THE EYE OF GOD…

PSALM 32:8: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.” NKJV

OBSERVATION: Have you ever taken time to think about the eye of God? This may seem a strange question at first, yet the Scriptures are replete with references to the eye of God. Here is a well know verse that many are familiar with.

  • “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him…”. II Chronicles 16:9a NKJV

When we think of the eye of the Lord we are naturally drawn to ponder His omniscience. God is all knowing. He knows are beginning and our end. He see everything perfectly. There is nothing that slips past His eyes. His is all seeing, all knowing, and all wise. This is such a profound truth that it takes our finite minds a while to even acknowledge it.

What I find so captivating in this one verse from Psalm 32 is the fact that He leads us with His eye. He has given us His Word as the foundation of our life and His Spirit as the guide for our life. It is through the Holy Spirit that we are led by the very eye of God!

  • “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.” John 16:12-15 NKJV

Just like the disciples, there are things that the Lord desires to reveal to our hearts. There are pathways that He desires to lead us down. These things may be unknown to us but they are known to Him. How does the Lord reveal them to us? He does this through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. In our life The Holy Spirit is the eye of God.

Let’s unpack this in a practical way. In life we all have important decisions to make. There are forks on the road where we must choose a direction. The decisions we make could mean the difference between success and failure, even life or death. This is an overwhelming responsibility. How can we know what the right decision is?

  • “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.”

We have the indwelling Holy Spirit revealing the Word of God in our hearts, and guiding us in our thoughts and deeds as He proclaims and reveals the will of God. He guides us with the very eye of God. Only the Lord knows what is around the corner of each decision we need to make. As we learn to walk after the Holy Spirit, and learn the importance of obedience to His Word and His still small voice, we will be led upon the right path.

This is true in the deepest spiritual issues of life and in the most ordinary and practical issues we face. God desires to lead us. His eye will go before us. He will be our forward and rear guard. The Holy Spirit will whisper through His Word and His still small voice – “…this is the way, walk ye in it.” This is why the Psalmist proclaims,

  • “For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You In a time when You may be found; Surely in a flood of great waters They shall not come near him. You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah”. Psalms 32:6-7 NKJV

The context of these two verses is the assurance of forgiveness and salvation and the promise of God’s instruction and leading. Jesus not only saves us from our sins, He save us from ourselves. As the mighty Baptizer in the Holy Spirit, Jesus guides us through the Spirit, as our faithful and good Shepherd. He leads us down the pathway of righteousness for His name’s sake. He guides us with His eye!

Lord, this morning I want to thank you for Your grace, mercy, forgiveness, love, and omniscience. As I stand before You in prayer I acknowledge that You are my hiding place. You will lead me, guide me, protect me, and shelter me. You will guide me with Your eye! Grant me the grace to hear Your still small voice and hearing to obey.

Guide me with Your eye!

In Jesus Name!

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THE FAVOR OF THE LORD (AND HIS CHASTENING)

PSALM 30:4-5: “Sing praise to the LORD, you saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.” NKJV

OBSERVATION: What is the favor of the Lord? How does an understanding of His favor impact our daily life? Is His favor ever withdrawn from His children?

The Hebrew word for favor in this verse means – pleasure, delight, goodwill, and acceptance. In this Psalm the favor is juxtaposed with His anger and our sorrow. The difference is that His favor is a constant in our life. His anger and our sorrow are only temporary.

It seems strange to talk about the anger of the Lord and our sorrow in the same verse that speaks of His favor. I am the first in line for His favor but I would rather leave the anger and sorrow thing alone. Yet, in life, we experience both. And, when we do, we need to understand what is happening.

God’s anger is always directed toward the sin and brokenness in our life and never towards us. He loves us so much that He will not allow us to continue in our sin without lovingly dealing with us as a Father. The goal is never to destroy us. The Father’s goal is to always refine and restore us!

  • “And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the LORD loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.” If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?” Hebrews 12:5-7 NKJV

Chastening is not fun, but it is necessary. God allows us to go through trials and difficulties for the refining of our faith. His desire is to cleanse and perfect our hearts so that He can pour His favor into our lives. We always want to escape from this chastening. However, if we understand its purpose in our life, we can embrace it as the work of a loving Heavenly Father.

