|Posted by Lorraine Serra on February 20, 2015 at 1:20 PM|
Is Jesus the Lord of My Life?
Good question. Do you think it is important?
If we truly want to discover the highest and the
best God has for our lives, then we should really
want to get this answer right.
To some it seems elementary. See if you
"Of course He is my Lord. When I came
to accept Jesus as my Savior, I knew it was the best
day ever! I couldn't get a better deal....
Check it out! I got the free gift of salvation,
forgiveness of sin always,
release from guilt and shame, a fresh start,
the promise of eternal life and the presence
of the Holy One who would never leave
me, always love me, eternally, forever, no
matter what, done deal.
Too good to pass up! I didn't earn it, it
was a gift. I didn't pay for it. It was a gift.
Jesus suffered in my place on that Roman
cross, and I reap the benefits. Great deal!"
OK, perhaps I sound glib, but, many of
us very easily say, "Jesus is my Lord and Savior".
And I don't want any of us to stop saying it!
I want us to just think about it.
Is He really? Yes, Jesus brought grace and
truth...we like the grace part, the Savior part,
the "I will always love you" part.
But, the "Lord" part....well, now, that requires
accepting the truth part.
And that's the hard part....the truth:
We are self absorbed, self determined,
self ruled by what we want, need, desire.
We are "lord" most of the time as we wallow
around in our selfishness and feelings of entitlement,
often creating struggle, conflict, anxiety, depression,
brokenness of every kind.
It isn't necessarily obvious to us, but,
it's probably very clear to the people
around us. And, if we listen
to those who love us, we just may get
a glimpse of who we really are, in
stark contrast to who we think we are.
Are you following me here?
I just want to shake things up a bit,
because this is about going deeper
with God, which is definitely risky,
unless we get clear about Lordship.
And since Lordship denotes supreme
authority, I ask the question once more:
"Is Jesus Lord of your life?"
In all honesty, there are areas of my
life which are still in process.
How about you? This is a HUGE QUESTION!
If we highly esteem the Almighty, and worship
Jesus as King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Sovereign
and Supreme Authority,
then we must admit we all fall terribly short.
Praise God for the incredible gift of grace!
Recognizing this, let's look to scripture, the
Living WORD of God, for help with submitting
all of ourselves, all areas of life to the Lordship
of Jesus because it is His command, His desire,
and it's all for our benefit when we do!
He desires the highest
and the best for us! But, if we can't listen and
submit to Him, then we mess up the plan!
We just may be blocking our own blessings! Truly!
I'm serious: Think hard on this, and ask the LORD to reveal
where you need to make a change by making Him Lord,
laying it all down and relinquishing control to Him.
How would our lives look and impact others
if we focused our eyes on Jesus as Lord
consciously and with determination?
Joshua is, again, an excellent example.
So, this time, let's read Joshua Chapter 3.
Please pay special attention to verses 14 - 17.
Bet you can't stop! I love this account! Go on. Read it!
What do we see here? How would you say
Joshua answers the question, "Is God Lord of your life?"
We see Joshua listens to God, actually hears
Him. Clearly, after wandering the desert for
40 years with Moses, Joshua is well acquainted
with God! Still, he needed to take personal
responsibility for his continuing relationship
with God after Moses' death, and so do we!
Only then could he know, without a doubt,
when God spoke to his mind and heart.
We see Joshua trusts God's instruction, never
questioning, even though this seems
illogical and impossible.
We see Joshua obeys God's instruction,
without hesitation, and his leadership
helped everyone else do the same.
We see Joshua and the people reap the
benefit of listening, trusting and obeying
God's instruction...they crossed the Jordan
River, during the season of highest flow,
on dry land. Glory to God!
Reading on in Chapter 4
you will see where I got my "Standing Stones of God's Faithfulness"
list idea mentioned in the 2 previous posts.
It is such a vivid example for us.
We will look at a few more examples going forward.
I pray you are encouraged to desire a closer walk
with God and truly making Jesus the
Lord, the undisputed Commander of
your life! I sure am!
When it comes to the benefits of doing so,
meditate, repeat, even memorize this
wonderful psalm of David, written some
300 years after Joshua:
From the New Living Translation
Psalm 1: 1-3
"Oh, the joys of those who do not
follow the advice of the wicked,
or stand around with sinners,
or join in with mockers.
But they delight in the law of the Lord,
meditating on it day and night.
They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
and they prosper in all they do."
We are so blessed! That's a promise!
Lord, my Lord, Thank you for your grace. Thank you for your Word.
Open my eyes, ears, heart and mind to know You as my Lord
in all areas of my life! Amen!
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