God woke you up one more time today!

God did it one more time today. He woke you up this morning! I’m so glad that Jesus can be personally encountered and related to and not just learned about through others.

What you experience is more powerful than what you hear about. Experience Jesus! When people gather and experience Jesus together in a group, an amazing sense of community occurs. Don’t keep Christ locked up in you. Let Him flow out of you in words and actions.

When I read the Bible with an open heart, I experience Jesus working in my spirit, not just words about Him. “May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself…encourage your hearts and strengthen you.” –2 Thessalonians 2:16. “Jesus Himself” — the greatest need of the body of Christ in the 21st century is the active presence of “Jesus Himself.”

When Jesus begins to stir inside you, don’t hold Him back. Let Him go and follow His leading. To put restrictions on what we will allow Jesus to do is to curtail hope and impede miracles. Christians should never put restrictions on Jesus and on what He is allowed to do when we meet. Christianity is about following Jesus — not about staying put (and comfortable in one place) with Him.

Christians are called to go on a life-long faith safari with the risen Jesus as our ever-present Guide. Biblical Christianity is a call for rough riders, not an invitation for pleasure seekers. Christ-followers should be satisfied with nothing less than an intimate, daily walk with the living Jesus.

Christianity isn’t about watching a show. It’s about showing the living Jesus everywhere you go. However, it’s easy to sit until we’re settled and set in our comfortable ways and then be upset when we’re challenged to get up. Christianity is a supernatural way to live by daily following and obeying the resurrected Jesus. It’s not a fast food restaurant where you stop by for an occasional religious burger.

Religion recycles week after week. Christ calls us to let Him change our heart, our thoughts, and our behaviors day by day. The concept of comfortable Christianity is unknown in the Bible. Ponder this rhyme: Sign up for Jesus prime! Don’t try to follow Him part time.

Wealth doesn’t make people good, happy, wise, smart, or important. It just makes them rich.

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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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