Living as Jesus Lived


“Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works…As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me.” (John 14:10 and 6:57)

We are to live by trusting in the goodness of the Lord. “Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” (Psalm 34:8). Jesus is the ultimate example of living by such trust. When we think of being like Jesus (or we ask, “What would Jesus do?”), the biblical perspective is far more profound than prevailing opinion might provide.

Jesus lived by depending upon the intimate relationship He had with the Father. “I am in the Father, and the Father in Me.” When Jesus spoke or took action, it was not on His own initiative or by His own resources. “The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.” Although Jesus was God coming to earth as a man, He did not live by exercising His deity: “Who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a servant” (Philippians 2:6-7). Jesus lived as a dependent human servant, trusting in the Father to work in and through Him.

The prophets of old predicted this path, as they recorded the confessions Messiah would make about His ministry here on earth. “For I [that is, the Messiah, Jesus] shall be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and My God shall be My strength…The Lord God will help Me [that is, the Messiah, Jesus]; therefore I will not be disgraced” (Isaiah 49:5; 50:7). Jesus would depend upon the Father.

Jesus eventually applied this kind of dependent relationship to us. The structure of His teaching was “As… so.” As it was between Jesus and the Father, so it is to be between us and Jesus. Jesus lived His life by depending upon the Father. Without ceasing to be God, He lived as a man, showing us how man is to live. “As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father.” Jesus lived by trusting in the Father to work in and through Him. We are to look to Jesus to do the same through us. “So he who feeds on Me will live because of Me.” Jesus taught that feeding on Him involved coming to Him in trust. “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst” (John 6:35).

Lord Jesus, my hope and my strength, I want to live in true Christlikeness—facing all of life as You did. I want to learn to depend upon You, even as You depended upon the Father. Teach me, Lord, I pray in Your name, Amen.

The Manifold Grace of God


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The manifold grace of God…but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. (1 Peter 4:10; 2 Peter 3:18; and Galatians 6:18)

The manifold grace of God is such an appropriate truth for our concluding meditation. It is both humbling and faith-building to be reminded of the majestic diversity of God’s grace.

God’s grace is manifold. It is like a heavenly diamond with innumerable facets. Every vantage point reflects a new insight into the gracious resources of our Lord. From some biblical viewpoints, the justifying grace of God is seen: justified freely by His grace (Romans 3:24). Yet, our devotional studies have concentrated upon sanctifying grace, grace for growing. “But grow in…grace.” Many scriptural vistas display this sanctifying grace in its manifold beauty. It can be seen stabilizing the inner man. “It is good that the heart be established by grace (Hebrews 13:9). It can also be seen in its edifying ability. “I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up (Acts 20:32). From another angle, God’s sanctifying grace can be seen for its strengthening capacity. “Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2:1). It can also be observed in its fruit-producing role: “and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth” (Colossians 1:6). It can also be seen in its ministry-developing function. “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me” (1 Corinthians 15:10). From still another viewpoint, the sanctifying grace of God can be seen sustaining through the agonies of one’s “thorny impossibilities.” “My grace is sufficient for you” (2 Corinthians 12:9). What heavenly riches await us in a lifetime of observing, and appropriating, God’s manifold grace.

What final words would be fitting for us now? The closing benediction in so many New Testament epistles would be perfectly suitable. “Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit (Galatians 6:18). Ultimately and essentially, grace is found in the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and it is experienced through His work in our hearts, as we humbly seek to know Him more and more. “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

Dear Lord of manifold grace, I earnestly yearn to grow in every aspect of Your grace. Lord Jesus, I humbly desire to find increasing intimacy with You. Please work Your grace deeply into my heart and manifest it fully through my life, in Your matchless name, I pray, Amen.

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More on Walking with Jesus the Way We Received Him


As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. ()

The manner in which we received the Lord is the very same manner in which we are to walk in Him. As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.” We received Him by grace, we must walk by grace. We were born again by the Spirit, we must walk by the Spirit. Furthermore, when we first received Christ, He was our only hope. Now, we are to walk with Him the same way.

