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Jesus in the Daily

How to Maintain a Balanced Relationship with Christ

Patti Mauree Pendleton

Rescued Life Publishing

Scriptural quotations are from The King James Version Bible — Public Domain

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Jesus in the Daily – How to Maintain a Balanced Relationship with Christ

Copyright 2016 © Patti Mauree Pendleton

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ISBN-13: 978-0692715734 (Rescued Life Publishing)
ISBN-10: 0692715738

Table of Contents

Table of Contents 4

Introduction 5

Chapter 1 Jesus Birth 6

Chapter 2 God First 7

Chapter 3 — Jesus’ Baptism 8

Chapter 4 — Jesus’ Temptation 12

Chapter 5 — On the Daily 16

Conclusion 22

Daily Steps 24

How to do a daily reflection 26

Resources 27

Reference 28

Introduction

Do you struggle with spending time with the Lord? Do you know why you are struggling? Is the daily grind of life too much to handle? Do you feel overwhelmed with juggling your life, and your family? Are you aware you need spend time with the Lord but don’t? If you answered yes to these questions, you are not alone. Everyone has felt overwhelmed with their lives and have had issues trying to figure out how to fit a relationship with Christ into their lives.

I have interviewed a few individuals. I asked them what was it that held them back from spending time with the Lord. One said, “It was them, that they are self-centered, therefore they didn’t honor the relationship in Christ. Their self-serving mentality was getting in the way of a true relationship with Christ.” Another said, “It’s not that I don’t want to spend time with Christ, I am too busy.”

We have a pull of the flesh to do what we want to in order to fulfill our own selfish desire. Therefore, we tend to push Christ to the side until we need something. We need not to get in the habit of treating Christ like our own personal genie. Christ isn’t one that we have tied in the corner and call out to Him only when we need something. We need to come to Him daily, and even second by second. The pull of the flesh is real and depending upon how much you live in the flesh will determine how strong the pull of the flesh. We are to focus on Christ. We were born to praise, therefore, the pull of the flesh would be non-existence. One may ask, how can that be? Praise is extremely powerful and breaks the chains off of us.

Our lives are busy with family, careers and hobbies. Where do we fit Jesus in our daily lives? You’re not alone. We try to work through our day, just to hurry for the next.

Jesus set wonderful examples, because of this, we learn from birth to His ministry. Our Savior born in a manger, his life threatened, (Matthew 2) nevertheless, King Herod, a jealous man, wanting no one to overtake his thrown. The will of Our Father was Jesus’ priority consequently, and at age twelve he knew the significance. Days passed and Mary and Joseph didn’t realize Jesus was not with the caravan. Mary and Joseph went back for Jesus, taking them three days. Mary found him where? Jesus said “I’m all about my Father’s business,” where would you think I would be?” (Luke 2:41-52.) Twelve years old, Jesus put God first. Baptism (Matthew 3) and temptation (Matthew 4) were vital. Jesus experienced every single temptation we’ve experienced in life, there’s not one thing that God has not experienced. Let’s recap. Jesus had his life threatened. How are Christians affected? These four life events are the foundation for the Christian walk and how to support a balanced relationship with Christ. After these crucial events, Jesus began His ministry. We can conclude these four events are vital for Christ’s followers. Let us take a journey through a few of Jesus’ life events. We begin to understand the importance of incorporating Jesus in our daily living.

Chapter 1 Jesus Birth

We realize in the midst of fear, Mary and Joseph followed the instructions of the angel and fled to protect Jesus. What does this mean to us? Jesus’ birth and our birth have a common denominator. King Herod exhibited jealously, hatred, discontentment, manipulation and control; these attributes are sin. We can take a look at King Herod as sin. How can we understand the basis of sin at Jesus’ and our birth? We are born into a sinful world, regardless if we choose to accept it or not. The world is full of King Herods. The next crucial example observed is from Mary and Joseph. We begin to visualize the foundation being laid. The examples of Mary and Joseph are twofold. One, we can speculate Mary and Joseph had anxiety and fear. As parents, we are considered our children’s protectors. Threats made toward our children may involve a negative mindset which produces a negative outcome, if we allow. We tend to not stop before we react, consequently the outcome is bad. Mary and Joseph are great examples of listening to the Lord and moving in God’s timing, not their own.

We can learn from Mary and Joseph the importance of stopping, listening and reacting, in all we do in the job of parents. First, in the midst of fear, Joseph did not question the angel. Second, the four corners of the foundation are found through Mary and Joseph. Mary and Joseph’s obedience produce their belief, produced their trust, and produced their faith, all one act of obedience; the four corners of the foundation set for us!

We realize the significance of Jesus’ birth, the danger He and his family encountered. We see how Mary and Joseph set wonderful examples of the first followers of Christ — even though a baby, Christ made an impact. The choice is ours. We can either walk in obedience or disobedience. I chose obedience — how about you?

(Matthew 2:1) “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem.”

(Matthew 2:13) “And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.”

Chapter 2 God First

Mary and Joseph gave us the corners of the foundation. We notice Jesus showing us the foundation. Jesus, twelve years of age, knew the importance of God first. The Lord not only brings this foundational truth to us through twelve-year-old Jesus, but again Jesus brings it to our attention in Matthew 6:33: “Seek ye First the Kingdom of Heaven and all shall be added unto you”. Jesus showed us the importance of God first, not the festival, nor His family. The importance noted in Luke 2:41-52 was doing the Father’s business, verse 49. How is Jesus at the temple our foundation? Jesus set the example for us to put God first in all things. The caravan of his family went to Jerusalem to worship God for the feast of the Passover verses 41-42, then returned home. Again, Jesus’ example is twofold. We must put God first above all, even family, and second God is to be worshipped daily, second by second, not only a special day tradition.

