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"Overwhelmed - Part 1"

Date published: 04/20/2015
Mark 9:15 “As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet Him.” (NIV) 

   How often are you overwhelmed at the wonder of Jesus? Do you find yourself waking up earlier and earlier and becoming more excited about reading the Bible and meeting God in prayer? Do you love stepping out in faith to make yourself available and vulnerable to God? Do you love to get into the Word and deeper prayer to grow and hear more from God? Are you continually astonished at God’s work in you? These questions are a good barometer for measuring your relationship and intimacy with Christ. A tepid to little response indicates little relationship, while stronger answers indicate a relationship that is not only growing in intimacy with Christ, but also one where you are experiencing an expanding work of God in your life. Read and meditate on the following Scriptures for ideas to recalibrate your walk with Christ. 

  Mark 10:32 “They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid. (NIV) Your astonishment of Jesus will grow as you know and understand His calling and work in your life. The disciples knew where they were headed and the consequences and were astonished that they were in for the ride. Those not knowing Jesus and what He was about were merely afraid. Live your life striving to know Jesus and His calling for you better, so that you grow in astonishment as the all-encompassing presence and work of Jesus increases in your life. 

  Luke 5:9 “For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken.” (NIV) God’s work in your life is more astonishing than you can even imagine. Live your life in a way that gives God the greatest space and opportunity to astonish you with His life in you. 

   Mark 7:37 “People were overwhelmed with amazement. ‘He has done everything well,’ they said. ‘He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.’" (NIV) Jesus wants your life to be exemplary to others through His life in you. Jesus knows there is no better platform for amazing others about salvation and Christlikeness than His life in you. 2 Corinthians 5:20 says, “We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us.” (NIV) 

Mark 1:35 “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.” (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: “Deeper With God.” 

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