A lens to bring life into focus.

Don’t get so focused on “loving yourself” that you neglect to show love to others. Seeking self-fulfillment produces continual frustration. Surrendering to the risen Jesus releases a soothing flow of inner peace.

You can see life much more clearly through the lens of Christ than you can through the lens of self. The lens of modern media distorts human vision, but the lens of the Bible, read with an open heart, clears things up.

The Bible is the lens that will bring your life into focus; but only if you regularly look at life through it. Whatever you continually allow in your mind will be gradually reproduced in your emotions and in your life. The darkness in your life will disappear if you will begin to daily read the Bible with your heart open to the risen Jesus.

Your life will function much more effectively if you listen to & obey the inner unction of the Holy Spirit. By ignoring God’s holy unction of inner compunction we stay stuck in various forms of dysfunction. Jesus won’t leave us, but we humans sure do leave Jesus! Jesus is proactive! He paid the penalty for your wrongs before you were even born! Don’t reject His forgiveness.

Life works much better when we strive to think & act like Jesus, instead of assuming that Jesus thinks & acts like us. Humbly reading the Bible daily will train you to hear the risen Jesus in its pages & His voice in your heart.

You can find much more joy & inner peace by following the Bible than you can by following your own feelings, desires, & opinions. The words that you think, say, & write, reflect the condition of your heart.

 

Don’t buy the idea that the Bible is in conflict with Jesus. Fact is, Jesus used the Scriptures to show who He is!

The Bible is how God texts human beings. Daily read the Bible & God will begin to text you with words that vibrate in your soul. Daily reading the Bible transformed me from a doubter to a believer. Now everyday when I read the Bible, it stirs my heart to love Jesus even more.

While writing this, I just flipped open the Bible and began to read where it opened. It touched me so powerfully that I cried.

Don’t believe anyone who tells you that you can’t understand the Bible by yourself. You don’t need someone to tell you what the Bible says. You can read it yourself! I’ve always preferred reading the Bible instead of reading books about the Bible or theology.

Life’s not about your net worth. It’s about finding your place in God’s network. Life’s not about the square footage of your house. It’s about the quality of love that you share.

It’s life-changing to see members of the body of Christ come together & each one listen to & obey Jesus as the living Head.

Every time we choose what’s wrong rather than what’s right, we reject God and distort our vision. To live life on our on terms is to be out of focus with God.

God by grace offers to forgive & set us free from our rebellion against Him. He doesn’t applaud it.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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