God instructs us to love Him, with all our heart, mind, and soul. Consequently, we accept God first is foundational. Jesus shows us twice — once His personal action in the temple and when He ministered in Matthew. We are not to put our families first under any circumstances nor stop worshipping Christ because of a tradition.

(Matthew 22:37) “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”

(Luke 2:41-52) “Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.”

Chapter 3 — Jesus’ Baptism

Jesus showed baptism. The Holy Spirit came down on him because of His pure heart and His willingness to do whatever it takes for the will of God. Jesus shows us that the Holy Spirit came down upon Him during baptism. A question may arise. If God is Jesus and the Holy Spirit, likewise, wouldn’t have Jesus been filled with the Holy Spirit and God before the time of baptism? Good question. Hence, Jesus filled with the Holy Spirit, prior, we know from scripture Christ knew us before our mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5). God knew Jesus before His assignment. We will ask Jesus when we see Him. Let us not concern things that the Bible doesn’t show about Jesus and the Holy Spirit before Jesus’ baptism. Let’s focus on the act of baptism, which we now understand as a crucial example Jesus exhibited.

Jesus’ baptism (Matthew 3:16) as an example of being washed with both the water and the spirit. Jesus makes it clear in John 3:5 that we must be reborn again both in water and in spirit. What does this mean? I searched the Lexical aids to help in the research. The word “spirit” is noted as Greek # 4151 (pneuma). John 3:5 is not noted in the Lexical aids. So, the Lexical aids continues, “Whenever the word ‘spirit’ is used, it refers to the immaterial part of man including his spirit and soul.” John 3:5 is then telling us, to be reborn, we must be cleansed from sin and surrender ourselves to the Lord. Jesus is described in the Bible as the word (John 1:1), so Jesus is shown the example as washing with water. The washing of the word is upon Him likewise the Holy Spirit is shown.

Baptism is a wonderful outward show of an inward change on behalf of a new follower of Christ. Two example baptisms (immersion) had not happened. The robber hanging next to Jesus and in Acts, these two accounts the baptism (immersion) didn’t take place, at least not noted in the Bible. So, what does this mean? The robber had his conversion hanging next to Jesus, believed who Jesus was, believed Jesus’ words, his belief manifested, became washed by Jesus through His words, surrendered himself, became repentant and became reborn next to Jesus. Acts 10 accounts the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which happened among the new followers of Christ. The physical immersion, the act of baptism is not noted in the scriptures. Peter knew these new followers wanted to be reborn, and the physical immersion wasn’t going to stop him from sharing the gift of Jesus. We speculate the possibility that like the robber, their conversion came through the washing of the living water of Jesus. Peter, a disciple of Christ, brought the new followers the word of Jesus, therefore I believe like the robber they were washed by the word. Likewise, rebirth did occur in both instances of water and the spirit.

We see the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus made for us. Romans 12:1: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” There are many scriptures that tell us what we need to sacrifice our lives for Christ. What does this all mean? Baptism is a representation of our dedication to Christ and the outward show of commitment. Jesus tells us, in John 7:36-38, verse 37, “if any man thirst let him drink unto me.” Jesus is our living water. We are washed by the word. We are washed by Jesus. I always picture myself being washed by the word of Jesus while in the shower. I imagine myself both being washed by His word, physically and spiritually.

People get baptized. Individuals may believe baptism is a form of belonging to a church or because others are also choosing baptism. Others have a change, though it can be only a one-part change, which happens. The individual doesn’t have a repentant heart, mind and soul. A majority of individuals believe the twofold process is completed in one act of baptism. Unfortunately, we see church folk acting like plum fools, calling themselves followers of Christ, though they are still sinning. The fruits of the spirit are not visible whatsoever. These individuals struggle with sin, self — surrender to Jesus is not clear, and outward show of baptism, done unsuccessfully. Christ followers’ intentions are good; as a result, the true cost is unevaluated. The Christ follower falls back into sin consequently unable to pull themselves out of the sin pit. The church calls this backsliding. Romans 6:1-23 explains about this sad but way too frequent issue which is more real and common than we would like to realize. Christians, I believe, have gotten a bad rap, because of this common issue that has plagued followers of Christ. I attest, I was one of those Christ followers who not only fell from grace, fell in a pile of dung. I rolled around, loving the smell and thinking it would do me tons of favors! Believe me, I may have looked normal on the outside but I stank of sewage. We realize we are not in alignment with God. Our attention is drawn to the story of the demons in the pigs in Matthew 8:28-34. The demons knew Jesus, likewise, knew Jesus’ power, knew His authority, refused to accept Jesus as an authority, and lived out of alignment with God. The Seven Laws of Discipleship, the Ultimate Guide to Spiritual Transformation gives more insight. We need to be aligned with God so our heart, mind, and soul can be transformed into His likeness. We come into alignment with God by our rebirth through both water and the spirit.

