Denying yourself is one of the essential requirements for becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Unfortunately, many believers are either ignorant of this and some of them would not even want to hear it. They start as disciples without counting the cost. One still claim to be a disciple of Jesus, yet if they are not willing to deny themselves, they are still bound in sin.
Following Christ means to “deny your self” and to lay aside our own will, opinions and our human reactions. It implies a choice and a commitment by forsaking oneself, that is, our will, needs, pleasures or comfort in order to God’s will. We deny our self-will, only doing that which we do not like or going where we don’t want. We see Jesus’ purposes and his desires as vastly more important than our own.
If we run away from this truth, our lives will remain unfruitful. Our relationship with family members should not be a reason to deter us from being what Jesus wants you to be. As disciples of Jesus, we are not bound by human advice, reasoning, opinions, and influence. No human relationship should be more intimate, no human bond more inseparable than that between us and our Master. Our love for God must have precedence over any other. To be a disciple of Jesus demands that he become the most important thing in our life:
Likewise, not only denying your own will, but also the will of your Father, or your mother, or your son…Your father does not want you to be saved then you have to reject his advice and follow the biblical advice, your mother wants you to go to the doctor then you have to reject those ideas and follow the biblical. Your child makes you no longer seek God as you once did, you love Him so much that you are willing to bribe just to give him money to go to sports… you are ready to steal and cheat or do anything that displeases God just to give your son something that will please him.
Matthew 10:37 “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that lovethson or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
38 And he taketh not his cross,and followeth after me,is not worthy of me.
39 He that findeth his life shall lose it:and he that loses his life for my sake shall find it.”
Without denying our own sin and self-will, our lives will remain the same and the life of Christ cannot come forth in us. We will not be transformed nor be formed into our Master’s image.
We can still claim to be disciples, attend church, do charity work and call Jesus “Lord”. But in the long run this form of godliness can’t cover the sin that we are still bound in. if we can’t be Jesus’ disciples. He says that all who come after him must” hate” his family members, lest they be cast at away. They who love anything else more than Jesus are not of him.
And he does not need them. Taking our cross involves the daily putting to death our selfish desires and ambitions of the old self, our lower nature. Unless one is willing to forsake their sinful nature and be transformed, they have not been born again. Sadly, Jesus says he does not need them. And he that does not carry his cross daily and follow him is not worthy of him. He has no share with him. Jesus only works with and reveals himself to them that are willing to do his will. If one still holds onto his will and desires, Christ says he knows them not. Discipleship demands a devotion to the Lord that surpasses the instinct to preserve our own life. One must value following Jesus above life itself. If choose to love our relations more than Jesus, we are not worthy of him. Following Jesus comes with a price to be paid.
We will face reproach, conflict and separation from those who do not have the same mind. But we must be willing to bear it all for Jesus’ sake. The Bible tells us that whoever is ashamed of Jesus and of his words,of him shall the Lord be ashamed on the day of his second coming. If we are ashamed of Jesus because of our loved ones, we will miss him. He will forsake us. Christ must be the object of our supreme affection.
You don’t want to decide to give up alcohol, to stop living with a woman / man you have never married… he has rejected you, you have no fellowship with him… you say you are saved but fornication to you is like food, no matter how much you pay tithes, or how much you attend worship, or sing in choir, or be a prayer leader… His Word is right there… SOMEONE WHO DOESN’T TAKE HIS CROSS FOLLOW ME, IS NOT WORTH OF ME
You say you are saved but you are engaged in a sex groups, you engage in group of jokes and insults, you say you are saved you are still doing masturbation in secret, you are still dressed like a prostitute, who sell themselves on streets. Then you have not denied yourself.. So he doesn’t know you .. according to his own words… you have your will and he has his will. If he one not denied himself HE DOESN’T KNOW.
Pleasing him must be the highest most compelling motive of our lives.
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.
24 For whosoever shall save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose it for my sake, the same shall save it.
25 For what is man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?
26.For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and my words, of him shall the Son of Man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.”
If you did not deny yourself and you thought you had Jesus in your heart.. Repent again today! .
Stop alcohol, stop corruption, stop immorality, stop masturbating, stop bad company companies..Many say they have tried to stop committing adultery and abstinence have failed so they need prayer… There is no request for this behavior.
