Obedience – Whatever HE says, DO IT!

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Obedience: Whatever He says: Do it!

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I’ve read that when Edward VI, the king of England in the 16th century, attended a worship service, he stood while the Word of God was read. He took notes during this time and later studied them with great care. Through the week he earnestly tried to apply them to his life. That’s the kind of serious-minded response to truth the apostle James calls for in today’s Scripture reading. A single revealed fact cherished in the heart and acted upon is more vital to our growth than a head filled with lofty ideas about God.

One step forward in obedience is worth years of study about it.

Chambers, Our Daily Bread, March 4, 1993

Jesus is a living Lord, and He speaks to His children!

John 10:27 New Living Translation (NLT)

27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

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Some people are so busy, trying to make a living; they forget the author of all life.

Like you can have a better plan than Jesus?!?

Christ went more readily ad crucem (to the cross), than we do to the throne of grace.

Thomas Watson

It would be good to develop the humility and heart of Jesus earthly mother, Mary as she says:

 John 2:5

His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

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Peter T. Forsythe was right when he said, “The first duty of every soul is to find not its freedom but its Master”.

Warren W. Wiersbe, The Integrity Crisis, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1991, p. 22

It’s always a question of Lordship, is Jesus truly in charge of your heart and decisions?

Are we seeking Him first?

Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.

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It is easy to say Jesus is Lord of our decisions, when we are alone with Him in prayer, but challenges will come!

John Kenneth Galbraith, in his autobiography, A Life in Our Times, illustrates the devotion of Emily Gloria Wilson, his family’s housekeeper:

It had been a wearying day, and I asked Emily to hold all telephone calls while I had a nap. Shortly thereafter the phone rang. Lyndon Johnson was calling from the White House.

“Get me Ken Galbraith. This is Lyndon Johnson.”

“He is sleeping, Mr. President. He said not to disturb him.”

“Well, wake him up. I want to talk to him.”

“No, Mr. President. I work for him, not you. When I called the President back, he could scarcely control his pleasure. “Tell that woman I want her here in the White House.”

John Kenneth Galbraith, A Life in Our Times,  Houghton Mifflin, Reader’s Digest, December, 1981

Always obey God, not man!

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Deuteronomy 13:4

Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear Him, and keep His commandments, and obey His voice, and ye shall serve Him and cleave unto Him

Dr. B.J. Miller once said, “It is a great deal easier to do that which God gives us to do, no matter how hard it is, than to face the responsibilities of not doing it.”

Today In The Word, November, 1989, p.11

Luke 9:23

And He said to them all, “If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.

“It is not the importance of the thing, but the majesty of the Lawgiver, that is to be the standard of obedience…Some, indeed, might reckon such minute and arbitrary rules as these as trifling. But the principle involved in obedience or disobedience was none other than the same principle which was tried in Eden at the foot of the forbidden tree. It is really this: Is the Lord to be obeyed in all things whatsoever He commands? Is He a holy Lawgiver? Are His creatures bound to give implicit assent to His will?”

Andrew Bonar, referring to the laws found in Leviticus, quoted in J. Bridges, The Pursuit of Holiness,   p. 23.

Matthew 22:37

 Jesus said unto him, “‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.’

Isaiah 33:22 21st Century King James Version

22 For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; He will save us.

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Imagine, if you will, that you work for a company whose president found it necessary to travel out of the country and spend an extended period of time abroad. So he says to you and the other trusted employees, “Look, I’m going to leave. And while I’m gone, I want you to pay close attention to the business. You manage things while I’m away. I will write you regularly. When I do, I will instruct you in what you should do from now until I return from this trip.” Everyone agrees.

He leaves and stays gone for a couple of years. During that time he writes often, communicating his desires and concerns. Finally he returns. He walks up to the front door of the company and immediately discovers everything is in a mess–weeds flourishing in the flower beds, windows broken across the front of the building, the gal at the front desk dozing, loud music roaring from several offices, two or three people engaged in horseplay in the back room. Instead of making a profit, the business has suffered a great loss. Without hesitation he calls everyone together and with a frown asks, “What happened? Didn’t you get my letters?”

