Boldly Humble

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Today's reading: John 3:22-36

John had quite a ministry and following. Yet when Jesus comes into the scene, he immediately recognizes and proclaims Jesus as the all-powerful Son of God, and he willingly submits himself and his ministry to Jesus. John's followers don't understand John's support of and enthusiasm for Jesus's growing ministry, so John explains quite plainly that is he not the Christ, but that Jesus is, and that means that John's rightful place is being submitted to Jesus and to point people to Him as the Son of God and Savior of the world. One of the most powerful statements John makes to his disciples is this:

"'[Jesus] must increase, but I must decrease'" (vs. 30).

The same is true for us. If we truly want to live for Christ, our earthly desires must decrease so our first and foremost desire is to serve God and point people to Jesus. That sounds easy enough, but our flesh (that's our sin nature) is always there in the background urging us to elevate ourselves so we take God's place--telling us that we should be the boss of our life, that we should be calling the shots, that we deserve the best car, house, job, etc., that we are more important than others--you get the picture. So the example of John the Baptist was such a good reminder today of our need to elevate Christ and put Him first, and then in that surrendered position to boldly proclaim and represent Him to others.

What does Jesus increasing and you decreasing mean for you personally? How will you exalt (promote, elevate, proclaim) Jesus this week? Tami

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Tami, what excellent words combination that describes John and how I should be too! Boldly Humble

I believe it means that I should be more mindful to please and serve Jesus than my sinful flesh and desires.
I believe,I need to get rid of of what is causing Jesus not to be in first place. It is like getting rid of idols that take the place of Jesus in my life.

I have missed these wonderful and uplifting lesson,Tami,but again we must be away to attend my husband's brother's funeral. It was a sudden death and we are so thankful that his brother,Bruce lived for the Lord his entire life and was a missionary to Argentina.Pray for our safety,please and for his dear wife of 56 years who will greatly miss him too along with his children,grandchildren,a great grandson and friends.

Tami, I sure appreciate your word-smith talent in serving the Lord in these fresh and powerful lessons that come right to our hearts.
Thanks for letting the Lord use your talents to grow His children.

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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