We not only receive salvation from Jesus by faith, we are also constantly dependent upon Jesus to live out our daily relationship with Him. Apart from Him we can do nothing! Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser … Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:1,4-5).
Jesus makes the ultimate claim to being the only way to have eternal life. The world is filled with deceptive messages, promising fulfillment in this life and the afterlife. Jesus forces us to wrestle with His claim of exclusivity. To simply “shrug him off” with an “I don’t think so” is a tragic mistake with eternal consequences.
“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:24-26) “Resurrection Life” is not only a future event, it is also a present reality! This is true because Resurrection Life is a person and his name is Jesus. Resurrection Life is the present reality of every believer in Jesus Christ because He indwells them. Seek to live out the resurrection life of Jesus within you today.
Jesus communicates that He is the exclusive means of access to a personal relationship with God. Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture” (John 10:7-9).
Jesus identified himself as being the source of light and life. He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Join with me as we pray for Jesus’ light and life giving ministry to impact our families, our churches, and our communities.
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst (John 6:35). The “bread of life” is a person and his name is Jesus. He is the source of eternal life. Jesus uses the metaphor of eating his flesh and drinking his blood for a faith that is relying on him alone for LIFE !
“Pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ” (Colossians 4:3). The Apostle Paul invited Believers to pray for open doors of ministry. One of the most powerful weapons we have against Satan and his strategies of deception and destruction is prayer. Let’s unite our hearts and voices in prayer as we intercede for our churches and church leaders, inviting God to open doors for His truth.
Paul exhorts Titus, a young leader in the church, to be a leader who knows the truth, lives the truth, and defends the truth. Regrading church leaders Paul writes, “He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it” (Titus 1:9). Pray for the leaders of your church today that they may be leaders who are devoted to sound doctrine.
The writer of Hebrews invite believers to pray for their leaders. He writes, “Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things” (Hebrews 13:18). Church leaders are a public testimony of the truth they represent. Join with me as we pray for the strengthening and encouragement of church leadership, that they may live honorably.
“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith” (Hebrews 13:7). Those serving as leaders in our churches should be walking with Christ and living out their faith in such a way that we can see their godly character and imitate their passion for Jesus.