You say, “Oh, yeah, sure. We got all your letters. We’ve even bound them in a book. And some of us have memorized them. In fact, we have ‘letter study’ every Sunday. You know, those were really great letters.” I think the president would then ask, “But what did you do about my instructions?” And, no doubt the employees would respond, “Do? Well, nothing. But we read every one!”

Charles Swindoll, Living Above the Level of Mediocrity, p. 242.

Matthew 7:21

“Not every one that saith unto Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, but he that doeth the will of My Father who is in Heaven.

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James 1:22 [Full Chapter]

But be ye doers of the Word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

Well, simple preaching, now I need to do what I just preached, and get on with the work of my day:

Let’s pray:

‘Father God in Heaven, Creator of Heaven and earth, You who created me, Speak to me I pray. Lord Jesus, cause me to hear your voice in every area of my life, and grant me the courage to fully obey you, above every other voice, no compromise. Amen!”

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Jesus on Halloween

Jesus on Halloween

This Halloween, find Jesus!

Mark 1: 1 The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah,[a] the Son of God,[b] 2 as it is written in Isaiah the prophet:
“I will send my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way”[c]—
3 “a voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.’”[d]

Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, no man can come to the Father, apart from Him. John 14:6

How do I handle Halloween?

Simple, I keep presenting Jesus, that people might choose Him, and Heaven, and avoid hell. There is no other way…
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The Scripture says that the way of eternal life, salvation, is simple, and plain:

Rom 10:9 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.

10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12 ¶ For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

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You simply believe Jesus died for your sin, was raised from the dead, and if you should simply call upon His name, you will be saved.

Rom 10:9 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.

The question then is, is Jesus your Lord?

Much of what we do with our time, is temporal, some of it needful, to make a living for ourselves, in this life.

Yet, there is an appointment we will all keep, some sooner, some later, with God.

We will die.

Then what?

You might like this article: https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/12/17/teach-us-to-number-our-days/

We will come face to face with what we spent our lives on in this life. Without Jesus, we will depart into a place called hell, a place of everlasting torment.

With Him, there are only two scenarios: For those who accepted Him, yet did not live for Him, who, because of the great love and mercy of our Lord, will make heaven, with no reward.

Yet, there are those of us, actively pursuing the things of God, and doing everything in our power, to live for Jesus, and to build His kingdom.
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1Ti 6:19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

As a minister has said, we can only do three things with our life: We can waste it, We can spend it, or we can invest it in eternity.

This is true. Wasteful living in alcohol, immorality, and pursuit of vain and worldly pleasures, can cost us eternal life, if we reject Jesus.

Yet, the majority of people spend their lives, working, investing, and building a better life for themselves, only to discover, that we cannot take it with us.

Then, there are the third group of people, that invest their lives, in light of eternity and who enter glory, to the applause of the great cloud of witnesses, into eternal rank, privilege and reward.

Which one are you? What are you living for?

Today, I’m asking that you join me in this great adventure of faith.

FAITH = Fantastic Adventures In Trusting Him.

Living large, in light of eternity.

Today, I am asking you to not only accept Jesus as your Savior, but to do what I have done, bow your knee, to His Lordship. To give Him all of your life, to consecrate everything you are, have, or hope to be, to Him. Then, He will speak to you, and like the mother of Jesus spoke in her immortal words, so many years ago:

Joh 2:5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

Let’s Pray:
‘Father, today is Halloween in the world, the day the devil and his disciples rejoice, and attempt to work evil in the earth. You are Almighty God, Creator of Heaven and earth, and Jesus, you are Lord. Today, I give you my heart, my life, my future, and all that I am, or would become. I trust you to speak to me, and show me my next assignment, today. Amen’

Jesus is Lord!

Jesus is Lord!

Behold! The Whole World Has Gone After Him!

John 12: 19 The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him.

Matt 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

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Indeed, the whole world has gone after Jesus!

Whether they accept Him, and serve Him willingly, or gnash their teeth in frustration, as their plans continually fail, as they run up against His kingdom operating in the earth, the Church is victoriously moving forward in every nation of the earth, and there is absolutely nothing that people or devils can do to stop it!

Mt 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Some think that His kingdom with come, only when Jesus Himself comes to the earth, and physically takes up residence upon His throne in Jerusalem, city of the great king, but His kingdom has come now, and is very active for those with eyes to see, and ears to hear.
I like the way John Bevere defined the kingdom of God as the ‘supreme rule and reign of God in the universe.’

