God’s lifesaving incision

God wants to make a lifesaving incision in your heart, not to fill your head with precision. When your heart hears God speak over you, it’s a moment you never get over.

Preachers try to describe Jesus, to dissect Him, when what people really need is to experience a demonstration of Jesus’ presence that penetrates the hardness of their heart. If you’re not enthralled by Jesus, there’s a good chance you’ve only heard about Him, but not yet encountered Him.

Too many Christians try to live without continually experiencing and stirring up the inner overflow of God’s Spirit. By trying to analyze, categorize, and systematize God, we miss out on His mystery. A closed heart doesn’t experience the flow of God’s living water.

There’s little stability in a shaky world, but much in a Christ-filled heart. Thoughts, feelings, and desires are shaky things. If you don’t use discernment and discipline, they can easily shake you down.

Even allowing a small opening in your heart will let God’s light begin to come in. I don’t want to go to church where people are bored. I want to see Jesus passionately adored. If we don’t deeply realize our extreme lack of worthiness, grace is just a rather unamazing, religious idea.

According to the Bible, Christians aren’t called to go to God’s house, but to be God’s house. The only building the Bible ever called the house of the Lord was the Jewish Temple (not a church building). If the idea of endlessly worshipping Jesus sounds uncomfortable, you probably wouldn’t like Heaven.

Church tends to be a place for casual Christianity. It doesn’t seem to welcome passionate, Spirit-led Christ-followers.

The happiest place
I’ve ever found
Is wherever I am
When I’m aware
Jesus is around.

When is the time
To bow
Your heart
Before Jesus
And let Him wow
You from within?
Now.

A sermon
That tidies up
Your intellect
Does little good
If you neglect
Jesus.

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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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