I’m continually mystified–amazed, astonished, and awed by the living, resurrected Jesus. To encounter the awesome wonder of the risen Jesus is forever life-changing! To close your heart to Christ is not “self-protection.” It’s self-deception!
Jesus fills my heart with both empathy and ecstasy. To perceive the presence & reality of Jesus is to be overcome with astonishment. I’m continually overwhelmed & undone by the majesty, splendor & grandeur of Jesus. Sensing the magnificence of Jesus releases dazzling brilliance in my soul. Behold the Lamb of God! Why settle for just hearing talks & singing songs about Him?
Without personal & direct revelation of Jesus, all we have is words about Him. If you let your heart be touched & led by Jesus, you’ll step into a whole new life. Jesus shines in the Bible like a light in a window. If you look, you will see Him.
If Christ is your Comforter; your true “comfort zone” is wherever He leads you. Jesus makes my spirit soar; He makes life worth living for. If we will stop running away and let Jesus seize us, we’ll never be the same!
You can’t go in a fresh new direction if you are unwilling to turn. Let God make a diagnostic search of your heart & heal your deepest hurts! Let the Holy Spirit escort your heart into the presence of the risen Jesus!
Christ fills me with so much love, joy, and peace that I can’t keep quiet about Him! You don’t need human endorsement or approval to show & tell what Christ has done!
Without inner spiritual sight (God’s insight) we stumble about without vision. Many surrender their body to the influence of a drug but won’t surrender to Jesus. Some side effects of surrender to Jesus are peacefulness, sudden relief, bouts of joy!
What makes life stagnant? Lack of personal & spiritual growth! It’s good to play follow the leader with Jesus. Only let Him be the leader!
If you’ve had enough of doing nothing; experience significance with Jesus. Let God flip your circuit breaker so the living Jesus can freely flow in your heart. Grow forward into the bright Son-light! Have you lost your get-up-and-grow-in-the-Lord? Jesus gives spiritual life. The Bible fertilizes it. Stay close to both.
We think of church as a group or crowd. Jesus liked twosies & threesies. (Mt. 18:20) Those taught by Jesus see & obey His teaching in the writings of the 1st Christians. Jesus even saw the Old Testament as “Scriptures.” To deny its authority is to disagree with Him. The Holy Spirit doesn’t contradict what He taught through the writers of the Bible. The Bible shows us God’s revelation to the first Christians & aligns us to His truth. Some first century folks inked their experiences of Jesus. The words burn in my heart. Reading in the Bible about those first Christ-followers, makes me long for the faith they had — defiant Christianity!
Joy that defies misery;
Love that defies hatred;
Humility that defies pride;
Goodness that defies evil;
Purity that defies corruption;
Truth that defies dishonesty;
Kindness that defies rudeness;
Compassion that defies apathy;
Inner peace that defies anxiety;
Freedom that defies compulsion;
Hope that defies discouragement;
Surrender to God that defies rebellion.
As a body of believers living in loving, Spirit-led community we can live out defiant Christianity. More at this link.