Do we fear doing the will of God because we fear failing, or do we fear that God will fail us? Real faith starts with prayer, and then listening to the Lord , moving when He says and staying still when He says.
Abraham went when he didn’t know where he was going because God told him to go. Noah built an ark when no one had ever seen rain, because God said so to. Ezekiel laid in front of the city gates,played with figures and told the story of destruction coming because God said it was time to do so. Esther went before the King unannounced to save her people, risking her life but trusting God, for it was her time, Ruth laid at the feet of Boaz to make him her family’s redeemer, the Apostles all left their jobs and comforts when Jesus said follow me.
Faith is more than just words we speak, it is trusting God in all things, accepting His answer and leaving the results up to Him, no matter how ridiculous things may sound to us, no matter how big or small things are, we have to take them to God and trust Him, He alone knows the end from the beginning, He sees all things and knows all things, so why don’t we trust Him always?
Are we seeking God today in every area of our lives?
Do we trust Him for the answers?
Do we wait when God says to wait, and move when God says to move?
Are we living independently of God, or depending on God for all things?
We need to ask God to increase our faith, help us in the areas of our unbelief, and guide us with His wisdom and peace as we face each day, we live in uncertain times, but we belong to God and He certainly will provide all we need.
Faith is facing the unknown with confidence in the God we know, He is with us always to the ends of the earth.
God’s word says this:
“Therefore I, the prisoner in the Lord, urge you to live worthy of the calling you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit — just as you were called to one hope at your calling — one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. Now grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.”Ephesians 4:1-7 CSB
“Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will travel to such and such a city and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.” Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring — what your life will be! For you are like vapor that appears for a little while, then vanishes. Instead, you should say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” But as it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.”James 4:13-16 CSB
“Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.
Now without faith it is impossible to please God, since the one who draws near to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. By faith Noah, after he was warned about what was not yet seen and motivated by godly fear, built an ark to deliver his family. By faith he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed and set out for a place that he was going to receive as an inheritance. He went out, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he stayed as a foreigner in the land of promise, living in tents as did Isaac and Jacob, coheirs of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
And what more can I say? Time is too short for me to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets, who by faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the raging of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, gained strength in weakness, became mighty in battle, and put foreign armies to flight. Women received their dead, raised to life again. Other people were tortured, not accepting release, so that they might gain a better resurrection.” Hebrews 11:1, 6-10, 32-35 CSB
Our prayer life reveals our level of faith and how big God is to us.
When we come to understand “pray without ceasing,” it is then we will realize we need God always for everything.
If we pray in time of need only then God is nothing more than a genie figure to us.
If we pray occasionally God is nothing more than an occasional God.
But when we pray continuously God is God of everything in our life.
God deals with each of us individually in a personal relationship. Through prayer, through His word, through fellowship, through worship, through Christ, through the Holy Spirit.
Is God, your God all the time or is God Only God when you need him?
A.W. Tozer said this ”Every man lives by faith the non-believer as well as the saint one by faith in natural laws, and the other by faith in God.
God's word says this:
“Now he told them a parable on the need for them to pray always and not give up. “There was a judge in a certain town who didn’t fear God or respect people. And a widow in that town kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ “For a while he was unwilling, but later he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or respect people, yet because this widow keeps pestering me, I will give her justice, so that she doesn’t wear me out by her persistent coming.’” Then the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. Will not God grant justice to his elect who cry out to him day and night? Will he delay helping them? I tell you that he will swiftly grant them justice. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” Luke 18:1-8 CSB
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19
Do we wonder why our Nation is Spirituality and Morally Bankrupt?
When lawmakers write laws legislating morality, we must remember it is their morality they are legislating. Our hope is not in them.
These are the 7 deadly sins of a nation and the greatest way to destroy a Nation, is to make God our enemy. Our political leaders and those who follow them are doing this now.
Frederick Lewis Donaldson said this at Westminster Abbey, London, on March 20, 1925
”Wealth without work.
Pleasure without conscience.
Knowledge without character.
Commerce without morality.
Science without humanity.
Worship without sacrifice.
Politics without principle.”
We have scaled the walls of immorality and social depravity we are following in the footsteps of once great nations that followed God but have now turned their backs on Him, and He His back on them and they have fallen into darkness.
