Saturday, March 27, 2021

is it the same with You? So who have you Chosen?

Is it the same with You? So who have you Chosen?

Then He came the third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? It is enough!” Mark 14:41a 

“It is enough!” How these words from the Master stung the disciples! They were given the opportunity to share a sacred moment with Jesus. They failed Him. This time, not even Peter had an answer for Jesus. Jesus forgave them, and they went on to experience God working powerfully through their lives, but that unique moment with their Lord was lost. The angels had comforted the Savior on that lonely night as He prepared for the cross, not the disciples. Scripture indicates that the disciples later became diligent in prayer, but the memory of that night would remain with them for the rest of their lives. Like the disciples, you receive unique opportunities to serve your Lord. There are times when Jesus will ask you to join Him as He is at work in the life of your friend, family, or coworker. If you are preoccupied with your own needs, you will miss the blessing of sharing in His divine activity. God is gracious; He forgives, and He provides other opportunities. He will even use our failings to bring about good, but it is critical that we respond in obedience to every prompting from God. God does not need our obedience; He has legions of angels prepared to do His bidding when we fail Him. The loss is ours as we miss what God wants to do in our lives. Respond immediately when God speaks to you. His will for you is perfect, and it leads to abundant life. - Blackaby Experiencing God Day by Day 

We live in a world that is that is replete with cliches.  Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps. An Army of One. If you don't do for yourself it won't happen.  Selfishness is what's taught in schools that have no Godly influence.  Selfishness is what people are encouraged to pursue. 

Selfishness is the opposite of the love of God. 

Was reading in Luke 4 this morning. One of the temptations of Jesus by Satan.  To bow down and worship him and he would give Jesus honor and glory, saying it's been given to him to give to whomever he wished.  Look at history.  Indeed Satan has done so to many, the result has been that worship of God has been severely diminished.  Worship of self has increased.  You cannot worship both. 

I also was pondering the different way to look at those 40 days of temptation to Jesus.  It was a variation of what came upon Job. 

Are you living for self or living for Christ?

We, like Jesus said, cannot do both.  You will serve one and hate the other.  In my other Bible reading it was in the book of Judges.  Of how when Israel fell away from God, and embraced the world, they suffered for it. When they came back to God, they had peace. 

You have any wild notions that you are any better?  If Jesus said, and He did, that you cannot serve two masters, who are you serving?

Who is first in your life?
Who is second? 

If anyone is higher than Jesus, my Friend, you have a huge problem. 

In Prayer, we come to Christ, in faith, to ask what is on our hearts and minds.  It is a privilege only for those who are saved by Grace, those who have come to Christ for Salvation.  

I have heard believers and unbelievers cry out "Oh God!".  One out of a great need for the One who promised never to leave us nor forsake us.  The other out of either great fear or cursing, bringing dishonor to the Name of God, never out of reverence to whom that Name belongs. 

How is He seen in your life? Do you at all name the Name of Jesus as your Savior or is He nothing more than a bad punchline to a situation in your life?

To the end of time, at the final judgment, you will either be a Child of God or you will have rejected that for yourself.  In this life your choice is clear. Once you die you no longer have that choice. It's a settled matter. Irrevocable. Unchanging. Set in stone. Unalterable. 

Choose wisely today while it is still today for you. Jesus will either be your Savior or your Judge.  He will NOT be both in your decision to accept or reject Him. There is no in the middle place to be.  Jesus hates lukewarm people. If you haven't chosen Him, you have rejected Him. 

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