April 9, 2012
John 3:16 – “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
And so I ask….Do you really believe Jesus died and rose again? Most readers of our devotion page are probably responding “Yes” to that question. However, let me dig a little deeper and ask, “Is He (Jesus) Alive in You?”
Is it obvious to others that you are a follower of Jesus? If you were on trial and were accused of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you? Friend, this is not meant to be a negative essay or bring condemnation, but rather, to encourage you.
Besides Jesus being your Savior, He wants to be Lord of your life—is He?? There is a tremendous difference between the two. The first means you are forgiven, saved, born again and washed in the blood of the Lamb. Glory! That is the starting point.
But making Him Lord??? No that’s where the rubber meets the road–so to speak. This involves your commitment and submission to Jesus as a devout follower. It indicates you have given Him first place in your life. He is your boss and you trust Him with your life.
When God has first place in your life you will pray regularly, study His Word, and worship Him. Also, you will submit and do what He asks of you. Some may think these are required acts to measure up or be considered “religious.” However, when you love Jesus from your heart, these acts are not forced, but rather motivated out of a love relationship with our Lord.
Dear Christian, because Christ lives in you–
*You have more strength than you think you do (especially on days when feeling weak);
*You have more influence that you think you do.
*You are more significant and you have more to offer than you think you do;
*You have more potential than you realize;
*Your future is brighter than you think it is;
*You have been forgiven more than you may think or feel–especially on “harder” days;
*God has more blessings for you than you can imagine;
*No matter what your I.Q is you have access to supernatural wisdom;
*You are destined to overcome, even on those days when you fail miserably;
*You have available to you “inside information” straight from the throne of God!;
*As a believer you “contain” the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead!
*You are loved with an everlasting love regardless of your feelings or circumstances!
*The Living Christ lives in you!!