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Who is Jesus in Your Life?

Matthew 16:13-14 NKJV
When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

Jesus’ identity has always been a problem with many people even to this day and age. When Jesus was on earth, people did not really know Him nor did they know who He was. Even to this present day, there are people who have doubts regarding Jesus’ true identity. Some doubters and unbelievers will ask the following: Was He a prophet? Was He a teacher? Was He just a very intelligent man and philosopher? Did he really resurrect? Is He just a legend? Is He really the Son of God?
Therefore the world has its own perceptions of who Jesus.

In Caesarea Philippi, Jesus was interested in knowing from His disciples what the perception of other people was regarding His identity.
Your perception of God has a direct influence on how you relate to Him. Therefore if you perceive God in the wrong way, then your knowledge and appreciation of Him will be wrong. However if you have the right perception of Him, then your knowledge and relationship with Him will be good.

The Pharisees and other unbelievers failed to experience and appreciate who Jesus was because of their unbelief. This unbelief was caused by a wrong perception of who they thought Jesus was.

Matthew 13:54-58 NKJV
When He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses, Simon, and Judas? And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?” So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.” Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

We find that Jesus did not do many miracles in His own country because of the unbelief of the people. The people who watched Jesus grow up as a young boy had the wrong perception of Jesus. They saw Jesus as “the carpenter’s son” and not as the Son of God. They thought that Jesus was merely a flawed human just like His brothers or siblings. They saw Jesus in the natural and not in the spiritual and such a wrong perception caused them not to honor Jesus for Who He really was.
As a result of their misconception of who Jesus’ identity, they then failed to experience the mighty works that Jesus could have done in their lives.

TODAY. Ask yourself: Do you have the right perception of who Jesus is? Who is Jesus in your life? Is He your Lord & Saviour?

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God
Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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Sick Man at Bethseda Pool

John 5:5 NKJV
Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years.

The man whom Jesus healed at the Pool of Bethseda had a very interesting attitude. The man’s attitude was one which can be typically found in how we relate to life and to God.

  • (John 5:6 – When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”)
  • This man had an infirmity for over 38 years and when Jesus first sees him, He asks the sick man if he wants to be healed. Sometimes in life we can be comfortable with the status quo.
  • LESSON 1: When God asks us a question – it’s not because He does not already know the answer – however when God asks us a question it is because He wants us to look deep into ourselves and our deep needs and motives.
  • (John 5:7 – The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me)
  • Instead of replying to Jesus with a simple “YES!!! I want to be healed”, the sick man begins to complain about how he has been failing to get healed because of the rest of the crowd who were also seeking to be healed at the pool. The sick man had a victim mentality. He blamed other people for his failure to be healed.
  • LESSON 2: Sometimes if we are not careful, we too can be quick to have a victim mentality. Do you blame others for your failures to achieve a desired goal?
  • (John 5:8-9 – Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked)
  • Jesus responds not by joining the sick man in a pity-party, but instead Jesus heals the sick man and commands him to stand up, take up his bed and walk. Jesus focused on meeting the needs of the sick man, rather than to spend time agreeing with the man about how unfair life is to him.
  • LESSON 3: Even in your own life, Jesus is able to meet your exact needs. You might not be able to achieve your goals with your own effort just like how the sick man had tried to get into the pool by his own effort and failed – however, when Jesus comes on the scene, He is able to meet your exact need.
  • (John 5:12-13 – Then they asked him, “Who is the Man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place). 
  • It’s interesting that after the man was healed, that he did not even know the name of the wonderful Man (Jesus) who healed him. The man did not even bother to be interested in learning who Jesus was just after he had been healed. For a man who had been sick for 38 years, it would have been good to at least know the name of the One who removed his infirmity after being in bondage for such a long time.
  • LESSON 4: Is it possible in our own life that God is doing so many great things in our life, but yet we fail to acknowledge that God participates and is the author of every good thing that happens in our lives? Do we recognize God’s presence and God’s specific move in our life?
  • (John 5:14-15 – Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.”). 
  • When Jesus saw the man for the second time, it is interesting that Jesus told the man that he not sin again lest a worse thing happens to him. This may imply that the cause of the man’s sickness for the last 38 years was due to some sinful behaviors that he may have committed. He was not born with the infirmity, but his sinful behavior may have caused the infirmity.
  • LESSON 5: In your own life, ensure that you do not engage in any sinful activity that may cause sickness in your life. It could be an addiction to drugs, cigarettes, alcohol and the like. Or it could be promiscuous sexual behavior which may cause sexually transmitted diseases. Even though Jesus had healed the man and met the man’s physical need, Jesus wanted to work on the man’s attitude because the man clearly did not have the right attitude as his attitude may also have been the source of his sickness.
  • (John 5:15 – The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well).
  • After the second meeting, the man finally knew that it was Jesus who had healed him.
  • LESSON 6: It is important that we always recognize Jesus when He appears or speaks to us.

TODAY. Have the right attitude towards life and towards Jesus.

The Grace & Mercy of God

Psalms 103:10 NKJV
He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities.

What is your personal view of God? Do you view Him as being ready to pounce and punish you for EVERY sin? Do you view God as only having a military style of leadership where you can’t ask Him questions and you are not allowed to show Him your true feelings? Or maybe you view God as being always angry with you because of a past sin you did.

