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)
Slightly Obsessed #192: Heaven Is Calling: Consider Jesus
Some days we can barely hear it. Other days it drives us to our knees. But it’s always there; that persistent tug in our souls. Whether we trudge through our days or chase the stars of fame and fortune, we can’t drown out the cry that sounds silently in the pit of our being, jarring us with its urgency and moving us with its tears.
No matter what you may be going through in life, I want you to know that God's grace is sufficient for you. You may have messed up, you may have failed, you may have gone the wrong direction, you may have gossiped, or much worse, but God wants you to know that it does not define who you are. He does. He and His grace is much more powerful than anything you might have said or done. Grace always shocks. It always amazes, and it always stuns. Grace is what we all need. It's what everyone groping around lost in the darkness needs to know.
Slightly Obsessed #191: You Can Give Others the Gift of Courage
My father lay propped up in the hospital bed, his face ashen against the white sheets. My step-mother and I huddled around him in the cramped space of the progressive care unit in which he was recuperating. He had suffered three heart attacks in the space of one month. None of us had gotten much sleep in the last few days. So far, we had seen little of either the hospitalist in charge of his care or the cardiologist on staff.
Slightly Obsessed #190: A Warbird’s Lesson
On a recent hot July day, we took in an air show in our town. Vintage planes, including a couple of impressive old warbirds, sat majestically on the tarmac for inspection as we darted from wing to wing to find relief from the withering heat.
These planes are still operable, so although some of them were open for people to walk through, the cockpits were off-limits for obvious reasons. No one wanted a tragedy to happen because an unauthorized person tampered with the controls. People who don’t know what they’re doing shouldn’t be in control.
Slightly Obsessed #189: The Calling
The sound must have been a maddening echo that haunted him at first, tormented by the rooster’s crow that mocked his empty proclamation of loyalty. For three days, his faith lay in the grave with the Savior’s body, darkened by the memory of his public desertion.
Slightly Obsessed #188: Freedom
He was shouting “Freedom” as he plowed his car at twenty-one miles an hour into the granite monument engraved with the Ten Commandments.
A video posted on the suspect’s Facebook page depicted the man in his car facing the monument as a women’s voice, presumably on a car radio, asked, “Where do you go when you’re faced with adversity and trials and challenges?”
Release Date: July 28, 2017 Reviewer: Andrew Funderburk Rating: 4 stars
MUSIC VIDEO NF - Outro
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