Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Little Jesus on my shoulder

 It is a commonplace these days to "accept Jesus." Churches everywhere preach from the pulpit the Sinner's prayer.

Yet, That is not enough for Salvation

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,- Acts 3:19 

Repentance is remorse for our past and turning toward God. Not giving him the terms of how our life is to be. It is giving him control of our heart to shape us. 

We (including me) give Christ a "shoulder" to sit on to advise us. Yet we are still in control of how our lives go. We use Christ's words to our benefit and forsake God's voice in our lives.

A heart of repentance is not a man-invoked action. Being sorry...yes. Repentance is a gift God gives us. 

Zacheus is an awesome example of this. 

A tax-collector, he was a corrupt man. He looked out for Number One. Despised by his own people and his employers the Romans.

He overheard the crowds talk of Jesus the Carpenter who heals and is the Messiah. 

He had to see what the fuss was all about. Being a short man, he figures the best way to see Jesus was to climb a tree. 

Jesus walks underneath his tree!

Then looks Him in the eye, and says to come down and that...Jesus wants to eat lunch with him!

That was all it took! He gave back all he took in deceit three-fold and turned from his sin. 

God moved from inside. 

Christ had changed him by first seeing who Zacheus really was. 

Our Spirit is the piece of Christ we received to do this very thing. The Fruit of Christ's spirit stirring in us is true repentance. First, we must reach out for him.  

He wants inside. That we are off the seat of our heart and he is ruler, not like:

The Creator's place is in His temple. Here he can shape us into what we are meant to be and not who we think we are. 

I'll be honest. In the last 5 years of my life more attacks have come from my flesh nature to try to put Him out. I've been on the edge of walking away, asking God to take me out, and giving up completely on life. 

On the other side, He has been with me through everything. His light has revealed some ugly things in me. I totally expected Him to give up on me. 

THE EXACT OPPOSITE HAPPENED! He showed His love even more clearer. He is never surprised or disappointed with us. 

Just his Love can completely change us from the inside out. 

(His Spirit is like a microwave. No cooking, just changing the inside and our outsides are benefited) 

I pray that we allow Him to purge and go even deeper into our being. 

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