Focus on the Greater Within You


 

Hi Everybody!

You must be wondering what’s up with the title today? You know that verse of Scripture that says:

1 John 4:4
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

What does that mean exactly?

When you choose Christ as “the Way, the Truth and the Life(John 14:1; John 14:6) in the process of our Salvation, You allow Him to enter into your heart as you give permission to allow the Holy Spirit to transform your old ways of thinking and doing things to become a new creation in Christ. We are all new creations in Christ when we accept Him as Lord and Savior; however, in our walk, we determine how great He is in us as we choose how far we are willing to follow Jesus in His way, in His Truth and in the path that He leads us to eternal Life in Him, with Him, and through Him.

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

The question of “How Great is our God?” can only be determined on an individualistic basis based on how much we have cultivated building a relationship with Him in our lives. Someone only becomes great in our hearts when we are in relationship with them built on a foundation of Trust, Faith, and Belief.

Ask yourself these questions:

How much do you Trust Jesus?

How much Faith do you have in Jesus?

How much do you Believe in Jesus?

The measure of these things determines how great He is in you.

Jesus overcame the world for us (John 16:33). We can only overcome the world when we have Jesus Christ inside of us who is the hope of Glory (Romans 5:2; Colossians 1:27). I believe that as Christians we have to pursue the Greatest of the Great so that by one mere look at you, it is evident that you are Christian. The light that comes from you, illuminates that which is already inside of you which is the message of Jesus Christ.

How great is the light of Jesus’ Word shining in you, through you and around you?

When we embrace ideas that contradict the light of God’s Word, we become more like the world that knows no light (darkness = ignorance) and the Jesus in you gets shelved to the back corner in the basement of your heart until He is completely forgotten; or worse, thrown out of your life completely. When we forget our Savior, when we forget our Lord Jesus by our own choice, we then allow something else to become greater within us, and if it is not Jesus, then you’ve got to ask yourself, Who has taken His place within our hearts?”

If Jesus is not on the throne-room of your heart, who is seated there instead? It is possible to hold an idol to be greater than our God which opens doors to demonization and other problems and that is why we must hold fast to the Truth and not allow room for deception or anything to replace the greatness of our God in our lives.

2 Thessalonians 2:13
[ Stand Fast ] But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you by the Spirit and belief in the truth for salvation through sanctification ,

1 Thessalonians 5:20-22

20 Do not despise prophecies. 21 Test all things; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil.

2 Corinthians 10:5
casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

So Today, focus on what is the Greater that is inside of you?

If you have shelved Jesus in a far place from your heart or have completely abandoned Him in your life, then repent and seek God’s forgiveness for it and reconcile your heart back to His love for you today. Jesus loves you even when you don’t love Him in return. Jesus believes in you even when you have stopped believing in Him. Jesus has faith in you even when you have denied Him. Jesus wants an intimate relationship with you, even when you have divorced your heart from Him. Jesus still wants you even when you think He doesn’t because “He will never leave you nor forsake you” even when you have forsaken Him (Hebrews 13:5). Allow Him to take the throne-room of your heart and let Him become Greater in your life.

“How do I make Him greater in me?” you ask?

By studying His Word (The Bible), by living out what you believe by Faith, and by demonstrating Jesus’ love for you and for other people through your actions, thoughts and deeds. It takes Faith to acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the greater One that is within you than he that is in the world. Put away the things that you once exalted before God and seek the things of the Kingdom of God to reside in you. You can do this by renouncing those things that you once made greater in your life than the Christ in you the hope of Glory. God is an awesome God and He is the Greater that should reside inside you when you worship Him daily and make Him a priority in your life. Food for thought.

I have two songs here by 21:03 called Cold World and Done. Totally love these songs. May they minister to you today.

God bless you everybody!

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Stand Out!


Hello Everybody!

