Real … Are you known as a Jesus follower?

Real: Becoming a 24/7 Follower of Jesus  -     By: Jamie Snyder<br /><br />

Jamie Snyder challenges the reader with this question: “If Sunday didn’t exist, would anyone know you were a follower of Jesus?”

The early church turned the world upside down. Communities knew who the Christians were, and the church grew rapidly.

Snyder describes the characteristics of a 24/7 Christian as possessing:

  • Unbridled generosity
  • Daring courage
  • Rebellious joy
  • Risky faith
  • Relentless hope
  • Scandalous grace
  • Mad love

If we were to examine our Christian walk, could we see these qualities?

“When a student sought to follow a rabbi, he was hoping to take on the rabbi’s yoke–the system of beliefs and interpretations the rabbi had either developed or carried on from previous generations.”

Snyder explains that “when a rabbi preached his own yoke, it was said that he taught with authority.”

If a student wanted to follow the rabbi, the rabbi asked him many questions, and if the student passed the test, the rabbi said, “Come, follow me.”

As a disciple, the student left family, friends, community, everything, in total surrender to the rabbi.

Jesus simply says, “Come, follow me.”

Have you left everything to follow Jesus?

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my honest review.

My prayer for you:

Father, thank You for Jamie Snyder and his passion for You. Bless him as he points people to You. Pour out Your Holy Spirit upon the church, so that we will turn the world upside down like the early church did for You.  We want to be known as 24/7 Jesus followers, so that we will point people to Jesus.

Letting go for transforming power

Letting Go of Your Limitations: Experiencing God's Transforming Power

Traditions, religion, legalism, and Satan have the potential to limit the transforming power of God. Dr. Sandie Freed urges her readers to let go of their limitations and rest in the grace of God. In other words, complete surrender.

She writes:

“Religion needs to die. Let’s not look any longer for rules we must try our best to keep. Rather, let us seek relationship. Our relationship with God is not fear-based; it is all faith-based–and without faith it is impossible to please Him. God has an abundant life planned for you!”

Freed has a conversation with the reader as she reminds the reader what she told the reader in the previous chapter and tells of future topics. I found myself skipping over the repetition and conversation-like sentences

Frequently, the author mentions a subject, writes a few sentences, and gives the title of her book where the reader can learn more.

Freed asks the reader to reflect upon her thoughts, her limitations, or her relationship with God and then write through the subject or write a prayer to God.

I can see this book being used as a women’s small group study. It is Scripturally based.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Chosen, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my honest review.

My prayer for you:

Father in heaven, thank You for Dr. Freed and her passion to honor You and spread Your love for Your children. Thank You for Your transforming power. May the readers of Letting Go of Your Limitations truly let go and let You work in their lives to truly create an abundant life, a sozo life.