Savoring Jesus

When Paul wrote to the Colossians to clarify the Person of Jesus for them, he did not use weak language. Everything has been made by, through, and for Jesus to this end: that Jesus would be preeminent in all things. Meaning this: Jesus over everything. As Charles Spurgeon put it, “If Christ be anything, He must be everything.”

This means Jesus is meant to have supremacy over every nation, every government, every cultural persuasion, every thought you think, every dream you dream, every emotion you feel, and everything in between. As we see Jesus rightly, we savor Jesus accordingly. You see, it isn’t about us, it’s all about Him.

  • This means we obey Him when it defies culture.
  • We choose Him when we want something else.
  • We submit to Him when our emotions try to pull us away from the straight and narrow road that leads to life.

This means a choice: Christ or not! As much as we like to pretend there are other choices, there are none. It’s God or self.

  • Psalm 2:7-8
  • Ephesians 1:18
  • Colossians 1:15-19

May this our prayer be:

“Jesus, You are better than everything else, better than life itself. Help my heart believe what my eyes cannot see. Help my mind be so deeply rooted in You that my heart is not lead astray, but naturally acts in accordance to You. Though my flesh is weak, my spirit willing, I pray that You conquer within me what needs be done so that I may be Your lighthouse of proclamation; because You are everything!”

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Kindness 101

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Revelation 3:20

Oh the deep, deep love of Jesus! Vast beyond our understanding, yet so simple a child can comprehend their sin and see their need for a Him, their Savior. Thank you Lord Jesus!

Precious friend, if you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior — you can know Him. The Scriptures, the Holy Bible (ones I use NASB, NKJV, KJV, AMP), are filled with answers according to God, not man. Don’t take my word for it, take God’s! Read His Word.

Sometime ago, the Lord lead to write a page entitled ETERNITY (link) https://inchristiamshe.com/eternity/ which I pray will help explain more. If you have any questions, I’d be delighted to help in any way I can. I am praying for you!

God is so worth it! Your eternity is worth it!

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Backsliding 101

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Romans 15:4

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Deep Seeded Joy

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Psalm 28:5

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Pride vs. Brokenness {pt 2}

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To Gaze or to Glance? It Matters.

“Set your affections on things above, and not on things on the earth” Colossians 3:2.

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Seeing Jesus

The most important thing about us is what comes into our mind when we think about God. Anything that is not true about God is a lie, and entertaining idolatrous thoughts is not something we should do.

All of us must answer this pressing question every day: “Who do you say I am?” (Matthew 16:13-19). When Jesus submitted this question to the apostles, the conversation necessarily moved past cultural speculation and community rumors. They had to own what they’d begun to make of the Man before them. Peter answered rightly. Judas probably wouldn’t have said the same thing, even though both had lived and worked with Jesus for considerable time at that point.

Peter’s revelation required the Spirit of the LORD to illuminate what he’d already learned from Scriptures, the living Word of God. We must, therefore, come to everything written between Genesis to Revelation with the kind of humility, prayer, and fasting that Daniel did and submit ourselves to the Word of the LORD (Daniel 10: 1-3,11-12). It is only by this practice that we will be met by our Maker, who delights to put His Son on display.

Like the men on the road to Emmaus, our hearts can burn as He opens up all the Scriptures to us (Luke 24:13-35). And like John the Beloved in exile on Patmos (Revelation 1:1,17), we can learn things about Jesus so new and revelatory that we might not recognize Him for a minute—even after decades of discipleship and obedience.

(excerpt taken from Jesus is Everything)


“Father, thank You for Your Son. Thank You for Your Spirit that indwells me. Help me grasp the understanding that You are everything; that without you I am nothing, I have nothing. Illuminate who You are (Your Truth), and open my mind, heart and soul to see You alone without distractions –not my image of who I think you are. Correct what is wrong, enhance what is right, and grow what is not there for You are my God. Thank you Jesus!” Amen.

May we see as Peter did, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:13-19).

