Jordan For Jesus #013 #ALLFORJESUS (Thursday Series) by Jordan Elizabeth on 2014-06-05 08:59:40
As Christ-followers, we are called by God to live a life that undeniably proclaims that we are completely and totally unashamed of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. This means an increase of God and decrease of self. More of God and less of self. It should be all about Jesus, not self. If it is about you, it is not about God.
Jesus died for you in public. Don't live for Him in private.
God is not a God who hides, and He is not a secret to be kept. No where in the Bible does it say that we are to hide our light. Instead the Bible says completely the opposite. The Bible says that we are to put our light on a stand and let it shine out for all to see.
"Nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 5:15-16)
We are called to be in the world but not of the world. God has set us apart for a reason. We are not called by God to fit in with the world but to stand out and let Jesus Christ shine in and through us to bring Him glory. We are to reflect the light of God. Not the world's light. The world's light isn't eternal like God's and God alone is light. You cannot let God change the world with you being just like it. Don't let the world influence you! Instead let God influence the world through you for His glory. He is the only influence.
God has called us to live by higher standards than the world because it isn't the world we are living for. God is alive inside of us as well as living in and through us. We have died to self and now God lives.
We're living all for Jesus!
We live completely unfazed by the devil and the world. Why? We are too busy living in God's love and joy as well as spreading the truth of Jesus to be focused on satan or the world. We are focused on God who loves us and is for us despite everything. We know who we belong to and we know who's we are, God's. Team Jesus looks different than the devil's and the world's. The light of the most high God shines so brightly it puts out the world's light and it consumes any other false light that isn't God's.
Nothing can put out the light of God. In fact the darker the world becomes the brighter God's light shines in those who are truly following Him. You will know who is truly following Jesus because the fruit of their life will expose who's children they truly are. For us, it's like the devil doesn't even exist because we are so up in Christ nothing can bring us down from Him. We have complete and total joy beyond all joy no matter what because God is all we need. We have come to the place where we understand that if God is for us and loves us, it doesn't matter who is against us.
"If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31)
"Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them." (Ephesians 5:11)
When speaking the name of Jesus, we shouldn't be afraid to be bold about saying His name. We don't have to refer to Jesus as Him. The word Him could mean any male figure whether it is capitalized or not. When you are referring to the name of Jesus, be specific so the world will know who you are referring to. The world doesn't understand that the word Him means Jesus because the world doesn't know Jesus. We need to be unashamed of proclaiming the Name of Jesus so that it will be evident that the life we are living undeniably proclaims that we are unashamed of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
There needs to be a difference between you and the world. The world needs to see Jesus, not the world.
The world isn't going to save the world. Jesus is.
Don't let fear hold you back. The only one you should fear is God. Don't worry about fitting in. It's impossible when you were created, destined and designed for God and not for this world. Because we follow Christ, we are so in Christ that nothing can get between us, our relationship with Jesus Christ and our Savior. Jesus has us completely. He is our everything.
We are completely all in Him and all for Him.
Jesus gave everything, including His own life, for us in public. We should be willing to put everything on the line, including our own lives, for Jesus if ever faced with the cost to do so. This is what it means to live a life that undeniably proclaims that you are completely and totally unashamed of Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior. A relationship with Christ doesn't end at salvation. Once you are saved you are called to live on God's standards and no longer on the world's standards or even your own standards. God is in control of your life and you are called to live a life of obedience unto Him. We have received this by coming to know Him who has called us to Himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellence.
"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)
"This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God's child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister. (1 John 3:10)
"Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. (1 John 2:15)
"Jesus said, 'They are not of this world just as I am not of this world.'" (John 17:16)
This is how you will know the difference between the world and Christ-followers. The world will love you deeper into sin by always agreeing with you and never being honest with you, but Christ-followers will love you by being honest with you just as Jesus did. Love isn't agreeing but being honest. If love is not honest love then it is not of God.
God is love and He is the truth. So love without truth is not love at all. Everything must come through God or it is not real or true at all. The truth came so that we could be set free from sin, not continue in it. We are called to live unashamed of this truth so that others will have ears that hear the truth, eyes that see the truth, a mind of Christ that knows and understands the truth and a heart to love the truth as God does.
Jesus wants you to be set free to receive His truth but you have to be willing. If you are currently not living all for Jesus, let this message challenge you in your faith to strive to live all for Jesus. We can do better than our best because we can do all things through Christ who is our strength. (Philippians 4:13)
"Love doesn't delight in evil but rejoices when the truth wins out." (1 Corinthians 13:6)
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