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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Overwhelmed - Part 3"

Date published: 05/08/2015
 
Mark 9:15 “As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet Him.” (NIV) 

   God saved you for many reasons, but one of them is to live a life of astonishment. Why would I say that? The greatest man that ever lived said to His disciples in John 14:12, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” (NIV) God destined you for astonishment and amazement through the work of the Holy Spirit in you. By yourself you will astonish few, but through the work and power of the Holy Spirit you will astonish many. God wants to craft a character in you that puts off the sweet aroma of Christ. God wants to do the supernatural through you to cause others to praise Him. God wants to use you in changing lives through bringing others to Christ and discipling them to experience His life in them. Let’s continue exploring what this looks like. 

   John 5:20 “For the Father loves the Son and shows Him all He does. Yes, to your amazement He will show Him even greater things than these.” (NIV)  As much as God wants to demonstrate His power to the world, He wants to amaze you with what He can do in your life. As the Father loved the Son, He loves you as His own. God has called you to proclaim the gospel believing that God does astonishing things and will act through you!  

   Acts 3:10 “They recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.”(NIV) God wants to amaze all those around you by showing how you, an ordinary person, can perform such great deeds through the power of God. Never doubt God’s ability to perform and be in control. Let God use your hardest predicaments to astonish those on the receiving end of God’s hand.  

   Matthew 21:20 “When the disciples saw this, they were amazed.  "How did the fig tree wither so quickly?" (NIV) Why doubt the God of the universe? Continually put yourself at God’s disposal and step by faith into every opportunity fully expecting to see His hand at work. Let God’s work be the norm, so you live in the amazement of your loving God. 

   Mark 6:51 “Then He climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed.” (NIV) Never take God for granted. You never know when God will manifest Himself. God is always present and working. Live expectantly and by faith, so you can be amazed at God’s presence and work. 

   This three part series on “Overwhelmed” gave ten attitudes, positions, and expectations for positioning you to experience God’s astonishing love and presence in your life. Go deep into Jesus, respond to His call, and experience the face of Christ. 

2 Corinthians 2:14-15 “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.” (NIV) 

Do you know someone who needs this message on growing in their relationship with Christ? If so, forward this devotion to them as a blessing for their growth in Christ. 

Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience: “God’s Purpose For You”. 

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