God’s word says this:
“What is the source of wars and fights among you? Don’t they come from your passions that wage war within you? You desire and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and wage war. You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and don’t receive because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. You adulterous people! Don’t you know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? So whoever wants to be the friend of the world becomes the enemy of God. Or do you think it’s without reason that the Scripture says: The spirit he made to dwell in us envies intensely?” James 4:1-5 CSB
“For though they knew God, they did not glorify him as God or show gratitude. Instead, their thinking became worthless, and their senseless hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man, birds, four-footed animals, and reptiles. Therefore God delivered them over in the desires of their hearts to sexual impurity, so that their bodies were degraded among themselves. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served what has been created instead of the Creator, who is praised forever. Amen.” Romans 1:21-25 CSB
“Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who create divisions and obstacles contrary to the teaching that you learned. Avoid them, because such people do not serve our Lord Christ but their own appetites. They deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting with smooth talk and flattering words.”
Romans 16:17-18 CSB
This describes the state of America today.
As in the days of Jesus people are obsessed with the role and rule of government, they took their eyes of God and so have we.
Jesus said that His kingdom was not of this earth, and neither is ours we need to turn our eyes upon Jesus look full in His wonderful face. Then the things of this earth will grow dim in the light of His glory and grace.
We live in dark days we listen to the news of the world we see all the violence, bloodshed and we hear the media push an agenda that is all led by the spirit of the antichrist.
The world needs to turn the news off, media outlets are nothing more than agents of darkness, spreading agendas, and lies to a hungry society wanting and thirsting to devour whatever they are fed.
Yes, it is true evil lives, works and walks amongst us, but its power is limited held in check by God, who in His wisdom and mercy rules the universe.
Dark days were and are brought because of disobedience, they are nothing new. But after the darkness comes the light.
God is well aware of the darkness around us and in us, He sent Jesus to deal with it, and He did on Calvary. Jesus has sent us into the world to show them the light now.
We must decide whether to walk and live in the darkness or walk and live in the light.
God is calling, will you answer Him today?
God’s word says this;
Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands far away; for truth has stumbled in the public squares, and uprightness cannot enter. Truth is lacking, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. The Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no justice. He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no one to intercede; then his own arm brought him salvation, and his righteousness upheld him. He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on his head; he put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and wrapped himself in zeal as a cloak. According to their deeds, so will he repay, wrath to his adversaries, repayment to his enemies; to the coastlands he will render repayment. So they shall fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun; for he will come like a rushing stream, which the wind of the Lord drives. “And a Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who turn from transgression,” declares the Lord . “And as for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord : “My Spirit that is upon you, and my words that I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouth of your offspring, or out of the mouth of your children’s offspring,” says the Lord , “from this time forth and forevermore.”
Isaiah 59:14-21 ESV
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. Lift up your eyes all around, and see; they all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be carried on the hip. Then you shall see and be radiant; your heart shall thrill and exult, because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, the wealth of the nations shall come to you.
Isaiah 60:1-5 ESV
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. “You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”
Matthew 5:13-16 CSB
Jesus is the resurrection and the life and because He lives we have victory over this life, sin and death!
Jesus bled and died so we may live, there is power in the blood of the Lamb!
When mankind stands against God’s children Christ stands for us, they can rejects us, hate us and imprisons us, afflict us or even kill us, but God is still with us.
The devil, the flesh and the world cannot defeat us, for Christ has overcome them all , and because Christ was crucified, dead and buried and because Christ has rose feomnthe grave we are alive in Him, and He in us.
In Him there is no condemnation for we are forgiven, and made righteous and through the power of the cross you and I are victors in all things.
Are you ready to walk in freedom, to live without fear, to come into a relationship with God the Father, through Christ the Son, and walk in righteousness being filled by the Spirit of God for all eternity?
Then look to cross of Christ and see what He has done for us all!
“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me, even if he dies, will live. Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”John 11:25-26 CSB
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus,”because the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. What the law could not do since it was weakened by the flesh, God did. He condemned sin in the flesh by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh as a sin offering, in order that the law’s requirement would be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1-4 CSB
“For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from your fathers, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was revealed in these last times for you. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. Since you have purified yourselves by your obedience to the truth, so that you show sincere brotherly love for each other, from a pure heart love one another constantly, because you have been born again — not of perishable seed but of imperishable — through the living and enduring word of God. For All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like a flower of the grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord endures forever. And this word is the gospel that was proclaimed to you.”1 Peter 1:18-25 CSB
When Jesus was crucified between two criminals I believe it was a picture for us to see there are only two choices for eternity, one with Him and one without Him.
