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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Lights Out


When I graduated from college I shared an apartment with a friend of mine. We were two typical guys that didn’t pay a lot of attention to what was going on around us. One day someone came in to our place and ask why it was so dark. At first, we weren’t sure what they were talking about. It didn’t seem dark to us. Upon further inspection, we discovered half of all our light bulbs were burned out! We hadn’t noticed because they didn’t go out at once, but one at a time. Our eyes had adjusted over time, so we couldn’t tell the difference.

Sin is that way sometime. It can creep up on us, and before we know it we have pushed God out of our lives. That is why it is so important to keep the light of God shining on our lives. Jesus is called the Light of the World, and he does bring light in to darkness. We are also told, Your Word is a lamp to my feet, and a light for my path. – Psalm119:105. Stay in the Word! It brings clarity to your world, and guides you in truth.

Wise up – keep the lights on!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Know and Follow

To be a good follower of Christ you must remember the Word that He taught! His teachings were truly revolutionary…not against any government or nation…but against the sinful philosophy of an unregenerate world.


He taught of holiness: “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father who is in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:48.


He taught of loving your enemies: “But I say unto you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.” Luke 6:27-28.


He taught of forgiveness: “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive your trespasses.” Matthew 6:14.



He taught on so much more, but if you can “master” these three you will show His light and Truth in this dark world. Remember you can’t follow someone very well if you don’t know them. Know and follow Jesus.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Followhood

We have all heard of being part of the “hood” or priesthood, motherhood, fatherhood, etc. What would a group of sold out followers be called? Are you part of Jesus’ “followhood”? Jesus said in John 12:26Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.



People have said they will follow Christ when their lives get straightened out. We all know that will never happen.

I've heard that insanity can be defined as: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Another way to say it would be; Doing the same old things & expecting a different outcome. 

If we are not following Christ then we cannot complain about our circumstances. The original believers were called “Christ Followers”, and that is what we should be about doing in our daily lives.



Remember - “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”



Be part of the "Followhood" – be a Christ Follower.

Amen?

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Counting Steps


Jesus called His disciples by saying, “Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men”. They left their nets and boats and turned their lives over to Him. In essence he does the same with us we are called to “Follow Him”. As we turn our lives over to His will and ways we will be taught how to share the Gospel (be Fishers of men).



Most of my family wear a "fitbit" - it counts our steps each day. We can see how each other have done during the day, week, or lifetime. Yes, it has become something of a competition to see who gets in the most steps! What if we all all wore a "Jesus-bit" with the ability for us to see how we are doing in our walk with Christ? Interesting concept, but be assured someone is counting...

Jeremiah 10:23 -I know, O LORD, that a man's life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps.



Proverbs 16:9- In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.

 In order to follow someone, you turn away from your past life of sin, turn your life over (towards) to Christ, and take the steps necessary to follow Him

Galatians 5:24-25 –Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.



1 Peter 2:21 - To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.



Keep in step with Christ. Amen?

Saturday, April 22, 2017

In Step

I recently read a book by the famous preacher C H Spurgeon who over a hundred years ago had this to say about following Christ.

"Brethren remember, to keep close to Jesus Christ is right. It is in itself to keep close to integrity, for the Lord Jesus never stepped out of the right path. He never asks any of his followers to do anything which be a breach of the right, or which will make them turn aside from uprightness. If we could put our feet down exactly where his feet went down, even though we had to walk up to Calvary itself, it would be our duty so to do, for his path was perfect rectitude, and in him was no sin. We challenge heaven, with its omniscience, to detect a flaw in him. We challenge hell, with its malice, to discover in him an aught that is amiss. Lovers of the right and of the true, ask grace that you may be as he was. You cannot be more eminent for virtue than he. You cannot serve your God better. You cannot do better than keep close to every step that he has taken, and, whether in life or in death, to follow him. It is right, then, because he deserves it; it is right, again because in itself it is according to the eternal rules of equity."

Some things never change regardless of time. Jesus’ path was perfect may our desire be to follow Him as closely as possible.
Follow the Leader - Jesus, everyday.
Amen?

Friday, April 21, 2017

Following Truths


God honors a consistent life of obedience and faithfulness. From the time of our salvation till we go to heaven we must keep our focus vertical - on Him always. Our marching orders all the same. Jesus said in Luke 9:23-26 “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.  For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.  What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?  Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.



Three truths we must remember to follow Christ:



The DESIRE to Follow (v.23)

Following Jesus requires a deeper knowledge of God, a deeper desire to pray before acting, and a more serious reflection about the Christ found in Scripture. (“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” John 16:13)



The DENIAL of Self (vv.24-26)

To follow Christ means to renounce one’s will and ways

By living for ourselves we die, by dying to ourselves we live. (Born twice die once)



The DAILY Walk (v.23)

Every new idea should be born of prayer, quiet reflection, and careful consideration of the steps and thoughts and heart of Jesus. (Daily dying to self)



Go and preach the Gospel, and if you must, use words.”- St Francis



Be consistent in your walk with Jesus. Put a smile on God's face.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

God's Authority

We know by many Biblical passages that Jesus proved he has authority or victory over death. 93 times the Word of God we see authority is used mostly in the New Testament concerning Jesus and His authority.



How does this authority play in to your relationship with Jesus as Lord and Savior?



Look at the definition:

1. the power to determine or otherwise settle issues or disputes; jurisdiction; the right to control, command, or determine.

2. a power or right delegated or given; authorization:

3. a person in whom authority is vested

4. a person having the legal power to make and enforce the law

5. an accepted source of information or advice



Does Jesus have authority over your life?



That’s the only way to know victory! Amen?