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Do You Know JESUS? Does HE live in your heart?

To know God is to obey God. Plainly stated “Just do what he tells you to do”.  James 4:7-8 AMP[7] So be subject to God. Resist the devil stand firm against him, and he will flee from you. [8] Come close to God and He will come close to you.

I was having lunch with a longtime friend and we were talking about God’s goodness, mercy and grace. During that conversation she told me that someone close to her had been watching her walk with God over the years. And finally understood that because of her obedience to God she has obtained the things that she has. I can certainly relate to that. God told me that the things that He give me are to help me make it in this life. It is not easy to go against your own will and submit yourself to God’s will. But if you are willing, God will make you able. Isaiah 1:19 says if you are willing and obedient you will eat the good of the land.

Submission is such a powerful word. It’s meaning: the state of being obedient : the act of accepting the authority or control of someone else. To give someone power over you. I would rather give God (who loves me) than the devil (who seeks to destroy me) authority and control over my life. I have a question for you; Who is controlling your life? Selah.

When you really know Jesus you will obey His voice even when you don’t like what He tells you to do. The Bible says it like this in John 10:27-29 AMP
[27] The sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me. [28] And I give them eternal life, and they shall never lose it or perish throughout the ages. To all eternity they shall never by any means be destroyed. And no one is able to snatch them out of My hand. [29] My Father, Who has given them to Me, is greater and mightier than all else; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.

If you don’t know Jesus, get to know Him and receive all the benefits that He has for you. The Bible way to get saved is found in Romans 10:9-13. If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you shall be saved (rescued). If you are already saved but have not been taught obedience read Romans 12 so that your mind can be renewed. We need the mind of Christ that caused Him (Jesus) to submit himself to be sacrificed for a people who did not love him.

In the Old Testament Jacob’s son Joseph loved God so much that he did not get even with his brothers for betraying him when they sold him (Joseph) into slavery and then lied to their father telling him that Joseph had been killed. Instead Joseph forgave his brothers and provided for them and their families keeping them from starving. I wonder how many Christians would help anyone who caused them to be in prison away from their father for many years. Read Genesis chapter 45 and see how God took a bad situation and used it to save a nation.

There are many situations that we face and will face throughout our time here on earth. But we do not have to face them alone. God is willing and more than able to deliver us from anything that comes to destroy us. You see it’s the thief (the devil) who comes to steal, kill and destroy. Jesus came that we may have and enjoy life till it overflows. (St John 10:10)

I have another question for you; Now do you know Jesus? Does He live in your heart?

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