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7/29/16 To the Fullest Extent

       “People will see your humble submission to Me as weakness. They misunderstood Jesus. Even after He did mighty wonders in their midst, they had no respect for His power. Laying down His life for others meant nothing to them. In their eyes, their physical prowess and worldly station filled them with pride so deadly that they couldn’t discern truth. It is the same today.

       "If you claim to have nothing of yourself, if you fully understand your bankruptcy without My influence on your life, if you realize that true wealth means you have no wealth or prowess of your own making, you will be one of My children who knows truth. If you confess your total submission to Me out loud and live it before others, you will be scorned, laughed at, maligned, and perceived as a weakling in the world and in most so-called spiritual circles. They did it to Jesus; they will surely do it to you. Be at peace. You are following My heart and My Word. You are flowing in the life and character of Jesus!” 

Amos 5:4b AMP 

…Seek Me [inquire for and of Me and require Me as you require food] and you shall live! 

Matt. 5:11-12 NIV 

11) “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.

12) Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”  

Matthew 16:24-25 AMP 

24) Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to be My disciple, let him deny himself [disregard, lose sight of, and forget himself and his own interests] and take up his cross and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying, also].

25) For whoever is bent on saving his [temporal] life [his comfort and security here] shall lose it [eternal life]; and whoever loses his life [his comfort and security here] for My sake shall find it [life everlasting]. 

John 4:34 NIV 

”My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work.” 

John 6:57 AMP 

Just as the living Father sent Me and I live by (through, because of) the Father, even so whoever continues to feed on Me [whoever takes Me for his food and is nourished by Me] shall [in his turn] live through and because of Me. 

 

God has placed us in a world that is actually out to kill us, so to speak. As Christians, we are oil floating on top of water and if we are true to our calling, we’ll never mix in because the spirit and flesh cannot function together. God has also called us to overcome that world. Our time spent with others and our responses to them allow us to seek the Father so that we can be changed in order to reflect Christ properly.

Phil. 2:12b-13 AMP…work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ).

13 [Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.

Once we have given Jesus Lordship over our lives, it is the Father’s intent to refine, mold, and develop that salvation in us to the fullest extent. If we are going to tell others about Jesus, we will have to be changed so that we can represent Him properly. Our words alone will usually not be enough for others to see their need of Jesus. In fact, if our lives do not mirror Him, our words will more than likely be cast aside, and rightfully so. The world can spot a phony and they won’t listen to one.  

Teach me to need only You, Lord,

Jim Corbett