Scenario: let’s say that an individual claims rebirth status, at a young age, and one notices the actions and observes their life. Where is the fruit? The individual holding onto anger, resentment, discontentment, manipulation, control, hatred, and jealousy. The list goes on — behavior, physical attributes, health is in decline and overall demeanor is unbearable nor unlikable. The individual claims rebirth. How can this be? I go more in depth again, in The Seven Laws of Discipleship, the Ultimate Guide for Spiritual Transformation. A couple instances happen. One, the individual either had good intentions at baptism therefore made new both in the water and the spirit. But, the junk (sin) is appetizing, and comfortable. Second, the individual baptized with water, with lack of full surrender. The Bible is clear what happens in Matthew 12:43-50. The demons are kicked out, then return finding the house they once lived is swept clean. The demons bring seven other demons, leaving the individual worse. The choice to live our life and deal with our junk our way, and what happens? Sin continues. We ask for the help of the Holy Spirit. He guides us, consequently we dislike what we hear, or choose not to listen, or we listen to only what we want to hear. The junk is valuable. We tie God’s hands in our lives, as a result we refuse to give him anything. The junk is holding ourselves hostage. We push away love and true communion with God. The Lord gives us instructions. We must lose ourselves to gain ourselves (Matthew 16:25). God is gracious that He still gives us choices. We surrender to Him. He wants us, and because of this, He still gives us the choice to want to do things His way or our way. A daily surrendering after the first surrendering within rebirth is required. The training process begins once rebirth has been initiated both in water and spirit. Our training includes getting rid of our painful junk. Jesus knows what we need. Like I said, choices to walk out and give up are solely up to us. I have seen individuals do just that. Individuals reborn with good intentions. The cost is great. The junk hidden deep in the pits of our soul was too expensive. The individuals call themselves Christians, yet their example is far from the truth. We have to make room for God. The junk must go in order for God to be a permanent residence within us. We must give God our junk, therefore we are made new in His image. Then, we can be called His true Children of God because sin we do no more. 1 John 5:18: “We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepth himself and that wicked one toucheth him not.”

The true child of God is washed with the word of the Bible, filled with the Holy Spirit, and surrendered fully to God’s will.

(Jeremiah 1:5) “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”

(Matthew 3:16) “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him.”

(Matthew 12:43-50) “When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.^ Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation. While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. ^Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.”

(Luke 23:41-43) “And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”

(Acts 10:44-48) “While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,^ ^Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.”

Chapter 4 — Jesus’ Temptation

Jesus was tempted for forty days and forty nights. We also know Jesus fasted. God makes it clear how fasting is important to break the temptations we may hold dear. How many times have you fasted? How many times have you told people you’re fasting? The Bible states what we do in private, we will receive God’s reward, if we want others to know, we have already received our reward (Matthew 6:16-18). In the midst of Jesus’ temptations; Jesus gave us clear directions for dealing with temptations. Matthew 4:4 Jesus says first, “Man lives on every word that comes out of the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:7 second, “We are not to tempt the Lord.” Matthew 4:10 third, “We shall worship the Lord and serve Him alone.” Jesus instructs us, we will not be tempted beyond what we can bear, even gives us a way out (Matthew 10:13).

We need to take care of what is tempting us, and deal with the junk. Let us look at the junk in our trunk, for example: abandonment, eating disorder, hatred, resentment, fear, discontentment, etc. The junk needs dealt with properly. The individual tries to find a pill or a quick fix, instead of bringing the issue to Christ. We are tempted in areas of sin, therefore ridding temptation associated with the sins is a requirement. The result is Christlikeness. The Bible informs us that temptation will not be more than we can bear. The key is to have no temptations; can that even be possible? The answer is yes. Although, fighting temptation (sin) without Christ is not possible. Christ gave us our lives and He can take them away. We need to follow Jesus’ examples — as a result we will change. Therefore, we need to understand where our temptation, similarly, the junk is where our temptations lie. The Lord is unable to assist with our junk, if we do not give it to Him. Christ doesn’t want us to get right before we come to Christ, it is an impossible task. We need Jesus help to combat our junk. Therefore, we learn baptism, surrender to Christ, and God can assist us with the junk in the trunk.

We cannot help another person unless we take the speck out of our own eye first (Matthew 7:3). We may ask ourselves “How am I to help another, I thought I am to help others,” also? I had the same question. Since the Bible states we must take the speck out of our eye first before we can help somebody else how does Matthew 25:35-40 mean? “For I hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” If I am to put God first, get myself right before God, how am I to do this verse? While Matthew 25:40-41 states “everlasting punishment” noted in verse 45, if we do not “do” the verses. But are we understanding the scriptures? The Lord gave me an in depth revelation about these scriptures. I used scriptural aids, to understand Matthew 25:35-40. The revelation is: the meat of Jesus’ word, eternal water — thirst of the righteousness (Matthew 5:6) of God flowing throughout us, welcome strangers (in — means coming together with strangers in the Bible), clothe individuals with the righteousness of God, understand salvation, assist the weak (weak in physical and spiritual) — sick means weak in the Bible, assist others with their personal imprisonment of sins — prison in the Bible can be taken literally or figuratively, therefore, if, prison means cage in the Bible, it can mean physical and spiritual imprisonment. We understand the verse, as a result, some are saying, wow, I do this, when I welcome others into church, or showing the fruits of the spirit to another, I am doing this in prayer, etc. The Lord tells us to pray for each other in James 5:16 so that “they may be healed.” The act of prayer is powerful, selfless, and in prayer we can do all of Matthew 25:35-40. We do not focus on the seen but the unseen (2 Corinthians 4:18).

The Lord states in Matthew 7:21-23 severe consequences of the act of doing, without right standing with Him, and without a consistent, sustainable relationship with Him. Nevertheless, Christ’s followers claimed to know Christ, doing His works. Jesus said, verse 23 “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you, depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” The ten virgins Matthew 25:1-13, didn’t keep their lamp lit, tried to take what the other five had. Therefore, the door shut. If only the five virgins kept Jesus full within, if only the five virgins worked toward a consistent, sustainable relationship with Jesus. The five virgins wouldn’t have missed the door opening. The Bible tells us we will not know the day or hour when He will come for us, therefore we must be ready (Matthew 24:44). The difference between knowing of Jesus and knowing Him (1 John 1:3-6).

