Many people miss this!

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Jan 172018
 

“If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love” (John 15:10).

Parents!
What is the greatest proof of your children’s love for you?

Is it when they say they love you?
That’s great.

But it’s not proof.
Really, it’s when they obey you…willingly.

Many people miss this!
They say they love God, maybe even go to church regularly.
But there is little evidence of real love for God in their lives.

A recent poll showed that 80% of Christians believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God.
That same poll reflected that more than 70% felt every individual has to decide right or wrong for himself.

That is-
– saying one thing
– and doing another.

Jesus said:
“If you love Me-
– you will keep My commandments!”

The proof of our love is-
– our willingness to obey God and His commands.

Doesn’t it make you feel great when your child willingly obeys you?

Why don’t you give God the same joy?

Obey Him because it’s your desire to do so.
Love Him like you want to be loved by your own child.

(Pa)

Friendship with God

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Nov 042017
 

“You are My friends if you do whatever I command you” (John 15:14).

How do we show our friendship for Jesus?

How do we show our love for Him?

In John 15:14-

Jesus points out three things we can do to show our friendship with God!

First-

True friends of Jesus will affectionately obey Him.

Quite simply, we will do what He says.

If we don’t, then we have no right to call ourselves His friends.

When we are in love with God, obedience will not be a duty; it will be a delight.

Next-

This friendship with Jesus will actively obey Him.

Some people think it’s enough if they avoid what He forbids.

And certainly being a Christian means ceasing to do certain things.

But it also means starting to do certain things.

It is not merely avoiding the wrong, but it is doing the right.

How do we find out what God wants us to do?

By reading the Bible, by becoming familiar with its content.

The more we know of His Book, the more we will know of Him.

The more we know of this Book, the more we will know about what He requires of us and what friendship with Him actually is.

Lastly-

True friends of Jesus will always obey Him.

In other words, we are constantly obedient—not perfect, but trying.

And if we fail, then we repent and get up and try again.

This obedience should not be too hard because of whom we are obedient to.

This is Jesus asking for our obedience.

That changes everything, because we love Him.

(PA)

Consider carefully your choices!

 Obedience, Rejection  Comments Off on Consider carefully your choices!
Oct 072017
 

Rejection always causes us to ask “why?”

We can learn lessons from rejection.

Israel wanted a change in leadership.
Samuel was old, and his sons were not good candidates to succeed him.
So the elders said, “Appoint a king to lead us” (1 Samuel 8:5).

When Samuel heard the request he felt rejected.
But God assured him that he was not the one being rejected.

The people were rejecting God.
Why?
Because they wanted to be like other nations and serve other gods (vs 5, 8).

Even after being warned of the dangers of this-
– the people still said, “We want a king over us.
Then we will be like all the other nations” (v 19-20).

Was that a good reason to ask for a king?
No, but it was a common one.

God’s way is often rejected-
– not for a better way,
– but for a preferred way.

The preferred way appeals to man and, just as with Israel, is more like the way of the world.
Israel later reaped the negative effects of this decision
– a sure result of rejecting God.

Listen to His Word and follow His way.
Because that is the only path to blessing.

Consider carefully your choices!
And ask if they lead you closer to or further away from God.

Determine that your heart will be set to follow Him.

(PA)

Jul 232017
 

God’ s glory is more important than our own well-being. The serious problem is not the pain that others have inflicted upon us. But the pain we have inflicted (and continue to inflict) upon God.

Let me spell out as clearly as I can exactly what I mean. Many Christians are far more interested in focusing on how they can get God to comfort them when they have been hurt than considering how much they have hurt Him.

Not that it is wrong to seek His comfort. Scripture encourages us to do this.

But it is only one side of the picture. I repeat that this is a legitimate emphasis. The important issue is not how badly people have behaved toward us. But how badly we have behaved (and continue to behave) toward God.

Take this for example:

Someone hurts us or upsets us. And we decide to become the architects of their judgment. But what does God say?

“Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for His wrath. For it is written: Vengeance belongs to Me; I will repay” (Rom 12:19).

Don’t you think God is hurt when He sees us ignoring His Word? We may have been sinned against, but is that any justification for sinning against God?

Are you hurting God?

Let’ s not mince words here – for any violation of a divine principle must be called by its rightful name – sin!

And no sin ought to be treated lightly – especially a sin against God.

“God, forgive me that so often I am more concerned about how others have treated me than the way I treat You. I see that a failure to trust You is a failure in love. I say, “I love You,” but only so far. Forgive me and help me forgive those who hurt me also. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

(PA)

Jul 202017
 

“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” Psalm 27:14.

Do you know the story of Joshua?

And how the wall of Jericho fell down after the Israelites marched around it once a day for six days, then seven times on the seventh day?

Why not just walk around Jericho one time?

I think it was because God was testing their faith.

God was teaching them that-

“Waiting time is not a wasted time!”

Isaiah 28:16 says, “he that believes shall not make haste.”

God is never in a hurry like we are.

We get upset when we miss a section in a revolving door!

God is also never late.

He knows what He is doing.

Do you know what our problem is?

We’ve been around Jericho six times and we’re ready to quit.

Say with the psalmist:

“My soul, wait you only upon God; for my expectation is from Him.” Psalm 62:5.

Are you single?

Or lonely?

Take comfort in knowing God knows your heart’s desire.

Take courage in knowing God’s best is your purity.

Though it may be hard to wait-

God will honor your obedience!

(PA)