God loves you. “ The Lamb, who was killed before the origin of the world, is a man who has received support, splendor, wisdom, power, refinement, whole month, respect, faith and silt। Let him be glorified forever. ”Now came true Amen। In this world you have received everything but so far Jesus has not believed in Christ, you are the saddest and most righteous man ! The poorest people on earth are not without money but without Jesus Amen ! Your first need and need is the forgiveness of eternal security sins, salvation and eternal life – “ Behold, the Lamb of God who has raised the sin of the world’।And he is atonement for our sins, and not only for us, but also for the sins of the whole world। The only Creator God – Ekmatra Caste Man – Ekkatra Blood Red – Ekkatra Problem Sin – Ekkatra Solution Jesus Christ Do you know that there is eternal life even after the deer only God loves you ! Because God loved the world so much that he gave it to his only born Son – No one who believes in him is unhappy, But he may have eternal life, but God reveals his love for us: Christ died for us when we were sinners। Because you are saved by grace by faith; And it is not from you, it is God’s donation; He who is waking up to my door every day hears me waiting for the pillars of my doors, Blessed is that man। But God reveals his love for us: Christ died for us, while we are sinners। But in all these things we are even more than the winners by him, who loved us। Because I have been completely unarmed, neither death nor life, nor angels, neither the princes, nor the rights, nor the things that come from now, nor the things that come later, neither the heights, nor the deep, Neither any other creation can separate us from the love of God in our Lord Christ Jesus। Love is in this – not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent his Son to be atone for our sins। For God made sin for us, who did not know that we would be the righteousness of God। Jesus said to him: “ Bato, truth and life are me; No one comes to the Father except me. ” Your word is a light for my feet, and a light for my way। I cried before Miramire fell bright; I hope in your word। My eyes are open at night’s guard to meditate on your word। And call me on the day of the storm; I will deliver you, and you will raise me। He cures those with broken hearts and binds them to the ointment of their injuries। You will be in me and ask for whatever you want if my words are in you, and that will be done for you।

4 Ways Control Is Ruining Your Intimacy with Jesus.

On a small notepad in the upper corner of my desk, you will find these words written in my script, “Moving away from fear, self-sabotage and dissipation, and toward acting on the Word of God in faith.”

I wrote these words early this year. It was directly following a conference designed to equip and encourage the attendees to follow hard after God. I had finished out the previous year with great hope for this new one. I had no idea what the coming days would truly usher into my life; what came was a few difficult circumstances that left me grasping for control and lifting an offering of hard questions to God in place of praise.

The current state of the world is rife with the unforeseeable. History educates those who seek to understand that uncertainty in life has always been a salient truth. Scripture affirms this same sentiment: Life is predictably unpredictable. This existential constant presents humanity with precariousness; even the strongest souls can go down the pathway to fear and disquiet. It is no wonder that the Bible proclaims the words “fear not” 365 times: once for every day of the year.

Life can often seem in the balance. The daily pressures of life and the great tragedies in the world around us can lead even those deeply grounded in Christ with a sense of fear, substituting control and controlling behaviors for actively relying on God.

Jesus speaks plainly to his disciples about the contrast of a self-saving life versus a life surrendered fully to the will and ways of God.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.” Matthew 16:24-25

Matthew 16 reveals that though we may long for spiritual intimacy, the tight-fisted grip of control that clutches to save our own life renders us unable to step fully into relationship with Jesus.

Acting on God’s Word in faith requires a softening of grip. The releasing and opening of our hands one finger at a time, until all that we cling to slips to the foot of the cross, and the soft vulnerable of our palms rest open before the only One who is worthy to order our days.

Here are four ways that you might find control has slipped in to ruin your intimacy with Jesus and a few words to encourage you as you release your grip.

1. The Self-Made Life

“There is a fine line between a self-made life and an abundant life.” Emily Lex

In Matthew, Jesus is speaking to his disciples about lost lives that are found in him. In doing so, he addresses the problematic issue of the self-made life and urges a life fully surrendered to his plan. Personal and purposeful, Jesus has an abundant life designed for his disciples. This life was for those who walked along the road with him and for every Christian who would follow in their footsteps. Acquainted with grief and trials, Jesus intimately understands the troubles his disciples will face as they seek to follow his plan. Difficulties that might lead to controlling behaviors holding an offer of the safe and comfortable self-made life and abandoning a life surrendered to Christ.

Jesus has carefully chosen the timing of his message, not placing his words upon untested hearts but rather on those who had followed his ministry with diligence. They are the faithful who have watched demons made to flee and baskets multiplied so that bellies could be filled from a few fish and loaves. They have stood in witness when the frailties of human flesh were made whole, and lives were healed.

In their presence, Jesus asks the defining question, “Who do you say I am?” The profound response, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:16

Control offers the façade of ease through choosing the self-made life and dissipates the personal and purposeful life God has designed for the Christ-follower. Jesus asks the same question today, “Who do you say I am?” Our answer will either strengthen us to lay down what isn’t ours to hold or leave us clutching in uncertainty in an attempt to save our own life.

