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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Learn of Him

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. - Matthew 11:29 (NIV)

The Lord beckons the believer to learn of Him.  He desires us to seek Him out.  He desires us to search Him out in the Scriptures.  He wants us to find rest for our souls as we discover more and more about Him.

Learning about Him should help each and every one of us to live more like Him.  Study His Word.  Find out more about Him.  Read the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) and discover what He says and what others have said about Him.  Read the epistles by Paul, Peter, John, James and Jude.  Find out how Christians should conduct themselves in the manner of Jesus Christ.

Learn more about Jesus and live more like Jesus. 

Read some Christian material that helps you learn more about Jesus.  Read Watchman Nee, Francis Chan, C.S. Lewis, Max Lucado, Charles Stanley, Martin Luther, and others who have written extensively on Jesus Christ.  Discover more about Jesus Christ.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Develpment and Destiny

And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” - Matthew 4:19

You should expect some development on your way to your destiny.  That should be a given.

Jesus offered something unique to His disciples.  He invited them to follow Him, to leave their nets for fishing men and to become "fishers of men." Jesus had something to offer these fishermen.

Jesus has something to offer every single Christian beyond a divine destination.  Jesus offers each and every one of us some development on the way to our destination.  He wants to make more out of us than we could ever imagine.

Let Jesus work on you.  Let Him develop you on your way to your destination.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Living as His Body

The Body4 For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. 5 There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all.
- Ephesians 4:4-6 (NLT)

The believers are the collective and universal body of Christ.  Each believer serves as part of the body.  We, as believers in Christ, make up the body of Christ.  We are one body, gathered together in His name in one faith.

Apostle Paul and the Earliest ChurchesPaul wrote that "there is one body... just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future." The collective body of believers have a common goal, that one glorious hope for the future.  In seeking that common goal, believers come together on common ground.  The prime example of this is not the believers having all things in common.  The prime example of this is the gathering of believers in Antioch.

19 Now those who were scattered after the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to no one but the Jews only. 20 But some of them were men from Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they had come to Antioch, spoke to the Hellenists, preaching the Lord Jesus. 21 And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the Lord.
- Acts 11:19-21 (NKJV)

Body of Christ a Reality:

The body of Christ lives together based on:
  • Common Belief: The confession of Jesus as the Christ, the Anointed One
  • Common Bond: The connection between each believers is the one Spirit that indwells each believer and inhabits each local body of believers gathered together in His name
We are to live as His body, the church open and operating in His name and by His Spirit.

Live as His body.
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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Take on His Mind

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus- Philippians 2:5

The Bible says that we should have the mind of Christ Jesus.  Paul wrote it to the believers in Philippi.  He sought to encourage these believers while helping them to understand what was available to them through Christ Jesus.

Similarly, Paul wrote to the believers in Corinth on how he and his missionary companions speak of Christ.  He shared how he did not use eloquence to share the gospel with others, especially in Corinth.  He ends the second chapter of First Corinthians with these words: ...But we have the mind of Christ.

Believer, you must believe that God Almighty has all power and ability.  If He can place His Spirit within you upon belief, He surely can do more than that with you as you grow closer to Him and submit your entire self over to Him.  Search the Scriptures.  See where the Lord has implanted His promises in His Word.  Take it from there.  Look at how the Lord handled difficult and touchy situations.  Try and see your way to embracing a similar approach to dealing with hard cases and others.
Amen Me!