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Tuesday, January 26, 2016


He becomes your Lord

 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord…”(2 Corinthians 4:5).\           


ACTS 2:36
After God chooses you, draws you, gives you a measure of faith, loves you, changes your identity, speaks to you; he becomes Lord. Lordship means Jesus rightfully has sovereignty over your life.
God gave Jesus sovereignty over your life when he assigned him the role as LORD. Therefore, in the YADA relationship, God declares the Savior Lordship when he, “….made …Jesus, whom ye crucified, both Lord and Christ….(Acts 2:36 KJV).
Jesus submitted to God as his King and in exchange God made him Lord. Philippians 2:8-11 says, "And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Lordship is another important component of the YADA relationship. A YADA relationship is also a covenant relationship similar to, but greater than a marriage. A covenant is, like a marriage, an agreement of loving reciprocity between two parties.
However, in Ancient Near East a covenant was usually unbreakable and if broken, could result in physical death. Your YADA relationship is a covenant relationship too, which was not meant to be broken and if it is broken it results in spiritual death for YOU.
There is a way, established by God, to sustain the covenant relationship with God. Like the husband is head over the wife in the marital relationship, so is Jesus Lord over the believer in the YADA relationship (Ephesians 5:23 &1 Corinthians 11:3). God again takes on the role of husband/owner, like in Eden, in the YADA relationship with you through the Lordship of Christ.
You respond with God-given faith in order to submit to that Lordship. Submitting to the Lordship says you love God and wholeheartedly give your life to him through Christ; witnessing that he is both your Savior and Lord.
It’s easy to show honor and respect to someone who deserves it. Jesus deserves it, so “…withhold NOT  good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine to do it…” (Proverbs 3:27 KJV). “…Render… to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor…” (Romans 13:7 KJV). He is due all honor and respect for all “…[the] great things [he hath done] for us…” (Psalm 126:2-3 KJV). How do you personally demonstrate he is your Savior and Lord?
When you “…confess with thy mouth, the Lord Jesus ….” he becomes you Savior and Lord (Romans 10:9-10 KJV). With your spoken confession that, Jesus is Lord; he becomes rightfully your Lord. However, Jesus doesn’t demand this Lordship from you, even though it is rightfully his; you must concede Lordship to Him on your own volition.
Jesus becomes your Lord when you submit to his leadership role in the YADA relationship. This is demonstrated through your obedience and is expressed in every behavioral act of humble submission to Jesus’ Lordship. This means you are totally surrendered to God through Christ and are ready with a response of faith to walk under his leadership and direction.
In the YADA relationship, total, surrendered obedience is given to God through Christ. You are not in a true YADA relationship if you do not give up everything you have. If you do not give up everything you have “…you cannot be (Christ’s) disciple…” (Luke 14:26 KJV). In a YADA relationship you often give up what you love (self) because you love God more. Love is costly and it is costly to “…come after [Jesus]…..” (Luke 14:27 KJV).
True love  for God is a narrow path most people fail to truly walk (Matthew 7:14). When Lordship is operating in your life, it will be evident by your response of faith through obedience and is further proved through a transformed life (2 Corinthians 5:17).  
You can’t “do” Christianity; you have to truly allow the Holy Spirit to enable you, by faith, to actually “become” Christ-like. Lordship is experienced through a life progressively growing in the grace, knowledge, and image of Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18, Romans 8:29).  
A true believer will never feel comfortable living independent of God’s guidance or God’s will. Jesus said, “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me” (John 6:38 KJV).
Lordship will demonstrate your ongoing efforts toward holiness, a daily exercise of the “measure of faith,” a personal commitment to God though Christ, humble surrender to God’s guidance, a sincere love for God through Christ, evidence of godly fruit, and perseverance through righteous endurance.
Giving God lordship is not easy, but as you walk in humble submission to God’s direction; it will become a way of life.
 “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 
And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins (2 Peter 1: 4-9 KJV).

Wherever you are living in the flesh and enjoying the pleasures of sin -instead of living to glorify God – it is evidence that Jesus is NOT Lord of your life. Salvation and Lordship (Savior and Lord) go together; wearing the title of Christian means nothing without the Lordship of Christ. 


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