We come alongside others that are struggling like us, consequently, we have to get right with God and surrender. How are we to assist others when we are dealing with the same issues or haven’t taken care of the junk? We can’t. We can be an accountability Christian brother or sister. James 5:16 “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye maybe healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” We can however show love, kindness, compassion, etc. But if we have issues with the fruits of the spirit, it may challenge a person to exhibit those characteristics of God. For example: if a person doesn’t understand love, how can we give love? One cannot. A person will continue to believe they are giving love, yet realize it isn’t love at all, the result is lust and/or giving something (example sex) thinking you may get something back in return (love). The result is a mis-queued understanding of love. Love is two part. Love is an action and love gives without a desire in return. Jesus showed us the ultimate sacrifice of Himself (action), as a result, Jesus gave us life with no return on investment. Meaning, Jesus invested His life for us, with no expectation of us to come near to Him. We will walk in our destiny instead of toward our destiny when we become in right standing with God.

If a person claims to be a Christian but their life is in chaos twenty-four hours, seven days a week or twelve hours a day, three and half days a week, drama driven, their destiny is unclear consequently, the individual is not in right standing before God. The scenario is an example, nevertheless is far too common. Sin is the best meter to measure if an individual is in right standing with Christ. We are not true Children of God IF we continue to sin (1 John 2:13,3:9, John 10:28-29).

The most important action is a relationship with Jesus Christ. The wedding banquet in Matthew 22:1-14 describes a specific group of individuals. The specific group didn’t want to come (verse 3), likewise anyone was welcome bad and good (verse 10), the requirements were an invitation, and dressed accordingly (verse 13 and 14). How do we get an invitation? The invitation is Jesus, consequently, we need to surrender to accept the invitation. Remember, when Jesus gives himself to us, we still have to do something, by reaching out your hand to grab Jesus, as a result of the act of surrender. The Old Testament and in the New Testament people would wear sackcloth to show their grief and repentant heart. Sackcloth is in the Bible forty-six times, five of which are in the New Testament, always depicting a sign of grief and repentance. Garment is in the Bible eighty-two times meaning a robe in Matthew 22:11. Isaiah 61:10 tells us how we are to be dressed. Isaiah 61:10 states, “garments of salvation and cover me with the robe of righteousness.” Galatians 3:26 continues, we are to be “clothed in Christ.” Matthew 22:14 concludes the story of the wedding banquet, “For many are called but few are chosen.” Let us declare we are the “few that are chosen.”

We can conclude through Jesus’ temptations: Fasting is necessary to get rid of sin and temptation, as a result, we realize that in order for us to combat our temptation, look within ourselves and see the junk causing the temptation. While observing the root, we need to surrender to Christ in order for Him to work with you on your junk. We have steps Christ took to combat the sin, one, we must live on every word of God alone, second, do not tempt God, third, we must worship God and serve Him alone. We will acknowledge our junk, stay in alignment with these three critical steps while improving our relationship with Christ. Through Jesus’ temptations we understand “taking the speck out of our eye,” likewise, pray and come alongside of individuals in the same sinful pattern. The Bible states the consequences of doing without having a relationship with Christ and not getting right before Him. We must heed the warning because our lives depend upon it. We must remember a relationship with Christ is a process. Some of us are still on milk, trying to eat of meat, when it is not time. 1 Corinthians 3:2, Hebrews 5:12.

The relationship with Christ is a process. A process, like birth, has different stages, likewise relationships have stages. From baptism we are infants. Infants cannot ‘do’ anything, infants rely upon Christ to feed them. Some individuals stay infants. The relationship with Christ is imperative. The Lord will direct when it is time to move from infant milk, to toddler purée and then some hearty meat and potatoes. We need to make sure we are not dating God but in a true union with Him. Our position in Christ determines the effectiveness of the gospel within. We will not be able to share Jesus to the fullest if we do not have right standing with Him. Consequently, we are the result of the gospel. We are unable to help another, without dealing with the huge beam in our eyes. If we decide upon full surrender to Christ, we are changed by the gospel, and we have firsthand wisdom and knowledge of the gospel through our testimony. We then can share the gospel because the gospel is within us. We become transparent and real. The Lord gave me a revelation 2014: “Our personal ministry is our testimony.”

(1 Corinthians 3:2) “I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.”

(Hebrews 5:12) “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.”

