Internal clarity / external victory . . .

Our emotions can put so much makeup on facts, that we no longer recognize them and angrily defend our deception. The mind that doesn’t monitor feelings and align them with reality and wisdom, will eventually be mastered by them.

The most important argument anyone can win, is the argument with negative thoughts and harmful desires that happens in their heart. The living Jesus working inside of you, can help you win that argument!

If you let the living Jesus direct your feelings and desires, you’ll live differently than if they direct you. When you let “Christ in you” overcome you’re interior enemies, you’ll have His power to love your exterior enemies.

To finally recognize the risen Jesus, with our internal eyes, is life’s greatest surprise. I know Jesus is alive and present because of the amazing internal things He has done in my heart everyday, for many years. There’s no shortage of sermons in church, but there is a great scarcity of testimonies about inner experiences with the living Jesus.

Its easy to resist the people and situations around us. It’s wiser to resist the temptations that harass us internally. If you’re forceful with your internal enemies (the emotions and thoughts that harass you), you can be kind to your external ones.

You’re the traffic cop between your feelings and your actions. You can pull your feelings over, or you can release them into action.

Biblical Christianity is internal, not outward forms or programs. Let your behavior be birthed by interior interactions with Jesus. He told us to seek first the kingdom of God (God’s internal, invisible government) not any of the world’s governments. When politics divide Christians, we’ve taken our eyes off the living, resurrected Jesus.

He rose
And lives
Right here,
Right now.
Don’t miss
Essential Jesus.

Since the body of Christ split into categories (tribes / denominations), it no longer functions as one body but as many independent organizations. However, when Christ-followers gather heart-to-heart, expressing their love for the living Jesus to each other, divisions fade away.

Christ-followers should be kind, loving, honest, peacemakers — more than any other people on earth. Are we? If not, why not?

Church is a very narrow view of what it means to be a Christian. Perhaps we should graduate to obeying the risen Jesus 24/7/365. I believe Christian graduation is when a believer goes beyond head-knowledge to following and obeying the risen Jesus in daily life. Let’s graduate from sermons to implementation. “Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourself “

Church could use some “commencement exercises” to train us to begin to develop the strength to go live out our faith every day. Graduation releases people from regular lectures, to go apply their learning in the real world — a good idea for Christians. Church needs a higher degree; we need to increase the temperature of our love for Jesus and our willingness to obey Him.

When people aren’t allowed to graduate from church, many settle in for life, however, some set out to follow Jesus on their own. I believe the shared teachings of historic Christianity. We don’t ever graduate from them, but we do need to graduate from hearing about them to daily doing them.

I believe what Jesus said and what His early disciples wrote about Him in the Bible, because His presence in my life confirms it both internally and externally. Since the writers of the Bible were led by the Spirit as they wrote, I find the Spirit leads me to align with their teachings.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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