The cross was the most important event in history. It is where God in flesh bore our sins and died for us so that we might be redeemed (or bought back) and escape the penalties of our sins. Once we actually realize and know this truth, it should take effect on us. First of all it should: motivate you to action. Meaning our lives should change for the better. You see, unbelievers know about Jesus yet that does not change their lives. Believers know Jesus and they change. Discipleship is a decision. This means we’ve decided to live like a true disciple, endeavoring to be follow the principles Jesus taught and be more like him by asking God to change us, use us. It means knowing what we’re getting into is for term long term as we commit our entire lives to Christ. So far…are you with me? Matthew 10:37 tells us that Jesus must be more important than our family.
Matthew 10:37 says; He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of me. … In Matthew 16:24 Jesus said to His disciples, “if anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me…1 Peter 2:21 says “For you have been call for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow Brothers and sisters, did you know that following Christ means we agree to give up all our possessions. Brothers and sisters, in a nut shell, the cost of discipleship means giving up your own desires and submit them over to the will of God through the person of Jesus. It means we do the right thing in the sight of God even if it causes us pain and suffering here on earth.
Brothers and sisters, God really love us and he loved Job. However, many people assume that because God truly loves you, he will always prevent suffering. God’s love is not measured by how much we suffer. Many people look at the story of Job and charge God with being very unfair and cruel to take a wager with Satan and allow a man to experience extreme suffering. But there’s one thing we must keep in mind and that is Isaiah 55:8 says: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. Of course! God can easily save us from suffering, however, God could be causing us to suffer for reasons we cannot understand. If we never suffered, then how would our faith grow? You know brothers and sister, we have to have that attitude that says “Well Lord, I just don’t know what’s going on, but YOU DO…then say…I TRUST YOU LORD!. Do you think believing in God protects you from troubles. John 16:33 says: I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
There are so many messages in The Book of Job and the entire Bible which will remain mysteries until we cross over to see our Maker. However, another message God is trying to get across to the audience is not to give up on Him when hard times hit home. I’m sure some of you have some powerful testimonies of victories which you are still rejoicing over.
Listen, faith in God does not guarantee prosperity nor does it guarantee we’ll be bubbling with joy all the time. There are some very faithful people who have experienced very hard times. On the other hand lack of faith does not guarantee troubles in life. Some of you may be asking ” So, what’s really going on?” Like I said, just say… “Well Lord, I don’t know what’s going on, but YOU DO…then say.. I TRUST YOU LORD!
Psalm 21:11 assures us that our enemies plots against us won’t work: This Psalm says:
For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform. Proverbs 26:27 NLT explains If you set a trap for others, you will get caught in it yourself. If you roll a boulder down on others, it will crush you instead. Brothers and sisters, it may seem as though your haters got the upper hand on you for a season. However, don’t be moved by what you see at the moment, rest assured that God is nearer than you think. Romans 12:19 assures God’s faithful ones saying: Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the LORD…Yes indeed my friends, we can rest in the fact that according to Job 5:12, 24 God frustrates the plans of schemers so the work of their hands will not succeed! You will know that your home is safe. When you survey your possessions, nothing will be missing.
Hebrews 4:13 makes it known that: Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable. You see while our enemies are eyeballing us down in hatred and planning their schemes, God is watching them closely. The LORD is watching everywhere, keeping his eye on both the evil and the good.(see Proverbs 15:3) Romans 8:28 says: And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. God told Jeremiah in Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Don’t let your hearts be weak or turned aside. Let the Words David said in Psalm 61;2-3 be in your heart and mind. David said I cry too you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. He ask the Lord to Lead him to the towering rock of safety . Brothers and sisters, you can always depend on the Rock of your Salvation, Jesus Christ!
As Christians, we must go forth doing the right thing, and pleasing or Savior and Lord.
A Christian’s behavior and actions shows others whether or not they are God’s workmanship and if they are walking together with the Lord in one accord.
As a true believer, Christians must go forth in faith, speaking those things that are not as though they are.
Overall, true believers go forth acting like Jesus Christ, Whom some refer to as the Super Star!
As a soldier of the Lord we must go forth on the battle field prepared to do battle, we must do what we’re commissioned to do. Jeremiah 1:8 says, Do not be afraid of their faces, For I am with you to deliver you,”
As mighty warriors, we must go forth in sheer bravery, unafraid of the fiery darts of the wicked one.
Mighty warriors of the Lord are overwhelmed, thankful and zealous because of what the Lord has done.
The Book of Judges chapter 6 tells of a story of Gideon, a judge chosen to rescue Israel from their enemy. I call Gideon Captain Scary because he really was quite nervous and fearful. Although Gideon was fearful, he, ultimately exhibited great courage and faith and obeyed God even in the face of great opposition.
You know brothers and sisters, God has a way of choosing the least likely person to carry out his plans and purposes. God will choose people who appear to be unqualified for His assigned task. Indeed, God may instruct any of his chosen one’s to do something that seems scary or nerve wrecking. Nevertheless, it is wise that Christians pray for discernment and understanding in moving in the direction God is pointing. Having said all these things, the point I’m trying to bring home is we must learn to answer God’s higher calling and not be afraid of people. God told Jeremiah in Jeremiah 1:8, “Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.” It is highly possible that we Christians are partially the blame for much of the chaos and confusion going on in this world. Why we may be partially the blame? Because many of us are too afraid to step out on faith and obey God’s calling on our lives. Although Gideon was afraid…he stood firm and obeyed…that’s more than many of us can say for ourselves…right? Well, it’s not too late. Let us search ourselves and strive to come into alignment with God’s plans and purposes for us in this world.
Humans are constantly trying to steal God’s glory. How is this possible? It’s not, but that doesn’t stop the hell bound soldiers of Satan. Who will stand up and proclaim that all Glory belongs to God? To God be the Glory!!!!!
Relentless, fierce, like a mad dog, foaming at the mouth.
Hurry, run, before you get twisted and turned about.
The devil sees your good deeds and the way you have changed.
He’s not liking how you made for yourself a new life and things are re-arranged.
Stay close to the Lord now, and don’t slip out of the way
Stay in prayer, praise and mediate on his word, each and every day!