Chapter 5 — On the Daily

The relationship with Christ must be consistent and sustainable. I have a routine the Lord gave me for morning and evening. The routine system incorporates into your daily life. A routine has many steps as a result, each individual will need to test their own life and incorporate what will work. One must test their life, and observe where are you wasting your time. Time is valuable and one can’t get time back. I find it valuable to take time to observe how you’ve spent your day. As we reflect on our day, we can get a visual road map of the sins. Our visual road map detects events within our life patterns which lead to sin. The visual map exposes what we may have allowed, our poor choices, when we did or didn’t spend time with our Lord, and when did we prioritize or go with the flow. The next day, we make improvements based on the mistakes made previously. We see the gaps and accept the areas we fell short. The most important daily activity is putting God first. God first in all things is challenging. We, however, make it hard on ourselves not incorporating Jesus daily. We lose sight of the relationship, and God in our life. Therefore, we need to test our lives, test how we’re spending our time, and what is important in our lives. The questions we may ask ourselves: Are we putting our lives first? Are we putting ourselves, spouses, children, animals, careers, hobbies, social media, happiness first? We need to test where, when, and how we are spending our time. We need to test what is important in our lives and incorporate Jesus in everything we do. One may ask, where and how to incorporate Jesus in all we do? We need to start small by a gradual increase, building from the previous day’s activity. For example, we start out with a morning prayer on our knees, and evening prayer. The next day we may add another activity, maybe asking Jesus what should I wear today. We pray over our minds. We ask Jesus what He would do in all situations. The bracelet WWJD (what would Jesus do), that is profound, and very important because it makes us stop to think, OK, “what would Jesus do” in that specific moment. Jesus wants to be a part of every aspect of our lives, so we need to invite Him. For example, ask Jesus about what to watch on TV, or when to take a nap, go to bed, what to eat, what clothes to wear, what shoes to wear, how to put your hair, what to eat, if it is okay to eat a certain food etc. For example, when I wake, I say good morning to my Jesus, I hear Him giving me instructions to pray, The Lord’s prayer, put my armor on, my feet haven’t hit the floor yet. The Lord directs me to let the dog out, and take a shower. The shower is my quiet morning time with the Lord. The Lord gives me my agenda for the day, and if I forget He always reminds me. Throughout the day the Lord prompts me to read or spend time with Him. We need to be open to hear from Him remember God is always talking, so we need to make sure we are listening. Jesus wants to be part of our lives, always speaking, it is us that is not listening. Jesus is with us every single minute of the day, twenty-four hours, seven days a week, three hundred sixty-five days. He wants an intimate relationship with each one of us. We have to do our part, you see Jesus did so much at the cross it is us that has not believed, had faith, and trust. The cross took care of it all. Now it’s our turn. Jesus made promises and takes care of all of our needs. Some live beyond their means and/or made bad choices in a week. We have all made bad choices in our lives, yet Christ is the answer to it all. We need to come to terms and test our lives in such a profound way. We must test our lives by getting real with ourselves, becoming transparent. We will see the gaps, where we are falling short, and the reason for no growth, if there is no growth from yesterday to today — that is a big sign! If you’re not changing from yesterday to today something is wrong. The Lord showed me this revelation about three years ago. A wonderful revelation. We are to be growing daily. For example, our skin is the biggest organ, the skin regenerates itself, the old skin flakes off while the new regenerates becoming new skin. What does this mean? Our organs understand the reasoning behind change, our skin gets rid of the old and produces new. We need to test our true growth, are we changing or are we trying to get through the day? The visual road map will give insight. Although, if one wants to stay stagnant; the individual will produce excuses why this or why that, trying to justify the behavior. I tried to survive daily, busy doing nothing, the busier I was, the depression could stay at bay, and then I didn’t have to deal with all my junk. Therefore, I wouldn’t have to think about what I was doing wrong. Then what happens is that you’re miserable because you’re trying to run away from yourself and growth doesn’t happen, and stagnancy remains. The Seven Laws of Discipleship explains, “running away from yourself is like going nowhere fast.” Therefore, we reflect upon our poor choices. One may say, “wow, I’ve wasted a lot of time, made a lot of bad mistakes,” well, let me tell you one thing — everybody’s been there!! Some people are embarrassed to admit their mistakes. I am like you. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life. I put myself through what I call my personal hell on earth because I’ve done it to myself. The whole time I was putting myself through hell yet didn’t want to accept the cross. Jesus was already there. Therefore, all these mistakes, the time I wasted, not putting forth the effort to spend time with Jesus came to the forefront of my mind. I needed to spend time with Jesus. I pushed Him away not realizing He was the antidote to my misery. I did myself a disservice and thus the reason I am writing Jesus in the Daily. A relationship with Christ is critical. Our lives depend on it. We need to see the error of our ways, and test our own situations. We need to see the wrong in our lives. Hence, make needed improvements. We reach out to friends with our issues instead of reaching for the cross. Our friends can’t help us, but can support us, likewise can give biblical guidance. True friends will point us to Jesus. The relationship with God will cost us eternity! I would rather know that I have eternity than no eternity, how about you? I cannot stress the importance for us to value the intimate relationship with Christ, day in and day out. Christ brings us to the light, as He shines the light on temptation. We surrender ourselves to Christ, therefore temptation cannot rule. Consequently, true worship of objects, people, jobs etc., is not worship at all. God created the human race to worship Him and Him alone, not material, physical, places or things. Likewise, we have to rid of junk in our lives, as a result making room for God. We have all this junk in the trunk. We try pushing it back into the trunk, trying to push it in the corner, when in fact, we’re trying to get God in the middle of our junk. The Lord gets pushed out because we’re trying to keep all of our junk, while trying to fit God in the midst of our mess.

The story of building a firm foundation. (Matthew 7:24-27) The choice is ours, to build our house upon rock or sand. The foundation is important; without the foundation nothing can be built. We cannot allow the foundation to be built on sand. The sand washes away as a result, the house must be rebuilt yet we make that choice to establish the foundation and the four corners. The trails in our lives assist in the building process.

Likewise, we can’t have it both ways, it is the light or darkness, there is no gray area with God. Christ daily is imperative, in order for us to maintain and sustain the relationship.

We can implement God in our lives, it takes a lot of effort, dedication and perseverance. For example, I worked at a hospital which had a chapel. I spent my lunch waiting on the Lord. The Lord would have me read verses. At times, I met co-workers in the chapel. Breaks, I would listen to praise and worship music on my phone. My lunch hour was a good example of how to incorporate Christ. We need to analyze and test each day. We must be convicted to fit Jesus in every aspect. I struggled with incorporating Jesus daily. My flesh was having none of it. We must fight for that moment. We need to dig our heels in, go against the flesh and against what the world wants us to do. Our flesh doesn’t want to make the time for Jesus. We want social media, or to talk to someone. We want to do this or that. I can attest, when I make time for Christ, chaos filled days become calm. The result is utter peace and everything is completed. How did I get everything done plus have time left over? How can that be? We need to remember that God is the author of time. Time is something we do not get back. We can give God our time, and in return shows we care about Him. Jesus knows what needs to be done, what is on our plate, the “junk in our trunk” and our needs. The Bible tells us the outcome when we decide for Christ first. Matthew 6:33 explains, “putting God first, then all shall be added to us.” Our lives become balanced in Christ. We dance to God’s heartbeat, instead of our own heartbeat, as a result, we draw closer to Him and He draws closer to us (James 4:8).