  • “Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.” Hebrews 12:11-13 NKJV

So many times I pray that the Lord would remove all suffering from my life. I want to live in His favor and avoid all pain and sorrow. Yet, if He allowed this, I would remain in my brokenness and walk continually deficient of the favor that He so lovingly wants to pour into my life. Whom the Lord loves He chastens. This is not a popular theme today – but it is the truth. And, it is His favor that is at the end of His chastening.

This gives me great hope and perspective! No matter what I am going through, He is with me. His favor is always His goal for my life. Even in the darkest valley of tears there is a destination. It is joy in the morning under His favor and love. We are never left in the valley. We are always perfected and blessed through the journey.

The past year has been a year of journeying through the valley. It has been filled with tears and prayers. It has been one of deeply searching my heart and crying out to the Lord for a sense of what He is doing. And, it has been a year of correction. Correction of my heart and my path. In all of this I have sensed His favor and His presence. It is the only thing that has kept me on course and filled with hope.

This I know – God is not a respecter of persons. What He did for David, He will do for me. What He has done for me, He will do for anyone who calls upon His name. His favor is for life!

This morning Lord I choose to stand in the promise of Your favor!

  • “Sing praise to the LORD, you saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.”

In Jesus Name!

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THE SECRET OF THE LORD…

PSALM 25:14: “The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant.” NKJV

OBSERVATION: Have you ever hungered for a personal word from the Lord? Not just a general understanding of the Scriptures, but a personal revelation of truth that flows directly from the heart of God to your heart. Such is the promise of this verse!

I will never forget when I was introduced to the prophetic word. It seemed strange to me that the Lord would speak to me personally through His Holy Spirit. And, it seemed even stranger to me that He could use a complete stranger to speak into my life with a prophetic word. Yet, when I was baptized in the Holy Spirit I began to discover this new and exciting reality. God really did want to speak to me.

God desires to speak to each one of us. He speaks through the general revelation of His Word (the logos, written word). And, He speaks through the inward revelation of His Word through His Spirit (the rhema, breathed upon word). There is a distinct difference between the two. The first can be obtained through normal disciplines of study. The latter can only be obtained through a personal revelation by the Holy Spirit.

When I went to college there was a gifted minister who moved in the prophetic and specifically in the ministry of the word of knowledge. He would visit our campus often. As he ministered he would bring Scriptures that were given in a prophetic sense (a rhema word) for a personal individual. I always would pray that he would have one of these special words for me. I even followed him with a group of students as he went to his car, hoping that in the final minutes he would turn and have a word for me.

It never happened. I knew his ministry was valid, as it was confirmed by the testimony and lives of those present. However, I could not understand why the Lord was not speaking to me through him. Was there something wrong in my life? Did I lack the faith to receive? I earnestly began to seek the Lord about this.

I will never forget when I received His answer. It was a simple and clear whisper to my heart. “Why are you seeking someone else to speak to you for Me? Don’t you think that I can speak to you when I want to?” This was the first time that I had experienced this type of clear and unmistakable communication in my heart from the Lord. Previously I had sensed a leading, but not the distinct, “still small voice of the Spirit,” speaking directly to me. This changed my life.

I was humbled to think that the Creator of the Universe wanted to speak personally to me. I did not hear an audible voice, but I did not need to. The inward revelation was as clear and distinct as if someone was speaking directly to me.

Since that time I have tried to listen closely to His still small voice. Sometimes it comes as I am reading and meditating on Scripture. Sometimes it comes as I am in prayer or worship. Always it comes as I am fearing, revering, and directing my heart toward Him. I have found that the Lord delights in revealing the secrets of His covenant. A secret in the Bible is not something that cannot be known. It is something that is only able to be known through revelation – the unveiling of truth by the Holy Spirit.

This revelation never contradicts the written Word of God. It also never leads us away from a daily dependence upon the Word of God. In fact, when we fear the Lord, we are drawn deeper into His Word. We are not seeking Him to receive a word. We are seeking Him because we fear Him, love Him, and want to know Him in a deeper way. And, as we do, He delights in bringing His revelation into our hearts.

  • “The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant.”

There is also a warning I would give regarding the prophetic “rhema” word from the Lord. There is a renewed focus today of trusting in individuals, who claim to be prophets, in order to receive a word from the Lord. This is not to say that there are not prophets today, or that they cannot speak a prophetic (rhema) word from the Lord. However, we should never focus our attention on a person. We should focus our attention on The Person – our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is the Baptizer in the Holy Spirit. And, it is the Holy Spirit who is the revealer of the secrets of God’s covenant!

