We recently experienced two special events that brought out the fact that we are blessed with freedom in our country. When we think about living for Jesus, we begin to see that Jesus is master of our lives. If we are submitting to Jesus is this a contradiction to the freedom we enjoy as Americans?
Drawing Near to God
- Philippians 1:1
Paul describes himself as a slave to the Lord.
- 2 Cor. 4:5
Jesus asks us to empty ourselves of our independence. We are serving others on Jesus’ behalf.
Am I ready to give everything up for Jesus? Why is it right to talk about giving ourselves to Jesus?
Jesus Has All Power
- Luke 2:11
Jesus was born to be a savior.
- Matt. 12:8
Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath. What he said about the Sabbath had authority.
- Matt. 22:41-45
David, in the Spirit, called Jesus the Lord.
How much does the concept, that Jesus is Lord, challenge us today? Do we lift him up in our lives today? We must exalt Christ and lower ourselves.
- Acts 10:36
Jesus is Lord of all.
We have Great Needs
- Matt. 8:25-27
When people are needy they look for a power to help them. These people acknowledged Jesus as Lord.
- Matt. 14:30-33
Lord save me.
- Mark 5:19-20
Jesus cast out demons and he told the man, “Go and tell others”. We need to recognize our neediness.
- Rom. 10:8-13
To be saved we must confess that Jesus is Lord. We are all in the situation of needing Jesus to save us. Jesus is our hope.
- Rom. 14:4
The Lord will make us stand. God, through Jesus, lifts us up.
God Is Adopting Children
God is bringing us to Him.
- 1 Cor. 8:4. God is our Father. Jesus is The Lord thru whom we are reconciled to God. We have a relationship with God.
- 2 Cor. 6:186, God wants us to be part of his family forever.
- 2 Thess. 3:5
God is bringing us into his family.
Are you thrilled to come before God?
—Robert Lee, 1-23-05, a.m.