Jordan For Jesus #009 "God's Glory" (Thursday Series) by Jordan Elizabeth on 2014-04-17 08:08:22
When giving your heart and your life to Jesus Christ, life is no longer about you anymore. Life becomes all about Jesus Christ. There is a change that happens within you that causes you to die to yourself, your old way of living, and the world. It is no longer you that lives but Christ lives in you and through you.
This is a change that happens when you encounter God for the very first time in your life. This change is evident in your life because of what Jesus has done in you and through you when you accepted Him as Lord and Savior. To accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is to fall in love with Jesus.
Once being saved by Jesus Christ, nothing can separate you from this relationship that you now have with Christ. You become a child of the one true King and become set free from yourself, your old life, the world and everything you once were before you were saved in Christ.
You become chosen, adopted, forgiven, redeemed, and accepted into the eternal kingdom of heaven. Your eyes, ears, and heart are open to the truth of who Jesus is! You now have the eyes of Christ to see others and yourself the way that God sees you and the way that God see others. You have ears that hear God and His truth. Jesus now dwells in your heart and He becomes the heart of your life (the center of your life).
Your mind no longer thinks like your old way of thinking and your mind no longer thinks like the world. You now have the mind of Christ. Your mind no longer conforms to the standard and pattern of this world but it has been transformed, refined, and renewed by Christ Jesus.
By accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, you come to know Him. By coming to know Christ, you become like Him and participate in His death and sufferings. To accept Jesus Christ as Savior is to realize that you are in fact a sinner, and it is also realizing your need for a Savior.
Once being saved, God expects more from you! You're not saved so that you can use salvation as an excuse to continue living for the world, yourself, and continue in your old way of living. God expects more from you once you are saved. God calls you to live on His terms and no longer on your terms and the world's terms. Once accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, there is now a difference that is evident in your life between who you once were, and who you are now.
Jesus is that difference!
You are no longer the old you and you no longer look like the world, you look like Jesus, because He lives in you and through you. You have become set apart in Christ and begin to live differently. You begin to live according to the way that Jesus wants you to live your life. You begin to live according to God's word, the holy Bible. Knowing the Word of God, becomes your greatest heart's desire. Above all else, you will desire to obey God because you love Him.
This is not religion. This is having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This is what it means to be saved. This is the good news. "Because God so loved this world, He gave His one and only Son. That whosoever belives in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
This brings God glory!
To sing music about God is to bring God glory! If the song is all about you, it's not about God, therefore it cannot bring God glory. It can no longer be all about you. It must be all about God. What is done for Him and what is about Him brings Him true Glory!
"Do not conform to 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."
"So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."
(1 Corinthians 10:31)
"Jesus said, 'They are not of this world just as I am not of this world'" (John 17:16)
"I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” (Psalm 16:2, NIV)
"However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace."
(Acts 20:24, NIV)
"What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider themgarbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of His resurrection and participation in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death," (Philippians 3:8-10)
"By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the one who called us to Himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence."
(2 Peter 1:3)
When we are in the fire, it’s easy to ask God, “Why?” It doesn’t hurt to ask that question, to examine our own hearts. If we can find no explanation for the trial, it’s possible that another drama is being played out behind the scenes.
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As I sat at the red light, a pick-up pulled up beside me in the other lane. The window was rolled down, and the driver rested his arm lazily on the door ledge. A chihuahua fur baby sat perched in the crook of the driver’s arm, yapping with all its tiny might at the pickup in front of me.
Slightly Obsessed #215: Sunday School Had It Right
A Ugandan friend once told us that growing up in Sunday school, he quickly learned how to answer the Bible questions in class. “The right answer,” he said with a smile, “is always, ‘Jesus.’" As a child, no matter what question was posed in class, he always answered, “Jesus.”
Slightly Obsessed #214: Friendly Fire
In 1788, the Austrian army turned on itself and decimated its own ranks, allowing its enemy to walk in and take the city. Are we allowing the same thing to happen on the spiritual battlefield?
Slightly Obsessed #213: God of the Mountains
While life is so uncertain, one thing is: God loves us so much, and He will never abandon us. No matter what happens in the coming days, months, or years, God is in control. And He will give us the strength to overcome any trial that comes our way.
Jordan For Jesus #039: Find the GOLD in People
Find the GOLD in people. If you only see fault, error, wrongs, sins, and what is bad, in people, then you have no time to love them. You cannot judge people and love people, at the same time, which is why the Word of God instructs us to look for what is good in people. When we look for the good, in people, we are choosing to see people through the eyes of God.