Sometimes our perception of God can have an effect on how we relate to God. If you want to know the Lord, you have to spend time with Him and you have to read His word. You also need to look at Jesus and the life of Jesus in order to have a clear perception of what God is like. (John 14:9 – Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?)
Therefore in order to have a real understanding of God, you need to have a relationship and knowledge of His begotten Son, Jesus.

Psalms 103:8 NKJV
The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.

Grace is defined as : unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification.; a virtue coming from God.
Mercy is defined as : Compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm

One of the characteristics of God is His MERCY and GRACE towards us. It is very important for us to know and appreciate God’s qualities of mercy and grace.

  1. If God were not merciful and gracious then no human would be alive right now on earth because He would have destroyed all mankind because of sin. (Genesis 9:11 – Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”)
  2. If God were not merciful and gracious then Jesus would not have come as the perfect sacrifice for our sins. (John 3:16-17 – For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.)
  3. If God were not merciful and gracious then God would not have made SALVATION to be a FREE GIFT through Jesus. We therefore are not saved by our own works, but we are saved by FREELY accepting and receiving Jesus. (Ephesians 2:8,9 – “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;not as a result of works, that no one should boast.”)
  4. If God were not merciful and gracious then we would be punished according to our sins and iniquities. (Psalms 103:10 – He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities.)

2 Corinthians 10:17 NKJV
But “he who glories, let him glory in the Lord”

Nobody is perfect because of sin. However thank God for His mercy and grace. He is kind and good to us even though we don’t deserve it.
We can never boast in ourselves or in our own goodness – because our own effort is not good enough for God. However we can boast in the Lord and give praise to Him because of the grace and mercy to which He shows to us despite our flaws. We can thank Him also that in Christ Jesus we are complete and we have access to Him.

TODAY. Thank God for His grace and mercy.

Jesus, the True Vine

John 15:5 NKJV
I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

When God created us, He created us for a purpose. Therefore whatever we do must have meaning and purpose. Our life must have direction.
However, if we are to be fruitful and have purpose in our lives, we must abide in Jesus and He must be at the throne of our life. Jesus clearly states that without Him we can do nothing. Therefore if we are to do anything meaningful in God’s eyes, then we cannot do it without Jesus being a part of it.

John 15:1-4 NKJV
I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

Abiding in Jesus, the True Vine means the following:

  • A vine has branches on which grapes for example can grow. For the branches to have purpose, they must be abide in the vine so that they can be fruitful. Otherwise if they do not perform their life purpose of bearing fruit, then they are removed from the vine. (John 15:6 – If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.)
  • Therefore Jesus is the True Vine and people are the branches. Jesus teaches that our relationship with Him must be such that we look towards Him as the ultimate source and sustainer of all that we need. As long as we abide in Him and He in us, we can be fruitful in every area of our life. (John 15:4 – Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.)
  • Our true identity can be found in Jesus because we are attached to Him as the vine. When we abide in Jesus, we know who we are and we are not ashamed of our identity in Christ. Through Christ we are able to overcome low self-esteem issues or any opposition to our true identity in Christ. We are disciples of Jesus (John 15:8 – By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.)
  • When we abide in Jesus, then the Father is able to prune us so that we continue to bear MORE fruit and so that we continue to grow and be productive for the kingdom. The more we draw closer to God, the more God will draw close to us. (John 15:2 – …and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.)
  • When we bear fruit because of our obedience to abiding in Jesus, we then automatically glorify God in our actions (John 15:8 – By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples)

TODAY. Abide in the True Vine – Jesus.

Jesus, The Good Shepherd

John 10:11 NKJV
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.”

Our relationship with Jesus is such that He is the Good Shepherd and we as Christians are the sheep.
Without Jesus, we lack direction and protection in our lives. Whether as an individual, a family, or a church, we all need a Shepherd to lead and guide us so that we walk the right path and so that we are protected from the wolves in society.

Therefore Jesus called Himself the Good Shepherd because of the following reasons

  1. A good shepherd will risk his life against all opposition for his sheep. As a Shepherd, Jesus is dedicated to His sheep to the point that He gave His life. (John 10:11 – “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.”)
  2. Unlike a hireling, a good shepherd cares for His sheep. He is one who protects, guides and watches over the sheep. Likewise Jesus protects, guides and watches over us. (John 10:12-13 – But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep.)
  3. A good shepherd knows and recognizes his own sheep. Jesus as the Good Shepherd intimately knows His own sheep. He is able to tell the difference between the real sheep and the impostors or hypocrites. (John 10:14 – I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep…)
  4. A good shepherd is recognized by his own sheep. When the shepherd speaks, his sheep will recognize his voice and they will not follow another voice except for their shepherd. In the same way, when Jesus the Good Shepherd speaks, His voice is recognized by His people. Many wolves in sheep’s clothing will try to imitate the Good Shepherd, but they will fail to sway His sheep because His sheep intimately know and follow the voice of the Lord. (John 10:27 – My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.)
  5. A good shepherd searches for the lost sheep. Whenever his sheep stray away from the flock, a good shepherd will look for that sheep until he finds it – even if it is only one sheep that is lost. Jesus as the Good Shepherd is able to find us whenever we stray. (Luke 15:4-5 – “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.)

John 10:16 NKJV
And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.

All Christians around the world, whether black, white, tall, short, or no matter what background have One Good Shepherd and His name is Jesus.

TODAY. Learn the qualities of the Good Shepherd.

Are you part of the sheepfold of Jesus Christ? Would you desire to be shepherded by Jesus?

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God
Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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