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My Lord and My God
Jesus Christ is God. And Jesus Christ is Lord!
This is the central theme of the NT. "Lord" is used 747 times. And just as often you hear the phrase, 'Make Jesus Lord...' Well, God beat you to it!
Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
We don't make Him Lord by calling Him Lord. We recognize His Lordship and submit to His Lordship when we make Him 'our' Lord!
2 simple questions:
1. Do you believe Jesus is Lord?
2. Are you submitted to Him as your Lord?
Is He Lord of your thought life?
This is an area no one knows about, not even your spouse. But He does.
Your tongue? When away from church?
Your temper? When others push your buttons...are they truly in control? It's ok for you to be out of your own control...if only you are in His!
Your testimony? When He opens up a door for you to witness, do you obey Him as Lord?
Your treasure? Do you obey His voice in your tithes [10%] and how about the use of the other 90%? If He is not Lord OF all then He is not Lord AT all!
3 reasons to surrender to His Lordship:
1. His Redeeming Claim.
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
He owns you! He purchased you at the high cost of His blood!
Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
ill.--little boy who made a boat from a kit, lost it in the lake, saw it in a pawn shop, and bought it. He said, "You're my little boat - you're mine twice! Because I made you and because I bought you!"
You are God's twice. Once by virtue of His creation and again by virtue of His redemption. You are His not only because He made you, but also because He bought you back!
For this reason alone He deserves to be recognized as your Lord!
The moment you got saved you might as well have hanged a sign around your neck, "Under New Management".
Do you remember when you chose to let Jesus save you?
That was the last legitimate independent decision that you made! Because from that day forward you are to take into account, "What would Jesus want me to do?"
Time out. Why does Jesus want us to submit to His Lordship, anyway? Is He on a power trip?
No, He already has all power in heaven and earth. He can do whatever He wants whenever He wants...and doesn't need our permission!
Is it because He wants to make life miserable?
No, the Bible is all about having the joy of the Lord!
Does He 'need' our praise, worship, and obedience?
No, He 'needs' nothing. He is the self-existing, self-sustaining God of the universe - and if the word 'need' can be said at all, it should be stated clearly how desperately we 'need' Him!
So, why does He want to be Lord of my life?
Because He loves you even more than you love yourself and He knows better than you the path to true joy, peace, and fulfillment.
He knows your present situation, and He has a plan which maps out your future. We say often, "I know God has a plan." So why do we act like His plan is 'something to consider', like as if we are weighing our options? "Hmmm, there's pros and cons to both what I have planned and to what God seems to be leading me to do. Hmmm, what shall I decide then?"
God doesn't reveal His plan so we may consider it...but so we may obey it! And often, He doesn't reveal it at all until we are willing to 'work without a net.'
"I have no backup plan, Lord! I trust your way, 100%!"
ill.--if a train had emotions, when would it be most happy? When it has the freedom to frolic thru fields in any direction it wants to go, where it gets stuck in mud or is destroyed on the rocks...or when it is on the tracks for which it was intended?
Why does He want to be your Lord? Because He loves you!
Jesus came to save us. From what? Sins. Hell. And one more thing: Ourselves! I have an enemy that I am forced to see each and every day - His face is in the mirror, and his plans for my life will mess me up big time!