Saturday, June 14, 2014

Daily Devotionals

My Brother or Sister in Christ,

There will be no daily devotionals posted for  Monday through Friday, June 16 – 20, 2014.  They will resume on Monday, June 23d.  May God richly bless you and yours.  

Love, Jerry & Dotse

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Lordship of Christ

Chuckle:  “I see our neighbors have returned our grill,”  the wife commented.  “They’ve had it for eight months, and I was afraid that in their move, they’d take it with them by mistake.”  “That was our grill?”  shouted her husband.  “I just paid twenty dollars for it at their yard sale!”
Quote: "I say, the acknowledgement of God in Christ Accepted by thy reason, solves for thee All questions in the earth and out of it." --Robert Browning
   "And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to live in obedience to him" (Colossians 2:6 NLT).
When you receive Jesus Christ into your heart and life as Savior, you have taken the first, but all important, step in a growing relationship with Him.  The next step is to make Him Lord of your life and give Him dominion over everything you are and everything you do.  To live in Him is to live with Him as Lord and the center of your life.  Total surrender to His will is the only response that truly makes Him Lord.
When we make Christ our Lord, we will follow His leadership and allow Him to grow us into mature spiritual followers.  He wants to be your daily companion to guide, direct, and teach you as you deal with the problems and challenges of life.  When we decide to live for Him, we will make a total submission of our wills to Him; we will concentrate on learning more and more about Him and how we can live in Him more fully; and depend upon the power of the Holy Spirit in all situations.
Calling Jesus Lord is one thing but to live under His Lordship daily is another matter entirely.  Jesus is keenly aware when what we profess and what we practice do not match.  Jesus addressed this question to His listeners, "Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?" (Luke 6:46 NIV).  Making Christ Lord of your life means obeying His commands.  The term "Lord" is much more than a polite title of respect for Christ when speaking of our relationship with Him.  The term Lord means Master and calls us to sacrificial living and strict obedience.
There are three ways a skier can get to the top of the ski slope.  He can try to walk up on his own, or be pulled up as he holds on to a strap, or he can ride up in the chair lift.  This illustration vividly depicts the various ways Christians try to live the victorious Christian life.  Some try completely in their own strength; others try to combine their own effort with some degree of dependence on God.  But the only way to know true victory in every situation is total dependence on the Holy Spirit," and submission to the Lordship of Christ.
Would you join me in a new commitment to really make Christ our Lord and, in the power of the Spirit, endeavor each day to reflect that relationship.  If we do this, He will grant us an extra measure of peace, joy, and contentment.

Love, Jerry & Dotse