Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Spirituality and Attention



“Whatever gets your attention gets you.” Mike Wells


It takes some time for us to verify if a great saying is actually true.  Just because something sounds true does not mean it will stand the test of time and practice in our lives.

After many years of testing Mike Well’s statement about attention I can confidently say this saying is true and worthy of trust.

Each day I live the challenge to stay focused on the perfection of Jesus instead of dividing my attention with the distractions and distortions of the world that surrounds me.  For me, the question of who gets my attention each day has become the singular question that determines the quality of my daily life and love.

I have come to believe that staying focused on Jesus is the very essence of what some call spiritual warfare.  When I start my day focused on and inspired by Jesus I defeat the power of lack that fills and frustrates the world around me and I begin to deliver the love of Jesus that abides abundantly in me.  Focusing on Jesus in me as my source of life and love keeps me receptive to His perfection and something of His life and love can flow from my life day by day.

Spirituality, attention and love are forever linked.  Anyone who wants to move beyond imitating Jesus sporadically toward living Jesus continuously will need to live with their attention on Jesus moment by moment.  When at war one’s attention must stay on what wins the war.

Jesus wins the war in us and through us moment by moment if we pay attention to Him.  Abide in Jesus!


 


Bud McCord
Abide International

Monday, June 16, 2014

ALL



“Christ is all ”
Col. 3:11

Jesus is all there is.  He is the source of all that exists.   He is the power that is all and sustains all.

It pleased the Father that the fullness should abide in Him.  He is where we must look to see all.  He is the one to whom we must listen to hear all. He is the path where we walk with all.

Letting the power of  “all” settle into our mind, emotions and will is the way   to finding personal, inner peace.   When we know that “all” is a Person who loves us we can finally rest. The peace we all seek only comes when we find all.

Jesus wants all of us.  Jesus cannot ask us to come to Him partially.  All must ask all. He asks us to commit to Him as all.  He asks us to eat His flesh and drink His blood because we must be filled and sustained by all He was, is and always will be.

Since He is all there is, there is no way to relate to Him partially. Jesus’ says those who love Him will finally obey Him fully.

He is all. He asks all. He gives all.


 

Bud McCord
Abide International

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Conflict of Wills



Wars are conflicts of wills.  Wars begin when men seek to impose their will on others and wars on earth only end when one side is forced to submit to the will of the other.

Wars are common among men because in Adam we have all eaten from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  This is the tree which inspires and sustains  our conflicts of will and is the root cause of all war.

Jesus taught us to pray  for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.  

 
"Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven."

Matthew 6:9-10

Jesus knew how to stop our war of wills.  He knew we could never stop the war of wills on earth without Him and without embracing the will of His Father.

In heaven there is no conflict of wills.  There is no war in heaven because the family of God in heaven rejects the tree of the knowledge of good and evil with its power to lead into the war of wills.  The entire family of God in heaven feeds continuously on the will of God which is the tree of life.

But He answered and said to the one who told Him,
“Who is My mother and who are My brothers?”
And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said,
“Here are My mother and My brothers!
For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother
and sister and mother.
Matthew 12:48-50

Jesus is the Prince of peace.  Jesus is the kingdom come.  Jesus is the tree of life.    Jesus invites each disciple to abandon the war of wills and live the Kingdom come.
Jesus is peace on earth and good will toward men!  

 

Bud McCord
Abide International

Monday, June 02, 2014

Biblical Enough



The Bible is inspired by God to take me to Jesus so Jesus can take me to God.

If I do not see Jesus as the way, I am not Biblical enough.

If I do not see Jesus as the truth, I am not Biblical enough.

If I do not see Jesus as the life, I am not Biblical enough.

If I do not hear Jesus’ voice above all other voices,  I am not Biblical enough.

If I do not love Jesus above all other loves,  I am not Biblical enough.

If I do not value Jesus above all human opinions,  I am not Biblical enough.

If I do not see Jesus as all, I am not Biblical enough.

