Wednesday, December 03, 2014

The Words of Jesus




Jesus called special attention to His own words.  He measured His relationship with His disciples by their appreciation of and obedience to His words. We should learn to take the words that came directly from Jesus’ mouth very seriously.

The authors of the Scriptures faithfully received and recorded inspired words from God to bless mankind.  Only Jesus became those words fulfilled in flesh and blood and spoke as the voice of God with us.

Jesus’ words are a fulfillment of the Scriptures that were given before He was born.
All of the written words of Scripture find their final fulfillment in the Person and Life of Jesus.  Every word of the Scriptures is written so that we will hear Jesus.

Reserve a special place in your inner life for the words that came from the mouth of God made flesh among us.  Hearing Him and obeying Him continues to be the measure of our discipleship.

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
John 8:31-32

 

Bud McCord
Abide International

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

New Things



Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away;
behold, all things have become new.
II Cor. 5:17


Jesus living in a disciple by the Spirit is the source of new things that are coming to each disciple every day.  The things of the old creation do not match with Jesus within.  New things birthed by Jesus in the new creation do.

New thoughts come to us every day when we receive them from Jesus.

New desires come to us every day when we receive them from Jesus.

New ideas come to us every day when we receive them from Jesus.

New paradigms come to us every day when we receive them from Jesus.

New ways to love others come to us every day when we receive them from Jesus.

New relationships come to us every day when we receive them from Jesus.

In the world dominated by death things are always getting older.    In the new creation birthed in Jesus all things are becoming new for us and in us.

Stay with the new things in Jesus.  They match with Jesus who has made you new and lives in you.

Bud McCord
Abide International

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

What Makes You Think?



For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
Proverbs 23:7

What makes you think you have the right to be called a child of God?   Jesus

What makes you think you have eternal life?  Jesus.

What makes you think you can drink from a fountain of life within?   Jesus

What makes you think you can always have the bread of life?  Jesus

What makes you think you can overcome human error?  Jesus

What makes you think you can see the way?  Jesus

What makes you think you know the truth?  Jesus

What makes you think you have abundant life?  Jesus

What makes you think you will never die?  Jesus

What makes you think you can serve others?  Jesus

What makes you think you can forgive 70 X 7?  Jesus

What makes you think you are salt of the earth?  Jesus

What makes you think you are the light of the world?  Jesus

What makes you think you can bear much fruit for the glory of God?  Jesus

What makes you think you can be at rest?  Jesus

If we really are what we think, then we better be thinking Jesus.

Bud McCord
Abide International

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

EYES WIDE OPEN TOWARD JESUS



The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee,
and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus. John 12:21

True Christian living is best lived with our eyes wide open to see Christ’s love in action both within and without.  When we see Christ loving us within we can see ourselves as the incarnation of Christ’s love without. Love for those Jesus loves without is what happens as we continuously see Christ’s love for us within.  

A Hindu priest dives for days into deep silence and meditation to connect with his God.  He disappears completely into the invisible world.  While he is gone within those who are without must live without his presence or love. Monastic communities live separated to the world within and those without are shut off from their daily love.

An abiding disciple of Jesus, on the other hand, walks in the Spirit with eyes wide open to the invisible and visible world of God’s love in Christ. An abiding Christian can see Jesus’ love for him in the invisible and be Jesus’ love for others in the visible world at the same time.

He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said,
out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.  John 7:38

Only while seeing Jesus’ love deeply within can the disciple also see and love deeply those Jesus is loving without.  Jesus lived and loved with His eyes wide open seeing the Father’s love within and without and so can we.

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in
our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. Romans 5:5

Live in the Spirit.Live as a manifestation of the Jesus who lives and loves you within in order to become through you life and love for those without. Are your eyes wide open within and without to Christ’s love? They can be and love within and without depends on seeing Jesus.

Bud McCord
Abide International

Monday, November 03, 2014

Rooted




…remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.
Romans 11:18b


As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.
Col. 2:6-7

True spirituality begins in the root.  The root is Jesus. Jesus always was and always will be the root of all spirituality God wants or accepts.
 
And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. Col. 1:17

Legalism always offers us a plan to change places with Jesus. Legalism calls us to support Jesus.  Legalism is always a complete failure because Jesus does not need our support.  We need His.

It is always Jesus who is the root and support of spirituality. If we want to live a spirituality that inspires, liberates and produces the fruit God desires we must understand that Jesus is the One who sustains us moment by moment.


Bud McCord
Abide International

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

HOPE



And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
I Cor. 13:13

To lose hope is to lose love.


Hope exists between faith and love.  Without hope the ecosystem of divine love ceases to function.

The Apostle Paul affirms in I Cor. 13 that three realities function together so that love can continue to exist among us.  These three are faith, hope and love.  Love is clearly the goal.

Faith is the human capacity to receive love directly from God in Christ.  Faith allows us to receive the love we need to be truly human.  We are truly dependent beings and all things begin in us by receiving or by faith.  It is only by faith that love is born in humans.

Hope is like a bridge over which we walk in order to deliver love to others.  Faith alone cannot deliver love.  Someone filled with hope must cross the bridge each day.

The enemy of our soul attacks our hope.  He attempts to destroy our hope and destroy the bridge over which love must pass.  It is no accident that so many disciples of Jesus are depressed.  The enemy of love is at work to destroy our hope.

To lose hope is not just painful for us.  It is also painful for those who wait for love on the other side of the bridge.  To lose hope always means some love goes undelivered.

Hope abides in every disciple because Jesus is the source of divine hope.  We must cultivate deep and lasting hope in Christ if we would guarantee the delivery of love.  To hope in Jesus is to prepare ourselves to cross the bridge of hope each day.

Cultivate a deep hope in Jesus.  Stay focused on Him moment by moment.  He is the source of hope.  To lose hope is to lose love as well and love must not be lost.

 


Bud McCord
Abide International

Friday, October 17, 2014

Never Underestimate Jesus



"Christ is all…"   Col. 3:11

"He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own[d] did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name."
John 1:10-12

"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory,
the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth."
John 1:14

When we underestimate Jesus we lose something of our own humanity and our future. When we do not see Jesus as “all “ we let someone or something else occupy the space reserved for only Him.

When the church underestimates Jesus the church’s love grows weak and sick. The church where Jesus is not all is living in lack and not in abundance.

When I underestimate Jesus my love grows anemic and I live in lack and not in abundance.

Look again at the worlds “Jesus is all”. If we underestimate Jesus in our evaluation of reality the consequences can be much more profound than we imagine.

Losing the right to become “children of God” is no small thing. It is all. When we underestimate Jesus we always lose something and we can end up with nothing.


 
Bud McCord
Abide International