It’s up to you to decide!
To become a disciple of Jesus, repent of your sins and decide to leave all you used to do. Turn your back on your past. Choose to follow Christ wholeheartedly and do not turn back. God will then send forth his Spirit to help you overcome sin and to guide you in the way of truth in its wholeness. Remember to be baptized into the name of Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins. Take up your cross daily and follow Jesus.
God bless you.
No one is unaware that as a wise parent nears the end of his days, he often invites his children to give them a short will and to bless them. and a loving Parent is the one who tells his children or grandchildren the truth of life, and who gives them attention and gives them comfort and hope. so also did our Lord Jesus Christ, before his departure. He spent hours talking to them about a number of things. And his will is divided into five parts:
THE FIRST SECTION: Which is the whole of chapter 13, you will see the Lord warning his disciples about humility, you will see him practically teaching them how to be humble, (by showing himself, by taking water and washing their feet) and telling them who would be greater than him. all must be the youngest.and if the one who calls on the Lord has taken hold of their feet, how shall it be with him? .
THE SECOND SECTION: Which is chapter 14 all you will see the Lord comfort his disciples, that they should not be afraid or discouraged when he leaves them … for he is going to prepare a place for them. And he tells them he will not leave them orphans, but will bring them a helper who is the Holy Spirit, and their joy will be restored. and they shall see that they are not left.
THE THIRD SECTION: Which is the whole of chapter 15, You will see the Lord warn and remind them to bear fruit after His departure, and remind them to love one another.
THE FOURTH SECTION: Which is the whole of chapter 16, You will see the Lord warn them of the things that will happen to them after He leaves, and tell them, the tribulation they will go through and the suffering, but do not be afraid because He will be with them.
John 16: 1 “These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.
2 They will put you out of the synagogues; Yes, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God.
3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. 4
But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. I did not tell you these things from the beginning, because I was with you ”.
FIFTH AND FINAL SECTION: This is the 17th chapter, which is a feature of Jesus Himself concluding by praying for His disciples. now even when a father gives a will to his children before his death, in the end when he prays for blessings and blessings, he cannot pray for the people on the street, or the people at work for him, he must pray for them and bless those he commanded with their children, because that is his inheritance. that’s what the Lord did here, in this section after telling them the things that would happen to them and their responsibilities, after his departure then he prays for them. And what is he praying for? We get the answer a little further.
John 17: 9 “I pray for you. I do not pray for the world; but these thou hast given to me, for they are thine;
10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.
11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, IN THE NAME OF YOUR OWN RULE, let them be as one, as we are.
12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; and not one of them is lost, but the son of perdition, that the scripture might be fulfilled.
13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them; for they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world; JUST BE AWAY FROM THE EVIL ONE.
16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
17 PLEASE HELP THEM OUTSIDE THE WORLD; YOUR WORD IS TRUE.
18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
20 AND NOT ONLY THOSE WHO PRAY FOR YOU; BUT THOSE WHO WANT TO SEE IT BECAUSE OF THEIR WORD.
21 Let them all be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. may they also be in us; that the world may believe that you sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one.
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; that the world may know that thou didst send me, and lovedst them, even as thou lovedst me.
24 FATHER, THEN I WANT YOU TO BE WITH ME EVERYWHERE, THAT THEY MAY SEE AND SEE MY GLORY; for you loved me before the foundation of the world.
25 Righteous Father, the world has not known you; but I have come to know you, and these have come to know that you sent me forth.
26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it; that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them ”
This will applies to us too, as we have become disciples of Christ we must love one another, humble ourselves, be united and do His work. if we keep the will then we will be very successful in this world. Similarly, these prayers are not only for the apostles..but they are for us too … because in verse 20 he says “I DO NOT JUST PRAY FOR THEM; BUT FOR THOSE WHO WILL BELIEVE IT BECAUSE OF THEIR WORD. ” It is our right to claim our glory and our blessings, and we do not claim it in words, but by doing His will, when we do His will in the spirit world it is our right to receive blessings and blessings and health. may the Lord bless us to be more united and loving and humble…
And more importantly let us do His work. And finally let us receive His blessings that He blessed us 2,000 years ago.
