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Empowered to Serve (2 of 2)
Genesis 3:2-6, 1 Corinthians 12:3, John 1:12, John 14:15-21, Acts 1:8
In August of 1983 I gave my life to Jesus Christ. I was raised in a traditional denominational church but at the age of 22, I heard the message of the Gospel for the first time - that Jesus is not just the man hanging on the cross in my church, but that He came for the very purpose of having a relationship with His people. He came to save me personally and if I made Him the Lord of my life, He would lead me and direct my path all the days of my life!
To receive Him as Savior was the first step. Salvation is the beginning of our WALK WITH GOD. But it is not the END of our walk with God. God doesn't want us to say, I am saved, on my way to heaven and that is all I need. Salvation is the most important step, but receiving Him as Lord means the turning over of self to His Lordship. Listen, in the Kingdom of God, Jesus is Lord, but in the Kingdom of Satan, it is not the devil who is Lord, SELF is Lord. In other words, the enemy doesn't want you to be a servant of God. He wants you to continue to live for yourself. He knows he can win the battle as long as we retain SELF as Lord. Isn't that what his tactic was in the Garden of Eden. The serpent came to Eve and did not deceive her by getting her to obey him. He appealed to her ego.
Genesis 3:2 And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.' " 4 Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.
The serpent appealed to SELF and that is what led her to disobey God. Self must be dethroned and Jesus must be enthroned! The enemy loves for you to live your life for yourself and only do what is good for you, to have selfish motives and ambitions, and only look out for yourself. He wants you to be the master of your own destiny because He doesn't want Jesus to be your Master. He knows that by serving SELF, we are indirectly serving him and he is the one who wants to be worshiped.
When we make Jesus truly the Lord of our lives, we are focused upon Him, our motives are other-centered and we desire to bring Him glory with our lives and with everything we do. When Jesus is Lord, our good works will follow our confession of faith. We will be confident at His coming. We will hear Him say, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."
Here is the Key to Jesus Being Lord:
1 Corinthians 12:3 Therefore I make known to you that no one ...
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