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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Out of Touch With Jesus...

Last week Daybreak staffer, Carmen Biggs addressed the issue of Being Out of Touch with Jesus.

During her wonderful and relevant message, she addressed 3 truths that help us reconnect with Jesus.

Or simply read her bullet points and some of my scratchy notes...
  1. Realize that we are HANDCRAFTED
For we are God's masterpiece.
Ephesians 2:10

  • God wants me to live out the purposes that He has for me, no one else!
  • God made all of us to be different, to look different, serve Him differently and live out different purposes
  • God doesn't grow us spiritually the same way, we all learn and grow different spiritually
  • Ask yourself this question - What makes ME connect with God? What pathway (music, journaling, solitude, community) brings ME closer to God?
  • Don't think about someone else and how they meet with Jesus - what draws YOU closer to Him?

2. Realize that we are MADE NEW

He has created us anew in Christ Jesus,
so that we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.
Ephesians 2:10b

  • We can have hope of something better to come (eternity) when we are made new!
  • The more God makes me new, the more I become like the ME God intended me to be
  • The more God makes me new, the more like Jesus I become
  • Ask yourself this question: If I were new, what fear would I be free from?
  • When we release fears, the Holy Spirit is free to do a great work in us
  • Look forward to the good, leave behind the bad and don't have fear in the race
  • Run towards something good and eternal, which brings joy and hope!
  • Pursue WHATEVER causes you to set your mind on Jesus
  • We have the freedom to pursue whatever allows us to connect with Jesus
Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -
if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things.
Philippians 4:8

Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.
Romans 12:2b

3. Realize that we are LOVED

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from His love... nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38a, 39b

  • NOTHING separates us from God's love. NOTHING. Not even our past mistakes, failures or bad habits.
  • God loves us so much that he paid for our sins through the blood of His only, precious Son
Don't forget that you Gentiles used to be outsiders by birth. In those days you were living apart from Christ....You lived in this world apart from God and without hope. But now you belong to Christ Jesus. Though you once were far away from God, now you have been brought near to Him because of the blood of Christ.
Ephesians 2:11a, 12, 13