  • “The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant.”

Lord, thank you for your desire and willingness to reveal Your heart, Your love, Your direction, and Your covenant to me. May I take the time each day to come to your written word, position my heart in reverence, and be prepared to hear the still small voice of Your Spirit in my life.

In Jesus Name!

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BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME…

MARK 16:15-16: “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” NKJV

OBSERVATION: “Build it and they will come.” This is a famous line from the movie “Field of Dreams.” And, unfortunately, it has become the mission of the church in our day.

As a pastor I am guilty of buying into this dream. When I went to school the Church Growth Movement was in its beginning days. I bought all the books, and was convinced that if I simply applied the principles I had learned, that our church would soon be growing by leaps and bounds. We did experience some growth, but my inward focus on the church led me down the wrong path.

Now, we live in a post-Christian world. When I was young, when someone faced a crisis in their life, they would turn to the Bible and to the church. Now, this is the last place people turn. In fact, they do not even consider this as an option. Yet, as the church, we still focus on our services, our buildings, our support ministries, in an effort to make our churches the best we can. And, all the while we miss why we are here.

WE ARE HERE TO GO!

How foolish would a missions movement be, that simply sent someone to an unchurched people group, built a building, installed a killer video and sound system, set up some comfy chairs, put a lighted sign on the door, and waited for people to come in? Why would anyone who sees the church as irrelavant, and even an intrusion, come in?

WE ARE CALLED TO GO!

We have forgotten that all of God’s people are called to the mission field. Our churches are not resorts for the saved. They are to be mission outposts to reach the lost. And, we don’t have a church service to attract the lost. We gather together in church to worship the Lord, encourage one another in the faith, and be commissioned to go out and proclaim the Gospel.

THE PROBLEM IS – WE ARE NOT GOING!

Most of us never go out. We go to church. We go to work. We come home. We watch TV. And, then we start the cycle all over again. We really have no personal or corporate strategy to reach out to the lost. When was the last time I shared the gospel with someone that I did not know? When was the last time I purposely engaged in an activity whose sole purpose was to reach the lost?

I know of wonderful family who are missionaries in Myanmar. They, and their four children, are working daily to find ways to bring the gospel to the lost in their new culture. They do not simply hold a church service on Sunday mornings. They go into the community with acts of service to connect with Christ’s love. And, in every connection, they are prepared to share the gospel!

This is really what the church should be about. The church should be a mobile hospital. The church should be a service community on wheels. The church should be going to where people are hurting and in need. The people will not come to the church. These days have long since passed. We must realize that if we are going to fulfill our calling as the church,

WE ARE CALLED TO GO!

I need to hear these words. God is calling me to leave my comfort zone and go into the mission field of life. I do not need to go to a foreign country to fulfill this call. I simply need to be brave enough to go outside of the door of my own home and out of the door of my church. I need to leave my recliner, lay down my remote control, and take up my cross and follow Jesus!

I AM CALLED TO GO!

Lord, keep stirring my heart. Help me to move from my comfort and complacency and into Your mission field. Give me grace to be bold and unashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Help me to let my light shine.

In Jesus Name!

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SPEAKING WORDS OF LIFE…

PSALM 19:14: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.” NKJV

OBSERVATION: Is my speech healthy? What do I find coming out of my mouth? Do my words bare witness to my faith in Jesus Christ? Is my heart filled with God’s Word or with the world’s worry? When was the last time I asked the Lord for a heart and speech checkup?

The words of Psalm 19:14 are familiar words. They are words that I would pray before every sermon that I preached. I would do this in my heart or out loud before the congregation. The awesome responsibility of bringing God’s Word on a weekly basis was something that was not taken lightly. I knew that I needed God to guide my heart and my mouth!

As I read these words this morning I realize that this verse is not just for preachers. It is for everyone. And, it is for me when I am not in the pulpit. It is for me when I am working, engaged in discourse with a neighbor, or taking care of business in the marketplace. And, perhaps even more importantly, it is for me in my relationship with my immediate family and loved ones.

There is an important relationship between the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart. Jesus was very clear in His teaching about this relationship.