2. The Fear Factor

“Fear is a self-imposed prison that will keep you from becoming what God intends for you to be.” Rick Warren

Clutching for control is a natural and human response to confusion, hurt, and fear. The more quickly the merry-go-round spins, the more apt we are to take life into our own hands and literally hold on for dear life.

Loss of any kind, a loved one, a job, a relationship, or a home, can shake the foundations of our faith and, if we are honest, leave us questioning God. It can cloud our confidence in God’s personal and purposeful plan for each of us and mire us in a fog of fear. In the wake of a stark loss in my own life, I told those who dared ask how I was doing that I was holding on to God with one hand and shaking my fist at him with the other. Eventually, my grip slipped. Trying to control the situations and circumstances of my life, such that those I loved wouldn’t endure pain and I wouldn’t endure loss, overrode my intimacy with God. Fear of loss and pain grew more significant than my faith, and I unwittingly clutched at controlling my own life. The more my knuckles whitened, the less I trusted in the love of a good and gracious God.

Jesus, knowing the needs both current and future of his followers, carefully ensured that they understood that he was the Son of God prior to asking them to trust him with the fullness of their lives. Jesus plainly addresses the issue of fear and the controlling behaviors accompanying fear with an invitation to return to intimacy.

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.” Matthew 11:29-32

3. Controlling the Image of God

“I want God, not my idea of God.” C.S. Lewis

Making God in our own image may seem to be a construct of cult leaders and their proselytes, but in truth, we all have the capacity to create a God who looks more like us than we look like him.

Controlling the image of God acts as a form of self-sabotage, as a follower of Christ departs from the orthodoxy of seeking to understand the God of the Bible accurately and substitutes concepts of God that fit more comfortably into their culture, family dynamic, or political philosophy. This form of control can even be found within the constructs and dynamics of a seemingly faithful church.

Jesus welcomed the broken, the unseemly, lowly women, people from all walks of life, the religious, and the tax collector. Still, he gave them no quarter to remain as they came, nor a foundation in which to apply their false images of God. He called them away from the burden of these failed images and into transformative intimacy.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

4. Working for God’s Love

“We can be so consumed with the work for God that we cease to work from God.” Curtis Zackery

Control can be sneaky, and it is most certainly insidious when it takes a believing heart and oppresses it with the very gospel that God intended to bring freedom. Pastors, volunteers, and everyday Christians just desiring to honor God can find themselves in a pattern of burnout that disregards the rest and intimacy that is intended for the life of a believer.

Jesus reminded his followers that only that which was done by his strength and the power of the Holy Spirit would have any lasting value.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

Our human bent toward striving may bristle at these words. Yet, Jesus is reminding his followers yet again that his yoke is light, his plans are good, and his purpose for our life will be found in laying our lives into his hands, where our strength is exchanged for the full power of the Holy Spirit.

It can be extremely difficult to trust that God is in control when the world around us is out of control and so much seems to need to be addressed. After the days of tragedy that I experienced, I wrestled with what might happen to other people I loved and to the things in my life that made me feel safe and comfortable. Seeking to trust in God again required that I settle that I could not breathe in and out for the people I love, nor could I control world events, let alone those in my own life. Acting on the Word of God in faith is a free fall. Falling away from the fear, self-sabotage, and dissipation that can lead us clutching wildly for control requires a soft place to fall.

Author Emily Lex writes, “The more I become like Jesus the less I am like I was, and the freer I become from the things that once controlled me.”

As Jesus prepared to leave his disciples, he readied their hearts for the free-fall.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubles and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

“…I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:20

Control grasps and clutches, sabotaging and dissipating God’s personal and purposeful plan for our lives. Intimacy exhales, laying the whole of our life down, exchanging what we cannot truly hold onto for a life transformed more and more into the image of Christ. His arms are soft. His yoke is easy and light.

For he that findeth me shall find life, and shall receive mercy from the Lord. But he that sinneth against me, harmeth his own soul; All those who hate me love death.’ Proverb. 8:35-36 But God shows his love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 He committed no sin, nor was any guile found in his mouth; He did not rebuke in return; He did not threaten when he suffered, but committed himself to the righteous judge. He Himself bore our sins in His own body on the cross, that we might die to sins and live to righteousness; By His stripes you were healed. 1 st. Proverb. 8:35-36 Nor is salvation in any other; For there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 Jesus said to him: “I am the way, the truth, and the life; No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 Behold, he comes with the clouds, and every eye shall see him, even those who despise him; And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of him. So be it! Amen! Revelation 1:7 And he was clothed in blood; And his name is called ‘Word of God’. Revelation 19:13 “And behold, I come quickly; And I have my reward to give to every man according to his work. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” Revelation 22:12-13 Note: Today people don’t even have time to go to heaven. Believe in Jesus Christ and you will receive forgiveness of sins, salvation and eternal life.

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