The listening to & obeying Jesus lifestyle

Miracles happen when people gather around the living Jesus, open their heart to listen to Him, and then humbly share what they hear. Jesus repeatedly said that God’s Spirit is speaking to His people and told them to listen. See Revelation, chapter 1 and 2.

People who listen to and obey the living Jesus live a different lifestyle than those who don’t. “You will know them by their fruit.” Jesus said: “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them.” Even unbelievers can hear and respond to God if they listen.

Discipleship isn’t a casual float trip with the currents of our culture. It’s an upstream battle as we paddle against the tide.

Listening to a man trying to explain Jesus to a group of people should never replace daily experiencing Jesus yourself. It’s easy to go to church and sit for a service, but it’s vital that we don’t stop short of connecting with the living Jesus. When I humbly read the words written in the Bible, I hear God’s living word speaking loudly in my heart.

Church tends to roll people around on a religious gurney, but the living Jesus heals them and sends them on a Spirit-led journey. The spectator mentality keeps church goers sidelined–merely sitting on the bench and listening to lectures about Christianity. Reading the Bible and following the living Jesus gradually dechurched me and let me see beyond religious institutions.

Jesus’ assembly isn’t a physical building, but a gathering of living stones being built together heart-to-heart by His presence. Christ-followers need to meet together, but not as religious spectators–as active seekers of God’s presence. –Hebrews 10:25.

Intellectual analysis isn’t understanding. To be in awe is the true understanding.

–God’s relay–
What you’ve heard
Jesus say,
Humbly share it
With someone

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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 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 in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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1 Response to The listening to & obeying Jesus lifestyle

  1. Sonny says:

    The pure “Worship” of humble disciples is obedience as a “Dog licks the master’s hand” a total submission and the reward is the Abiding of the Holy Spirit. Acts 5:32. Many refuse to obey, happy with their interpretation that keeps their ego intact and their hair dry. Those pagans in Corinth, heard, believed and obeyed the Gospel of the death burial and Resurrection. Rom 6:17. Has to be simple Gospel as Jude said;” once and for All delivered” One Flock 1 John 3:23-24 the rest is religion.

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