Ruling in life with Christ

It’s so encouraging to know that when we have a relationship with the Lord, we are transformed. We become more like Him. It is the best goal we can have in life. To be more like Jesus is the goal that beats all the other goals. It is better than having riches or having great looks. Jesus is everything. The King of kings wants us to be more like Him and He makes it possible. Do you know of many kings that enable their people to become more like them? Kings rule and dominate and they want to be the utmost ruler most of the time. They don’t want to share their title and their power with anyone else. They will pass on their legacy to their heirs but as long as they are kings, they are not looking to be imitated or to rule with other people. Jesus gives us His authority. We have His authority through the power of His name that we can use any time. We are heirs to His kingdom but we don’t have to wait until Heaven to rule with Him. The key idea is to be ruling with Him. We have the power to stay on top of our lives with the guidance of the Holy Spirit and with the Lord on our sides. Our lives should be governed by the Lord. It is primordial. In order for Him to be the ruler of our lives, we have to declare Him over everything. We have a role to play. We can’t be passive. The Bible talks a lot about our confessions and the power of our words. What we say can break or make us. We are encouraged to use the Lord’s words and to speak in agreement with His Word. That is how we rule in our lives with Him. We do the talking, the believing and the expecting and He makes things come to pass. Today I am inviting you to rule with the Lord in your life. Let Him dominate your life and be the voice of His majesty and sovereignty in your life.

A ruler is someone who exercises government or dominion. The Lord has the right to be the ruler of our lives but we too often rule on our own or we let other things or people rule in our lives. When we are addicted to something, the object of our addiction can be ruling our lives. When we have idols, we let them rule our lives. Idols can be people, places or things. They can be anything that takes so much space in our lives that they are seen as gods. I think sometimes we have idols that we can’t identify and when we explore our lives with the light of the Gospel, those idols are discovered. I do trust that studying the Word of God on a regular basis allows us to lead lives that are more in par with what God desires for us. We are taught that we are not meant to exalt anyone and anything above God. We are taught that love is the most powerful force in the universe. We are taught that we are not meant to be victims in this life but we are meant to rule with the Lord. This happens when we collaborate with Him and we walk hand in hand with Him. When we are the mouthpiece of the Lord like I mentioned earlier, there is a strong union that takes place. We speak on His behalf over our lives. We speak in accordance to His will over our lives. We imitate Him and honor Him in our lives. Let’s give the Lord a chance to govern over our lives and to give us the life that He has planned for us.

Ruling with God implies giving up on our ego. The Lord has to come first. He has to be the most important part of our lives. He has to be the King on the throne of our lives which entails some sacrifices. They are in our best interests and they are the best adjustments we can make. We ought to recognize His power and His majesty. We need to get to know Him the best way we can. Getting a clearer picture of how amazing and how powerful He is is very helpful. Why? Because we understand that no matter how bad our lives get, God is still on the throne. No matter how miserable we can be, God is still God. No matter how desperate we become, God is still the King of hope. No matter how much we hurt, God is still the Healer. You and I can rule in life when we are constantly aware that the Lord is King and that our words, our disposition and our hearts should reflect that. Let’s banish discouragement, words of failure, negative words and negative attitudes. God is King. Everything will be just fine. God is King. All evil and negativity have to bow before Him. Rule over them with the power of your words. Use the name of Jesus and you will see victory. Rule with Christ!

Suggested reading: 2 Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 3:29; Revelation 5:10

God is always with you

God is always with you. Isn’t that comforting? I think we forget that truth very easily just because we don’t see Him but He is everywhere. He is with us all the time and He never leaves. Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit. When we accept Jesus into our heart, the Holy Spirit comes and dwells within us and doesn’t leave us. Why is it that sometimes we feel Him more than other times? I believe it’s because we leave Him so to speak. We get so distracted that we lose the awareness of His presence. Life has a way of taking us down roads that put some distance between the Lord and us. I have been down those roads many times and it seemed like I would never find my way back to God but through His amazing mercy I was found again. I still take walks away from God from time to time but I know what is happening and I can reconnect more easily. God is with me all the time. His Spirit is always ready to talk to me and to listen to me and that goes for all of us. If you are feeling like you are alone or that God has left the building, I am here to remind you that He can’t leave you and He is by your side right now. He adores your company and He would never forsake you. Learn to recognize how present He is and your relationship with Him will be amplified.

Understanding the Holy Spirit is key. He is part of the Trinity. He is God. The Holy Spirit is God’s presence. We have God with us when we believe in Jesus. Jesus is the gateway to the Holy Spirit. He is our connection to the Father. The Spirit of Jesus exalts Jesus and He is Jesus as well. It sounds complicated but it is simpler than we think. Jesus, God with us, sent us His presence so we would know Him and stay connected with Him. The Holy Spirit is the counselor, the guide and the coach that always points us in Jesus’ direction because that is His direction. The Holy Spirit will never point you in a direction that separates you from Jesus. That is how you know you are dealing with the Holy Spirit. He is God so He is also the Word of God. God is His Word. The Holy Spirit speaks to us through His Word and reminds us of the Word. He is an advocate for the Word and for the Lord. He is a Person who speaks and who talks to us. Once I gave myself up to the Lord and stopped holding on to areas in my life that He wanted, I started being aware of the Holy Spirit.

Since God is always with us, we should live our lives with the awareness that He is always present. It doesn’t just mean that we should avoid doing things that grieve the Holy Spirit but we should actively engage with God. How? Through prayer primordially and conversations. I talk to God throughout the day. I talk to Jesus. I talk to the Holy Spirit. They are all one  and they are with us. The Holy Spirit helps us know Jesus more and that is why I talk to Him. I have a relationship with the Holy Spirit which as a kid was unthinkable. It is such a comforting relationship today. He lets me know that He is listening and He talks to me through different venues. He uses His Word to show me He is with me. He talks through circumstances and situations. He speaks through messages and sermons. He also talks in a small, gentle and sweet voice that I mostly hear during prayer time. When I am in prayer, it is so easy for me to be aware of God. What I need to do is carry that awareness through the rest of the day and that is why I talk to God under my breath or in my head. Talk to God more. Talk to Him all day. Establish a deep relationship with Him. He is with you now. He is waiting to be acknowledged and to be exalted. God is always with you. Let that be what you focus on every day. Let it be magnified in your mind and in your heart so your problems look smaller. Enjoy His company every day! You are never alone. Never!

Suggested reading: Joshua 1:9; Psalm 23:4; Ephesians 3:17