BECOMING LIKE JESUS
Hey Metal Friends, Pastor Brad here---with some exciting updates and another, I think, a mega-inspirational word from God’s Word---about spiritual growth and walking with Jesus!
• THE CHRISTMAS METAL EXPERIENCE! (Nov. 21-25)
Between now and the end of August I will be recording/mixing the CHRISTIAN METAL EXPERIENCE episodes. Please pray that God will bless that process. I really want this five-episode Christmas mini-series to be something special--something that will ROCK you up BIG-TIME and totally glorify God!
• THE PASTOR BRAD ROCKS PODCAST!
Episode 2 is now available EVERYWHERE Podcasts are heard: Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, etc. Tune-in, Like, Comment & Share! Thank you in advance!
Okay, onward to another word from God’s Word…
SPIRITUAL GROWHT IS ABOUT BECOMING LIKE JESUS!
THE BIG IDEA
“Salvation isn't about us leaving this world when we die and going to be with Jesus, it's about Jesus leaving heaven and coming to live within us.”
In other words, Salvation is “incarnational,” it begins the moment we receive Christ as Savior and Lord--He LITERALLY MOVES IN and takes up RESIDENCE within us via His Holy Spirit.
He begins living in and through us: leading and guiding us, teaching, challenging and convicting us, inspiring, encouraging and comforting us--step by step through life. Yes, we go to be with Him when we experience physical death, but “salvation” begins the MOMENT we receive Him as Lord.
Minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day, week by week, month by month, year by year, decade by decade, He transforms our inner-person, our perspectives, values, and character so that His will becomes our greatest desire and His ways become our ways.
3 PASSAGES THAT HELP US UNDERSTAND SPIRITUAL GROWTH (A.K.A. BECOMING LIKE JESUS).
#1. Romans 8:28-28 (NIV) “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.”
GOD does the work. Our role is to trust and obey. He never stops working. He works in EVERY circumstance--the good, the bad and the ugly--He keeps teaching, chipping the attitudes and mindsets that need to go away, leading us and transforming our mindset, our perspectives, etc. little by little, day by day, more and more into the likeness of our Savior.
#2. John 3:30 (NIV) “He must become greater; I must become less.”
John the Baptist had the PERFECT attitude. This is the model attitude of a disciple of Jesus, “He must grow greater and greater and my selfish flesh just needs to go away." .
Here’s a great prayer that reinforces this mindset:
Lord, empty me of me and fill me with you.”
What do you need to be emptied of right now---fear, doubt, selfishness, worry, fleshly anger, lust?
What do you need to be filled with right now--love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control?
Pray this prayer---as often as you need to---it helps keep your mind focused on the right things! And God loves to answer prayers like these!
REMEMBER: “Salvation isn't about us leaving this world when we die and going to be with Jesus, it's about Jesus leaving heaven and coming to live within us.”
#3. Galatians 2:20 (NIV) “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
NEW LIFE in Christ begins with death to self. Acknowledging our brokenness and need for Christ, turning our back on all allegiances to this world and our selfish (sin nature), and choosing to follow Jesus as Lord and King. The Christian life is a life of FOLLOWING… following Jesus, by faith (trust and confidence in Him) moment by moment, each day through life. It's all about learning to say “Yes” to things that will bless and grow our relationship with Him and “No” to things that will dishonor or undermine our relationship with Him.
As we wake up every day with the prayer, “Good morning Lord, I love you! This is the day you have made! I will rejoice and be glad in it! Lord empty me of me and anything that is not honorable to YOU and FILL me with the character and love of Christ today!” … as you live day after day with THAT mindset---you will be blown away what HE will do in your life over the course of time!
So, let’s start the rest of this day off right with this prayer, “Lord, empty me of me, and fill me with you! In Jesus’ name, amen!”
80s Christian Metal Blessings,