I woke up recently with the dream I was having on my mind. In it, I was getting a tattoo, a tiny cross on my ring finger, above my wedding band. The prevalent thought was how we wear Christ everywhere we go. Later (we’re talking days) while I was rolling over this thought, I heard a preacher talking about sin and how we get a check in our spirits before taking actions to sin.
That spiritual awareness should come from the closeness of our Savior in our every day lives. Recently, I was reminded that we become very much like who we hang out with … our attitudes, beliefs, even our mannerisms.
So I’ve determined in my heart to keep Jesus close. Closer than my husband, closer than my kids, or my coworkers. He is the third cord in my marriage, the One who holds us together.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
I want those Holy Spirit checks when my sinful nature pushes me towards something I shouldn’t be doing (including losing my temper). I want instead to wipe a brow, share a smile, be present, follow through on a promise.
There is greatness in the small gestures in life. There is love.
Jesus commands us to love one another.
And what power we have flowing through us as children of God.
We can gain wisdom, achieve, grow, love beyond reason, forgive, and represent Christ wherever we go. There are no limits, except those we place on ourselves.
The Bible says that we can do all things in Christ who strengthens us (Phillipians 4:13). Which is good, because I am in the process of submitting an application for school.
What is a grown woman with adult children doing going back to school?
Remember, our capacity is unlimited. We have a connection to the source. He is before all things and in Him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:17)
The Power of Christ
We can climb mountains, be physicians, write books, endure hardships and trials, love the most unloveable. Our capacity is unlimited.
Isaiah 43:1-2 says:
“But now, this is what the LORD says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.’”
The devil needs to take a backseat to his accusing and reminding us of our humanity. We’ve put on Jesus’ redeeming blood! Stay close to Him. Put Him first. Hold on to like He’s the lifeline in your life, your marriage, your relationships. Because He is.
Is God making a way for you through an impossible or hopeless situation? Or pushing you out of your comfort zone? How do you keep Jesus as your #1?
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6 Ways to Keep Jesus as Your #1
These have been my steps daily:
- Reading the Word.
- Getting in to a (even short) Bible study.
- Praying every chance I get. Talking to God as a friend, talking to God as His daughter, talking to Jesus as my husband, talking to Jesus as my Savior. Showing adoration.
- Respecting the Holy Spirit checks to not offend this Gentle Comforter.
- Keeping Jesus on my mind when I have some moments of down time. Not the tv show from last night, a plot in a book, a worry to be reworked. JESUS in my thoughts.
- Showing love, faith in action
What about you? Do you have any tips for keeping God as number one in your life? How do you live by the power of Christ? Let us know in the comments below.