One criminal acknowledges and believes in Jesus, and Jesus says he will be with Him the other deny’s Him and condemns himself.
We are all guilty before God of breaking His laws, we are all condemned to death for our sin, but Jesus took our place and judgment for our sin, He took the wrath of God upon Himself so we could be free from the penalty of sin, which is death.Jesus willingly laid down His life for me and you, so we could be made righteous.
We no longer need to be bound by sin and death, we can live and walk in freedom because Christ Jesus lives!
When the devil had Jesus nailed to the cross he thought that he had won just as he was ready to scream victory is mine! Jesus snatched it from him and declared victory when He cried out IT IS FINISHED, in doing so He declared His triumph over sin and death for everyone who believes in Him!
He set free those held in captivity, the ground shook, the sky grew dark,the veil of the temple ripped in half from top to bottom ;the earth gave up its dead and victory was His and because victory is His victory is ours!
Jesus was crucified dead and buried but three days later He rose from the grave and brought the keys to Hades and death with Him mocking the devil and his army and giving us the hope of glory only found in Him.
We celebrate Jesus risen from the grave, not rituals or customs but the Son of God, the King of kings and Lord of lords, we serve the risen Savior,and just as He ascended and now sits at the right hand of God the Father, He will return and call His own home when the Father sends Him.
The question remains will you choose eternity with Jesus or without Him?
God’s word says this:
“Two others — criminals — were also led away to be executed with him. When they arrived at the place called The Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals, one on the right and one on the left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided his clothes and cast lots.
An inscription was above him: THIS IS THE KING OF THE J EWS. Then one of the criminals hanging there began to yell insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other answered, rebuking him: “Don’t you even fear God since you are undergoing the same punishment? We are punished justly, because we’re getting back what we deserve for the things we did, but this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:32-34, 38-43 CSB
“But Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and gave up his spirit. Suddenly, the curtain of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom, the earth quaked, and the rocks were split. The tombs were also opened and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. And they came out of the tombs after his resurrection, entered the holy city, and appeared to many. When the centurion and those with him, who were keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they were terrified and said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”Matthew 27:50-54 CSB
“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Anyone who believes in him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.”John 3:14-18 CSB
“You were also circumcised in him with a circumcision not done with hands, by putting off the body of flesh, in the circumcision of Christ, when you were buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. And when you were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, he made you alive with him and forgave us all our trespasses. He erased the certificate of debt, with its obligations, that was against us and opposed to us, and has taken it away by nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and disgraced them publicly; he triumphed over them in him.” Colossians 2:11-15 CSB
“By this will, we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all time. Every priest stands day after day ministering and offering the same sacrifices time after time, which can never take away sins. But this man, after offering one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God. He is now waiting until his enemies are made his footstool. For by one offering he has perfected forever those who are sanctified.
Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have boldness to enter the sanctuary through the blood of Jesus — he has inaugurated for us a new and living way through the curtain (that is, through his flesh ) — and since we have a great high priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water. Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, since he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:10-14, 19-23 CSB
My heart breaks daily as I see the world we live in, so quickly turn to hatred and violence. I ask myself how did my generation allow this? Now we have raised the next generation, and they seem worse when will it stop Lord?
But as I read through the scriptures, I see that we have not changed since the garden of Eden. The devil simply asked a question, that made mankind question God, and today we still question His authority and Sovereignty and want to be our own gods doing what we feel is right.
We are quick to blame others, point out sin in others and very seldom repent and confess our own. Yes it is easy to see sin in others. And it is easy to ignore it in us. The Bible says"none of us is righteous," "not even one."
There are no exceptions to sin. It is time we own up to our sins, before our sins own us. We must start by examining our lives, before we go about condemning others, we must ask God to convict us of our sin then convict others of theirs, when we repent and walk with God, He will change our hearts and those around us.
Years ago, the London Times ran an article encouraging its readers to respond to the question:
"What is wrong with the world?"
I am sure the editor must have read the following reply more than once before its profound truth sunk in:
Dear Sir: In response to your question, "What is wrong with the world?" I am.
