Words from the Pastors - Neil Penner

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Living In Jesus, Or Living For Jesus

by Neil Penner

Often I hear people say this Christian life is hard and there are times I feel that it would be easier to go fix cars then be in the ministry. You may feel that the sin - confess, sin – confess battle is tiresome. You try to be the good Christian and do the things that a good Christian would do. You find yourself slipping and you start feeling the guilt rather than enjoying the freedom that the Bible says we should have. Going to a Sunday service is I must, rather than I want. For me personally, it is in these moments that I feel God nudging me to release the weight that I am caring to Him. It is in those moments that His Holy Spirit is calling out to me to allow Him to work in me. It is in those moments God reveals to me that I have slipped myself into the driver’s seat and I am trying to take control.

My freedom in living the Christian life is found in releasing my life to Jesus. I hear God’s Word softly pushing the noise from my heart and mind saying, “Be still my Son, let go of the wheel.”

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Philippians 1:6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

What I do in the following moments is important to my freedom. If I were to put it into steps it would look something like;

1. Stop and hear His voice of truth.

2. Release those things I have been attempting to control. Giving Jesus His rightful place in the driver’s seat.

3. Ask His Holy Spirit to come in and fill that area of my life. If that is my thought life, our family life or relationships, money and circumstance, or heath.

4. Enjoy time with Jesus and His Word taking time to allow truth of Who Christ is to wash over me. I do this with music and His Word.

5. Asking my Lord to work in me and through me to be a blessing to others.

The blessing is when it is not about me but rather about Him. And somehow in God’s economy, that in this release of control, I am blessed with His peace and a deep joy of knowing God loves me.