We must make Christ number one in our lives in order to have a sustainable relationship with Christ. Christ followers must project Christ in their lives. The Lord is gracious. He still gives us a second by second choice to continue to serve and worship Him.

We must fight for healthy balance daily. God not only wants us to have healthy balance in our relationship with Him, but in every aspect of our lives. For example, The Lord asks only for ten percent of our gross income and as a result doesn’t expect more nor has a need. The Lord would like a giving heart, in order to spark our trust, faith and belief in Him. God is generous with us without pushing himself on us. The fight is real and yet the Lord is patient, kind and willing. Are you willing to fight for a healthy balance to be with Christ?

The Lord is showing me how to love His way. A way that exhibits giving love with no expectation of a return on investment. I am a giving person, I expect nothing in return, this assignment is different. When we love someone, we want that person to love us back. We want that individual to love us back the way we want them to love us. My assignment is showing me how much Christ loves us. How Christ has done everything and yet He gives us a choice to come to Him. Do I love this person? Yes, I want to give the person so much love but I am learning to give this person love the right way. The way God gives us love. He wants us to come to Him. He wants us to want Him, since he has done everything for us, He is showing me patience as Christ has for us. My assignment is a fight of the flesh. We make a decision for Christ. The choice to love Him as much as He loves us. He waits, watching from a distance, tears falling from His face, yearning to again hold our hand, and embrace us. Through my assignment, I understand Christ’s importance, Christ’s raw emotions when we reject Him, the magnetic pull Christ has towards us, and the relationship Christ desires with us.

We have distraction in our lives. We wouldn’t be humans if we didn’t. We have a list of distractions. Children, housework, homework, job, hobbies, volunteering, emotional issues, weight issues, health issues, control issues, laziness, frustration, anger, hatred, discontentment, loneliness, rejection, etc. The question we need to ask ourselves — is the distraction(s) keeping us from spending a life filled with Jesus? If so, what can we do today, in order for us to start an intimate relationship with Christ? We may get up early by fifteen minute intervals, by the end the week, one would achieve waking one hour earlier. Likewise, set a phone reminder to pray every hour, (acknowledging, being thankful for God’s grace and mercy, Christ’s birth, death and resurrection.) I have examples in which you can either create your own schedule or go by the outline I have provided. We need to begin and end our day with Jesus. We need to reflect daily to see where we have fallen short and also where we have seen God working throughout our day. When we reflect, we focus on Jesus, what He has already done, and is doing in our lives. Like any relationship, we need to cultivate and make sure we focus on Jesus first. How do we focus on Jesus, Matthew 6:33 tells us, we are to put Him first, but how? Let’s look at practical ways we can put God first.

When, we think about Christ’s birth, death and resurrection, we appreciate the Lord for what He has done in our lives. We move forward with a thankful heart, mind and soul. I attest how easy not to focus on the Lord. I experienced my mind running 1,000 things a minute, “what if this, oh, I can do this or what about this, I need this, how will I do that?” The key is to pray over your mind, covering our minds with the blood of Jesus, as a result, thoughts will soon disappear. Likewise, unproductive negative sinful thoughts cannot get through our conscious and subconscious minds. Love God with every ounce of your being. We must focus and praise Him daily. Our worship must be real worship, and not worship just so you can hear your own voice.

We produce activity, thinking, we are accomplishing spending time with Him. Yet, if we are the same yesterday as today, as a result, activity is null. Hebrews 10:26 explains the ramifications. Hebrews 10:26 states that if we are shown the word, but still sin, then the sacrifice for sin is null and voided. The analysis of our daily living is imperative, consequently the important lesson is missed. As we reflect upon ourselves; the amount of activity exertion is revealed. The questions to ourselves may arise: am I spending time in God’s word to mark it done? Why haven’t I applied His word to my life? Am I doing activities to show others I am a Christian? Am I doing a lot to impress others? Is my ‘doing’ affecting my growth as a believer? Do I exhibit balance with all I say I do for the Lord? These are a few questions we may ask ourselves which bring forth repentance. Our relationship with Christ must be evident in all we do; therefore we must put forth the correct effort in order to produce the desired change Christ seeks of us. Nevertheless, start small and make the time, whether it is at first five minutes in the morning and five minutes in the evening. Just start, regardless of the best timing or not, because if we don’t we will never start. We make up many excuses not to do something, we would rather create all these elaborate things instead of doing the one thing Christ asks of us. For example, we need to put God first in our lives, (Matthew 6:33), yet create activities to do, then wonder why we have not changed from yesterday to today, as a result sidestep the act of being still and knowing He is God (Psalm 16:10), while creating our own path to Him. The Bible explains the first activity Christ expects of us, in order to build an everlasting relationship. The most important relationship with Christ is the only one that lasts forever. We can go to numerous activities with our friends, but does it have a lasting affect? The answer is no; it is only a monetary physical pleasure that only lasts for a few hours. Our lives must have balance with Christ first. Today start the relationship with no delay. Let’s not lose sight of everlasting relationship, the consequence is costly. The relationship with Christ is more valuable than those Louis Vuitton shoes.

We must look at ourselves and see what we are holding of value that is not of Christ. Are we willing to give that up? Are we willing to get rid of it? — whether it be laziness, a good television show, a movie, any distraction that is pulling us away from Christ. Family is taxing. We must put forth balance and make sure we put Christ first, spouse second, children third, self fourth, and then all others, last. When we allow God to put us in perfect balance, all will fall into perfect place. The finish line is attainable and visible.

What is the formula to living a life full of Jesus daily?

