Monday, March 26, 2012

Receiving Jesus

“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”
(John 1:12–13 NIV)

Receiving Him means, inviting and welcoming Him into your life. Believing in His name means trusting Him. To those that welcome Him and trust Him, He gives the right (power, authority) to become children of God. A person does not become a child of God through human effort or through bloodlines. It only happens as they trust Him and are born of God.

I want to continue to receive Jesus into my life. Constantly welcoming Him and inviting his leading in all things. Most of all, I want to trust Him - to believe in His name.

Lord, help me to operate by faith in you, to continue to trust you and believe in the power of Your name.


  1. What does trusting God mean?

  2. Great question. Here are my favorite passages on trusting God:

    Psalm 9:10
    Those who know your name will trust in you,
    for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

    Jeremiah 9:23-24
    This is what the Lord says:
    Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom
    or the strong man boast of his strength
    or the rich man boast of his riches,
    but let him who boasts boast about this:
    that he understands and knows me,
    that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness,
    justice and righteousness on earth,
    for in these I delight," declares the Lord.

    Psalm 44:6
    I do not trust in my bow,
    my sword does not bring me victory;
    Psalm 62:10
    Do not trust in extortion
    or take pride in stolen goods;
    though your riches increase,
    do not set your heart on them.
    Proverbs 28:26
    He who trusts in himself is a fool,
    but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe.
    Isaiah 31:1
    Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help,
    who rely on horses,
    who trust in the multitude of their chariots
    and in the great strength of their horsemen,
    but do not look to the Holy One of Israel,
    or seek help from the Lord.
    Isaiah 47:10
    You have trusted in your wickedness
    and have said, 'No one sees me.'
    Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you
    when you say to yourself,
    'I am, and there is none besides me.'
    Jeremiah 17:5
    This is what the Lord says:
    "Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the Lord.

    Isaiah 50:10-11
    Who among you fears the Lord
    and obeys the word of his servant?
    Let him who walks in the dark,
    who has no light,
    trust in the name of the Lord
    and rely on his God.
    [11] But now, all you who light fires
    and provide yourselves with flaming torches,
    go, walk in the light of your fires
    and of the torches you have set ablaze.
    This is what you shall receive from my hand:
    You will lie down in torment.

    Psalm 22:4-5
    In you our fathers put their trust;
    they trusted and you delivered them.
    [5] They cried to you and were saved;
    in you they trusted and were not disappointed.
    Psalm 32:10
    Many are the woes of the wicked,
    but the Lord's unfailing love
    surrounds the man who trusts in him.
    Psalm 37:5-6
    Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
    Proverbs 3:5-6
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
    Isaiah 28:16
    So this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
    "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed.
    Jeremiah 17:7-8
    "But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit."
    Nahum 1:7
    The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him

    Psalm 62:10
    Do not trust in extortion
    or take pride in stolen goods;
    though your riches increase,
    do not set your heart on them.

  3. Good word Al. Thanks for the reminder that "receiving" isn't a one time event but a daily commitment.