Open the inner spillway to joy from within (Insider Trading)

You can’t control the climate in your neighborhood, but you can cultivate a happy heart. Wholesome fun can make you happy. You don’t have to party wild to experience joy.

The spillway of the human heart dries up when God’s supernatural inner flow is cut off. God’s glory in nature is amazing, but He wants His glory in your heart to be even greater. It’s amazingly glorious when the risen Jesus is living in and through you. Once the risen Jesus is discovered and encountered by inner listening and full, heart surrender, life can never remain the same.

Christ, living in you, is too profound of a lifestyle to be depicted by descriptions or exhibited by explanations. Experience Him! Preaching should proclaim and connect people with the reality of “Christ in you,” not present a proxy for His presence. “Christ in you” is not silent, passive, or easily ignored. He’s a living fire that burns within.

We are small; God is infinite. There is always more to seek and to experience in a relationship with Jesus (God with us). What the living Jesus says to you is more important than what anybody else says. If Jesus is alive and present, as the Bible proclaims, we need to listen to and relate to Him directly, not just thrugh a preacher.

Christ’s voice can easily get lost in our inner whirlwind of thoughts and feelings. That’s why we need to continually seek Him. It’s easy to be “set in your ways,” but the living Jesus wants us to set our ways at His feet and follow Him instead.

Get insider information. Listen to the voice of the risen Jesus within you. Insider trading–daily you give your will and mind to the living Jesus and follow His will and think His thoughts, instead of your own. Modern Christianity makes Jesus an outsider who needs to be repeatedly explained to us, instead of the Lord alive inside of us.

When Christ lives within, you can’t enjoy sin, but instead you “hunger and thirst for righteousness.” Every Sunday, Christians should go to the living Jesus — and every other day of the week!

A lecture about light won’t help someone in the dark. They need to actually see the light. Go beyond a sermon and look at Jesus’ Light. If you don’t see and follow Christ’s inner light, you won’t understand early Christianity. Three points and a poem (all about light) won’t help us see better if we’re sitting in darkness. You can hear sermons about Christ’s light and try to understand it, but to get out of darkness, you must actually see His Light.

Jesus is alive and present. If you daily listen to and obey Him, you will experience manifestations of His supernatural power. The living Jesus walked out of His tomb. Now religion tries to re-entomb Him. It’s time to surrender to His authority.

Modern Christianity tends to over instruct people, yet not trust them to do what they have been taught. Let Jesus take you beyond the tree of knowledge by connecting you with the tree of life — the inner flow of His presence and love. Religious knowledge is a poor substitute for a Spirit-led lifestyle.

To be an atheist, you must believe that there is no God. To be a Christian, that Jesus is God. See John 1:1. Search Amazon for: The Joy Of Early Christianity.

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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