It is good to recall how Jesus was the focus at the beginning of our walk with Him. When we received Him and His forgiveness, we knew He had to provide all that was needed for our salvation. We agreed with the word of God that there was no other hope than Jesus. “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me‘… Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (John 14:6 and Acts 4:12). We knew that we could supply nothing ourselves. We were spiritually dead, having no righteousness at all: dead in trespasses and sins…all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags (Ephesians 2:1 and Isaiah 64:6). We had entered the blessed condition of being convicted of our own spiritual bankruptcy. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3). Jesus was our comprehensive focus, our only hope.

This is how we are to walk in Him today. We need the Lord Jesus as much now for living the Christian life as we needed Him at the beginning to be born again into it. For growth and victory and fruitfulness, He is the one upon whom we must focus. As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.” We need to be rooted in Him, reaching out by faith to Him for nutrition and strength, even as the roots of a tree reach into the soil. We need to be built up in Him, having our lives developed by His work in us. We need to be established in the faith, allowing Him to stabilize us through the study of His word. This will lead us to overflowing appreciation and gratitude that Christ is all and in all (Colossians 3:11). Truly, we need the Lord Jesus as much now for living the Christian life as we needed Him at the beginning to be born again into it.

Lord Jesus, my all in all, You were my only hope for beginning a new life with You. Today, You are my only hope for growing in this life with You. Please remind me that my need for You never diminishes. It is constant and comprehensive. Thank You for always being available! Amen

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More on Walking with Jesus the Way We Received Him


As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. ()

The manner in which we received the Lord is the very same manner in which we are to walk in Him. As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.” We received Him by grace, we must walk by grace. We were born again by the Spirit, we must walk by the Spirit. Furthermore, when we first received Christ, He was our only hope. Now, we are to walk with Him the same way.

It is good to recall how Jesus was the focus at the beginning of our walk with Him. When we received Him and His forgiveness, we knew He had to provide all that was needed for our salvation. We agreed with the word of God that there was no other hope than Jesus. “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me‘… Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (John 14:6 and Acts 4:12). We knew that we could supply nothing ourselves. We were spiritually dead, having no righteousness at all: dead in trespasses and sins…all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags (Ephesians 2:1 and Isaiah 64:6). We had entered the blessed condition of being convicted of our own spiritual bankruptcy. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3). Jesus was our comprehensive focus, our only hope.

This is how we are to walk in Him today. We need the Lord Jesus as much now for living the Christian life as we needed Him at the beginning to be born again into it. For growth and victory and fruitfulness, He is the one upon whom we must focus. As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.” We need to be rooted in Him, reaching out by faith to Him for nutrition and strength, even as the roots of a tree reach into the soil. We need to be built up in Him, having our lives developed by His work in us. We need to be established in the faith, allowing Him to stabilize us through the study of His word. This will lead us to overflowing appreciation and gratitude that Christ is all and in all (Colossians 3:11). Truly, we need the Lord Jesus as much now for living the Christian life as we needed Him at the beginning to be born again into it.

Lord Jesus, my all in all, You were my only hope for beginning a new life with You. Today, You are my only hope for growing in this life with You. Please remind me that my need for You never diminishes. It is constant and comprehensive. Thank You for always being available! Amen

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Walking with Jesus the Way We Received Him


 

As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him…Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? (Colossians 2:6 and Galatians 3:3)

In this vital matter of relating rightly to the Lord, one common mistake is attempting to develop our Christian walk in a different manner than we began it. Our present verses point us to the proper outlook. We are to build our life with the Lord upon the very same terms that we began that life. As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.” We are to walk with Jesus the way we received Him.

We received the Lord and His great salvation as gifts of grace. “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!…For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God” (2 Corinthians 9:15 and Ephesians 2:8). We must, therefore, walk in Him with a “grace-receiving” mentality. “And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for [upon] grace (John 1:16). We must never attempt to treat the Christian life as something we can manufacture or earn. Sinful, earthly fathers were created with a desire to give beneficial gifts to their children. Even more so, our holy, heavenly Father has a heart to give all that is needed to those who are willing to ask and receive. “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:11).

Galatians 3:3 reinforces the need to have the same pattern for beginning and developing a walk with God. “Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?” These rhetorical questions warn of the deadly danger of having our approach to Christian growth differ from how we found spiritual birth. The Holy Spirit alone was able to bring us spiritual birth. The flesh of man could avail nothing. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit (John 3:6). The Holy Spirit must bring us spiritual progress. The flesh can contribute nothing. “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing (John 6:63). Any change in approach from birth to growth is foolishness. It is doomed to failure.

