If you ask the average Christian who they believe Jesus to be, they will say he is their Savior or Lord.  Yet, perhaps we don’t grasp the reality of who Jesus really is.  So today I’d like to ask YOU what Jesus asked his disciples: Whom say ye that I am?

If you say Jesus is your Lord and Savior, how will others know?  Will they know by your bumper sticker or Bible bag?  And more importantly, HOW WILL JESUS KNOW HE IS YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR?  It’s easy to say you are a Christian, but words are cheap, and like an old lady who was in an old Burger King commercial said, “Where’s the beef?”  In other words, Where’s the proof of your being a Christian?  Can people identify you as having been with Jesus by your words and actions?  But that’s just the tip of the iceberg so to speak.

These are things to think about, especially in the times we are living in right now.  With chaos all around being the new “normal”, we need to know that we know we are in Christ Jesus, not just simply paying lip service to Him.  This week the LORD posed a few questions for me to ask everyone, not to condemn, but to make an honest assessment of your spiritual state.  You know it’s really good to do that from time to time, lest instead of progressing in our walk with the LORD, we find ourselves gradually drifting away from Him.  I don’t think anyone who starts out with Christ Jesus intends to walk away from Him.  But the affairs of this world so easily entangle us to the point where Bible study is no longer as important to us as it once was, and prayer time takes a back seat to TV shows or time spent on the internet.  The devil is working overtime to wear out the saints, to get them to drift away from Christ Jesus. Whether he does it by trials and tribulation, or simply by tying you up with the affairs of the world, the end result is the same, sooner or later, you no longer know who you are in Christ Jesus, or what He is to you, unless you are truly diligent to protect your relationship with Him.  And that takes DAILY diligence!

Even as solid Bible knowledge and our relationship with Christ Jesus is built gradually, as it is said in Isaiah 28:9-10:
Isa 28:9  Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
Isa 28:10  For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
It is likewise just as easy to get gradually drawn away from the LORD by neglecting our time spent with Him.  And as we slowly drift away from the LORD, He becomes less and less our LORD and Savior, among all the other things He is to us, or should I say, that He WANTS to be to us.  Although we must for a time be IN the world, we need not be OF the world, for our world should be in HIM.

Jesus is asking; Whom do YOU say that I am? The Bible calls Him many things:  In Isaiah 9:6-7 it is written,
Isa 9:6  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isa 9:7  Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

His name shall be called WONDERFUL.  Is He wonderful enough to you to cause you to tell everyone you know about Him?  What makes Him so wonderful to you?  If you don’t know, how will you tell others?  I see many Grandmothers in stores showing anyone who will look, the pictures of their grandchildren.  They aren’t a bit shy about telling everyone about them, either.  Shouldn’t we be so happy to know Jesus that we can’t wait to tell others about Him?

His name shall be called COUNSELOR.  Well, if He is your counselor, why would you ask advice of ungodly people?  God knows the end from the beginning and has ALL knowledge.  Why bother asking counsel of anyone else when the LORD has all the answers, and the RIGHT answers, I might add.  Anyone can give you counsel, but is it right and true counsel?  The only source for true counsel is God.  He gives the Holy Spirit to His followers, so we always have the right answer at the right time.

His name shall be called THE EVERLASTING FATHER.  Unlike our earthly fathers who eventually die and leave us alone, our heavenly Father never leaves or forsakes us.  He is for us and not against us.  Sometimes our earthly Fathers may have not really been for us, or even there for us when we were growing up, and it gives us the false sense that our heavenly Father will be a part-time father at best, and that is only if our behavior is “good enough”.  Our heavenly Father is ALWAYS there for us, throughout eternity.

His name shall be called the PRINCE OF PEACE.  Peace; now THAT’S something the world desperately needs, something WE need to experience in our lives.  Some think peace comes from having enough money in the bank to pay the bills.  That’s part of it, surely, but when was the last time YOU were at peace when all around you bad news was sticking its ugly head up?  The Prince of Peace wants you to have HIS peace!  And if you are truly in Him, what do you have to be afraid of, anyway?

Do you call Jesus LORD?  IS He now?  Or is it merely a nice sounding phrase we throw around?  If Jesus is YOUR LORD, then your life is no longer your own, but HIS.  That means His will is YOUR will, and you’re not trying to live YOUR will and asking God to bless it.  God’s plan for you is already blessed, and there is no failure attached to it.  Do you get up in the morning and ask the LORD what He wants you to do today?  And if you do, do you obey?  Or do you just do what you intended to do regardless?