ANSWER: The Pharisees and the Sadducees have their roots in one religion based on the Law of Moses.
The Pharisees believe in the resurrection of the dead (ie life after death, they believe everything written in the law, even the hope of the coming of the Messiah on earth) but the Sadducees do not believe in the resurrection, they believe that when a person dies, there is nothing after that, nor is there any angels or the spirit world or heaven.If you read Matthew 22: 24-34 you will see that the Lord Jesus answered the Pharisees about their poor view of the Scriptures and told them that God would not say He is the God of Abraham, and Isaiah and Jacob if those people are dead now.
Because God is not always the God of them but of the living ..so that Word proves that the resurrection exists. If you read Acts 23 again you will see the Apostle Paul uniting the two sects.
Acts 23: 6 “But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. I am judged for the hope of the resurrection of the dead.
7 And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided.
8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit; but the Pharisees confess all of these.
9 There was a lot of noise. And some of the scribes of the Pharisees part stood up, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man: and what if a spirit hath spoken to him, or an angel? but if a spirit or an angel has spoken, what is it?
10 And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring him into the castle.
So with these texts you will get to understand where the difference between these people is GREEK: It is not a religion , but a people of the Greek world, now Greece. Greeks but originally are Jews, for example those people who wanted to see the Lord in the past were Jews but not native to Israel. we read:.
John 12:20 “Now there were certain Greeks among those that went up to worship at the feast.
21 The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.
See? so also the people who were in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost, (Acts 2) marveling at the great works of God, the Bible says they were the Parthians and the Medes and the Elamites, etc. all these were not Gentiles (i.e. non-Jews) no but were Jews who came from the nations mentioned there,
And the second kind: is the Greeks of Greek descent, the Gentiles.
For example, we can see that the woman mentioned here is Greek but has no Judaism in her:
Mark 7:24 “And from thence he arose, and went away into the borders of Tire and Sidon. And he entered into a house, and would have no man know it; but he could not be hidden.
25 But straightway a woman, whose little daughter had an unclean spirit, having heard of him, came and fell down at his feet.
26 And the woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter.
27 And he said unto her, Let the children first be filled; for it is not right to take the children’s bread and cast it to the dogs
28 And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs.
29 And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter.
30 And she went away unto her house, and found the child laid upon the bed, and the demon gone out.
We also see other servants of God like Titus, a disciple of Paul (Galatians 2: 3). And Timothy (Acts 16: 1) all of these the Bible refers to as Greeks, not Jews.
Blessed be the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
It is a grace that the Lord has given us to see the sun again today, almost meditating on the Scriptures together. as we know we are living in the last days, and with each passing minute the closer we get to the end…
So just today we have already reduced one more day, out of the few that remain before us, to reach that end. However, the Bible warns us that one of the signs of Christ’s second coming is the increase in REBELLION and KNOWLEDGE. Today we will not talk much about the increase in knowledge, if you would like to know about it then you will send us an inbox message to send us a lesson. but today we will look at the rise of REBELLION, (Matthew 24:12) where we will learn something very important.
And I also advise you before reading this lesson, take a moment to review the previous lesson before this one that says “Don’t say, Why are the old days gone by these days? for is it not wisdom that thou hast asked? because it has so much to do with what we are going to learn today.
If you think about today’s life you can say, it is better and yesterday and yesterday than today as the rebellion is increasing… The love of many is growing, murder is increasing, hatred is growing, hatred, selfishness, theft, immorality and all kinds of filth, is increasing… All of this is a sign of Christ’s second coming, but the question is, why should the sign of evil be a sign of Jesus’ return, and not a sign of good, that is, why the Lord Jesus would not say before His return?.
The answer is that at the time of Christ’s return, (shortly before the appearance of the clouds), the level of holiness of the saints will be very high. Brother, when you see that the sins are too much, know that in some cases the good is too much… Then he will be doing good on a large scale. many do not see this thinking that because there is so much sin in this age then there are absolutely no people who please God.
Don’t forget that all the time (Evil being high is a sign of holiness also being high). if you see that there is a great revolt in a certain city the sun on the other side in the same city there are perfect or perfect of a very large scale. when God was displeased with the revolt of Sodom and Gomorrah, at the same time God was very pleased with a man named Abraham, whom we now call the Father of Faith.
