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salvation, life in the Spirit, grace-filled living, heaven, kingdom of God, saved by Jesus, baptized in the Holy Spirit, on fire with the Father's love

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Will the "real" you please stand up?
“Neither ‘flesh’ nor ‘The Flesh’ is the real person!” That’s what I heard the Lord saying when I woke up. The thought emerging in my mind wasn’t a shout. But its insistence brought me fully awake. Somehow I knew I was being given a key. Could I use it?…
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Jesus Our Invincible Savior

Jesus is not only our Lord and Savior, He is also our invincible, all-conquering Hero. All our history belongs to Him – in fact, our story is His story. Before the cross there was the fall of humanity away from walking with the Lord. Yet, even during those ages God was preparing us for the Savior to come.

When He came to earth, Jesus took the plunge into our depravity as He single-handedly redeemed us at the cross. After His ascension, history reveals His patient way of rescuing and restoring humanity. It is easy to look at our history and not see His Story. Even so, seeing Him changes everything.

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation… He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell. Colossians 1:15, 18-20 ESV

The “Door” of Entrance

Jesus is our entry point if we want to truly know God. No one comes to the Father except through Him. Jesus not only reveals the Father to us, He also covers our sins and leads us to God. Jesus is our entry point to genuine spiritual life.

We all carry a spirit, but we are born spiritually “dead” due to the Fall. When we turn to the Lord through faith in Christ, Jesus is revealed to us. We are spiritually reborn! As a result, we can now behold the Lord by faith. This changes everything!

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 ESV

Many paths lead to Jesus Christ. For some it can take years before they open their heart and accept him as Lord and Savior. A few encounter Jesus by supernatural intervention. Others (like me) turn to Jesus after falling into the depths of sin and there they discover that they need His saving grace.

A Level Playing Field

When we are saved by grace, our sins are forgiven by Him and God gives us a fresh start in life with Jesus at the center. What your life has been like (including fame and fortune or lack of it) prior to receiving the revelation of Jesus Christ, has no value in the spiritual life. All that matters is that you know Him. Our Father would like us now to follow the footsteps of Jesus in our renewed spiritual life.

For those whom He foreknew [of whom He was aware and loved beforehand], He also destined from the beginning [foreordaining them] to be molded into the image of His Son [and share inwardly His likeness], that He might become the firstborn among many brethren. Romans 8:29 AMP

The primary path to be like Jesus is by calling on Him - calling for His mercy, His help, His wisdom, and His guidance. If you truly seek Him with all your heart, He will answer your prayers. But undoubtedly your gravest mistake will be to forget to call on our Lord and Savior! (Old habits die hard.)

We cannot be saved in this life or for the next through good works. The only way is through Jesus Christ and no one else! Even the worst reprobate, if he (or she) starts calling on Jesus in every moment of need, can quickly surpass the growth of someone with less need who rarely turns to Jesus.

Surrender your heart to Jesus and rejoice in your renewed spirit. Even if people's eyes are on you, your eyes should always point to Jesus!

Our Eyes Are on Him!

Now that your eyes have been opened, remember that your focus should always be on our Lord and Savior. As we truly get to know Jesus, we can successfully free ourselves (with His help) from the shackles of anxiety, emotional suffering, doubt, egoism and moral depravity. Our only desire will be to stick to Him like glue!

I’ll admit that He is hard to “see” at times. However, Jesus does not reveal more of Himself than He does, because God gives us free will and honors it. The truth is, if we really want to we can seek Him with all our heart. On that basis, He never fails to reveal more of Himself and His ways—eventually.

Yes, the world we live in can easily lead us astray from Him. However, we should always seek to keep our focus on our Lord and Savior. If we are wise, we will make sure that everything we do draws us nearer to Him, rather than leads us away.

The Rhythm of the River

There is a rhythm to this - just like breathing: in and out, coming and going. We come to Jesus as we seek Him and as we turn to Him, especially during times of hardship and personal burden. Then, we drift. Then, we come running back! Ultimately, we want to major on the coming back and minor on the drifting away.

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30 ESV

But it does not end there. After you have been restored, there is the leading out - the going forth. We follow his lead as we discover his methods of loving friend and foe equally, and of serving Him despite opposition and difficulty. This quote from the book of Matthew sums it up well:

Then Jesus told his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it." Matthew 16:24-25 ESV

Our Surrender Is the Key!

At the first sign of falling away, call on Jesus. When you go through rough times, remember that no matter what, Jesus Christ is our anchor. We go to him to rejuvenate, rehabilitate and reinforce our faith. Trust, then obey. That is the rhythm. I sincerely recommend you learn to live in the presence of Jesus. Just keep in mind that this requires surrendering your life to Him.

As you surrender and trust Him, our Lord's peace will rule over you. A person can only truly find a peace-filled, joyous life through Jesus Christ. Always remember that the unique sensation of peace and serenity when you got saved came to you as you surrendered your heart to our Lord and Savior.

That state of peace can be with you every minute, every hour from the moment you were saved. Where He goes, His peace goes, and all His paths are peace. When you learn how to follow in His footsteps, by trusting and obeying Him, your life will become a river of peace.

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We are hosting a Mystery! What is He doing inside those of us who believe?
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Let this draw you deeper into the Mystery of His Love.
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Is your faith founded on these two rock-solid facts? Or, is it mere faith for the facts?
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Each Christian's faith is founded upon knowledge of facts, not mere faith or belief.
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Learn to stay well-connected to the divine Source of your peace and joy.
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Learn how to live with greater emotional freedom and peace!
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Clear out the confusion and learn to get good at re-gaining freedom
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Clear away the confusion. This is something anyone in their right mind would want to do!
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