Yours Truly, G.K Chesterton.
We are what is wrong with the world!
Before you take on the world today and all it's shortcomings look in the mirror of God's word and see we are all sinners in need of a Savior. Let us come face to face with sin in our hearts, repent and walk with God closer today than ever before.
Romans 3:10 As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 10:9-11 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
“Paul stood in the middle of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that you are extremely religious in every respect. For as I was passing through and observing the objects of your worship, I even found an altar on which was inscribed: ‘To an Unknown God.’ Therefore, what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it — he is Lord of heaven and earth — does not live in shrines made by hands. Neither is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives everyone life and breath and all things. From one man he has made every nationality to live over the whole earth and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live. He did this so that they might seek God, and perhaps they might reach out and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also his offspring.’ Since we are God’s offspring then, we shouldn’t think that the divine nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image fashioned by human art and imagination. “Therefore, having overlooked the times of ignorance, God now commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has set a day when he is going to judge the world in righteousness by the man he has appointed. He has provided proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”Acts 17:22-31 CSB
When Christ rules our lives death and disease are limited in their abilities. They have no power over us as sons and daughters of God.
They cannot silence courage
They cannot steal eternal life
They cannot corrode faith
They cannot shatter hope
They cannot cripple love
They cannot destroy peace
They cannot kill friendship
They cannot suppress memories
They cannot invade the soul
They cannot conquer the spirit
They cannot separate us from Christ
These are not just mere words, this is how I face each day, we must choose who we will listen to.
I speak from my heart for God is my strength and shield He is my salvation, with me alone life would be impossible, but with God all things are possible.
Don’t let the enemy beat you down, hold you back or trip you up. We are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus, we may be limited in our abilities, but in Christ we can do all things!
It is time we trust in the Lord with all our hearts and lean not in our own understanding, for Christ is King -and we are His friends. No power on earth, under the earth or in it has authority over Christ Jesus.
These are not just mere words, this is how I face each day, I speak from my heart for God is my strength and shield He is my salvation, with me alone life would be impossible, but with God all things are possible.
God’s word says this:
“When Jesus had finished giving instructions to his twelve disciples, he moved on from there to teach and preach in their towns. Now when John heard in prison what the Christ was doing, he sent a message through his disciples and asked him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” Jesus replied to them, “Go and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive their sight, the lame walk, those with leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor are told the good news, and blessed is the one who isn’t offended by me.” Matthew 11:1-6 CSB
“For this corruptible body must be clothed with incorruptibility, and this mortal body must be clothed with immortality. When this corruptible body is clothed with incorruptibility, and this mortal body is clothed with immortality, then the saying that is written will take place: Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, death, is your victory? Where, death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:53-58 CSB
Romans 8:37-39 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For everything was created by him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and by him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:15-17 CSB
We go about life unaware of those around us most of the time, we have our own lives and own problems, how can we find time to deal with other people’s problems and life?
We live in a non-stop world that continues to move no matter what is going on around us or in us.
Jesus lived in the same world we do, people were busy, self-focused and tried to earn a living and provide for their families.Jesus walked amongst the people, He cared for them, loved them, fed them, healed them and spoke God’s truth to them, all while doing His life, which He gave for us. He left the glory of heaven to be with us, to save us.
His life is an example of how we are to live. Jesus said to Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,” and “your neighbor as yourself.”
When we learn to put God first, then our neighbors, then ourselves we will have learned the secret to living, (really it’s not a secret, it’s just obedience)
We have a hard time getting this, First, we must love God with all that we are, no exception, He must be the desire of our hearts, then we must understand that we need to love others ( our neighbors ) as ourselves.
We think to ourselves that Jesus is talking about our neighbors next door, or our close friends, or our family, or our Church family, in singular terms.
Jesus is talking about all these and more, He is talking about every man, every woman, every child we meet.
In the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus points this out when He asks: Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?
We have it wrong when we ask who is my neighbor?
Rather we should be asking ”Who can I be a neighbor to?
God put us where we are for a reason, we must learn to serve Him where He has put us! Start by being Christ-like and love those around us as Christ loves us.
Who has God put around you that needs a friend? Who maybe dying, alone, or lost? Who are the neighbors in your life?
God’s word says this!