First, we need to get ourselves out of the way. Second, realize that God put us on this earth for a purpose. Third, God’s work, not our agenda. We fight for the next day with a whole pile of today not even taken care of. Why do we do this? We run the race of the hamster in the wheel doing a lot, exerting a lot of energy, but going nowhere fast.

Matthew 6:33, “Put Me first and everything shall be added.” We need to keep this scripture in the forefront of our minds. What does this mean? How am I to do this? “My life is crazy, where do I start?” Believe me, I thought the same way. Here is a glimpse of what was on my plate. I was ‘doing’ a lot of volunteer work at the church (four days a week), ran personal ministry, ran online business, mentoring on the side, let alone going to school full time, working full time, dealing with my own issues, plus trying to hold down the fort at home with three teens, and oh, we can’t forget the three dogs. Was focusing on Christ my main agenda? I thought I was doing the best I knew. Yet, I was wrong. The worries of life would cloud my thinking as a result, the Lord would bring back Matthew 6:33. Christ instructs us to seek Him, seek His kingdom and all shall be added. So I began my journey. My mind would drift off, there God would remind me – “seek Me, seek Me, First.” I didn’t worry about tomorrow, Matthew 6:34. We must ask ourselves are we willing to be still and seek Him? The Lord again, brought me to Matthew 6:33. The cares of this world left me; I praised Jesus as everything fell right in place. Yet in the midst of my praise and worship, The Lord showed me how to rely upon Him and as a result, I obeyed and all things fell right into place. The Lord will do the same for you. A leap of faith is necessary; as a result, you will never regret the awesome power of God in your life.

Conclusion

We summarize all of the examples Jesus shows us in the Bible. We understand that right at our birth, sin tried getting us down. Mary and Joseph set the four corners of the foundation. The four corners are obedience, belief, trust and faith. Jesus put God first which is our foundation. Now, we have the four corners and the foundation laid; we observe Jesus’ baptism with water and spirit, understand baptism is two part and not one part. Surrendering is a requirement to be reborn. Jesus shares His transparency with us through His temptation ordeal. We learned fasting is a requirement to break bonds of sin, Matthew 17:21. We understand fasting is done in private. The Lord directs us how to fast. Example: it may be only an hour from a certain food. Fasting is an act between the believer and Christ, therefore wait upon the Lord, go to Him in prayer for directions regarding fasting. Again, wait upon the Lord before doing anything. Christ knows what you can handle both physically and spiritually. Christ knows your medical issues, if any. Please take crucial caution, and wait upon the Lord for your clear directions. Jesus gives three crucial steps for dealing with temptation. Jesus tells Satan “it is written. 1) We are to live on every word out of God’s mouth alone 2) We are not to tempt the Lord 3) We are to worship God and serve Him alone.” Our temptations are the sins we hold dear, unable to help another if we are not willing to take care of our sin issue(s). However, we can come alongside others with the same sin issue for support and prayer, but we are not called His children, if we continue to sin (1 John 3:9), and surrender to Christ is imperative. Christ helps with all “our junk in the trunk.” We can maintain and sustain the Christian life only if we merge with Christ that exhibits a consistent, sustainable relationship with Him.

These daily steps incorporate all of the wonderful examples Jesus has taught us. A reminder: fasting is an act between you and our Lord. Therefore, go before the Lord with clear instructions when fasting. I have included these habits that I have also included in The Seven Laws of Discipleship, the Ultimate Guide for Spiritual Transformation. I highly recommend. The Lord gave me these steps at the moment of rebirth. As we mature, the Lord changes the steps dependent on our maturity in Him. I listen or read day in and out hence I am immersed in the word of God close to twenty-four hours a day. I pray these daily steps will assist your walk with our savior, become more intimate with Him and encourage to put God first. It is said, “habits take about thirty days for them to become a habit.” Give yourself enough time for the habit to form.

Prayer – Pray (out loud) Lord, thank you for all you are doing in my life. Father, I understand I am challenged, putting you first in my life. Lord, I now have examples of how to put you first. Lord, please help me to have an everlasting relationship with you. Please help me to include you in all areas of my life. I want a complete sustainable relationship with you. Lord, please forgive me for not putting you first in my life, and pushing you away, when you only want to show your love, grace and mercy toward me. Lord, may my life bring you honor, as I get right before you, by starting with myself. I surrender my thoughts, dreams, hopes, fears, and career to you. I want to learn to love you the way you love me, unconditionally. Thank you for loving me, in Jesus’ name.

Daily Steps

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p<>{color:#000;}. Begin your day by kneeling to our wonderful God, first thing when we wake up in the morning / saying good morning and putting Him FIRST, as we start our day.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Read out Loud the Lord’s prayer (Matthew 6:9-13 KJV).

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p<>{color:#000;}. Read (Deuteronomy 28:1-14 KJV), our blessings.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Put your armor on (Ephesians 6:10-20 KJV — song below, read out loud).

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p<>{color:#000;}. Wait in silence and listen for any instructions for the day and/or morning, pen and paper or app on phone.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Spend quiet time with the Lord daily — setting an appointment with God daily — this builds the relationship between each other. Listening is the key. A journal may be a good resource to write the instructions the Lord has given you.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Read the Bible daily — through a yearly Bible or choose a chapter of the Bible while doing a personal reflection.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Blessings Journal — recap all the blessings the Lord has given you for that day —write in a journal. And I write a special thank you to Jesus as a prayer.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Finish your day by kneeling before God right before bed, I then pray the Blood of Jesus over my body and my mind. I rebuke Satan over my mind and body, that his assignment is null and voided in Jesus’ name.

