Jesus is Lord! There, I proclaimed it.
Let’s be clear, I didn’t just write it, read it or say it, I proclaimed it. Monstrous difference.
This proclamation that Jesus is Lord means more than we often give it credit for.
- It means that I’m not in charge of running my life anymore
- It’s a proclamation that there is a sovereign, all powerful, all knowing King over me
- It’s a proclamation that I’m not the owner of my life
- There is One who sustains life who is bigger than me
- It’s a proclamation that I need someone to run my life
- I need someone to surrender my life to
- I need someone to bow before and worship
- I need someone to acknowledge as Lord
- I need someone to guide my life.
- I need someone to look up to.
Proclaim it with me.
“Jesus is Lord.”
Romans 10:9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
If the Apostle Paul were here, this is how he might pray for you and share God’s blessings with you. I know this because he prayed this to a church bursting with Ephesians.
May God, out of his glorious riches, strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
May Christ dwell in your heart through faith.
May you be rooted and established in love,
May you have power,
May you dwell with all the Lord’s holy people,
May you grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,
May you know this love that surpasses knowledge
May you be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
– based on Ephesians 3:16-19
Now that’s a benediction!
And I will add,
May the beauty of Christ be seen in you,
May you be with Christ
May you become more like Christ
And may you live for Christ
And again from Paul, but this time from Ephesians 1:
He chose us.
He adopted us.
He predestined us.
He gave us His grace.
He redeemed us.
He forgave our sins.
He lavished God’s grace on us.
He made known His will to us.
He marked us with a seal.
He guaranteed our inheritance.
That, brothers and sisters, is how much favor we have with God.
May the beauty of Christ be seen in you!
The “in” in “sin“.
Yes, it’s part of the word sin. What we struggle with most seems to be inwardly focused.
- What’s in it for me?
- Adultery starts on the inside, in our hearts and minds.
- Murder also starts on the inside.
- Jealousy, inside
- Pride, inside
- Idolatry inside
- Hate, inside
- Lust, inside
- Prejudice, inside
- Anger, inside
- Greed, inside
- Worrying, inside
- Revenge, inside
In our hearts, in our heads, in our mouths, in our deeds; sin starts in us.
We need help on the inside, we need to let the Holy Spirit work on us from the inside. For us believers, He’s already in there anyway. This is the reason why we pray in church that the Holy Spirit transforms and renews our hearts and our minds. This is such an important prayer because it leads us to repentance.
You can spot people who have an outward focus can’t you? They are kind, compassionate, considerate, generous, caring, loving, forgiving, patient – as a matter of fact they tend to act like Jesus and they use their gifts of the Spirit in so doing. Incredible how this all comes together isn’t it?
Let me share this prayer with you which is a gem of traditional worship:
Lord God, grant us your Holy Spirit that we may hear and believe your Word. Cleanse our minds and renew our hearts that we may live for you here and hereafter; through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen. (Christian Worship, Evening Prayer, page 56)
The Recipe to Build Your Faith
Goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, mutual affection and love.
Add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. Stir gently.
For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Source of this Delicious Recipe:
2 Peter 1:5-8
I have a guardian who watches over my heart and my mind.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:7
Why does our Pastor say this to us every single Sunday?
He will guard your heart and your mind against:
Think about that if you’ve heard Php 4:7 one too many times!