“Then an expert in the law stood up to test him, saying, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the law?” he asked him. “How do you read it?” He answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,” and “your neighbor as yourself.” “You’ve answered correctly,” he told him. “Do this and you will live.” But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus took up the question and said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him, beat him up, and fled, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down that road. When he saw him, he passed by on the other side. In the same way, a Levite, when he arrived at the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan on his journey came up to him, and when he saw the man, he had compassion. He went over to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on olive oil and wine. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him. When I come back I’ll reimburse you for whatever extra you spend.’ “Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” “The one who showed mercy to him,” he said. Then Jesus told him, “Go and do the same.”Luke 10:25-37 CSB
“He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.” Matthew 22:37-40 CSB
“The commandments, Do not commit adultery; do not murder; do not steal; do not covet; and any other commandment, are summed up by this commandment: Love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no wrong to a neighbor. Love, therefore, is the fulfillment of the law. Besides this, since you know the time, it is already the hour for you to wake up from sleep because now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is nearly over, and the day is near; so let us discard the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk with decency, as in the daytime: not in carousing and drunkenness; not in sexual impurity and promiscuity; not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and don’t make plans to gratify the desires of the flesh.” Romans 13:9-14 CSB
“For you were called to be free, brothers and sisters; only don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love. For the whole law is fulfilled in one statement: Love your neighbor as yourself. But if you bite and devour one another, watch out, or you will be consumed by one another. I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will certainly not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar. I am warning you about these things — as I warned you before — that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The law is not against such things. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.” Galatians 5:13-26 CSB
“Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Didn’t God choose the poor in this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom that he has promised to those who love him? Yet you have dishonored the poor. Don’t the rich oppress you and drag you into court? Don’t they blaspheme the good name that was invoked over you? Indeed, if you fulfill the royal law prescribed in the Scripture, Love your neighbor as yourself, you are doing well. If, however, you show favoritism, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the entire law, and yet stumbles at one point, is guilty of breaking it all. For he who said, Do not commit adultery, also said, Do not murder. So if you do not commit adultery, but you murder, you are a lawbreaker. Speak and act as those who are to be judged by the law of freedom. For judgment is without mercy to the one who has not shown mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.”James 2:5-13 CSB
What would you do if tomorrow you knew you were going to be arrested, falsely accused and prosecuted in a sham trial, beaten almost to death by your guards, and made to carry your own instrument of death.
How would you spend your last day?
Would you try and get away?
Would you stay with your friends and love them still, knowing they will desert you?
Would your concern be for others?
Or would you focus on yourself?
Jesus did this, He prayed for His disciples, He prayed for you and me, He taught those around Him still about love, peace, joy and His Father and that is in heaven for us
He took the disciples into the upper room He washed their feet and ate with them, all the disciples the even though they would abandon Him and including Judas the man who would betray Him.
He then went to the garden to pray knowing He would be arrested there and on His way, He sang songs of praise with the disciples.
He healed those who came and arrested Him, He spoke words of grace, comfort, and love to live by and He asked God the Father to forgive those who did this all as He was dying.
He did all this with joy because He knew that all He had prepared for since creation with the Father was coming to fulfillment and that the only way we could get to God the Father was through His death, burial and resurrection for He alone is the way, the truth, and the life.
He did this to show us His love and the Fathers love, so we could be forgiven of our sins and receive salvation, and be His forever.
So if you knew tomorrow you were going to die what would you do today?
Read the gospel of John chapters 14- 19 and see what all Jesus did for you and I.
The Lord God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly, you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel."Genesis 3:14-15 HCSB
“While he was still speaking, suddenly a mob came, and one of the Twelve named Judas was leading them. He came near Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” When those around him saw what was going to happen, they asked, “Lord, should we strike with the sword?” Then one of them struck the high priest’s servant and cut off his right ear. But Jesus responded, “No more of this!” And touching his ear, he healed him. Then Jesus said to the chief priests, temple police, and the elders who had come for him, “Have you come out with swords and clubs as if I were a criminal? Every day while I was with you in the temple, you never laid a hand on me. But this is your hour — and the dominion of darkness.”Luke 22:47-53 CSB
These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.John 15:11-13 HCSB
“Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every hindrance and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith. For the joy that lay before him, he endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him who endured such hostility from sinners against himself, so that you won’t grow weary and give up.”Hebrews 12:1-3 CSB
Have you ever thought about why you follow Jesus?
