In His Name …

January 23, 2012

“Then they were amazed, so they began to argue with one another, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.” ” Mark 1:27

The life that Jesus wants to live in and through you is the very life that you long for: Life in His name .. lived through His authority … living in fellowship with the Father .. the Son .. and the Holy Spirit. Our first encounters with Jesus are like those who suffer driven-lives filled with guilt .. shame .. and heart and soul crushing burdens. You encounter this One named Jesus and you fear He has come to destroy you or drive you away from His Presence. Instead .. He does the absolute opposite. He speaks into the deepest places of your life. He speaks with power and authority combined with grace and truth. He speaks words where only His Spirit can reach inside. Jesus is bringing His Kingdom into the light and He’s bringing your life with Him. The life He offers you is unlike any other life available on earth. His life changes your identity and your new life is in His Name. And the name of Jesus often places us at crossroads of living “this” life and trying to find Him or living “His” life and following His ways. We are so quick to forget His promise: “I am with you always to the end of the age”. That happens when we become entangled in all the trappings and traps of this fallen world. It might be right for someone else to walk in a direction that for you becomes filled with burdens upon burdens … because it isn’t His life. OR you may face a life filled with burdens but they are carried by Jesus. In either case .. it is His life lived in His name that cleans out all the unclean places in you and frees you to love .. share .. and serve others in the authority of Jesus name. The life He offers you today comes with His promise …. it only takes a moment …

“Then Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always to the end of the age.” Matt. 28:18-20

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Name-bearing followers of Jesus and friends of Priority One (Ken@priorityone.org)

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About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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