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The Steps to a Joy-Filled Life (3 of 4)
Series: Discover the Joy
For some of you who may not be familiar with the term “Lordship,” it simply means a person who is not only a believer, but is a believer who has submitted every area of his life to obeying Jesus Christ. The miserable people in the world are not people who are lost, but people who are saved and know the Lord but are still struggling with obedience. They are still struggling with some temptation or some area of weakness in their life that they’ve not resolved, that they’ve not surrendered. So, they have no peace and they are pulled this way and that way.
The joy of the Christian life comes when you are submitted to Jesus in every area of your life. It’s a growing process because just when you think you’ve got everything yielded to Christ, then He shows you another area and He moves into that area of your life to bring it under His Lordship in a way that that part of your life would glorify Him.
In Matthew 7:21-29 (NIV) , Jesus said, (21)"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the k)ingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
(22)Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?'
(23)Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'
(24) "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
(25)The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.
(26)But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.
(27)The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great ...
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