Do you realize how much He loves you? Do you realize that He isn’t after your money? Do you realize He isn’t after your stuff? Do you realize that He is after your heart? He wants to have a relationship with You! It’s personal! It’s intimate! It’s real! He doesn’t want people who will be robots! He wants to be our friend!
Don’t go walking around with that empty feeling, invite Jesus into your heart! Don’t walk around without purpose, invite Jesus into your heart!
Wondering what God wants? what God desires? He wants you!
All He Wants is You –Day 135: Bible In One Year 2017
1. Be led by God … Psalms 61
In this life we will face trials and troubles but we don’t have to lose hope but instead we can turn to God and lean on Him! Because of our hope and our trust in God, we can consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds! Because of our hope and our trust in Jesus, we can take heart because Jesus has overcome the world! So don’t be led astray but rather be led by God! Don’t be led by fear but instead be led by God!
Feeling overwhelmed or like fainting? Turn to God! Be a servant leader and be led by God because to lead others, we need to be led by God! Let’s take hold of this and join David in His prayer…
1Hear my cry, O God;
listen to my prayer.
2From the ends of the earth I call to you,
I call as my heart grows faint;
lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
3For you have been my refuge,
a strong tower against the foe.
4I long to dwell in your tent forever
and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.
5For you, God, have heard my vows;
you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.
6Increase the days of the king’s life,
his years for many generations.
7May he be enthroned in God’s presence forever;
appoint your love and faithfulness to protect him.
8Then I will ever sing in praise of your name
and fulfill my vows day after day.
–from Psalms 61
2. Be liberated by Jesus … John 8:31-59
Are you living your life in true freedom? Are you living a life that is free? Have you received Jesus? “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” he told them in today’s reading. Jesus went on to tell them “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.“. Do you want to be liberated from the traps of this world? Do you want to be liberated from the power of sin/ Do you want to find true freedom? Call on Jesus! Ask Him in! Read and hear His Word and take hold of it and walk it out! Through our relationship with Jesus we are free to meet directly with God! Let’s build our relationship with Jesus and walk out life with freedom and integrity! We may not know it all but similar to how we can have a framework based on natural scientific laws, Jesus and God’s Word give us a framework to investigate the spiritual realm.
Today’s reading speaks to the following…
Without Jesus Christ, all of us are slaves to sin. But, ‘if the Son liberates you, then you are really and unquestionably free’ (v.36, AMP).
- Freedom from guilt
Jesus sets you free from guilt and shame. He died so that you could be forgiven and your guilt and shame could be taken away.
- Freedom from addiction
He sets you free from addiction – being ‘a slave to sin’ (v.34). On the cross the power of addiction was broken. Although you may still fall from time to time, the power of the addiction to sin is broken when Jesus sets you free. While some may receive complete freedom from a specific addiction when they come to Jesus, for others it may be a longer process.
- Freedom from fear
Jesus sets you free from fear. He came so that ‘by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death – that is, the devil – and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death’ (Hebrews 2:14–15). Jesus says here, ‘I tell you the truth, whoever keeps my word will never see death’ (John 8:51).
Death is not the end for those whom Jesus has set free. Rather it is the gateway to heaven. When Jesus sets you free from the fear of death, he also sets you free potentially from all other fears.
- Freedom to know God
Jesus sets you free to have a relationship with God like his own. Jesus is the supreme example of a person who is led by God. He says of himself, ‘I heard from God’ (v.40). But he also goes on to say, ‘Whoever belongs to God hears what God says’ (v.47). It is possible for us all to hear from God.
Jesus says, ‘I know him’ (v.55). He makes it possible for you to know God.
- Freedom to be yourself
Jesus sets you free to be your true self as God intended you to be. He sets you free intellectually, morally and emotionally.
- Freedom to love
Jesus sets you free to love (the opposite of the self-centredness of sin). This is true freedom: ‘if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed’ (v.36).
Don’t lose hope because there are trials or troubles, loses or attacks! Put your trust in God! Let’s live lives that will glorify God! We have freewill and so we should do things that are producing good fruit – let’s live by living our lives with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Let’s live our lives in ways that show our loyalty to God! Not sure what to do? Cry out to God and ask Him for wisdom and discernment in the situation! Let’s ask God before we go into it rather than waiting to see the outcome and ask for His help and reinforcements! We are human and even when we try to do it in our own strength, don’t give up but rather turn back to God! Seek His will! Pursue His purposes! So that in and through it all we can bring Him praise, honor, and glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.