Thursday, June 29, 2017

"The Encounter That Changes"

"..... as many as touched him were made whole."  Mark 6:56b

One thing that is lacking today is an encounter with Jesus.  This is why, in my opinion, there is no life changing transformation taking place in those who profess to be "Christians".  It is hard to tell them from those in the world.  It is hard to tell the difference, when there should be a distinct difference.  A difference as different as day and night, light and dark. 

We have substituted an encounter with Jesus for an encounter with church and religion.  We equate them as the same thing.  But it is not.  We can encounter them and stay the same as we always have been.  But we can't encounter Jesus and stay the same-- our lives will be forever changed.

Everyone in the Bible who had an encounter with Jesus was changed, they were transformed and their lives were altered forever.  Peter's life changed.  The woman with the issue of blood had a life change.  Zacchaeus  was changed.  Saul, when he encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus, was forever changed.  Blind Bartimaeus was changed.  Everyone in the upper room on the Day of Pentecost was changed when they encountered the Holy Spirit of God.  And the list goes on.  

Is your life no different?  Are you the same as you have always been, yet you profess to be a Christian?  Could it be that you have had an encounter with "church" or "religion" but not an encounter with Jesus Christ the Head of the Church, the Savior of your soul?  If that is the case, you can call out to Him today and He will come and give you that life changing encounter with Himself.  Has it been a long time since you have had an encounter with Him?  We can have multiple encounters.  We have to have an encounter with Him daily to keep us changing.

Have a great day.  Have you had an encounter with church or with Jesus?  Only an encounter with Jesus will transform your life. 

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