If you want to be closer to Jesus, this’ll help

Vulnerability is a magnet for the living Jesus. It helps move our pride out of His way and attract His presence and power.

Christianity isn’t about memorizing and verbalizing ideas about Jesus. It’s about internalizing Him and letting Him ignite your heart. If you’ll internalize Jesus in your heart, instead of analyzing Him in your mind, you’ll actualize His presence wherever you go.

When you allow the living Jesus to govern and control your thoughts, desires, and emotions, you begin to live in the kingdom of God. Until Christians unite with the risen Jesus, we won’t be united with each other.

Ekklesia, a Jesus-led meeting, can only be experienced when people open their hearts and are willing to be vulnerable. Some people prefer to see Jesus as a historical figure (or a myth), because seeing Him as alive and present makes us vulnerable.

Vulnerability allows God’s light to shine within. Church services tend to curtail vulnerability and openness. Ekklesia embraces it.

True Christianity requires extreme vulnerability–complete submission and surrender to the living Jesus. When I replaced “about me” with “about Jesus,” He caused me to think “about other people” with kindness and compassion.

You can’t internalize the living Jesus as long as your heart’s closed to His presence. The internalization of the living Jesus dissipates life’s mental fog and turns the tables upside down.

Direct connection with Jesus releases inner injections of His life that flow from within you. Here are 3 ways to hang out with Jesus:

1) A specific time and special place;
2) Any time and any place; or
3) All the time and every place.

There’s no fake light. If you don’t have light, you’re in darkness. There’s absolutely no substitute for light. Jesus is the Light

Some people try to shut out their pain. Some shout out their pain. But some let their pain drive them to the living Jesus.

Listening to Jesus is like trying to remember. You ponder expectantly until you become aware. The more people are encouraged to suppress their conscience, the more problems a society has.

Institutionalized religion tends to lead away from dependence on the living Jesus to reliance on human leadership and programs. If you’re not connecting with the living Jesus in church, look elsewhere. Try reading the Bible with an open heart.

When we freely flow with the living Jesus we grow. When we organize and institutionalize Him we go dry and the Holy Spirit is quenched.

When you let
Jesus live within,
You’ll feel akin
To people
Regardless of their skin.

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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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