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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

To Know Him is to Love Him

“I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in His death, and so, somehow to attain to the resurrection of the dead.” Philippians 3:10

Paul is saying (and so should we):

I want to know Christ in a personal and practical way.
I want to begin to experience the power, freedom and joy that comes when we live in light of the resurrection
I want to have the attitude Jesus had when facing the difficult times of life.  I want to know that sense of peace that transcends the world.
And I want to live NOW as a person who attains the resurrection of the dead on this side of the grave

Let's again take a look at the story in John 6:16-21 When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake,  where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them.  A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened. But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.”  Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.
It was dark and the disciples were about to sail into a storm without Jesus.
Is Jesus with you in the storm?

Jesus calmed the fears of the disciples by revealing to them His true identity in the midst of the storm.
Do you know who Jesus really is?

Jesus entered the boat, the stormed stopped, and they arrived immediately.
Do you have the protection of Jesus?

Be wise today and always - with Jesus in your life, He’ll see you through the storms, and get you home.