We began by grace, so we must continue by grace. We began by the Spirit, so we must continue by the Spirit. Yes, we are to walk with Jesus the way we received Him. Any changes in approach are unacceptable, ineffective, impossible.

Heavenly Father, You are such a generous giver. You gave me Your Son and His salvation as a gift of grace. You gave me new life by a work of Your Holy Spirit. Now, I want to walk in Christ these same ways, in His gracious name, Amen.

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More on an Invitation to Pray at the Throne of Grace


Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)

Seated upon the throne which rules this universe is the sovereign, holy Judge of all humanity. Yet, He is also the God of all grace (1 Peter 5:10). All who relate rightly to Him (through humble faith in Jesus Christ) can come boldly to that throne, praying with assurance that mercy and grace will be His response.

Truly, the Lord Jesus is the reason that we can answer the invitation to come boldly to the throne of grace.” His death on the cross opened the way for us to come into God’s presence, allowing us to talk to Him directly in prayer. It is as though the Holy of Holies is now our family den. God is our Father, who delights to commune with His children as we pray to Him: “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us (Hebrews 10:19-20). This new and living way is the new covenant of grace. It is by the Lord’s grace alone that we can come to His throne of grace, that we might live daily by His grace.

At this inviting throne of God, we “obtain mercy.” Mercy is heaven’s wondrous companion to grace. Mercy is God’s provision for holding back from us the awful things that we actually deserve, due to our sin and rebellion. “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon (Isaiah 55:7). Now, each day, His children can benefit from the faithful mercies of God. “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22-23).

Also, at this inviting throne of God, we “find grace to help in time of need.” Our initial need was for the Lord’s saving grace, which brought forgiveness for our ungodliness and made heaven our eternal home. “For by grace you have been saved through faith (Ephesians 2:8). Our ongoing need would be for transforming grace for developing a godly life here on earth. “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age (Titus 2:11-12). In prayer at the throne of grace, we find God’s continuing supply of grace. That grace is irreplaceable and sufficient to sustain us through, and use us in, the needy situations we encounter daily at home, work, school, church—wherever.

O Lord, supplier of all mercy and grace, I rejoice that Your mercies are new every day. Have mercy on me, dear Lord! I praise You that Your all-encompassing grace is available through humble, trusting prayer. Pour Your grace out on me, dear Lord!. Amen

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HOPE


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Hope as said by G.K. Chesterton is that, “there is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow”.

What is your definition of Hope? In times of perplexities and troubles do you still have hope that its gonna be well??… The world sees hope as a wish or a desire. Hope, for the world, is a longing for something that may or may not take place but the Bible teaches us a vastly different definition of hope. Listen to the words of Jeremiah, “ Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose HOPE the LORD is, ” Jer. 17:7 . Hear also Paul, “ And now abideth faith, HOPE, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity, ” 1 Cor. 13:13 .

The world says that hope is merely a fond wish or desire. But, the words used for HOPE in the Bible tell a different story. They teach us that hope is “ A deep settled confidence that God will keep His promises! ” Are you resting in the sure confidence that God will do just as He has promised He would?

For we know the God we have our HOPE in. Because we know who our God is, we need not to fear any enemy that should arise against us. Satan himself is no match for our Sovereign God! So do we, thus if we come to the realization of who we are in Christ Jesus.

The Bible tells us that “ your life is hid with Christ in God ”, and this is the assurance of His sheltering that allows us to weather the storms of life with HOPE. This was what allowed David to face Goliath. This was the confidence that kept Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. This was the assurance that gripped the heart of Daniel! This was the knowledge that allowed Paul to continue, even when he suffered greatly, 2 Cor. 12:7-11. They all had HOPE.

 

Think of all the things He has done; the victories He has won; the enemies He has vanquished; the mountains He has moved; how He saved you and your family, how He rescued you from that trouble. Think on these things and remember that the God who performed these countless wonders in the past is still that same God today!

 

That should give us, His people the HOPE to move on even when all things seems not to work out well for us!

But, if you lack that hope this morning, it can be obtained. How? You can do this by Reaffirming your Confidence in the Lord JESUS; by Renewing your Commitment to the Lord; and by Resting in your Comfort in the Lord.

 

Rejoice Sons and Daughters of Most High 😇