If you see the world getting more and more corrupt now, the sun is a sign that there are saints in some places who are increasingly purifying themselves. If you see right now there are a lot of women walking half-naked on the street, and even going to church like that… don’t think they’re all there… celestial standards.When you see there is a wave of false prophets..it is a matter of fear and not of laughter and contempt, because that is a sign that there are true servants of God. the bible says in the last days all the tares and wheat will be ripe. Even ordinary life teaches us
Although in recent years people in the world seem to be weaker, and diseases increase and capacity decreases… but if you follow the record, you will find that they are still broken every year. the fastest man lives in our age where people eat poorly, people have a lot of diseases . but in the middle of a generation where people are weak will there be people who are the Mightiest in history? and in Faith it is so…
In the midst of the extreme wickedness of the world, the Lord has His faithful people, in the time of King Ahab where his wife Jezebel made Israel so magical that all the prophets were killed, but somewhere was Elijah the Tishbite, and so on. that It is not enough that there were also 7,000 other prophets who did not bow down to Baal in the city, which the Lord had set up, so this brother is not the time to say aaah! the world is all ruined, so I have to be evil… or aaah these days there are no saints so there is no need for me to also purify myself..everywhere and for Everybody.
Remember this word.
Ecclesiastes 7:10 “Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? For it is not wise to ask that word ”.
May the Lord help us to open our eyes … and to purify ourselves. As long as that day is approaching
Why give up on seeking God?
I want to tell you that even if God Himself tells you “I don’t want you”, you still shouldn’t give up… there is a certain seed of destruction that the devil has planted in the hearts of many Christians, which there is a point where they feel unworthy before God, of feeling that God can no longer be with them, of feeling unworthy to go before God again,… .so they end up desperate to move forward when they see that even the answers to their prayers are delayed, I have met many such people. but I want to tell you not to despair, there are those with whom God had no plan, some were not even Christians, and some had offended God so much that God pronounced death on them, but in their wickedness they did not despair of running to God to have mercy on them
Are you not more than you who are saved?why give up?
Psalm 107: 10 “They sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron, 11 Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High:
12 And he smote them with a great slaughter; they stumbled, and there was none to help.
13 They cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses.
14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.
15 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
Remember the Bible is a book written to warn us, and in other words to strengthen us, and to comfort us. For example, look at this woman who, even though the grace of salvation had not yet reached her, had her gods in Tire. , did not care strong response from God, but he persevered until he found what he was looking for, no matter if he continued to go and worship his gods.
Matthew 15:22 “And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.
23 And he answered him to never a word; And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for he is crying out behind us.
24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
25 And she came and worshiped him, saying, Lord, help me.
26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.
27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.
28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. let it be to you as you wish. And her daughter was healed from that hour.
Do you see the character of the woman? Another example is King Ahab.
The Bible says that this Ahab was a wicked king, more than any other king who preceded him and was involved in greatly misleading Israel before God (1 Kings 21:25), until the time came when God told him it was enough now. and house yours will be full ..But when the bad news from God came to him, it did not make him despair, and he said now it is now !, God can no longer look at me, instead he went to humble himself.
1Kings 21:27 “And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly.
28 And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,
29 Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? therefore, because he humbled himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days; but in his son’s days will I bring the evil upon his house ”.
There is another one who came after Ahab, called Manasseh. He was the one who did more evil than Ahab and the one who caused even God not to forgive Israel again reall ..God was greatly displeased with him. It came to the point of being taken captive by chains and shackles, and the Assyrians to Babylon.
But being there knowing that he was the first enemy of God, he humbled himself before God and wept bitterly until he was heard.
2Chronicles 33:12 “When he was in distress, he begged Yahweh his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers.
13 And he struck him; and he received him, and heard his prayer; and he restored him to Jerusalem to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD he was God “.
Now these are just a few examples of people who were wicked and sinful, who had already been judged by God for their sins. But they did not give up, his humility (now why do you give up?) ..but I did not say this so that you too may sin and pray to God and then he will hear you no, that is wrong. I’m writing this for you, you who are saved, and then you feel like God can’t hear you, or He doesn’t care. Ask yourself! just as Jehovah God heard the cries of sinners like Ahab and Manasseh who provoked him to such an extent, how could he not hear you who, you have already given your life ..
