I MUST

John 3:27-30 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. 28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.
29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
30He must increase, but I must decrease.

One of my favorite bible hero’s…..Enoch, Ruth, Mary (mother of Jesus) and Paul being on the top of my list…is…John the Baptist. John was so totally dedicated to the work of the Lord to the point he didn’t marry, didn’t care about clothes or fashion, didn’t care about what he was having for dinner or where he lived. He went all out for God without thinking of any of his own personal comforts. And if that wasn’t enough….he still wanted to decrease so that Jesus was the key focus of everyone!

I too want to decrease like John….but I have to admit…following John’s exact example would be very hard for me because…I am not eating bugs or sleeping in the woods like he did. I’m just not there yet.
I can work on decreasing though…I want to…I need to! I live everyday trying to be less of me and promote more of Jesus. I find the older I get and the deeper in God I get…the more I feel the decreasing. I feel such a stirring in my soul to tell people…Jesus Jesus Jesus… that I have to try to contain myself. I feel time is running out for me…I don’t know how many years I have left and I want the rest of my life to be about promoting Jesus.  After beating cancer… I feel like I’ve got more time to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and time is precious to me.

In order to do this I must decrease. Why should I do this? Because the Bridegroom… who is Jesus… is the focus of the wedding feast to come. It’s all about Jesus….He’s God’s gift to us.

JESUS MUST

How do I decrease?

1. Put Jesus first in every area of your life.
2. Worship Him deeply and often.
3. Live a life that is pleasing to Him…obey God’s word.
4. Keep your body and will under submission to the will of God
5. Be committed to the work of the Lord.
6. Humble yourself!!!
7. Take up your cross daily.
8. Love the Lord your God with all your body, mind and soul.
9. Pray for boldness and be bold!!!
10. Be filled with and rely on the Holy Spirit always!!!

Can you imagine what Christianity would be like today if we all decreased? I guess we would have revival.

This is my prayer today……………………

Dear Father God,

I love you and I love your Son Jesus. I want there to be less of me and more of your Son in my life. I need your help in guiding me and instructing me by following the lead of your Holy Spirit. Help me to be more obedient and conscience of His presence when He is trying to speak to me about decreasing. I know I need to be more humble especially in the things I do for you. I thank you for all the lessons that have brought me to this point in my life and I know there are more lessons to be learned. Lord I know there are other Christians reading this blog who want the same things I prayed for…so I ask you to bless them as they endeavor to decrease too. In your precious Son’s name…Jesus…Amen

Message for today: He must increase, but I must decrease.

It's not about us at all...It's about JESUS!

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