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Next Steps – Day 3

Sorry it's taking me longer then 3 days to post these... as I've been sick 
- but starting to feel much better as you can see me posting more lately 
today! Hopefully this virus/infection is going away to be gone now & not 
return! Join me in this journey by clicking on the "Next Steps" logo in my 
sidebar under Bible Study!

Next Steps 

A 30-DAY GUIDE FOR NEW BELIEVERS
by JOHN D. BECKETT
DAY 3 GOD WORKS INSIDE OUT
What should I do first?Early in our journey, we need to understand the vital distinction between religion and a relationship. Most of us have seen religion at work — but the relationship we have with Jesus is much different. Religion tends toward the external. It is structural and rules-based. In contrast, our relationship should be personal, open, warm and liberating. Jesus wants us to come to Him the way a little child comes to a loving parent. Anyone who has spent time around young children understands this imagery. My wife, Wendy, and I were always delighted when one of our six children would run up to us, arms outstretched for a hug — then nestling in with their entire little bodies, completely at rest and filled with trust.

Can I ask you to do this right now? Just become a “little child” for a minute — and come to Jesus as you would to a father or mother who deeply loves you. No requests. No expectations. You don’t have to brush your teeth or comb your hair. Simply come to Him and nestle in. Stay in His presence. Experience His love for you.

Did you take time for this? Please don’t go on until you do.

Let this childlike act become a lifelong habit. From that place of rest, trust and dependency you will experience the transforming power of the new life. “It is God who works in you both to will and to do for his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). His work is inside out, not outside in.

Sadly, many Christians have allowed religion to become a substitute for a relationship. It is an easy trap to fall into. You can get so busy “doing things for God” that you neglect the personal bond with Him.

Uncorrected, this “religious” tendency can actually become a spiritual liability. This was so in Jesus’ day. Jesus reserved some of his harshest words for “professional believers” — who became so bound with rules and regulations that their lives were consumed with hypocrisy and greed. They were blind to Jesus’ desire for a relationship.

Make it your goal to stay childlike in your relationship with Jesus, even as you grow in knowledge, understanding and wisdom.

Key Scripture Come unto me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).
Key Thought Jesus is a person. He wants a personal relationship with me.
 
Copyright © 2006 by John D. Beckett

Did you take the time in His presence? Do it – daily! It is wonderful to know that whenever, wherever we are, when we need Him – He is there! Don’t worry about what you’ve done lately, just know that He loves you with open arms, no matter what. Build a relationship with Him, let Him into your world – every inch of it – He’s really there already, just waiting for you to say, “Okay, Lord, take my hand and carry me through this journey.” Get to know Him better by staying in His Word. You are adopted by Him, His child, His creation.

Share your thoughts, other Scripture references, experiences! I look forward to your comments.Be Blessed, HL

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