Lifeblood is about Tapping Into Jesus as the True Source of Renewal

Tapping Into Jesus as the True Source of Renewal

Out June 26

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Principles for the Lifeblood in Our Personal Lives

Our intimate relationship with Christ is by far the most important one if we are interested in lifeblood living. That's why it's crucial to take some time to consider the following eight principles that will guide us to a deeper "blood level" faith, a lifeblood faith.

1. Listen up. God is speaking to us. Did you read that correctly? Yes, you did. The God of the universe has something to tell each of us daily through his Word and the voice of the Holy Spirit. When God talks, it's a good idea for us to listen. Lifeblood means eternity has invaded our hearts, so we need to make sure we pay attention.

2. Invest often. This listening is an investment. We must tune our ears to it. Tune our souls to it. When we decide to pursue intimacy with God, we need to make an investment and make it a routine. A sure sign that we want to have lifeblood in our veins is that we become consistent about time with God.

3. Go deep. Intimacy and depth are closely related. When we go to the doctor, we don't just get a pin prick when we need a blood test. The doctor draws a sample—he goes deep. We need to reveal to God what we need to reveal—we must confess our sin. We also have to be ready to expose our deepest longings and hurts.

4. Enjoy God's presence. Once we are at a place of deep surrender, it's okay to bask in the glow of the Savior's love. We can let it overwhelm us; let it consume us. We should live in the moment with the Spirit.

5. Bring the hurt. I mentioned how we should share our hurts. God is listening. Part of the process of going deeper in our communion with Christ is being honest and real, exposing what needs to be exposed, letting his love cover our hurts.

6. Open up. We need to be real about our ambitions, our goals, our plans. We must let God direct them and be careful to avoid letting our plans interfere with his mission.

7. Offer praise. We should thank the Savior for invading our bloodstream, for transforming who we are and what we will become by his grace. We need to praise him for the transformative work he is doing in us.

8. Decide to change. We must let the lifeblood flow. Get personal. Pray continually. When we do, we will become ready to move on to other relationships in life, including our close friends, our spouses, and our kids.

Study Questions

1. Where have you seen the lifeblood in your personal relationship to Christ?

2. What's one change you could make to encourage more lifeblood daily?

3. Was there a time when lifeblood was thin in your life? How did you make changes?

4. What are the most important ways to encourage lifeblood flow?

5. What's the most recent example of the Holy Spirit guiding you?

6. Is it easy to have lifeblood in your veins? Why or why not?

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