  • “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12:33-37 NKJV

What comes out of our mouth begins in our heart. What we allow into our heart becomes the focus of our life. What we meditate upon becomes the seeds we sow with our words. This is very, very important to understand. And, it makes David’s prayer so much more meaningful and so much more important than just a prayer one utters before they preach.

Most of the mistakes I have made in my life have been through words that I have uttered. Once the words leave our mouth there is nothing we can do to get them back. We will all err in word and deed during our life. However, the rudder that determines the course we set is our tongue. And, our tongue is directed by our heart. Thus, we pray,

  • “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.”

David, earlier in this Psalm, gives us the food for our heart. It is the Word of God. As we focus upon His Word, as we meditate upon it in our hearts, it will both direct and transform us and guide our tongue. His Word will become our words. We will begin to speak words of life, hope, peace, and faith. We will have a compassionate ear to listen to the hurting heart. And, we will be continually changed by His Spirit and His Word!

  • “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward.” Psalms 19:7-11 NKJV

Lord, thank you for Your Word! Thank you for Your Holy Spirit! Direct my heart to meditate upon Your Word and my feet to follow after Your Spirit. Put a guard over my lips and help me to be slow to speak, quick to listen, and always filled with words of life!

In Jesus Name!

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WHAT ABOUT TITHING?

GENESIS 28:18-22: “Then Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put at his head, set it up as a pillar, and poured oil on top of it. And he called the name of that place Bethel; but the name of that city had been Luz previously. Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on, so that I come back to my father’s house in peace, then the LORD shall be my God. And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.” NKJV

OBSERVATION: What is the significance of the tithe (giving 10% of our income to the Lord)? Is tithing a concept that is linked to the Old Covenant or is it still a viable truth for the Christian under the New Covenant? Why is there so much controversy and misunderstanding about the tithe?

In all my years of pastoring I have encountered many objections and misunderstandings regarding the principle of tithing. It seems that we become a bit Pharisaical in our debate over the tithe. We focus more on the minor details (Is it 10% of our gross or net?; Did Jesus tithe?; Why isn’t tithing taught in the New Testament?; Where should my tithe go?; etc.), and we miss the most important truth about the tithe.

The most important truth about the tithe is that it is an act of worship which is a visible expression of a deep inward faith and trust in God. And, as we study the Scriptures, we find that over and over again, the tithe is linked to heartfelt worship and the acknowledgment that Yahweh is the one true God and we are His people. This is the truth that we see emphasized in God’s revelation of Himself to Jacob at Bethel.

Jacob knew about God. No doubt his father Isaac shared with Jacob how the Lord had revealed Himself to him at Beersheba. Yet, Jacob to this point had not encountered the Lord personally. Jacob was walking in the light of his own wisdom and understanding. Instead of faith, he relied on deceit and trickery. And, fleeing from the anger of his brother Esau, after stealing Esau’s blessing, Jacob has no idea that his life is about to change.

God does not reveal Himself to Jacob because of Jacob’s works or personal righteousness. God reveals Himself to Jacob based on His grace, mercy, and the covenant He established with Abraham and Isaac.

  • “Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And behold, the LORD stood above it and said: “I am the LORD God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants. Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed. Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.” Genesis 28:12-15 NKJV

When Jacob realizes that he has just received a vision of heaven – everything changes!

  • “Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it. ” And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!” Genesis 28:16-17 NKJV

What awe, what surprise, what wonderment takes place when the heart of a sinner is cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. We stand before the throne of God fully pardoned. We are clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ. The guilt and shame of our past is washed away. We have the assurance of God’s love and the hope of eternal life. And, we know that what we have just received was a gift that we did not deserve. It creates a sense of humility, worship, and Godly fear!

This is exactly what happened to Jacob. He stood upon the very gate of the eternal. He had been given a glimpse into the heavenlies. And, He had been given the assurance that the Lord would fulfill the covenant established with his grandfather Abraham and his father Isaac. Jacob had done nothing to warrant this bestowal of grace. Yet, as in salvation, God’s promise of grace must be received by faith.

  • “Then Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put at his head, set it up as a pillar, and poured oil on top of it. And he called the name of that place Bethel; but the name of that city had been Luz previously. Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on, so that I come back to my father’s house in peace, then the LORD shall be my God.” Genesis 28:18-21 NKJV

In Jacob’s vow he is simply affirming the covenant that has been proclaimed and extended to him. If God will be with him, if He will keep him in all his ways, if He will be his provider, then Jacob will commit his entire life to the worship of the one true God.

