When Jesus is internalized

Without the internalization of the living Jesus, Christians become dependent on religious leaders and meetings. Jesus wants to release living water from within you, but humans like to set up an auditorium and give talks about it.

If there’s no inner connection with the living Jesus, outward religion doesn’t change a person very much. Without the inner resources to daily delight in life, we strive to find outward substitutes for a happy heart.

To internalize
Christianity,
Keep your eyes
On Jesus
Until you realize
His presence.

We need
Spiritual search parties
That gather
To seek the presence
Of the living Jesus.

Ask God,
Not for the answers
You want,
But for the help
You need.

Pride interrogates.
Humility asks for help.

If you don’t knock
On the doors
That lead to
Experiencing Jesus,
You’ll miss out.

To internalize
Christianity
You have to
Open your heart
And see with
Your inner eyes.

Many people
Read the Bible
As “out there” and
“Back then”
But don’t let it
Burn within!

Internalized Christianity is the most powerful thing I’ve ever experienced, but institutionalized Christianity often distracts from it. Internalize Jesus!

Whatever you plant in your mind and allow to grow in your heart, will soon show up in how you live your life. A heart, crowded with distractions and self-focus, has no space for God. To internalize Jesus we need to clean out room for Him. Jesus spoke of 4 conditions of the human heart: 1) shut-down, 2) shallow, 3) distracted, or 4) Christ-internalized.

Humans lack the capacity to want everything at once, so we have to choose the desires we focus on. Crave good, don’t cave to evil.

Jesus taught that we should show mercy. Mercy isn’t approval. We can’t show mercy unless we believe someone has done wrong.

There are plenty of people spreading unkindness, but we’re suffering from a severe shortage of peacemakers. Peacemakers don’t bring people to agreement. They bring them to kindness, compassion, mercy, and humility.

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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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