Jordan For Jesus #027 "End of Me (All I Need Is Jesus)" (Thursday Series) by Jordan Elizabeth on 2014-09-25 09:52:26
As Christ-followers, when we come to the end of ourselves we find who we really are in Christ Jesus because at the end of self is Christ. True worth, value and identity is not found in people, the world or even ourselves. We find who we really are as well as our true worth, value and identity in Christ, our Savior, because we were created in the image and likeness of God who is also Christ in the flesh.
Christ gave up His only life to set us more than free from ourselves. When we give up who we are to gain Christ, we find and become who God created us to really be in Him and His word which is the Bible. Everything we experience in this life, the good and the bad experiences, God uses to shape us into who He wants us to be by transforming us, from the inside out, until we look just like Him.
God also uses the Bible to shape us into the image of His only Son Jesus Christ and in doing so, He is refining, shaping, molding and transforming us into Christlikeness. God purifies and refines our hearts through what we experience in this life. What we experience, in this life, does not define us or make us who we are, but God does uses what we experience, in life, to refine us into who He wants us to become.
God makes us who we are. God loves who we are but too much to leave us that way. God wants to take you from who you are to a place where you become who you really are in Him. God creates each person with a beginning and an ending. We were born to die. Christ is our destiny!
Each and every day of this life, that we live, God is shaping, refining, transforming, and molding us into Christlikeness through Him and His word, the Bible. Each person is like clay in the hands of God the Creator. He is constantly using the life we live to shape, mold, refine and transform us into something beautiful. We are destined to become like Him mature and complete in the faith.
We will not reach this point until the final day when we stand before Christ Jesus in heaven and hear Him say well done good and faithful servant. Therefore, we should not live life as if we are dying or even as if Jesus is coming. We should live our lives as if we are already present, standing before, the Lord our God in heaven. This is how we should live twenty-four seven.
God uses every experience, in this life, to refine our hearts into a heart that is like His just like gold is refined and purified in the fire of a furnace. God does not look at the things people look at. God doesn't look at the outward appearance. God looks at the heart. That is why God is constantly working on our hearts examining them and making them more like His.
God has given us His heart and everything we need to become more like Him. Christ gave up all that He is, on the cross, in exchange for all that we are. When you choose to give up all that you are, in exchange, for all that He is you become a living testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Salvation is what it means to finally come to the end of you and yourself.
Salvation is what it means to come to a place of complete and total surrender, in your life, where you finally realize that what you really need is Jesus and none of self. When you forfeit yourself in exchange for Christ, this is where you become who God destined you to really be in Him. God freely gives hope, through Jesus Christ, to anyone that will accept Him as Lord and Savior. Jesus is the only hope that can change and save, and that is why Christ is our only hope.
Everyone needs hope but not everyone is willing to confess this simple phrase, "I need more of God and none of me." Are you willing to give up yourself in exchange for Christ? It's your choice. The Lord desires for everyone to come to Him and receive Him as Lord and Savior but not everyone has made this significant choice.
Are you going to continue to live by ruling and reigning on the throne of your heart? Are you going to continue to live for yourself? Or, are you going to let God be in control of your life by dying to yourself and letting God live in and through you. God should be the one ruling and reigning on the throne of your heart instead of you. There is only one true, eternal King and God. There are none besides Him.
He wants all to know Him and His eternal truth. The Lord won't force you, but salvation is a free gift. The greatness of a person's power is in the measure of that person's surrender unto God. Are you willing to say, "I need more of God and none of me.."
"He must become greater and I must become less." (John 3:30)
"We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain," (Hebrews 6:19)
"But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)
"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." (Galatians 2:20)
"And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you." (Psalm 39:7)
"As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more." (Psalm 71:14)
"Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but the Lord tests the heart." (Proverbs 17:3)
"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant!" (Matthew 25:23)
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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.
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