He hears you very much. and he sympathizes with you more than you think, and he cares for you, and he hears your prayers… So you have no reason to despair? .. Continue to trust him and pray earnestly for him. Let’s read it again here.
Psalm 107: 4 “They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; They did not see the city to stay.
5 Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.
6: They cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses.
7 And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation ”.
Psalm 105: 8 “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.”
I want to tell you that if you are saved, the Lord loves you and is closer to you than even sinners, if you are saved your cry before Him is heard More than the cries of Ahab and Manasseh .. So just keep following God diligently because you are so precious to him, possessors sin not to overcome you, cling to the Lord, wherever He is, He will be with you always.For those who trust in God, their end is as good as Job’s.
James 5:11 “Behold, we call them blessed that waited. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy ”.
God bless you .
Once we are saved we do not end up in sin, such as adultery, wearing naked clothes, stealing, bribing, aborting, etc. ..not only that but we must also live a life of self-control and many other things…
There are many things we can do but we do not know that they can choke our faith and sometimes fail to bear fruit. For example, your earthly friend may ask you to accompany me to my friend’s birthday, but it may not be a sin, but before you do think about it, ask yourself. What are the pros and cons of such activities? ..the benefits may be to eat and laugh, but let’s not deceive ourselves, the spiritual loss will be more than the benefits? If you go from there you will know. or There is a certain drama on TV, and then you say no problem, it’s entertainment, but the truth is, your whole mind will move there, the only thing that will make you happy is when you remember where the drama ended..
And so you become a slave to it. or You associate friendships with everyone on the street to you, even the bad ones, you are just everyone friends Why not choose to live with them as neighbors, to greet and get to know each other, until you get into it be friends, meet every day to discuss other things that are not even important ?. you have about 50 whatsapp chat groups, from kindergarten, to college, magroup to street friends, to sports and comedy of all kinds. What does that all help you with, spiritually?
But you have only one bible study group ..When your mind is choked with many things it chokes the seed of God that is sown or sown in you that it does not grow (similar to the parable Jesus gave of the seed sown among thorns, which were choked by activity and did not bear fruit) Before going for a walk in the country, have you ever wondered what it is like to go there? If we live such a life of self-control the bible tells us .. we will never receive the prize we have set before us.
1 Corinthians 9:24 “What? Don’t you know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run like that, that you may win.
25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. then they do it in order to receive the perishable crown; but let us receive the incorruptible crown ”. you see the Apostle Paul goes on to say…
26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; I fight the same fist, not as one blowing air;
27 but I beat my body and bring it into submission; lest, after I have preached to others, I myself should be rejected ”.
Not everything interesting we have to try, we have to learn self-control, like athletes, and choose what to take and what to stop .. so that we can spend more time meditating on God, praying, and worshiping ..otherwise the more we see the schedule moving, the less time we will have to engage in the basics of our salvation. That’s when you will be surprised when you try to go to the mountain or your private place to pray once friends call you, ask you where you are, do we want to come? once the time for the drama has come you think you should finish the service quickly and go and check it out (all your thoughts are there), once you open whatsapp to see what’s going on there, and in your one Word group you joined, there are about 200 messages coming from different different groups. In contrast, it is interesting to read those messages.
Ask yourself, ‘Where do you find the time to meditate on God’s Word?’ So your time will always be on the line. Choose just a few close friends, the rest if they have to remain close friends who can’t connect with you for a long time ..also Stop watching Korean movies and dramas on TV, let them pass, this world is passing brother (and those movies and dramas almost all have demonic content, watching them is just increasing the number of demons in your life.)… Left all the trivial groups, including those of studying God’s Word, and family…
What did a group of elementary school people who studied 10 or 20 years ago help you now? .. maybe it would mean something to you if you didn’t have it. another responsibility to seek the face of God, but for a reason you have been given another responsibility by the higher authority… that primary school group leave, because it takes up your time and yet you would have spent that time reading the bible… get rid of the habits with some of the people you live with on the street, remain a good neighbor to you then, but to interact with life delete that relationship, you don’t have to join their villages..don’t be afraid that if you get in trouble they won’t help human beings, Hebrews 13: 6), when we obey God and He is on our side and not on the Adversary’s side.and after doing that… you will have saved a lot of time now. combustion in a manner.unusual.He will reveal Himself to you. As a result You will be spiritually fast and fast, until you bear fruit for God in a very short time. the devil.
