Live Like Christ–But Do it in His Power 1 Peter 4

There is a sense of urgency–We should be living as though Christ is returning…Because he is! It is so easy to become complacent in these current circumstances.  No matter how comfortable things seem, we are living for eternity.  That means we seek God, we love others and we act as he would act.  The great news is that we do not have to do it in our power.  The Holy Spirit comes and fills us and guides us to living a Christ like life. 

So what does that life look like, well according to Peter their are three major components–Love, selflessness and humility. If we are selfless and humble, it does not mean we act like EEOre.  It only means that we are always looking for ways to promote others and show them Christ in our lives. Loving others means that we see the from God’s perspective and as members of our family.  We accept them as they are but steer them to the wonderful journey with Christ.  Life is about selfless, loving humility.

Living that kind of life is a sign we are looking to eternity–not simply existing for today!

God Bless You

The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

I Samuel 20 part 1–You Got a Friend

There are several marks of a true friend.  Complete honesty, complete transparency, complete vulnerability and a willingness to face hard truth are all part of being a true friend.  Jonathan and David were those kind of friends. When David felt threatened he went to his stalker’s son.  Jonathan was skeptical but listened.  David was open and honest and Jonathan said what a true friend says—“Whatever you want me to do, I’ll do.” David had no doubt that his friend would care for him. David would have done the same for him.

True friends do that.  They become available, they listen, they put aside their own skepticism and they look for ways to help. We need to be those kind of friends.  We need to put aside our own feelings and fears and lay our lives down for our friends.  Even Jesus said, “Greater love has no man than this, that a man would lay down his life for his friends.” As we look at our lives—do we act like Jonathan with our friends. Do we listen, put aside our own feelings and remain in the corner of those we love…That is what friends do.

Thanks my Friends and God Bless You

 

20 Then David fled from Naioth at Ramah and went to Jonathan and asked, “What have I done? What is my crime? How have I wronged your father, that he is trying to kill me?”

“Never!” Jonathan replied. “You are not going to die! Look, my father doesn’t do anything, great or small, without letting me know. Why would he hide this from me? It isn’t so!”

But David took an oath and said, “Your father knows very well that I have found favor in your eyes, and he has said to himself, ‘Jonathan must not know this or he will be grieved.’ Yet as surely as the Lord lives and as you live, there is only a step between me and death.”

Jonathan said to David, “Whatever you want me to do, I’ll do for you.”

I samuel 8 part 2–Beware for What You Wish…

When you place your desires over common sense, nothing good can ever come from it.  The Israelites were slaves for 400 years.  Then God freed them.  He gave them the best lands in the Middle East, but they were afraid to claim it. He led them as nomads for 40 years, providing the very food they ate, the daily direction and schedule and the understanding of who he was and who they were as his chosen people.  He led the into the promised land and helped them take it as their own. He continued to bless them as they humbly followed him.  Then, they decided they needed a king just like everyone else.  He then patiently told them the cost of serving a king rather than serving him, they simply did not care.

In our lives, we are often faced with similar choices.  When, in those choices, we ignore God and do what we want, the repercussions can be devastating. We lose our freedom, our blessing and our protection from the Lord.  We, like everyone else, become mired in the trappings of life and the lies of the world.  We willingly give away the gifts God has given us. Once we choose in earnest to follow anyone other than God our lives will crumble.  Again—If we trust in the Lord with all our hearts, lean not on our own understanding, acknowledge him in all our ways, then he will make our paths straight.  Proverbs 3:5-6

 Help me, Lord to follow you and you only.

God Bless You

 

10 Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. 11 He said, “This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. 12 Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. 16 Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle[c] and donkeys he will take for his own use. 17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. 18 When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”

19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us. 20 Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.”

 

Mattehew 12 part 3–No Spectators

In spiritual warfare there are no spectators.  The culture, the enemy and the Lord require that each person choose whom they will serve. When claiming the promised Land, Joshua explained that to Israel—“Choose this day whom you will serve,… as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15 In t, life of Jesus, for a period he was a rock star.  Thousands just came to see, eat and be healed.  But, he did make it clear that the people did have to make a choice.  Not a choice to follow him or to worship him, but a choice to Worship the father.

The choice remains today.  Each of us has to choose whom we will serve.  Sadly, no choice is itself a choice to serve the word and the enemy.  That is why, we as a people must choose to follow him each day.   We seek him , we pray and we humbly follow his leadership through the great and the struggle.  In the midst of it, however, we must keep focused on him—not our circumstance, not our selves but the author and finisher of our faith.   Help me, Lord to be a soldier and not a spectator in this battle.  Help me to humbly follow you

God Bless You

30 “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 31 And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.

33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 35 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”