The Pursuit of Self-Esteem Is a Trap

People who teach us to “have self-esteem” don’t want us to pay attention to negative assessments of ourselves.  However, what if God thinks our behavior is bad?  How is He supposed correct us if we are unwilling to receive rebuke or reproof?

Pursue the esteem of God and accept His assessments.  Do what is right in His sight and let other assessments fall by the wayside.

If you go to God and feel like you are receiving a negative assessment from Him, don’t recoil from it.  Embrace it.  For if you do embrace it you can change, you can improve.

If you can win the approval of God, you know you are doing well.  However, if the only approval you have is your own, what does it prove?

Don’t pursue self-esteem.  Pursue the esteem of God.

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Have You Heard of Jesus?

Have you heard of Jesus?

I’m not asking if you’ve heard of church, or if you’ve heard of Christians, or if you’ve heard of religion.

I’m asking if you’ve heard of Jesus.

This is the Jesus who was born a descendant of Israel’s King David.  It’s the Jesus who gave His life in love for others – the Jesus through whom God worked miracles.  The Jesus who was cruelly rejected and crucified…and yet who was, three days after His death, raised from the dead and then ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of God.  Have you heard of this Jesus?

This Jesus I am describing to you is the One to whom you should pay attention.  He is alive.  He is reigning throughout every molecule of the universe.  His angels have every hair on your head counted.  Everything you do in this life matters to Him.  If He pays this much attention to you, shouldn’t you be paying attention to Him?

(One of the things His life clearly communicates to us is that God is calling us to better – that is, more moral – behavior.)

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Beneath the Raging River Flows a Gentle, Quiet Stream – Part 3

We come to Jesus for the purpose of enjoying life with God.  We cannot come to Jesus without turning from our selfish ways and living by the love that He teaches us.

In coming to Him, we have the benefit of drinking from a quiet stream that emanates from the deepest part of our being – far way from the worries that so often preoccupy our minds.  This is the stream of gentle, encouraging thoughts that flow from His heart to ours.

This stream of consciousness is not intended for select times and occasions, but is rather our daily inheritance through Jesus Christ our Lord.  It is the very stream that sustained Jesus during His earthly life – it is the Holy Spirit bringing God’s thoughts to us.

This is life.  Eternal life.  Partake of that which Jesus is offering you – that which He died to provide you.  With Him, there is life.  Without Him, there is only existence.

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Why Does Such a Little Name – Jesus – Make Such a Big Difference?

The name of Jesus has enormous power.  Just utter it at the next office meeting, cocktail party, or bowling alley you attend and see what happens.  People will usually either cheer or jeer.

Why is this?  Is there something that special about that five-letter, two-syllable word?  No.  It’s that the person holding that name has been made Lord of heaven and earth by virtue of His resurrection from the dead.  Therefore, any reference to Jesus is a reference to the One who is above every other name or level of authority.  The highest ruler in every nation would still be subservient to the Lord of heaven and earth.  Even all angels and other purely spiritual beings are subject to that name.

The name “Jesus” has power because of the title that’s been placed in front of it: “Lord.”

That’s why such a little name makes such a big difference.

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Are You Friendly or Hostile to the Name of Jesus?

Would you describe yourself as friendly to the name of Jesus Christ or hostile to it?

You cannot be a friend of God while you are hostile to the name of Jesus.  It is the name which represents God’s greatest expression of love for humanity.  To be hostile to this name is to show hostility to God Himself.

Have you noticed what a polarizing name Jesus is?  Usually, you will find that people are either delighted to hear that name come up in conversation…or feel awkward that someone brought Him up.  There’s no middle ground.

Given all that God has done for us through Christ, even indifference toward His name amounts to hostility.

You are known in heaven today by your friendship or hostility toward the name of Jesus  Christ.  How are you being viewed?

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Do You Live for the Name of Jesus?

Whose name do you live for: yours or someone else’s?  If someone else’s, is that someone else Jesus?  If so, wonderful!

Most people live for their own name.  That is, they live for their own reputation, their own identity, their own selves.  Such people want to make sure they look good to others – at least the others that they care about impressing.

This is a selfish way to live.  And it’s not very enjoyable.  (Haven’t you noticed?)

Jesus taught us a better way to live.  He lived for God.  He cared more about God’s name than He did His own.  He cared more about God’s reputation than He did His own.  He cared more about God than He cared about Himself.  As He loved and lived for the name of God, so we can love and live for the name of Jesus.  This is where you can find the greatest joy in living.

The name of Jesus Christ – the name which is worthy enough for all of us to live for!

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Why Jesus Came

Jesus came to give us life.  Before Him, and without Him, we don’t have life.  We only have existence.

Existence is a mere shadow of the life God intended us to have.  What is the hallmark of this life God wants for us?  Fellowship with Him.

If we have life, it means we are walking with Jesus every moment of the day.  We are sharing our thoughts with Him.  We are knowing that He hears our thoughts, and we are hearing His thoughts as well.

If you have appropriated the life God has bequeathed you through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, then you are living in the constant assurance of His presence and meditating on the thoughts that He brings to you by His Holy Spirit.

This is truly life.  And this is why Jesus came.

Don’t let His coming be wasted on you.  Enjoy His love…and live to extend it towards others.

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How Does Innocence Become Monstrous?

Think of the worst human beings you can: the despots, the serial killers, the most awful of human beings.  At one time, each of them was an innocent infant.  Small, cuddly, and fragile.

Did innocence become evil by seeking God or running away from Him?

Are you and I better only because we have not run as fast or as far away from God as they did?

Fortunately, the process can be reversed.  You can run to God and reclaim your innocence.  That is, you can be forgiven of your sins and you can be empowered to live a virtuous life.

If we become monsters by running away from God, we can become children again by running to Him.

Can a creature out of touch with its creator become anything other than a monster?  Do not remain out of touch with your Creator – not even for a minute.  Live for Him, with Him, and in Him.  His name is the Lord Jesus.  His eyes are upon you right now…and always.  Have you spoken to Him yet today?

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Why Should the Author of Life Be Excluded from Life?

God gave us life.  He gives us the very breath we take to stay alive.  And yet He is so often excluded from our living!  Things ought not to be this way.

God created life that we might share it with Him, not spend it running away from Him.

Why do people so seldom talk about Him?  Are they afraid He will direct their lives?  He will!  And that’s good news.  Very good news.

Did you know that if you keep a quiet heart, that you can hear His voice speaking to you?

How do you arrive at a quiet heart?  Set aside worry, fear, doubt, unforgiveness, and such as that.  Think of the virtues of God.  You will have a calm and peaceful heart.  God knows our needs.  He won’t desert us or forsake us.

God is at most an afterthought in the lives of most people today.  Let us rather give Him our first thoughts – and all our thoughts.

He who created us will repair us…if we but let Him.

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Jesus Is the Only One Worthy to Rule the World

When and where has there ever been a human being more worthy than Jesus to rule the world?

Think of the life He lived: He gave all that He had to the poor.  He healed the sick.  He encouraged the faint-hearted.  He never amassed power or wealth for Himself.  When reviled, He did not revile in return.  He was wise beyond measure, and completely free of corruption.

Name any human being who could be considered His moral equal, much less His moral superior.

Jesus is truly the only human being who ever lived found worthy to rule the world.  That’s why death was not allowed to interfere with His being appointed to that very post.  He was raised from the dead and made Lord of heaven and earth.

Glory to Jesus who rules the world!  Let us follow His commands about how to live.

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