Is there relationship between “let there be” and “I Am”? Scrip Pic…

Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (Gen 1:3)
“…as long as I am in the world, I Am the light of the world.” (Jhn 9:5)

I Am Light

“I AM the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life. (John 8:12)

 

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Leaders Don’t Settle for Status-Quo Culture…

How to Grow into Well-Formed Maturity…

I love the way Eugene Peterson translates the familiar Romans 12:1-2. Read slowly and soak it in!

Breaking Status QuoSo here’s what I want you to do,
God helping you:
Take your everyday, ordinary life—
your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—
and place it before God as an offering.
Embracing what God does for you
is the best thing you can do for Him.
Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture
that you fit into it without even thinking.
Instead, fix your attention on God.
You’ll be changed from the inside out.
Readily recognize what He wants from you,
and quickly respond to it.
Unlike the culture around you,
always dragging you down to its level of immaturity,
God brings the best out of you,
develops well-formed maturity in you.
- Romans 12:1-2, The Message
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The traditional translation is good too! (From NKJV):
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Reflection to Worship the Leader of all Leaders…

Consuming FireThis song, He Is, by Aaron Jeoffrey, came out a few years ago. It takes us from Genesis to Revelation, naming Christ as Scripture reveals Him. It doesn’t matter how often I hear this study, whether sung or spoken, I relate to John the Baptizer when he was still a baby in his mother’s womb. The Lord Jesus, also an unborn child–Lord of Heaven submitting Himself to dependence upon the nurture of a woman He created–entered John’s presence. So overwhelmed and filled with JOY with the revelation of the LORD, John “leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled wit the Holy Spirit.”

He is Jesus the Messiah, now and for the rest of eternity clothed in the flesh He created, so we can be one with Him, “members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.” When we focus on Him, who He is, we connect, spirit to Spirit, we are filled with the Holy Spirit (and maybe even do some leaping!)

Click the link for this song, and take a few moments to worship and meditate. It never grows old, especially as we celebrate the miraculous birth of this God we worship come in the flesh.

He Is, by Aaron Jeoffrey

Luke 1:41; Ephesians 5:30;

- Patricia Tillman

From Beginning to End, JOY in His Presence! Scrip Pic

Morning Stars.

Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
And to present you faultless
Before the presence of His glory with EXCEEDING JOY!
To God our Savior,
Who alone is wise,
Be glory and majesty
Dominion and power,
Both now and forever. Amen!
(Jude 1:24-25, NKJV)

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How has Christ impacted your life this year?

Leadership Reflection…
Jesus in the manger

 

That little Baby, born from the blood and water of a woman’s womb, helplessly lying in a manger…

The GOVERNMENT is on that Baby’s shoulders. Not just the governments of our world, but all of heaven and earth.

He is the ultimate leader. He is our leader.

WONDERFUL, COUNSELOR, MIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER, PRINCE OF PEACE!

Take a moment–or a week–to grow in relationship with and reverence for Jesus. Prayerfully consider how Christ manifested His leadership in your life this year in the following characteristics:

  1. How has Jesus been WONDERFUL to you?
  2. How has He been your COUNSELOR?
  3. How has Christ been MIGHTY GOD in your life?
  4. How has your Lord been an EVERLASTING FATHER to your soul?
  5. How has Messiah manifested Himself to you as PRINCE OF PEACE?

You may feel free to write some of your praise below, or share with a friend or spouse.

Lord Jesus, as You increasingly conquer my heart with Your loving government of truth, may I increasingly lead as an extension of Your government in my sphere of influence…