Jordan For Jesus #002 "Do Not Conform" (Thursday Series) by Jordan Elizabeth on 2014-02-27 07:23:34
As followers of Christ, who are in Christ, our God of the universe has specifically chosen and appointed us to live on His terms and no longer on the world's terms. When we were saved by Jesus by accepting Him as our Lord and Savior, we abandoned our old way of living and the ways of the world, to live according to God's ways. So we no longer live, but Christ lives in us and through us. We raise ourselves to higher standards than the world, because it isn't the world we are living for. We are living for Jesus who is alive and lives in us and through us.
We are children of the most high God so do NOT conform!
The Bible tells us, "Do not conform any longer to the standard and the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is -- His good, pleasing and perfect will." (Romans 12:2)
"Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life." (Proverbs 4:23)
Be smart and protect your heart! Be careful what you allow inside of your heart, because it is where Jesus dwells. Your heart is the wellspring of life! Be careful what you listen to, what you watch on television, what you read, and what you meditate on daily. Discern these things through the truth of God's word. Don't live in sin by living for the world! Use the wisdom of God's word and the Holy Spirit for discernment! The Holy Spirit is our Discernment and God has given us the Bible for wisdom and guidance to know the difference between what is right and what is wrong, which way we should go and which way we shouldn't, as well as what is of God and what is not of God.
It is so important to know and understand the Bible, because knowing the truth of God's word helps to discern the truth from satan's lies. The Holy Spirit will let you know, inside of your heart, what is good, pleasing, right, true, and of God.
"Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things." (Philippians 4:8)
Know who you are in God, know your heart in God, know where you stand with God, and be influenced by God. As followers of Christ, who are in Christ, don't let the world influence you, but let God influence the world through you! We have been called by God not to fit in with this world, but to stand out for Christ. We are in this world, but not of this world. Jesus said, "They are not of this world just as I am not of this world."
There are two paths to take in this life! The wide road, which is the road that the world follows, many follow it. Then there is the narrow road, which the body of Christ follows, and few find it. The wide road leads to destruction, but the narrow road leads to life because Jesus, who we follow down the narrow road, is life.
"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." (Matthew 7:13-14)
Choose life! Choose Jesus! Follow Christ! We are undefined by the world and defined by God.
Has a more beautiful declaration ever been written? Without that truth, we would have been forever lost to life. But because God had all authority firmly in His grasp, Satan had no chance of wresting the universe from Him. Because God reigns, Jesus could heal sickness, forgive sins, and conquer death. Because God is in control, evil was outwitted. Because He is Lord, there is power behind the words, “It is finished.”
Slightly Obsessed #186: When the Path Ahead Is Fearsome
The room was dark and shadowed, the only sound within its walls the rhythmic whoosh of the ventilator beside my son’s bed. I sat on an uncomfortable chair jammed into one corner of the room. In the faint light that fell from the window across the pages of the Bible I held, I tried to corral my stampeding fears long enough to find some comfort from God’s Word. Outside the door of his room, a cacophony of voices from the nurses’ station jarred our shattered nerves.
Slightly Obsessed #185: Clean
They were just turning down the lights in the sanctuary as I awkwardly slid into a seat near the back of the church. I was tired and soiled by the previous week. Life had been especially difficult, and I had not handled the pressure well. I felt completely unhinged spiritually and wholly unworthy to be in God’s presence. The worship team began with one of my favorite songs, and I hoped I didn’t look as vulnerable as I felt.
Slightly Obsessed #184: The Mark of Maturity
The infant finishes his bottle and smiles contentedly up at his mother. A trickle of milk courses down from the corner of his mouth. It’s a sweet scene because that’s what babies do. They are born with immature digestive systems and no teeth. Mother’s milk or formula are necessary for the child to survive and thrive. As they grow, their teeth begin to come in, their digestive abilities mature, and they can tolerate solid food.
Slightly Obsessed #183: He Knows Your Name
All sheep look alike to me. Defenseless, timid, and nondescript creatures, they tend to wander and get into trouble. When one falls, it needs help to get back on its feet. Its purpose in life is mostly to eat and make more sheep. It’s easy to see why Jesus equated them to humans. A line of sheep looks like a sea of wool and blank stares, huddled in a timid group behind their leader.
Slightly Obsessed #182 "When Speaking the Truth Makes You the Enemy"
The apostle Paul loved the people of God. After his conversion to Christ, he spent his life not only establishing churches, but also ministering to their needs. He often had the unpleasant duty of confronting issues that threatened the fledgling church, and his letters to the Galatians and to the Corinthians were especially aimed at keeping the churches rooted in the faith.