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So Just Who is Jesus Christ?

 

Whenever we feel the least bit uncertain that He is able to be all we need Him to be regardless of the circumstances we find ourselves in, we may just want to review just a sample of who He is!

John 14:6 NIV 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.”

Advocate with the Father

Alpha and Omega

Ancient of Days

Anointed One of God

Author of Life

Beginning and the End

Beloved

Beloved Son of God

Bread of Life

Bridegroom

Bright and Morning Star

Carpenter

Cornerstone

Christ

Counselor

Creator of everything

Deliverer

Emmanuel

Eternal

Eternal judge

Everlasting Father

Faithful One

First and Last

Firstborn

God

God’s Anointed

God’s Only Son

Good shepherd

God with us

Great I AM

Healer

Holy

Help in times of trouble

Holy Messiah

Holy ONE of Israel

Intercessor on our behalf

Jehovah

Jesus Christ

Jesus of Nazareth

Judge

Just and true

King of Israel

King of Kings

King of the Jews

Lamb of God

Light of the world

Lion of Judah

Lover of our soul

Living bread

Living water

Lord of all

Lord of glory

Maker

Master

Mediator

Messiah

Mighty God

Miracle maker

Most High God

Nazarene

Omnipotent

Only begotten of the Father

Our Passover lamb

Physician

Power of God

Prince of Peace

Prophet

Propitiation for our sins

Rabbi

Redeemer

Resurrection and Life

Righteous One

Revealer

Rock

Root of Jesse

Sacrifice

Savior of the world

Seed of David

Servant of the Lord

Shepherd

Son of David

Son of God

Son of man

Son of the most high God

Teacher

The Way

True Vine

Truth and Life

Unchanging

Wonderful

Word of God

Word of Life

Worthy of all praise

He alone can draw us, redeem us, change us and enable us to serve!  He is our beautiful Jesus! Put your trust in Him for He is more than enough!

 

 

 

Abiding and the Beatitudes

I have been slowly reading and digesting the Beatitudes. I love that they contain  so many wonderful nuggets of God’s wisdom. These nuggets were given to us from Jesus Himself and therefore we know they are to be treasured. When you read them, you can’t help but notice the contrast to “natural” behaviors or responses. It is impossible to live the beatitudes without abiding in Christ and that is how we are to live.   As it says in 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV  “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. ”  As we  yield our areas of  weakness and character to Christ

and allow Him to move in and through us, we are able to be the people He has called us to be. When we move  in our own strength we fail miserably and soon get discouraged at just how unloving we can be!

The Beatitudes are a reminder that it is impossible to live a truly happy and satisfying life that is pleasing to God without yielding to the Holy Spirit and allowing God’s love to guide us in our walk. The meaning of “blessed” when used in the Beatitudes refers to “happy.”  Not just a surface happy but a deep soul happy.

Matthew 5:1-12 NIV 5 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.   He said:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 
Blessed are the pure in heart,  for they will see God. 
Blessed are the peacemakers,  for they will be called children of God. 
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,  for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

It is impossible to be “happy” in the above situations if we are NOT abiding in Christ. They require a selflessness that the flesh just won’t succumb to . However, when we are walking closely with the “lover of our soul” we long to be as He is.

Lord give us a hunger to be more like you. To love as you love and walk in sweet communion with you so that we too may be truly happy! Amen

Sermon On The Mount

Sermon On The Mount

A Call to Obedience

As believers we don’t have to look far to see that there is a great deal of teaching on t.v. and in all forms of the media emphasizing God’s mercy and His love.  It’s vital that we understand how important both of these things are in our lives. Without God’s love He wouldn’t have demonstrated mercy in saving us from our sins and selves. We should never forget the price Christ paid in His demonstration of that love for us! We also need to be mindful of the great mercy He demonstrated at Calvary and the great mercy He demonstrates daily in our lives. Our God is an awesome God that loves us with a love we cannot really even fathom.

Unfortunately, we have to look a little harder to hear balanced teaching on God’s judgement. When we become children of God, we have an advocate that goes to God on our behalf interceding for us. That is Jesus. He doesn’t leave us to our own devices but provides through the Holy Spirit a means of hearing His voice and teaching us His ways. With the word of God (Bible) and the Holy Spirit we are well equipped to serve God. If we slip up, we have Jesus interceding on our behalf and have only to confess our sins to be forgiven. We are not however,  to take for granted God’s mercy or His forgiveness. There is plenty of words of warning to each of us with regards to continuing in willful disobedience. Once God has made it clear through His word and through His Spirit that we are to surrender a behavior or activity to Him and we continue on and ignore that gentle voice it can become a very large obstacle in our prayer life and in our communion with God. As with any good parent, there are times we correct our kids and do so for their own best interest. If they continue to ignore us and carry on in their disobedience there is always negative consequences.  It is the same in our walk with God.

Just as a parent can see the dangers of disobedience in the future of their children, God can see the danger it will present in our lives. It is out of love for us that He calls us to a walk of obedience.  Not as a slave but as a child. A child that He longs to give the experience of joy, peace and freedom that come from close communion with Him. That communion can only grow through our obedience to His voice. The Bible is very clear on the importance of obedience in response to the price Christ  paid for us, just as it is clear on the opportunity for restored fellowship with God when we mess up by turning to Christ and asking forgiveness.

Job 36:11 NIV 11 If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment.

Romans 1:5 NIV Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake.

Matthew 7:21 NIV 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

1John 2:3-6 NIV We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,”but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him:Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.

Acts 5:32 NIV 32 We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”

And finally the following sums it all up… 1John 2:1-11 NIV 2 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins,and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,”but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him:Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new command;its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness.10 Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. 11 But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.

Let’s keep a balanced look at the cost of serving God. We are blessed beyond anything we could ever imagine but it does not come without a price and that price is to stay in communion with the “lover of our soul” and in doing so, we are called to walk in obedience.

Psalm 85:8 NIV 8 I will listen to what God the Lord says;He promises peace to his people, his faithful servants—but let them not turn to folly.