The Bible is always trying to take me to place where I experience Jesus as enough.  When Jesus is truly enough for me and I am continuously at rest in Him in God’s presence I will finally be Biblical enough and the Bible will have done its job.

“Christ is all”  Col. 3:11
 

Bud McCord
Abide International

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Loved and Loving




What are the chances you will be perfectly loved today?  Good?  Impossible? 100%?

If Jesus lives in your right now then your chances are 100%.  The same way Jesus was loved continuously and perfectly by the Father, Jesus invites you to abide in his continuous and perfect love each day.

“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love." John 15:9

Never expect to be loved perfectly by the people in your world.  Never doubt that Jesus is loving you perfectly 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

Abide in the perfect love of Jesus and He will perfect the quality of your love and love the world through you.

Bud McCord
Abide International

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Hunger and Thirst



And Jesus said to them,
“I am the bread of life.
He who comes to Me shall never hunger,
and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. John 6:35

Jesus promises He can satisfy the hunger and thirst we all experience.  What kind of hunger and thirst is it that He can satisfy?

Jesus satisfies the hunger and thirst that comes from seeking perfect love in a world of people that cannot produce it or sustain it.  Only Jesus can produce such love, sustain it and offer it as food and drink to all who believe in Him.

Think of the start of your day.  What kind of love will probably go unsatisfied for you this day?  You know what kind of perfect love will probably be out of your reach each day.  You can already feel the hunger and thirst for it in your inner life.

Will you be treated with dignity and respect today?  Will you be listened to and taken seriously?  Will you be shown compassion if you suffer?   Will you be forgiven if you fail?  Will these hungers and thirsts for perfect love go unmet for you today?

As you begin your day you can identify these potential hungers and thirsts.   By faith  take your hunger and thirst for dignity and respect to Jesus and ask Him to satisfy both.  Jesus will see your dignity and respect you. Eat and drink of His life and love for you.  Take your need to be listened to and taken seriously to Jesus.  He will listen to you and take you seriously. Eat and drink His life and love for you.   Even your hunger and thirst for compassion and forgiveness He will satisfy as you take them to Him alone. Eat and drink of His life and love for you.

Jesus is the table filled with every kind of love God sets for you each day in your inner life in the presence of all enemies of perfect love in your world.  Jesus is all the love you long to eat and drink each day from people in your world and often cannot find.

When you begin each day at the table where Jesus is the food and drink you will never need to expect the people of the world to love you perfectly.  Every day you live in this world Jesus will be the same beautiful food and drink of perfect love in you.  Eat and drink  one day at a time of the perfect life and love of Jesus in you and you will never hunger or thirst.



 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Touching Spiritual Substance




Every religious system has a list of activities which offer the way to touch the depths of true spirituality or spiritual substance.   In any religious community one must practice all the items on the list if one wants to be taken seriously as a true seeker of spiritual substance.

Those who do not see the group’s governing list as essential and fail to faithfully practice the list will be looked upon as spiritually less and in some religions suffer rejection or worse.  

Once a person accepts the list as the way to spirituality and begins to practice it faithfully that person becomes a slave to whoever wrote the list.  The desire to find our list and practice it runs deep in the human heart.  So deep, in fact, that we cannot truly rest until we feel we have touched true spirituality.

Jesus said in John 14:6 that He was the way, the truth and the life and that no man comes to God but by Him.  Jesus is the list that God wrote that directs to true spirituality.  Jesus is all God demands of us in order to touch spirituality.  This is why we can say “Jesus is all”.

If we want to touch true spirituality we must connect to Jesus as the list of all God requires of us. Touching this true spiritual substance is called being ‘of Christ”. Staying in the connection is called being “in Christ”.

We must become slaves of Jesus and Jesus alone.  He  is the source of the spiritual substance we long to touch.  Abide in Him and you are touching all the spiritual substance that God offers.

So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths,  which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ. Colossians 2:16-17
 

Bud McCord
Abide International