Hanging out with Jesus

Hanging out with Jesus

Hanging out with Jesus enables us to become like Him. The same is true with other relationships. We become like those we hang out with and, without realizing it, pick up habits or expressions from those companions. We must guard against anything that conflicts with the Christ-like character we are developing day-by-day. As we increase our time with our Lord, we can break free from wrong associations.

God is with us in our daily activities and we welcome Him in everything we do. We fellowship with Him moment by moment and don’t meet with others without Him. There are also times when we purposely focus on spending time alone with Him. It’s in these times of intimacy that He transforms us by His glory the most.

We are fruitful because we receive His knowledge and His wisdom. Our surety in our steps and ability to withstand opposition increases as we grab hold of who we are in Christ. The boldness birthed from the confidence we have in Him is visible and tangible. As we fellowship with Jesus and have communion with Him, His characteristics become ours, from glory to glory! 

Acts 4:13 “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.”

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Draw Nigh unto God

Draw Nigh unto God

When we draw nigh unto God, He draws nigh unto us. Our loving Father is waiting for us to stretch our hand out to Him. As soon as we do, He quickly draws nigh, and we encounter an increasing measure of His glory.

Because God is eternal, He is outside of our time dimension. In the natural, if we were to watch a parade go by, we would only see it as it comes in front of us. The higher we would go, the more we would see parts of the parade. God sees the end from the beginning, our past, present, and future, at the same time. He protects all our family members at the same time. He stretches out His hand against the wrath of our enemies. The moment He touches us, we encounter eternity. Heaven touches earth. Glory touches dust. Healing touches sickness. Hope touches despair.

Whenever we draw nigh unto God, we can expect Him to draw nigh unto us. Almighty God longs to be one with us. He loves us and desires to walk with us—hand in hand, in one accord, from glory to glory! 

Psalms 138:7-8 “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand Against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me. The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.”

 

 

 

 

Give IT up!

Give IT up!

We don’t give up; we giveit up. As we give ourselves up to God’s care, we surrender all. From that place of surrender, we can resist controlling forces and wrong influences. We become quicker to set healthy boundaries. No longer do we back down and allow compromises to infiltrate our lives. When war strikes in our soul, we find we don’t surrender to despair but to hope; not to fear, but to faith; not to defeat, but to victory. Most of all, we do not surrender to the flesh, but to the Spirit. 

A woman was tempted to commit adultery, and it happened suddenly without her noticing. One conversation with someone escalated quickly into a hug, a touch, and then a kiss. At that moment, she saw herself giving in and surrendering to something that would ultimately destroy her. But in that same moment, she surrendered to God and could walk away from the situation. We might find ourselves in situations where we need to surrender to God moment by moment so that we don’t give into negative thoughts or succumb to outside influences.

Giving up is not an option. The only power able to keep us victorious is the power of God. We lift our hands, not in a gesture of defeat, but as a gesture of praise. We walk free, from glory to glory!

James 4:10 “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” 

Responding by the Spirit

Responding by the Spirit

A husband comes home late, and his wife accuses him of cheating; her insecurity and jealousy attempt to stir up a heated argument. The husband yields to the Spirit of God and calmly reaches out to her with love, calms her fears and speaks life over her, in Jesus’ name. The enemy’s endeavor is defeated, and our Lord’s glory is reflected.

When the character of Christ comes forth in our behavior, He is glorified in our lives. Oppositions and hindrances to our walk of peace are opportunities for us, and others, to see how much we have been changed into the image of the Lord. In the ways we face confrontations … the work of sanctification of the Holy Spirit can be seen and its increase realized.

We also recognize the areas where we are still in need of transformation. Our focus needs to be on what our Lord has already done, not on what still needs to be accomplished. We can trust Him for what is lacking when we realize the amazing changes He has already brought forth in our character. We can also extend greater grace and mercy to others, from glory to glory! 

Romans 13:13-14 “Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”

 

 

 

Battling accusations

Battling accusations

When accusations came against Jesus, He answered not a word. He easily could have blown the accusers away, but He said nothing. He is our example. The problem with defending ourselves is that we could never stop. Because we believe our justification is in Him, we let our Lord be our defender. He lives to make intercession for us. Our Lord, who chose not to defend Himself, lives to defend us and He never fails, Hallelujah!

We know satan, our adversary, satan, as the accuser of the brethren. His accusations come to hinder our resting place in the Lord. The stand we take when this type of fiery dart comes our way is the stand in who we are in Christ. At times, nothing is said to us specifically, but we can sense a spiritual battle taking place. We resist by resting in our Lord with passion and a vision of His glory.

The Spirit of God leads us and we obey Him without knowing the details of His plan. We cannot explain to others what they can understand spiritually. We trust the Lord and rest in Him to reveal His will,  from glory to glory! 

Psalm 62:2 “He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved.”  

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Victorious Road

Victorious Road

The waters that parted for the children of Israel are the same waters that drowned the Egyptians. Our enemies cannot travel the victorious road Jesus has prepared for us. After the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea, they looked behind them and saw the dead Egyptians. We, too, must see our enemies defeated.

The lies of satan often pertain to things of our past: a failed goal, an addiction, a toxic relationship, or a shameful situation. Through the victory of Jesus on calvary and the power of forgiveness, we can abound in His grace. The person we used to be, before our new birth in Christ… is dead. We must see our old nature that tries to battle us as dead. 

Proclaiming ourselves dead unto sin but alive unto God disarms our adversary. We are survivors and through the power of Christ, we bounce back from all trials and tribulations. What we see and believe as already conquered cannot threaten our lives. To see our enemies destroyed helps nullify their power. We remain on our victorious road, and go forward with the glory of the Lord as our rear guard, from glory to glory! 

Exodus 14:30 “So the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.”