So how does Jacob tangibly show his commitment and trust in the covenant of God? Was it by setting up the stone and pouring the oil over it? No, Jacob did this before he made his vow – his answer of faith. There was only one way that Jacob could tangibly express his commitment and worship to Yahweh. And, this was through the tithe.

  • “And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.” Genesis 28:22 NKJV

There was a transfer that took place at Bethel. Jacob, traveling in his own strength, and relying on his own wisdom, is confronted by the living God. Acknowledging God, Jacob surrenders his entire life in worship to Yahweh. It is no longer Jacob on his own mission. It is now Jacob fulfilling the covenant and calling of God. And, he acknowledged the true source of everything that he possessed. The true source was God alone.

Notice Jacob’s words – “…and all that You give me…”. In these words He makes His profession of faith. His faith is proven by his act of worship – “…I will surely give a tenth to You.”. Tithing is the tangible expression of worship flowing from the heart of one whose life has been transformed by the grace and mercy of God. It is not about the Old or New Covenant. It is about the response of the human heart to God’s grace. It is an act of true worship.

Well, what about all the other questions about tithing? I believe when we acknowledge tithing as an act of worship, all the other questions will easily fall into place. We will not be trying to proof text our positions. We will not be looking for exemption clauses. We will humbly be coming to God in sincere worship – bringing Him a tenth of all He places into our hands.

Lord, thank you for the opportunity to worship you with the tithe!

In Jesus Name!

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IS THE BIBLE NEGOTIABLE?

MARK 8:38: “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” NKJV

OBSERVATION: Is the Bible negotiable? Can we accept the parts of the Bible that we like while dismissing the parts we feel uncomfortable with? Does the meaning of God’s Word change with the culture or does it remain constant?

All of these questions are addressed in this one short verse. The power of this verse is found in the complete revelation of Scripture.

1. God and His Word never changes: Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8

2. Jesus is God, the Eternal Word (Logos): John 1:1

3. Jesus is God in Human Flesh: John 1:14

4. Jesus came to reveal the truth: John 18:37

5. Jesus rose from the dead validating His Word: Romans 1:3-4

6. Jesus warned us not to alter His Word: Deuteronomy 4:2; Revelation 22:18-19

Therefore, what can we conclude from this verse? Either God exists or He doesn’t. Either Jesus is God or He isn’t. Either Jesus Word is true or it isn’t. Either God and His Word never changes or it does? There is no middle ground!

If you believe that Jesus is the Logos (Eternal Word) of God, God in human flesh, the unchanging revelation of the Father, the risen Lord, the one who is coming again to fulfill His Word – then you cannot pick and choose selective truths from the Bible while dismissing others. God is The Word and The Word is God. It is the express declaration and revelation of His person and nature to His Creation. As God never changes – so His Word never changes!

As we witness a continual falling away from the truth of God’s Word in our culture, and worse yet in many churches, Jesus’ words speak like a modern headline to our fallen world.

  • “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” Mark 8:38

What is at stake? Everything! If we do not present the true Jesus to a hurting and fallen world, there can be no salvation. To be a disciple of Jesus we are called to forsake everything and follow Him and His Word. We are not called to walk partially in the world and partially in the kingdom. We are called to surrender all. And surrendering all is the difference between life and death!

Listen to Jesus’ words spoken as a prelude to His call to honor His Word.

  • “When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” Mark 8:34-37 NKJV

Some may view this as narrow minded and ignorant. Jesus views this as life or death. I view it as my personal call of discipleship.

I came to Jesus because I realized that I was a sinner who needed a Savior. I was totally unable to deal with my sin and its consequences. Jesus saved me, changed me, and filled me with His Holy Spirit. He did not do this because of anything I did. He did this out of His great mercy and love. And, it is this same great mercy and love that gives me the grace to hold firmly onto His Word. As I do, I grow in the revelation of His truth, and His truth continually sets me free!

  • “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32 NKJV

Lord, this morning, I affirm that Your Word is true! Grant me the grace to abide in Your Word, believe Your Word, proclaim Your Word, and stand unashamed before the world as a testimony for Your Word. My desire is to be found faithful until they day of Your return.

In Jesus Name!

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