Someone once said that the difference of what is in our head and what is in our heart is the longest 12 inches known to man. And living the Christian life and being able to get head knowledge down to the heart is the difference of whether you will live out your beliefs.
That said, there are a lot of things we know we shoulder that we shouldn’t do in our heads, but stopping or putting them into action begins that struggle within us. I think that’s why people struggle to come to church consistently.
College kids leave the nest and go off to school with all their fears and anxiety that are never settled and all those questions go unanswered. You have to be able to address your fears and have your questions answered. It doesn’t all happen miraculously without your participation.
Hopefully, in this brief study, you and I can get honest about where we are with God by actively participating in God’s Word that takes His Word from head knowledge to your heart and answers questions you’re diligently seeking answers for.
To Be Like Jesus Would Be Our Virtues:
VIRTUES by definition: “Our behavior of keeping high standards.”
To be like Jesus would be to take His VIRTUES and live them in our lives for that’s God’s design for us.
To think like Jesus–it is our belief. To believe something isn’t enough, you must believe it as a way of life.
How can we do that?
Setting our standards and moral lives to the standard God desires for us by living it out in our beliefs, producing disciplines that will keep us strong in our faith. I don’t know about you, but thinking like Jesus–just saying that makes me feel inadequate.
I’ve been a Christian for a long time, but I have a past, I have issues, I have shortcomings, I have kids and family, I have weaknesses, I have attitudes. All these things keep me from thinking like Jesus because all these things show my imperfections. So what are we to do?
God tells us that we need a renewed mind [Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 4:16; Ephesians 4:23; Colossians 3:2].
We can’t THINK like Jesus unless we have the mind of Christ, and the only way we can do that is let Jesus RENEW or CHANGE the way we think.
Our Bible Text: Colossians 2:6-8
Setting Goals –
As we journey in our Christian walk with the Lord, our goal is to allow God to renew or change our thinking about the truths of God.
[Verse 6] “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him.”
Christ has saved us from the penalty of our sins. He adopted us into the family of God because of what Christ has done for us. We had to go from knowing about Jesus to Jesus being the center of our lives.
There’s a big difference between knowing about Jesus and having a relationship with Jesus with Him being the center of your life and mine too!
For us to have the correct belief in God, we have to put God in His rightful place to have an understanding of what Jesus has done for us.
God is the catalyst if you want more of God in your life, and if you want to have more, you must have a relationship with Him.
To have a relationship with God you have to desire to be in the presence of God. In the presence of God, God makes changes to our lives, and through those changes, He empowers us to live a life that’s not only abundantly full but with blessings overflowing in our lives which are pleasing to Him.
These are the central truths in our Christian faith.
One of them is that we understand who God is and how much He desires a relationship with us.
And, in 1 John 4:19 (AMP)
“We love because He first loved us.”
Because God bestowed on humanity a free will, man is not forced to love Him, but rather consciously and freely chooses the responses he makes to God’s love. [Footnote: Bible Hub]
God the Father sent God the Son to die for each of us for our sins and Jesus sent God the Holy Spirit to empower our lives for service to Him.
So a key question at this point is…Who IS God?
The Bible opens up with Genesis 1:1 with the very first words from God to us: IN THE BEGINNING GOD… everything revolves around God creator, savior, master of the universe. There are of course questions we don’t have answers for–Where did God come from? At the beginning before time as we know it, God was, God did, God created! He doesn’t have to explain anything!
How He came about…He IS God and we aren’t. He owes no explanation.
The Apostle Paul tells us “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–His eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse” (Romans 1:20 – NIV)
The question isn’t Is there a God? We know that there is a God because we see His glory every day in our lives as we look around. We see there’s a creator of all this and we are without excuse. Scripture makes it clear that there will always be gods (small “g”) that people choose to follow and serve.
God makes no apology that He’s the God of God’s and there’s no one higher and nothing was created by an alternate god.
Here is a Statement of Truth we have to take deep in our heart: I believe the God of the Bible is the only true God–God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.
I don’t believe that’s blind faith. I believe that’s faith-based upon the word of God and the anointing power of the Holy Spirit confirming it to our souls.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to understand all about the God I serve, because I take strength and comfort knowing that my God knows more than I can even think or fathom. What a difference that would make in your life–just think how many struggles would go away if you realized you don’t have to have all the answers. You can take comfort knowing that He is God and you aren’t. You can rest knowing that He’s in charge and is in control. And you have a desire that goes beyond your own abilities and you actively want to follow His will for your life.
What is His will? He will show you if you’ll let Him.
Once you put that in perspective, God is put in the right perspective. God loves you and wants to do what’s best for you. He becomes your God and not one of many gods.
Once you believe the truth that there’s only one God; once you believe that the one God wants to have a personal relationship with you, you will begin to LIVE your belief.
You will live like God is near in your life…
You will live like God can control your life and you are happy to let Him…
You will live a life that has meaning and a purpose because you know God is in it!
Once you know that God that you serve, you LIVE instead of just existing!
PSALM 121 (NKJV)
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Bible Translations: New King James Version (NKJV); New International Version (NIV); Amplified Bible (AMP); English Standard Version (ESV).
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