Today is an amazing day. It’s sunny out there and I just gotta give GOD all the PRAISE!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO! Ok, so that was my shout out today. Did it wake you up a bit? It is amazing when I look at what God has done for me in my life and I just want to say that when I look at where I was and how far I’ve come to be where I am, I feel like a shout just comes deep down in my Spirit to give a Praise to the Lord for what He’s done for me! God loves us sooo much that it’s sooo hard to comprehend sometimes when we think of the times we did things without understanding, without wisdom or direction that makes us beg  the question, “LORD WHAT SHALL I DO????!” The patterns of our world cannot take us to where we need to be nor to where we ought to be in God. Our God-given potential is sooo great that we can only function when we strive to be transformed, to be renewed, to be changed and to also STAND OUT against the patterns of this world that don’t believe in our Lord Jesus Christ. When we conform to worldy standards, we limit our GOD-given potential because that potential is divine in nature. The world cannot bring it out, it’s only GOD who can. So today, Meditate on what it takes to TRANSFORM into GOD’s image which was the ORIGINAL PLAN to begin with before we fell from our state of Grace, Our state of Glory, our state of GOD IN US and WITH US the HOPE OF GLORY.

I have a song today to Uplift your day. It’s called STAND OUT by Tye Tribbett and G.A. Choir. Stay Blessed EVERYBODY and choose to STAND OUT!

Here are the lyrics to this AWESOME SONG!

[speaking: Tye Tribbett]
When the enemy comes in like a flood,
The spirit of the Lord will raise up a standard against him.
I see the enemy coming in like a flood in our houses, in our churches, in our families.
But what I don’t see is the standard. People of God where’s the standard at?
We in a war y’all. It’s time to stand OUT!

[G.A.:]
It’s about to go down. The battle has begun.
It’s time for you to choose, whose side you gonna be on.
The devil is recruiting, temptin’ every man.
But he’s already defeated, all we have to do is stand.
No time for mixing light with the darkness.
Be black or be white, no more shades of gray.
Be separated, be holy, no matter what you do, don’t bow.
And even if you stand alone, stand anyhow.

[CHORUS]

[Tye:] Rise up!

[G.A.:]
Rise up people, put on your strength.
There’s a war going on and we will win.
Stand up and fight, let the kingdom prevail.
With power and might, we will stand out.

Stand out!
[G.A.:] Stand out!
Be not conformed to this world.
[G.A.:] Stand out!
Be transformed, renew your mind.
[G.A.:] Stand out!
Just like the three Hebrew boys,
[G.A.:] Stand out!

[G.A.:]
God is playin’ it cool, don’t wanna rub nobody the wrong way.
Almost like we’re trying to fit in. Acting like we don’t know the name.
It’s time for us to stand out and go against the grain.
Forget tryin’ to be down, let the world know you’ve been changed.
How you gonna be the praise leader? But you listen to R & B?
And hip-hop is on your ringtone. I’m trynna tell you God ain’t pleased.
And since when did it become cool for you to live together unmarried?
Men with men?
Women with women?
I’m tellin you God ain’t gon’ have it.

[CHORUS]

[Tye:]

via the Enterprenuers Blog

It’s time to recognize.
The war it’s in disguise.
No time for compromise.
Wake up open your eyes.
[together:] The devil is a LIE!
You must be hot or cold.
You can’t blend in the crowd.
It’s time for God’s people ta –

[CHORUS]

via faithoncampus.com

 
[Tye:]
Let me hear your war cry!

[G.A.:]
Ooh! Ooh! Ooh!

[Tye:]
Let me hear your war cry!

[G.A.:]
Ooh! (Let’s Stand Out!) Ooh! (Let’s Stand Out!) Ooh!

[Tye:]
Little bit louder.
[G.A.:]
Ooh! Ooh! Ooh!

[Tye:]
One more time!

[G.A.:]
Ooh! (Cry out loud!) Ooh! (Stand out!) Ooh!

STAND OUT!

[Speaking: Tye Tribbett]
We in a war people of God.
You don’t have to fight, all you gotta do is stand.
Make some noise G.A.!
Having done all to stand…
Now stand people of God!
If you gonna stand out with us… SCREAM!

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Scriptures to Meditate

 Romans 12:2
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

2 Corinthians 3:18
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Exodus 34:10
[ The Covenant Renewed ] And He said: “Behold, I make a covenant. Before all your people I will do marvels such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation; and all the people among whom you are shall see the work of the LORD. For it is an awesome thing that I will do with you.

Psalm 51:10
Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.

Titus 3:5
not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,

Philippians 2:15
that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,

12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Believers Are Salt and Light

13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.

John 8:12
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

John 11:9
Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.

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