“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: That’s from the King James version. Now, let’s see what the Message Bible says: “But whoever did want him, who believed he was who he claimed and would do what he said, He made to be their true selves, their child-of-God selves.”
It is necessary, not only to believe in Jesus, but also to receive Him. You understand that the devil believes in Jesus, but the devil doesn’t RECEIVE Him!
So, it’s vitally important that you and I RECEIVE Jesus into our hearts. You may say, “How can that be? How do I RECEIVE Him?”
We breathe Him in! Just take a deep breath. You’ve heard some people talk about the Bible saying, “We must hunger after God; we must thirst after God!”. Jesus said, “You must eat my flesh and drink my blood!” We ASSIMILATE Jesus. We breathe Him in! These are words to describe how Jesus comes into our lives. He becomes a real part of us.
Let’ think about the wind. You can’t see it, but you can feel it. The Spirit of Jesus is like the wind, or like the breath we breathe in. We can’t see it, but we take in a breath of wind. That’s how Jesus comes in. We breathe Him in. And that’s how we RECEIVE Jesus.
When that experience takes place, Jesus is inside of us and we start manifesting Jesus in our thought life, in our word life, and in our action life. We so yield to Him that we become the sons and daughters of God. That what’s so exciting about BECOMING a believer. That’s being BORN AGAIN!
On the other hand, all the time, you and I watch a story on television and we see how wicked people act. Their faces are contorted, the bodies tense up, and they begin acting like they’re possessed by some unseen force. They act like the devil because they are FILLED with the devil.
You and I have a choice on this earth. We can give ourselves over to the devil, or we can give ourselves over to God. It’s up to us. When we’re filled with God, we act like a saint. When we’re filled with the devil, we act like we’re possessed by demons. It’s not all that difficult to tell good people from bad people. We can especially discern people’s true nature when they’re under deep stress.
People don’t really know what other people are like until they see them go through some kind of a crises. Then what they are really like comes out.
When a car or an airplane is put through a test, the driver or the pilot puts them through all sorts of maneuvers to see if they are quality workmanship or not. God allows us to go through all sorts of trials and tests to see what we are made out of. Only quality people, people who depend solely on God can pass that test. And that’s the kind of people that God wants in His Kingdom for the ages to come. Did you catch what I said? Quality people are those who depend solely on God to get them through the test!
God is no respecter of persons. Whosoever will may come, no matter how good we THINK we are or no matter how bad we REALLY are. And every one who WILL come, God will accept and allow us to be tested so that we can make heaven our home.
Would you like to be one of those who comes? You can, if you will. God loves you. Jesus died for you. He arose from the dead for you, so that you could have eternal life.
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