Is Jesus your HEALER?  Then why do you run to the doctor?  Boy, now I’m stepping on someone’s nerve.  If I remember correctly, the Bible says in Psalm 107:20, He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. So I have to ask, Are you one of THEM?  You CAN be, that is, if the Lord Jesus is YOUR Healer. Contrary to popular belief, the God who created the entire universe all by Himself, does not need the services of a doctor or medicines in order to make you whole.  Again, many will argue with me about that, but do you know what?  That’s your choice.  Stay sick if you want to, but as for me, I’ve already surpassed 21 years of perfect health without a single sick day since I made Jesus MY Healer, and it was Jesus who healed me of five melanomas and liver cancer in 1993 without any help from a doctor or medicine.  I honor Him as Healer, and tell everyone I can, and He is the only one I need or will ever need. Have I had to contend with the devil to keep my healing? Yes, I’m not about to turn loose of what Christ Jesus did for me, not now, not ever.  Good meaning people have told me, You need health insurance, Jerry, one day in the hospital would wipe you out. I have health insurance, His name is Jesus.  And I haven’t been in the hospital. Yes, but what if you DO have to go to the hospital? MY GOD IS BIGGER THAN “WHAT IF?”  Is yours?  You see, that’s what makes me different than other people: I TRUST GOD TO KEEP HIS WORD!  That’s where many are missing it.  God is searching the world over to find those who trust and obey Him, in order to show Himself strong.  I’m sure He’s been to YOUR house.  What did He find?  Fear? Worry? Unbelief?  There’s a cure for THAT, too.  And it’s so simple you have to work at it to miss it.  Simply do what I did and take God literally at His Word.  It is impossible for God to lie.  For all the twenty one years I’ve trusted God, He has never once broken His Word, and He never will.  So I can live my life without fear because I know He loves me.  The world is running to and fro searching for answers, and God has them all. The problem is, the world is running FROM God instead of TO Him, thus things are getting worse continually.

Is Jesus your Deliverer?  Again, if you are one of THEM mentioned above.  How does Jesus become YOUR Deliverer?  I’m glad you asked!  You must become His follower, and acknowledge Him before men.  That’s not being a “secret admirer”, but being bold about your relationship with Him.  I cannot begin to count all the times the LORD has delivered me from destruction since He became my LORD and Savior.  And every time, the devil tells me, “Yes, He delivered you the LAST time, but THIS time it will be different…” REALLY?? So now God is the liar instead of YOU?  No, YOU are a liar, Devil.  God is ALWAYS true. He is my Deliverer.

Is Jesus your PROVIDER?   If so, why do you feel the need to run to the bank to borrow money?  Remember, God created EVERYTHING without any help whatsoever from anyone else.  Is there something you need?  Ask God your Provider.  He delights in giving good things to His children.  You ARE one of His children, right?  If not, right now is a good time to become one.  He is a GOOD father, He is called El Shaddai, not El Cheapo.  He blesses His children with good things, in abundance.  He is the God of MORE THAN ENOUGH, not the God of Not Enough, or Almost Enough.  You can have more than enough when everyone who is not His child is living in lack.  Remember, you have a heavenly Father who loves you and will take good care of you.  God will bless you so you can be a blessing to others, to show others the love of your heavenly Father.  Jesus fed the multitudes when there was seemingly not enough food to go around.  How much more will He feed YOU who are His.

Do you really believe that Jesus is who He says He is? Then don’t you think it’s about time to start acting like it?  If Jesus is not all these things, then go ahead and put your trust in the world’s system and hope for the best.  But if Jesus is all He says He is, and He is not a liar, then in spite of what is going on in the world, we can truly cast all our cares upon Him and not have a care in the world.  He is MY LORD, Wonderful, Counselor, Everlasting Father, Savior, Healer, Deliverer, Prince of Peace, and much more.  You can go through life struggling to make ends meet, or you can settle in your heart right now that Jesus is all you need in this life or the hereafter, and act upon that belief every moment of every day for the rest of your life.

The Lord Jesus is asking you right now, WHOM SAY YE THAT I AM? What are you going to tell Him?