Living For Jesus!

ImageWhat do you do when you are down and life is attacking you from all sides?  You begin to follow a simple process that will set you free to experience real power that makes a difference. 

The First Step:  Believe God!  Jesus said in John 14:1 – “Do not let your hearts be troubled.  You believe in God, believe also in me!”  With this information, Jesus is teaching us that we do not have to panic, because we have access to control.  We can fight fear with faith and when we do, we grab hold of our emotions and let them know who is the boss.

The Second Step:  Change Perspective!  Jesus said in John 14:2-3  “My Father’s House has many rooms, if it were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?  And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”  Life here on this earth is pocket change compared to our life in ETERNITY.  Think about the big picture – our 70, 80, 90 years here on earth are nothing compared to the rest of our existence in eternity.  We often get so caught up and distracted by this small amount of time in this human experience, that we forget that we are spiritual beings.

We can live supernatural lives everyday!  Life is about so much more than the day to day trivia that we so often get distracted by.  Learn to enjoy the moments and embrace the challenges.  Always be moving forward to your eternal life and all the rewards, blessings and victories that it has in store for you.

When you learn to let go – life is good!

The Third Step:  Know What You Know!  Jesus said in John 14:4-7 “You know the way to the place where I am going.  Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”  Jesus answered:  “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.  If you really know me, you will know my Father as well.  From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.”  You may not realize it and you may not believe it, but you know the way!  It’s built into each one of us.  Ecclesiastes 3:11 says:  “He has made everything appropriate in it’s time.  He has also set eternity in their heart…”  This is not a physical/flesh/outside understanding.  This is a spiritual/eternal/inside understanding.

Don’t be dumb.  If Jesus says you know something, then know it, claim it and live it.  He is not a way, a truth or a life.  Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father, except through Him.  When I think of this amazing eternal life that He offers to me, I can’t help but remember the chorus to that beautiful hymn “Living For Jesus” when it says:  O Jesus, Lord and Savior, I give myself to Thee, For Thou, in Thy atonement, didst give Thyself for me; I own no other Master, my heart shall be Thy throne; My life I give, henceforth to live, O Christ, for Thee alone.”

Live for Jesus and you will be blessed today and for all eternity!

The Right Perspective!

 “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.”  -John 14:1-3

BELIEVE!  Life is tough and it is going to throw you curve balls.  In fact, life will throw you a knuckle ball right upside the nose every now and then.  On the best days, it’s not easy, but it is possible to live a blessed life and a blessed life makes all the difference.  You have access to control how you take it and what you do with it.  Jesus said:  “Let not your heart be troubled!” indicating that we make the choice.  Sometimes, you just have to grab hold of your emotions and let them know who the real boss is.  The best way to do this is by fighting your fear with faith.  Jesus said:  “Believe in God, believe also in me!” and if your really believe, then this is a “game changer!”  No matter what you are going through, remember:  Don’t Panic – God’s got this!

CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE!  After we get our belief fixed, we then need to focus on changing our perspective.  We do this, by moving from the finite limited time and space of this moment to the infinite, unlimited time and space of eternity.  Whatever you are facing right now, ask yourself this question:  “What’s the worse thing that can happen?”  Ask this question enough times and you are probably going to come up with the answer:  Death!  Well, death is no big deal for Believer!  Jesus moved from a present perspective to an eternal perspective when he said:  “In my Father’s house are many dwelling places and I go to prepare a place for you!”

Next time you find yourself fretting over something, ask yourself this question:  “What is this going to matter 100 years from now?”

The Scriptures teach us in Philippians 1:21 that to live is Christ and to die is gain!  This physical body is simply my “FLESH SUIT!”  One of these days when this body dies, I am going to take off this flesh suit and then I will really fly!  Death is not a big deal, because it is just me separating from this body and the 70, 80 0 r 90 years, which are a small blip on the radar screen compared to ETERNITY!

The enemy wants to put blinders on you, so that all you can see is your problem, challenge or frustration, but don’t fall for the trick!  The enemy wants you to lose and forget about your eternal perspective, but don’t you dare trade in the good stuff of your Creator!  Use your memory and look back at all the times that you thought your ship was sunk, but the blessings came through and you can say with the Psalmist in 103:  “Bless the Lord O my soul and forget not none of his benefits!”

Now this is living blessed and it is what you were created for – get you some of that and live blessed!

 

Too Much Noise!

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One of the great challenges of living in today’s world is learning to deal with all of the noise.  When I say learning to deal with it, I am talking about learning to get past it, so that we might be able to hear what is really important and needed.  I really do think that most of us are living with information overload.  We get media input from so many different sources and ideas and opinions from so many competing directions, that we have gotten used to living in a continual spin.

Some days I wake up from my noisy dreams to an even more noisy world and I know that I am missing something, but just can’t seem to figure it out.  Then I realize that I am never going to figure it out with all of the noise, so I begin to try to filter some of the noise away.  This seems to work for a moment, but then, I realize that I still am not anywhere near to what I am really searching for, so I go in search of quietness.  It is not near as easy as it used to be to find solitude.

Solitude is the place where we step out of the noisy world and into the peaceful relationship that we were created for.  It is the best place to listen and learn from our Creator.  It is the place where we figure out what life is really all about.  The journey to solitude is not easy and it will cost you, but it is a trip worth taking.  In fact, once you take this trip, you will want to take it again and again, because you will discover that solitude is the place that enables you to live blessed!