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Portraits of a Dysfunctional Church | Pastor Richard Woodruff

I Corinthians is one of two existing letters addressed to the people of Corinth. Paul had ministered in Corinth during his second missionary journey. It was here that he met Aquila and Priscilla who were tent makers by trade as was Paul (Acts 18:3). Having been beaten and jailed in Philippi and escaping the incited […]

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Portrait of a Dysfunctional Church — Cedarville Baptist Church


[Conclusion]

1. Like the church at Corinth, we are in a position for spiritual greatness.

2. Like the church at Corinth, we can be choosing to live in a place of spiritual infancy/riddled with sin.

3. Like the church at Corinth, we can find answers when we seek God.

4. Like the church at Corinth, we must not quit.


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the Path to Transformation

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” Romans 12:2-3.

The path to transformation runs from the mind to the heart, and not the other way around.


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Discontentment 101

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Isn’t it Enough?

You have heard the saying, “actions speak louder than words” right? Our actions (right or wrong) are a demonstration of our inward heart.


We are such independent creatures aren’t we? Here we can live our lives barely giving thought to how we got here, who put us here, why we are here, and who is in really in control.

All to often we find ourselves doing our own thing as we please, where we please, how we please and fail to stop, think, praise, serve or worship the giver of the very life we so enjoy. Oh we may stop for an hour on Sunday to “praise and worship” but is that what God desires of us? Our dutiful hour?

Dependence on something or someone usually brings to mind a sense of weakness, incapable, a negative twinge of some sort. We think needy, unstable, a crutch, even foolish. All to often we allow the world’s influence of ‘dependence‘ to creep into our thought process, life–actions, that work their root systems into our relationship with God and others.

God is quiet the contrary; man is quite the contrary. We have placed God in our man-made box of our own ideals. Ideals in which we have individually and corporately created; therefore, making man god and God just an conclusion of our matter.

If you do not know Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I implore you to go to my Eternity page and read it. If you have any further questions, I’d be ecstatic to talk with you.

To those who call yourselves followers of Christ; Have you considered what God thinks about your response to His glory, to Himself? What does God see or hear from and about you? After He gave His life for you on Calvary, died, rose again and while He is building a mansion for you in glory –what are you doing for Him? Your actions display your personal gratitude.

We are accountable. We will be held accountable. We are responsible. We will be held responsible. Don’t leave the other undone.

  • Examining our actions is being proactive.
  • Consider what your actions tell God, how they influence others and yourself? We only have but one life to live. Let’s make it count for who it matters most too…Christ.
  • How can we not?

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the Battle Ground | Pride vs Brokenness

  • Are you being “respectable” or “real”?
  • Real” (being broken over one’s sin; seeing who we really are before a righteous and holy God and seeing who He is) is the harder road to take but the road worth taking for it brings freedom, true life –abundant life only found in Jesus Christ. Only He can fulfill you!
  • Respectable” (choosing to live selfishly in self-sufficiency and self-arrogance-pride, and yes, a believer can fall prey to this as well) seems to fulfill one quickly with desires and wants met thus fulfulling needs thought important, but come to find out many are filled with bitterness, emptiness, regrets, pain, sorrow, and a life without God.

God is not interested in our “respectableness.”

God desires our “realness!”


1 Peter 5:5 “…and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

Psalm 34:18 “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

Psalm 51:17 ” The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.”

Psalm 147:3 “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”

Isaiah 66:2 “For My hand made all these things, thus all these things came into being,” declares the Lord. “But to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite, and who trembles at My word.”


So, are you “real” or are you “respectable” before God today?

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We Have Nothing to Fear

“…greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” 1 John 4:4.


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Proverbs 13:6

“Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner” Proverbs 13:6.

Photo credits: Roger Cole


Have a blessed God-centered day,

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Marinating

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It’s Impossible for God to do

“We love Him, because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19).

What a glorious comfort to know, to experience, and to have.

Thank you Lord for loving us so much!


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the Mercy of God

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