God bless you.
The weakness the devil loves in a person is to over-think… The habit of thinking too much leads to loss of confidence, and even Faith on what you were going to do or say. And in the Faith, there are a few small things that are worth considering otherwise you will find yourself lacking courage and stability everywhere and failing to serve God. The Holy Spirit works in silence.
The Lord Jesus spoke these words to the disciples…
Matthew 10:16 “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. therefore be wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
17 Beware of men; for they will deliver you up to councils, and in their synagogues they will beat you; 18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. for what you are to speak will be given you in that hour ”.
Then the Lord spoke in a place of suspension in front of the accusers… that we should not be afraid and start thinking about how to defend ourselves or how to respond… instead be SILENCE !! May the Holy Spirit do His work… for at the same time He will give us a mouth of wisdom that will unravel all their snares… the same is true when preaching.
When you are sent by the Holy Spirit to stand up and preach… it is not the time to start thinking about what you are going to say, how I will preach all that time, how I will plan the words, how I will pray, how I will begin to explain this verse and that. once you start allowing those thoughts then the sun is very easy to prevent the Spirit from flowing properly in you…
What you should do after preparing the lesson, that there is a revelation the Holy Spirit has given you, through your own spirit or through His servant… and so you feel led to share it with others… directly prepare a few verses that support your lesson..after that time keep praying for other things… and wait for the time to come… and when you arrive start talking… as you speak the Holy Spirit will join you and you will find yourself flowing in a way that even you yourself will be amazed. but if you start to get scared..and think… the pastor knows better than me, what if I preach in front of him, someone knows the bible better than me… what if I make a mistake, if I run out of words in the middle… will I be able to finish the whole hour preaching? .. and this voice of mine stuttering how will it be? .. which line should I start with and which line should end?
Don’t think of all that… and don’t let those questions go around your head… The Holy Spirit will give you a mouth of wisdom at the same time you are preaching. and just after preaching you’ll find yourself back to your normal routine…
And wondering how you got through the hour so fast, how you managed to organize the words and not your routine, you’ll be amazed at the Word changing people, and others opening and healing… if you see that the sun is the Holy Spirit at work… you it was used only as a tool.
Now that power of the Holy Spirit fills and diminishes in a person… but does not leave the person when a person is in a state of normal activity or asleep it becomes diminished… but only if something happens! it often descends into a person for example when a person stands up to preach, it descends into it… that is when a person finds himself gaining extra confidence, the things he could not say or do he finds a certain instinct to enter him… or a man of God standing before him sued in court or elsewhere and does not know what to say… suddenly he wonders if he has found the wisdom to answer etc.
That is why the Lord said “do not think” means that there is a time when you will find yourself unable or unwilling to do something, it is a time to feel weak… then it is not a time to be depressed, because there is a Holy Spirit who will come down to strengthen you ..as the Apostle Paul said by the power of the Spirit somewhere…
2 Corinthians 12: 9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. for MY POWER IS FULFILLED IN WEAKNESS. So I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. ”
If you are a bible reader you will know about Samson… This man was not always strong.. and neither does the bible say that he was the greatest man of all, or if Goliath… was just a normal man… probably even had the muscles of only average, like that of other men is what it means it was difficult for people to know the nature of his power? .. because he looked just like the others .now what was happening to Samson was that when something happened then the powers came to him… Not always he had sometimes he was like ordinary people with moderate powers…
But when something happens either the enemies around him then the power of the Holy Spirit they descend upon him and give him incredible power to destroy them… and after that the forces diminish and return to being a normal person… Until another time of the event .. (read Samson’s story carefully and you will discover it), not only him… even some kings and Judges in the bible… For example King Saul, when there was a war in Israel and the people lacked the courage to go to war… then the Spirit of God came upon him with power and gave him incredible courage to go to war… which surprised many .