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p<>{color:#000;}. I ask the Holy Spirit to guide me to a verse before bed, say out loud — in Jesus’ name.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Again, put armor on. (Ephesians 6:10-20 KJV song below, read out loud).

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p<>{color:#000;}. Pray to have the blood of Jesus over my mind (both conscious and subconscious parts along with the entrance and exit of my mind) and thoughts and that Satan will not attack my rest. In Jesus’ name.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Say the Lord’s Prayer. (Matthew 6:9-13 KJV, read out loud).

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p<>{color:#000;}. I added listening to God’s word as I sleep, and I have never slept so good, also I listen to the Bible in the car if I can.

The Lord’s Prayer

Matthew 6:9-13(KJV) “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”

I have condensed Ephesians 6:10-20 in a song so I could remember for me and my kids. I sing this when I wake and when I go to sleep at night:

The belt of truth buckled under my waist with the breast plate of righteousness in place, with my feet fitting firmly with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace, take up my shield of faith, helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit which is the word of God, and pray at all times for all the saints in Jesus’ name AMEN

How to do a daily reflection

At the end of each day, take time aside and replay your day. I have found it easy when I make notes to self during the day then I bring them forth, as I do a daily reflection. These are a few questions to ask yourself in order for you to visualize your missteps.

What happened today?

How did I handle myself?

How did I activate faith?

Did I impede using faith, trust and belief?

Did I allow my pride anger and rage etc. to take control?

What insistence(s) did I stop and listen to God? 

How I allowed God to move in His day?

What did I learn today? 

What do I need to work on? 

As you self-reflect today what, did you find out about yourself today?

How will you change for tomorrow?

Did you carry that change from the day prior into today? If not why? 

How did the world consume you? And why?

Ask forgiveness — repent (change) of anything that brought God dishonor in His day

Resources

IPhone apps: I highly recommend all these apps for your phone because you will have all that you need at your fingertips, making reading the Bible, spending time with the Lord seamless – please note: these apps are also available on Samsung products.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Microsoft OneNote - (journaling i.e. reflections, blessing journal, conversations with God) I love this app- it also has dictation which is wonderful)

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p<>{color:#000;}. Sign in with your Microsoft.com account (free) if you do not have one, sign in for free

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p<>{color:#000;}. Crosses over all your devices, always saving so you don’t lose any work

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p<>{color:#000;}. Strong’s Concordance

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p<>{color:#000;}. Highly recommend to understand words in the Bible in its original text

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p<>{color:#000;}. Vines Dictionary

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p<>{color:#000;}. Deep understanding of the words in the Bible

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p<>{color:#000;}. Biblegateway.com app

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p<>{color:#000;}. Listening to the Bible

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p<>{color:#000;}. Various Bible research tools

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p<>{color:#000;}. Bible by Tecarta

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p<>{color:#000;}. Easy search for Bible scriptures

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p<>{color:#000;}. Bible Study Tools.com app

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p<>{color:#000;}. Additional Bible research tools such as Lexical Aids, Commentaries

Reference

The Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible (KJV). Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 1984, 1991.

Pendleton, Patti Mauree. The Seven Laws of Discipleship. Bloomington, IN: Archway Publishing, 2016.


Jesus in the Daily

Do you struggle with spending time with the Lord? Do you know why you are struggling? Is the daily grind of life too much to handle? Do you feel overwhelmed with juggling your life, and your family? Are you aware you need spend time with the Lord but don’t? If you answered yes to these questions, you are not alone. Everyone has felt overwhelmed with their lives and have had issues trying to figure out how to fit a relationship with Christ into their lives. I have interviewed a few individuals. I asked them what was it that held them back from spending time with the Lord. One said, “It was them, that they are self-centered, therefore they didn’t honor the relationship in Christ. Their self-serving mentality was getting in the way of a true relationship with Christ.” Another said, “It’s not that I don’t want to spend time with Christ, I am too busy.” We have a pull of the flesh to do what we want to in order to fulfill our own selfish desire. Therefore, we tend to push Christ to the side until we need something. We need not to get in the habit of treating Christ like our own personal genie. Christ isn’t one that we have tied in the corner and call out to Him only when we need something. We need to come to Him daily, and even second by second. The pull of the flesh is real and depending upon how much you live in the flesh will determine how strong the pull of the flesh. We are to focus on Christ. We were born to praise, therefore, the pull of the flesh would be non-existence. One may ask, how can that be? Praise is extremely powerful and breaks the chains off of us. Our lives are busy with family, careers and hobbies. Where do we fit Jesus in our daily lives? You’re not alone. We try to work through our day, just to hurry for the next. Jesus set wonderful examples, because of this, we learn from birth to His ministry. Our Savior born in a manger, his life threatened, (Matthew 2) nevertheless, King Herod, a jealous man, wanting no one to overtake his thrown. The will of Our Father was Jesus’ priority consequently, and at age twelve he knew the significance. Days passed and Mary and Joseph didn’t realize Jesus was not with the caravan. Mary and Joseph went back for Jesus, taking them three days. Mary found him where? Jesus said “I’m all about my Father’s business,” where would you think I would be?” (Luke 72:41-52.) Twelve years old, Jesus put God first. Baptism (Matthew 3) and temptation (Matthew 4) were vital. Jesus experienced every single temptation we’ve experienced in life, there’s not one thing that God has not experienced. Let’s recap. Jesus had his life threatened. How are Christians affected? These four life events are the foundation for the Christian walk and how to support a balanced relationship with Christ. After these crucial events, Jesus began His ministry. We can conclude these four events are vital for Christ’s followers. Let us take a journey through a few of Jesus’ life events. We begin to understand the importance of incorporating Jesus in our daily living.

  • Author: Patti Mauree Pendleton
  • Published: 2017-02-01 01:35:11
  • Words: 10346
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