When Jesus introduced Himself to me, it wasn’t about theology. He made my blind eyes see. Church, without the actual presence of the risen Jesus, is like licking a picture of an ice cream cone.
There’s no reason for awe and heart-felt appreciation to be rare in life. The living Jesus can make every moment inspiring. Pure joy isn’t logical. It’s spiritual–an inner gift from the living God.
The boundaries of reality are not our five senses (or even scientific equipment). There is much that can only be perceived within.
I like to think about Jesus, but mostly I like to feel His presence with all of my being. “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” When my heart melts and swoons in the presence of the risen Jesus, I’m overcome with indescribable peace, and joy. When I focus my heart on the living Jesus, He makes me tingle with amazement and totter with awe.
The living Jesus makes me vibrant from the inside out. I love to let His living water flow thru me.
Many Christians think it’s fine to notice and follow their whims and emotions, but odd to notice and follow inner prompts by the living Jesus. Being quiet and still has a way of making people aware of the conscious presence of God. “Be still and know that I am God.”
A thought that you regard as ordinary and ignore, might be the very voice of the living God speaking within you. Often our troubling and/or unkind thoughts are so loud within us that we don’t notice God’s comforting thoughts calling us away from them. However, when the resurrection of Jesus moves beyond an abstract concept to a personal reality, your life will never be the same!
Every person radiates the amazing wonder of human life, but we often fail to see and appreciate it. When you look beyond what you disagree with and dislike, and glimpse into someone’s heart, you notice yourself reflected there.
Christianity without an energizing relationship with the living Jesus, becomes dependent on institutions and religious professionals. There’s a big difference between following Jesus living inside you, and following a preacher’s teachings about Him. Being captured by the gravitational pull of the joy of the Lord, will let you orbit happiness everyday.
The more I connect with the living Jesus, the more I want good things for all people. When we, humans, begin to show and tell people that we care about them, and do that more than we criticize them, the world will be a different place.
You don’t need church authorization to follow and obey the risen Jesus. Every time you place a religious expert between you and God, you make Christianity more complicated that it’s supposed to be. When deaf to God’s sounds and blind to His insights, it’s easy to ignore His presence.
Modern Christianity doesn’t need more sermons or more hype or more political favor. It needs more of the life of the risen Jesus.
To know about Jesus only thru words, and not continually experience Him as the living Word, falls short of biblical faith. Words matter. They can lie, bully, and insult, or speak truth, encouragement, and compliments. However, true Christianity is much more than words.
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