So from today don’t think about the time to go do God’s work if you had that attitude.. and not just God’s work but even any work..as long as you have given Christ your life and dedicated your ways to Him ..because wherever you go he will be with you, give you a mouth, give you wisdom, give you understanding, give you understanding, give you power, fight for you, guide you… and you will see God’s hand… and you will know that God exists and without Him you cannot do anything… So move forward and do not look left or right.
Exodus 14:14 “The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
15 And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward ”
The Lord bless us
We learn a story, about Peter, while he and his companions were at sea, when the Lord appeared to them. The first question Peter was asked by the Lord three times was. do you love me ?, and he answered yes I love you, ..and immediately the Lord began to tell him how his death would come on the day when he was old, that he would be bound and taken by strangers and sent to be killed. but when Peter heard it, he did not stop there, but turned his eyes away from the disciple whom the Lord Jesus had loved [John], and asked the Lord about him. And how will he die for you? .. But the words of the Lord Jesus were these ..
John 21:18 “And he said, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst where thou wouldest; but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and take thee.
19 This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had thus spoken, he saith unto him, Follow me.
20 Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; (He that sat on his breast at supper, saying, Lord, who is he that betrayeth thee?)
21 Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?
22 JESUS saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? You follow me.
23 Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?
You will see when Peter asked him he was told .., If this I want him to stay until I come. You must follow me…”
The word “what is that to thee” In fluently, looking at another translation, it is written as “Is that your business?”… so Peter was trying to compare his way with others, But Christ interrupted him and said,
“Even if I want John to live until I come, what is that to you?” , or does it add to what I have planned for you? You follow your set path. today, we try to compare ourselves with others, the case of a certain minister preaching like this, and I preach that way, the case that He opened the church, and I opened at the same time, the case that He preaches in that style and I preach the same way we think God wants, or the One. he sings this way and let me sing like him.we fail to stay in the passages that God has ordained for us, If He preaches by organizing great seminars and many choirs, I only preach on the street.
What does His ministry have to do with me? Or how does it affect my ministry? Why should I imitate everything he does? ..and if God were to inflict death on him in the same manner at the end of the day he should be stoned, would I be willing to die like him? he is destined to live a few years, so his work God has ordained for him to go fast, but you are destined to live many years preaching the gospel for many years, but when you imitate your partner and forsake yours, that is how you go out of God’s purpose. When Peter saw him, he was about to die.
He said, “If I go away like this, what will happen to the one who is loved by Jesus until he falls into his bosom?” He thought that everyone is mortal, that is, to fulfill all of God’s will. Each of us has been given by the Lord something unique, and His way of following it (we can never be the same) ..
Christ says follow me, he means so follow ME! ..we will not be judged because we do not live the life of a certain person, nor do we serve as the ministry of an apostle, but we will be judged where we did not follow Jesus when He called each one of us through Him. standing like you, whether in a minority, or in a multitude, as long as you are in the Lord’s line, that is far more valuable than using someone else’s thing as a measure of your performance.
The Lord bless you so much and bless us all
Matthew 17:21 [But this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.]
There are things that can never happen without fasting. Children, there is still another extra work… will have to, abstain from eating, abstain from roaming the streets… refrain from playing with friends..so he does not lose the heat, otherwise if he is careless the eggs will be gloomy..and all the birds in the sky are the same, there is a time when they will have to leave the sky a little, lock themselves inside laying their eggs. and not only the fast of fasting is needed to create something new… but also the fast of Life…
For example in order for a student to do well in his exams… he has to close certain doors… he will go to boarding school (there is already a prison) .. he will stay there even 6 months without even leaving outside the school fence, away from his parents and siblings, and his street friends it’s just like a chicken in a cage, not only that, it will force him to stop using the phone, TV, stop watching these or other dramas, movies, he should stop wandering completely, he will have to live every day of his academic life to serve education..he will wake up early in the morning, he will be late for bed… Now he does that so he doesn’t lose the heat, Because he knows if he holds two or more things at the same time… he will not succeed… the same title filling the drama, movies and music and at the same time lessons… WILL NOT succeed!…
So it is better to leave one and follow the other… And most of all he is happy to tolerate bad school foods until he graduates just to get what he is looking for… Likewise… and in Faith… we have to shut down some things in order to GET THE BEST!…
You will say that all these years I have failed to overcome immorality… it is because you have not decided to give it up in your life… you have not closed some doors yet!… Why can some survivors why you fail you have not closed those doors of immorality… there are still parasites that motivate you to continue to be what you are… and so it is none other than the company you have, or the pictures you look at, or the conversations you always have with adulterous content, or the networks you visit, or the person you live with… Like if you really fast and you mean to seek the face of God… those things will never drive you !!…
Why don’t you understand God’s Word when you read it and you are saved?… It’s just the attitude you have, you will see he just opens the book and reads the topic in the middle of the book, then he complains he doesn’t understand… now how will he understand? .. and when the first topics were taught in class he was playing out there while his classmates were reading?… In the same way, how will you understand the book of Jeremiah when the bible classes taught in the churches do not attend? .
