If you cling to the vine, you’ll be fine!

Jesus is the vine,
We are the branches.
If we don’t stay connected
We’ll be mostly unaffected
By His presence and power.

Continually upgrade
Your connection
With Jesus,
Refuse to evade
His presence.
Never let Him fade
From your awareness.

Many Christians live like they’re plugged into a powerless religious outlet–uninspired and discouraged. Plug your heart into the risen Jesus! If you’re not experiencing a never-ending inner power flow from the living Jesus, there’s a disconnection somewhere. Be a Jesus clinger!

Powerless Christianity is dangerous. It causes people to believe they’re right with God but doesn’t motivate them to continually surrender the risen Jesus. When the power is out. People don’t need lectures about electricity. They need the power restored. We need the risen Jesus, not religious talks about Him!

Not only is possible to live in heart-to-heart moment-by-moment connection with the risen Jesus, it’s glorious to do so! Learn to connect to the risen Jesus with your heart and to let Him freely stream from within you.

Too many Christians settle for having an occasional little talk with Jesus instead of ongoing, heart-to-heart connection with Him. The formalized Jesus confined to church programs offers little power to change people’s lives, but the risen Jesus is still doing miracles.

Anyone who has ever been troubled by a thought or a feeling knows the power of invisible things. The living Jesus is now invisible but is also omnipotent–all powerful! Unless we intentionally work to cultivate a healthy inner relationship with the risen Jesus our mind and heart will be filled with weeds.

Before “Christ in you” became a reality, the Old Testament gave extremely detailed descriptions of religious ceremonies and formats to be followed. However, now that Christ lives in His followers, the New Testament calls us to be led by His Spirit. Today we’re called to follow the risen Jesus, not detailed religious procedures.

No matter how much we say “Jesus is Lord,” if we won’t let Him take direct control of a church service, we don’t truly believe it. If we won’t trust Jesus to actively lead and direct a church service, do we really trust Him about anything else?

It’s good to have
A biblical word view
But without a clear view
Of the living Jesus
Self-righteousness
Can fall on us like dew
And skew
Our faith
Until we don’t have a clue
And begin to do
Ungodly things
In the name of God
Like the Pharisees did.

Sermons can sprinkle
Your mind with spots
Of theological information
But unless the risen Jesus
Connects the dots
They’ll just be empty pots.

Praising the eloquence
Of a pastor
Is easier
Than obedience
To be the living 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 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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