Loving the Word #6 -Encountering Jesus in the Word for Deepened Transformation in Christ-Likeness

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Walking in the Light of God’s Word
Loving the Word #6 – Encountering Jesus in the Word for Deepened Transformation in Christ-Likeness

He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.” John 3:30, NLT

This passage of Scripture reveals a critical imperative to living a life of personal revival. It will require a two-dimensional imperative: He must increase, and I must decrease!

The imperative is not just for John the Baptist but for each Spirit-empowered follower. Practically though, what does it look like for Jesus to gain prominence? Think about your daily living, your thoughts and activities, your attitudes and priorities. Scripture reminds us that:

  • His thoughts are higher than our thoughts (see Isaiah 55:8).
  • His activity is characterized by the fruit of the Spirit, and never the deeds of the flesh (see Galatians 5:19-23).
  • His attitude is characterized by humility and thinking more highly of others (see Philippians 2:3).
  • His priorities focus on loving His Father, loving people, and imparting the Gospel that others might embrace Him and these priorities (see Matthew 22:37-40, 28:19, 20).

As Jesus continues to increase and we continue to decrease, every part of our lives will be impacted.

Pause and reflect on these sentences; celebrate any evidence of how Jesus is increasing:

  • I recently was having more of His thoughts as I . . .
  • Recently, in my daily activity, I sensed the fruit of His Spirit when . . .
  • His attitude of humility and thinking of others was evident recently as I . . .
  • His priority of loving God and other people was expressed recently when . . .
  • His priority of sharing my life and the Gospel was recently demonstrated as I . . .

Celebrate one or more of these evidences of His increase and then pray for one another. Pray that these changes will continue and that each of you will decrease because a Jesus-Now Awakening is characterized by evidences of His thinking and activity, His attitude and priorities.

“All of us, gazing with unveiled face on the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, as from the Lord who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18

If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 15:7

See also Luke 24:32, Psalm 119:136, and 2 Corinthians 1:20.

 

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Content courtesy of The Great Commandment Network. Used with permission. Phillips, Tom (2016-11-01). Jesus Now: God Is Up to Something Big. BroadStreet Publishing Group LLC.

 

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