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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

46. Get Through the Door


“Then Jesus said to them again, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep…I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.’”             (John 10:7, 9)

 

Jesus Christ told his disciples that He was many things. He said He was the way, the truth, and the life. He said he was the bread, the living water; He talked about new wine and us becoming born again and being a new creation. Here, He states that He is the door.
 
The door represents a passageway that is guarded by an obstacle, that being the door itself. Most doors have  locks and can be opened, as well as, closed. Jesus says that He is the ‘door of the sheep’. If we have been called to be His disciples, then we are His sheep and the sheep of His pasture. If we know that we enter into the Kingdom of God, we enter into the Kingdom by the door…He is the door, the gateway to His Kingdom.
We enter into Him by and through Him. All of the redemption of man is done in Him. He is the one Who saves, and it is He Who keeps us saved in His Kingdom. Abiding in Him is knowing that we have the opportunity to get to the door, Jesus Christ, and that His blood shed on Calvary is the entrance payment for us to get through the door into Him.
Come to know Him as Savior, yes, and come to know Him as Lord, as you come to know Him personally by walking into what He has provided for us. He has provided His rest in His holy Presence.
Behold, Lord, I come to You and find peace and rest in You. It is in You, alone, Lord, that I see and know that You have provided the way and You show us the way by the being the Door into your Kingdom. Thank You, Lord for all that You have done and are doing in my life!
 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

43. Breathing the Breath of Life


“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”     (Genesis 2:7)

 

Jesus Christ talked about the life, the abundant life, “…I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10b). We continually, in our day by day moments, need to acknowledge that the true life in Him is the life breathing breath of God in the vessel that bears our name.

Without Him, I understand that I am nothing, but in Him, He is everything. Daily submission to Him in His will is the first, the second, and the last thing that I need to do.

I have lived a life in want and in need. I have heard the old, old stories of conventional and traditional mindsets. I have seen that traditional ways of looking and searching over the scriptures and then trying to live out His life in service only makes me tired, weary, and in greater need. I have seen the plight of the religious and understand why it doesn’t work.

In Him, I find Truth. In the denying of the totality of my self, I find His life. This denying of self is not the denying of things, nor the part and partial giving up of what I choose to give up. This denying of self is not just giving up of the bad and the worst of me, but it is the giving up of all that is me, the bad, the good, and the best of me.

If He has chosen me to be His disciple, then it is the only thing I can do, and that is, submit my self to Him and become the new creation that He has chosen me to be. He, then, by the power of His Holy Spirit, breathes his new life into me. The breath of God is True Life and True Living.

Breathe Him in, and breathe out the breath of Life!

 

 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

42. The Challenge of the Christ-like Life


Was it ever in His plan that we should do what Jesus would do? Trying to imitate God in the earth is only a notion that men who lack understanding try to do.

 
Jesus said that we must be ‘born again’. That is to say, we must become a totally new and regenerated being. Jesus said to His disciples, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let Him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”

 
It is in the losing and the loosing of our selves that we find the true ‘born again’ self that Christ has called his disciples to be. In the desiring of Him and in the denying of myself, I see that it is not I who lives, but that it is the Christ Who lives in me.

 
So, no longer do I think that I can be like Him, but it is Him being Himself in me. This is the mystery of the gospel of the Kingdom that Jesus prayed about in John 17:23, “I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.”

 
Being born again into His Kingdom of grace is the losing of my life for His sake and the finding of His life in me. Then, and only then, do I find the inescapable reality of Truth abiding in me. Paul said, “…to fulfill the word of God, the mystery which was hidden from ages and generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”       
(Colossians 1:25b-27).