I’m with Him

When we become Christians an amazing thing happens that we need to take advantage of. The Holy Spirit becomes part of us, and from the instant of our conversion, we are no longer alone.

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Teachings from Mighty Mouse

“Here I come to save the day! That means that Mighty Mouse is on the way!”

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For those of you not familiar with Mighty Mouse here is his theme song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsPa8QgGGkc

There are a lot of Jesus teachings in the Mighty Mouse theme song. I do not intend to demean Jesus by comparing him to Mighty Mouse, but the theme song has so many Biblical parallels.

Shall we take a look?

Mr. Trouble never hangs around when he hears this mighty sound. “Here I come to save the day.”

Jesus conquered death. He is greater than Satan. If we are willing to submit to Him He will be there for us. We are told in 1 Peter 5:6-7 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.

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Ah, God Is in Control

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Yes, fellow Christian, just sit back and relax. God is in control.

You want to end a conversation about the chaos in the world today? Utter these soothing words, “God is in control.”

Case closed. Go on to the next subject. Crab grass. Vacation. Car shopping. Whatever.

Then sit back and do absolutely nothing.

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Still Under Construction

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“Be patient. God’s not finished with me yet.”

That’s right. God began changing you. It probably began with a change in your habits. He prompted you to change your attitudes about people. He made you aware of needs in others that you may not have even noticed.

When did this change begin?

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. – 2 Corinthians 5:17

At the moment you asked Jesus to forgive your sins and come into your life you became a new creation. When I did that, although I sensed something different, I did not feel like a completely new creation. Why not?

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What Exactly Is the Kingdom of God?

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“Passport, please.”

I handed the officer my passport and anxiously waited for him to motion me through the gate.

“What is the purpose of your visit?” He asked.

“Vacation.” I answered.

“How long will you be staying?”

“Four days.”

He handed my passport to me. “Next.”

I was in.

A citizen? No. Just a visitor.

How can we seek His kingdom unless we understand what His kingdom is?

Recall the words of Jesus.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 New American Standard Bible

The Greek word for kingdom is basileia. Vines Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words notes that this is primarily an abstract noun, denoting sovereignty, royal power, or dominion. It does not refer to a physical territory but to the reign of God.

To seek His kingdom is to seek His reign over our lives. A king demands full authority over his subjects and expects absolute allegiance from them.

Although a visitor must follow all the rules, citizens are expected to be loyal.

Unlike an earthly king, God does not force His authority over us. It’s my choice to submit to Him, and submission must include every part of my life.

I can’t claim God as my King if I have not given Him full authority over all areas of my life.

Consider these steps:

  1. Prayerfully ask God to reveal those areas that have not been submitted to His reign.
  2. Write those areas down.
  3. Begin with one area and ask God to tell you how to turn it over to Him.
  4. Follow His direction.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for each area on the list.

If we’re serious about putting Jesus first in our lives, we need to quit playing around with our relationship with Him and do what He said. Seeking God’s reign in my life is not an option.

Until next time, #Jesusfirst2016.