So many claim to be Christ followers, but what does it really mean to follow Christ?
Some people follow Christ because they seek signs and wonders, they seek healing, relationships with others, influence or wealth, some follow Christ because they are fearful of death, some follow Christ because they don't want to die and go to hell, and some follow Christ because He is God and there is no hope, no peace, no salvation in anyone else, for He is their all.
We will either live in fear or live by Faith! Walking with God elevates our fears, and strengthens our faith.
The closer we walk with Christ the more we will trust Him and love Him.
I think we each go through the step process as we grow, and those who are truly His learn that without Christ nothing else matters, it doesn't matter what category you may fall under right now but it is a very important question to answer; why do you follow Christ?
I have thought about this in my life, at first I started following because I knew I was hellbound the life I lived was ungodly and unholy and when Christ found me I was spiritually broken, empty, so I surrendered my life to Christ for my eternal security, as I started following I fell more in love with Him, not for the things He could do for me, but just because who He is, my heart longs to be in His presence to hear from Him daily, to hear His sweet voice, I hunger and thirst for more of Christ and less of me and I can't help but speak of Him and to Him every chance I get.
I didn't come to Christ out of worldly desires or need, In reality from a worldly perspective my life is flipped, once money, power, influence and good health where all mine now I rely daily on Christ for everything, from each breath I take,He always provides from our daily bread to the strength to move, He is our all and all.
I know that Christ loves each of us where we are, but He loves us enough not to leave us where we are. The Bible tells us He died for us while we were His enemy, He died for all mankind and He patiently waits for us to come Him for salvation for there is no salvation outside of Christ Jesus.
So I ask again, why do you follow Christ? Do you follow the Christ the scriptures speak of or do you follow the christ you think he is supposed to be or who the preacher speaks of?
Following Christ means forsaking everything, everyone that is against Him, following Christ means your life is offensive to those who are opposed to His ways, His truth, His life. Following Christ is more than words, more than Sunday morning worship, following Christ is a life of obedience until He calls us home to be with Him, it is a life against the grain, it is a life of sacrifice, a life that is dying to itself and putting Him first always, it is a life where many are called but few follow.
My heart's desire is that all come to the knowledge of salvation and discipleship, that no one would perish outside of Christ Jesus, that everyone I meet or speak to would see His grace and power in me and on me and know who He is and not me.
I follow Jesus because He is God, all my hope, my strength, my peace is in Him, there is no one else to follow for He is the way, the truth and the life and salvation and victory over sin and death are in Him alone!
God's word says this:
“I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them. “No one who comes to me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in me will ever be thirsty again. But as I told you, you’ve seen me, and yet you do not believe. Everyone the Father gives me will come to me, and the one who comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. This is the will of him who sent me: that I should lose none of those he has given me but should raise them up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father: that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him will have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” Therefore the Jews started complaining about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” They were saying, “Isn’t this Jesus the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” Jesus answered them, “Stop complaining among yourselves. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up on the last day. It is written in the Prophets: And they will all be taught by God. Everyone who has listened to and learned from the Father comes to me — not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God. He has seen the Father. “Truly I tell you, anyone who believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven so that anyone may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread he will live forever. The bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” At that, the Jews argued among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life in yourselves. The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day, because my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven; it is not like the manna your ancestors ate — and they died. The one who eats this bread will live forever.” He said these things while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum. Therefore, when many of his disciples heard this, they said, “This teaching is hard. Who can accept it?” Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were complaining about this, asked them, “Does this offend you? Then what if you were to observe the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? The Spirit is the one who gives life. The flesh doesn’t help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. But there are some among you who don’t believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning those who did not believe and the one who would betray him.) He said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted to him by the Father.” From that moment many of his disciples turned back and no longer accompanied him. So Jesus said to the Twelve, “You don’t want to go away too, do you?” Simon Peter answered, “Lord, to whom will we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” Jesus replied to them, “Didn’t I choose you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil.” He was referring to Judas, Simon Iscariot’s son, one of the Twelve, because he was going to betray him.”
John 6:35-71 CSB
“What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He did not even spare his own Son but offered him up for us all. How will he not also with him grant us everything? Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies. Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the one who died, but even more, has been raised; he also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us. Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: Because of you we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:31-39 CSB