FOLLOWING JESUS DAILY
Luke 9:18-23, Ephesians 1:15-23, Genesis 3:7-12
18 And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am?19 They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again.20 He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God.21 And he straitly charged them, and commanded them to tell no man that thing;22 Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me
15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, 16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.8 And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.9 And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat
To bring an understanding of Christ’s call to discipleship and underscore the truth of our reality “IN CHRIST”.
THE GOD HEAD IS A COMMUNITY OF LOVE IN WHICH THE BELIEVER IS “IN CHRISTED”
ILLUSTRATION OF THE GOD HEAD IN COMMUNITY
“I saw that the most important thing I had to do was to give myself to the reading of the Word of God, and to meditation on it…. What is the food of the inner man? Not prayer, but the Word of God; and….not the simple reading of the Word of God, so that it only passes through our minds, just as water runs through a pipe, but considering what we read, pondering over it, and applying it to our hearts.” –
In order to enjoy the Word, we ought to continue to read it, and the way to obtain a spirit of prayer, is, to continue praying; for the less we read the Word of God, the less we desire to read it, and the less we pray, the less we desire to pray.
“For pride is spiritual cancer: it eats up the very possibility of love, or contentment, or even common sense.” C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
In Genesis 3 we see the record of the fall of humanity. In verses 7 to 13 the scriptures list the 5 manifestation of spiritual death;
- Shame(vs.7) Guilt (vs.7) 3. Fear(vs.10) 4. Unrighteousness(vs.8) 5. Pride(12)
Shameis an unpleasant self-conscious emotion typically associated with a negative evaluation of the self, withdrawal motivations, and feelings of distress, exposure, mistrust, powerlessness, and worthlessness.
Guiltis defined as a deep feeling of remorse for an act which may or may not have occurred in the past. Therefore, guilt becomes a past experience which is renewed in the present moment
Fear is the deep sense of torment that is associated with the judgement that is due one as a result of violating the command or law
Unrighteousness the sense of unworthiness that prevents being able to enter or stay in the presence of God
Pride is exaggerated sense of ones worth or thinking less of other that makes accepting responsibility challenging
These 5 manifestations of Sin (broken fellowship with God) to varying degrees and different combination will become what defines our identity outside Christ. The varying combination with the unique experiences of our upbringings make us as individuals SELFISH, SELFCENTERED, SELFABSORBED until we submit the authority of our lives to Christ consistently live in the truth of “ In Christ Realities.
- SELFISH:devoted to or caring only for oneself; concerned primarily with one's own interests, benefits, welfare, etc., regardless of others. Characterized (in motives) by or manifesting concern care only for oneself
- SELF-CENTERED: concerned solely or chiefly with one's own interests, welfare; engrossed in self; egotistical. independent, self-sufficient, centered in oneself or itself.
- SELF-ABSORBED: preoccupied with one's thoughts, interests, etc.
Jesus is not seeking fans that are tweeter followers. He is seeking individuals that will put faith in His finished work and will respond to His Love by loosing SELF to His LIFE.
“DENY HIMSELF” deny in the Greek means to refuse the right of ownership and that in thought and word.
Jesus say the way to that we “deny self” is by taking up your cross daily and following Him.
The primary way I take my cross is identifying with His Cross and finished work. I must allow the Love of God free me from SGFUP that makes me SSS. Because I am crucified with Christ (Gal2:20). I must daily allow the Love God displace SGFUP (1John4:18) and break SSS in my motives, thoughts and action.
Reading the Word and praying those Holy Spirit inspired prayers.
Meditating and declaring IN HIM REALITIES
IN HIM AND IN CHRIST REALITIES
Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.
Ephesians 1:4 Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.
Ephesians 1:5 Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,
Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.
Ephesians 1:13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.
George Müller (born Johann Georg Ferdinand Müller, 27 September 1805 – 10 March 1898) was a Christian evangelist and the director of the Ashley Down orphanage in Bristol, England.
He cared for 10,024 orphans during his lifetime, and provided educational opportunities for the orphans to the point that he was even accused by some of raising the poor above their natural station in British life. He established 117 schools which offered Christian education to more than 120,000.
On 26 March 1875, at the age of 70 and after the death of his first wife in 1870 and his marriage to Susannah Grace Sanger in 1871, Müller and Susannah began a 17-year period of missionary travel. He travelled more than 200,000 miles, an incredible achievement for pre-aviation times. His language abilities allowed him to preach in English, French, and German, and his sermons were translated into the host languages when he was unable to use the three languages which he spoke. In 1892, he returned to England, where he died on 10 March 1898.
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