Mt 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Authority

How can Jesus make this statement?

Simple, when He rose from the dead, and His blood was literally applied to the mercy seat before the throne of God in heaven, it was decreed:
Matt 28:18 All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

All power, authority, belong to Jesus, now!

Our job, is to hear, and obey Him.

The angels have figured it out!

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Psalm 103:19-22

God has set his throne in heaven; he rules over us all. He’s the King! So bless God, you angels, ready and able to fly at his bidding, quick to hear and do what he says. Bless God, all you armies of angels, alert to respond to whatever he wills. Bless God, all creatures, wherever you are— everything and everyone made by God. And you, O my soul, bless God!

Now we need to be like the servants at the wedding, when Mary spoke: Whatever He says to you, do it.” (John 2:5)

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When we do, His power is displayed in the earth, and through our prayers, and the exercising of that authority, the nations are shepherded by the Holy Spirit, as He governs them through the very decrees we utter in prayer over the earth.

And so we have become joint-heirs with Jesus….occupying until He comes again, making His enemies His footstool as we march victoriously forward in Him!

Ro 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

Is it easy? NO!

This verse makes it plain, we will suffer with Him.

Suffer? Not a popular word in this micro-wave, instant, version of Christianity…

Yet, His kingdom is love. Faith works by love. If we want power with God, we must love people, and sometimes people can be nasty.

Walking in purity, power, and purpose will run you and I cross wise of the worldly and religious agenda’s of people, and when this happens, people will minimally shun us, though often they treat us a whole lot worse than that, as we read of the atrocities perpetrated against Christians in China, Syria, Egypt, Pakistan, and India, to name a few nations in the news currently.

Some say, ‘You Christians hide out in your churches, and have do little to help with the real issues of the day’

Yes, we do go to church, for it is the vehicle God has prescribed to bless us, our communities, where training, equipping, encouragement, and empowerment occurs, but seen from heaven’s perspective, going to church is an issue of obedience:

Heb 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

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2Ch 5:13 It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD;

Ps 92:13 Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.

We go to church, to meet with the King! He is alive! He rules! He reigns! He speaks! He provides! He is Love!

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Some forsake this blessing, thinking that they do not need this vehicle in their lives.
Foolishness! Pride and self-will, thinking that any of us know better than God Almighty!

Some neglect this grace and blessing, thinking that they can run their own lives, but know this: the prayers prayed by the church, and the Word of God decreed over your community, are being heard, answered, and backed up by heaven. If you are on the right side of that Word, you will find grace, mercy, and blessing.

I like this quote:

Yet membership in a confessing body is fundamental to the faithful Christian life. Failure to do so defies the explicit warning not to forsake “our assembling together.” His understanding of this prompted Martin Luther to say, “Apart from the church, salvation is impossible.” Not that the church provides salvation; God does. But because the “saved” one can’t fulfill what it means to be a Christian apart from the church, membership becomes the indispensable mark of salvation.

“So highly does the Lord esteem the communion of His church,” Calvin wrote,” that He considers everyone a traitor and apostate from religion who perversely withdraws himself from any Christian society which preserves the true ministry of the word and sacraments.” 

Charles W. Colson, The Body, 1992, Word Publishing, p. 70.

If you neglect it, you do so to your own peril, for the Word of God is a sword, and we either fall upon the rock, or the rock falls upon us.

Isa 61:2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

Jesus is interested in a relationship with you, not a 45 minute date every Sunday morning. Make Him first in your life.

Joyce Meyer quotes:
Yet, we love…We pray, we forgive, and as we do, evil regimes, empires, and governmental structures that do not align themselves with Jesus and His Word, fall before Him, crushed at His feet.

Mt 21:44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

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1Pe 2:8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

And so we go, led of heaven. Living in love, bearing fruit that is out of this world…

I know it’s Christmas, and I should write some cute Happy Birthday Jesus message, but I am determined to help you, that your life might bear eternal consequence and reward…

Let’s Pray:
“Lord Jesus, I humble myself before Your throne, today, seeking Your face, to do Your will. Lead me, direct me, bless me, and cause me to understand Your Word, Your Will, and Your ways. As You speak, may I be quick to obey, that I might see again Your power and glory, Amen’