV)

The Pharisees heard the crowd whispering such things about him. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees sent temple guards to arrest him.
33 Jesus said, “I am with you for only a short time, and then I am going to the one who sent me. 34 You will look for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come.”
35 The Jews said to one another, “Where does this man intend to go that we cannot find him? Will he go where our people live scattered among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks? 36 What did he mean when he said, ‘You will look for me, but you will not find me,’ and ‘Where I am, you cannot come’?”

Jesus knew exactly who He was, where He was from and Whom had sent Him. The Jewish leaders were clueless. Here was the Messiah for whom they had been looking and they couldn’t see Him. They wanted to arrest Him when they should have been adoring Him. They wanted to seize Him when they should have been serving Him. They wanted to kill Him when they should have been worshiping Him. 

We aren’t much better in our day and age. People are looking for purpose and meaning, love and joy and they miss the One who can give them these things. They want to ignore Him when they should seek Him. They want to persecute His followers whey they should join them. Jesus has gone into Heaven, but He wants to dwell in every man and woman. He will return one day, but He wants to enter our hearts today. He will bring peace and hope into our lives if we will only listen to Him and accept His offer of forgiveness.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for sending Jesus. I pray for my friends and relatives who don’t know Him yet. I pray that they would see Him living in me so that they would want to know Him and receive His love. Amen.

24
Oct
16

The King Of Our Hearts

John 6:14-15 (NIV)

After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” 15 Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.

They were looking for a king who would be like David. One who would put Israel back on the map. One who would overthrow the Romans. Surely, Jesus was the king for whom they were looking. He must have been the Messiah! After all, who else could do the amazing things He had been doing?
He was not the king for whom they were looking. Jesus did not come to be seated on a throne in a palace. Jesus came to be seated on the throne of our hearts. Yes, Jesus is the Messiah. He is the One whom the Father promised to send to save us. He did not come to save us from political enemies or persecutors. He came to save us from our sins.
So that is why Jesus withdrew from the people. He did not come to storm the gates of Jerusalem to overthrow the government on that day.  He entered Jerusalem by way of a lowly donkey to die for the sins of the world at a later time. Jesus refused to succumb to the pressure to be what everyone wanted Him to be. Instead, He knew His purpose and He knew the Father’s plan and He stuck to them.
Don’t make Jesus out to be something other than who He really is. He wants to be your Savior and your Friend. He wants to be your Lord and your King. He will not settle for anything less than being the Lord of your life. His rightful place is not as the leader of a nation. His rightful place is to be the King of your heart. Surrender and submit to His lordship and leadership today.
PRAYER: Father, help me to submit to Jesus’ authority in my life. Help me to make Jesus the King of my heart. I want to serve Him and love Him more and more each day. In His name, amen.



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