You have never even read the book of Genesis alone and finished it… A quiet morning or evening when you would have to sit down with your own diligence to read the Bible… is that when you open whatsapp and facebook?, read the World News ??… and then complain you don’t understand the word ?…
I tell you the truth the bible is the easiest book to understand if only we, we will decide to obey God and focus on reading his Word diligently… because the Holy Spirit is there to help us understand it, so the task becomes much easier… but if you don’t take the time to read your own Word, at least starting from the book of Genesis, you will stop, read it step by step..without relying on someone to teach you… you will find your understanding becoming very fast… and PRODUCING SOMETHING NEW IN LIFE. but if you cultivate the habit of not reading the Word diligently, you will not produce anything…
So close today the things that you have left the door open in your Life, that keep you from wearing anything new… Korean, Nigerian, Filipino, Indian and Indian movies and movies!… Are things that take away the heat of your spiritual life. The spirit of the eggs you were craving is getting colder and darker… Because we are created we cannot hold two things at the same time. Have you ever heard people say “Let me watch some drama and lose my mind or let me watch a movie or a ball and lose my mind or reduce stress?”….
Have you ever wondered why they associate it with the word “relieve stress or reduce stress”?….it’s because it’s true when they go to look at those things they cause the thing that had entered their hearts to disappear, so if they continue to enjoy it for a while then finally the thing that was hurting their head is swallowed up by the entertainment… .just as if a person had come out to read the Word well and understand it… that is the seed being sown in it….but now when he goes out and goes to watch comics, or balls, or movies, or dramas all the time or attends a non-trivial party, little by little what is planted in him begins to sink… .even if he doesn’t like it! it will just disappear! .. and after a while he will find himself completely forgotten….
So we have a serious responsibility to protect what God has put in us so that we can find what we are looking for. Remember the Bible and this Word.
“This kind does not come except by prayer and fasting.” These are the last days. let’s move on to a better and more successful end. Because the Bible says .. “I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown. (Revelation 3:11) ”…
The Lord bless us
QUESTION: When is the true Sabbath? Is it Sunday or Saturday ?, What day should we worship?
ANSWER: The Word of God says that God is a Spirit and that those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. Christians are not justified before God in the days, months or years of worship, either worship Sunday, Monday, Saturday or Wednesday is just a human procedure! it does not add anything to one’s relationship with God. The Bible says.
Galatians 4: 9 “But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? You observe days, and months, and times, and years. ”
And It also says again in
Colossians 2:16 “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: those things are a shadow of the things to come; but the body is Christ’s. ”
So the meaning of the word Sabbath is “rest”, and rest for Christians is in the spirit, and our Savior Jesus told us that He is the Lord of the Sabbath (read Matthew 12:8), so when we find JESUS we have found the SABBATH or “our spiritual rest” and yes. for he says ..
Matthew 11:28 “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and you will find rest for your souls; 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. ”
So those who worship on Saturday, or Sunday or Wednesday do not make mistakes, it is just their system, before God they are all the same, for example we read in the bible the early Christians appointed the first day of the week (ie SUNDAY) for gathering and donating and breaking. bread, if you read Acts 20: 7 and 1 Corinthians 16: 1-2 you will see that, so to set a certain day and say that is what God is pleased to worship more than any other day, is to misunderstand the scriptures. because true worship is in the spirit and God is worshiped in spirit and in truth, and not on a specific day or special months or special years but every hour and every time anywhere.
Be very blessed.