Who is Jesus?

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  • He is the only way to God the Father. John 14:6 says, “Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me.” (Amplified)
  • He is the vine and we are the branches. We receive life through Him. We can do nothing apart from Him. John 15:5 says, “I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.” (Amplified)
  • He is our advocate with the Father. 1 John 2:1 says, “My little children, I write you these things so that you may not violate God’s law and sin. But if anyone should sin, we have an Advocate (One Who will intercede for us) with the Father—[it is] Jesus Christ [the all] righteous [upright, just, Who conforms to the Father’s will in every purpose, thought, and action].” (Amplified)
  • He is the Shepherd and Bishop of our souls. 1 Peter 2:25 says, “For you were going astray like [so many] sheep, but now you have come back to the Shepherd and Guardian (the Bishop) of your souls.” (Amplified)
  • He is the only door through which we must enter for salvation. John 10:9 says, “I am the Door; anyone who enters in through Me will be saved (will live). He will come in and he will go out [freely], and will find pasture.” (Amplified)
  • He is a Mediator for us with the Father. 1 Timothy 2:5-6 says, “For there [is only] one God, and [only] one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, Who gave Himself as a ransom for all [people, a fact that was] attested to at the right and proper time.” (Amplified)
  • He is the light of the world. When we follow Him and Him only we will not walk in darkness. John 8:12 says, “Once more Jesus addressed the crowd. He said, I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me will not be walking in the dark, but will have the Light which is Life. (Amplified)
  • He is the Judge of all, living and dead. Acts 10:42 says, “And He charged us to preach to the people and to bear solemn testimony that He is the God-appointed and God-ordained Judge of the living and the dead.” (Amplified)
  • He is Immanuel (God with us). Isaiah 7:14 says, “Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign: Behold, the young woman who is unmarried and a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel [God with us].” (Amplified)

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Guard Your Heart

Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts. Proverbs 4:23 (The Message)

The kardia, Latin for “heart” is one of the most vital organs in the human body and plays an important part in sustaining life. It is the center of the circulatory system and it pumps blood throughout the body. When the heart stops, life stops.

Many times decisions are made according to our feelings. However, whatever is in the heart will be revealed in our actions. It will come out in attitude, belief, and motivation. The heart determines and influences how we live. It is in the heart that love, desire and emotions reside. In biblical terms, the heart is where rational thinking resides, but it does not exclude the emotional side of the heart. Old Testament scripture states that we should love the Lord our God with all of our heart, thus resulting in the heart playing an important part in our decision-making process.

This proverb cautions us to watch over our heart above everything else because the heart is where life resides. The heart is the fountain from which everything we do or say flows.

We should be aware that the desires of the heart can either help keep us on the right spiritual path or hinder our progress. Keeping our heart focused on God’s Word can help keep us moving in the right direction and enable us to make better decisions. Placing boundaries on the things that we desire will help us stay on the path that God has for us. We should seek to be watchful over our heart at all times and focus our desires on Godly things.

We should seek to have a heart that is willing to give and in so doing be a cheerful giver. Our hearts should be filled with zeal for the works of the Lord. Romans 12:11 states “Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord ;”(King James Version). Our hearts should always be renewed and refreshed and amazed with the spirit of the Living God.

Excerpt from: ”Water for the Thirsty Soul” by B. F. Gilder (Copyright 2012)

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Power in Words

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].

Proverbs 18:21 (Amplified)

Because life and death are in the power of the tongue, we need to be mindful of what we speak. We need to be accountable for the words that find their way from our lips.

Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.

Psalm 141:3 (King James Version)

In order for good things to come from our mouth, we must constantly think on good things, positive things, and those things that the Word of God says we can do and who we are. Philippians 4:8 (KJV) says, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

  • I am more than a conqueror.  (Romans 8:37)
  • I can do all things through Christ. (Philippians 4:13)
  • I am a child of God. (John 1:2)
  • I can find grace and mercy when I need it. (Hebrews 4:16)

Be mindful of the things you say to family and friends.

  • I appreciate you.
  • I love you.
  • Thank you.
  • I am sorry.
  • Can I help you?

REMEMBER WORDS ARE POWERFUL, THEY CAN BUILD UP OR THEY CAN TEAR DOWN.