Friday, 21 June 2019
Richard & Henry Blackaby and Claude King:
“You need to have your life firmly anchored in God. The most difficult thing you’ll ever have to do is deny self. Embrace the will of God, and follow Him (Matthew 16:24). The hardest part of your relationship to God is remaining God-centered. If you were to record a whole day in your life, you might find that your prayers, your attitudes, your thoughts – everything about that day – was radically self-centered. You may not be seeing things from God’s perspective. You may try to explain to God what your perspective is, but the key is God’s will.”
“Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.” (Mark 8:34-35)
According to the above verse, the denying of our self is NOT OPTIONAL in regard to following Jesus. It’s mandatory in order to be saved from the wrath to come.
God is a dictator. He’s a benevolent One, but He has the final say in all aspects of life. If we carry our democratic mindset into our walk with God, we’ll have nothing more than a make-believe relationship.
If I really want to have God in my life, I must give up my own will. To serve God is to be motivated entirely by my love for Him and if I love Him, I must obey all His commands.
“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to be a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and bear on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” (Matthew 7:24-27)
The above parable relates to Jesus’ warning about the many who will be denied entrance into heaven.
If we examine the two groups of people identified in this parable, it all comes down to one slight difference. The critical difference is the foundation. One house was founded on the lordship of Jesus Christ. The other remained attached to an evaluation of what was determined to be GOOD and EVIL – the same “tree” of philosophy Adam and Eve turned to (excerpt from John Bevere’s book, ‘Good or God’). John Bevere’s comment / question: It’s sobering to think that the same folly still repeats itself, from the garden to the present day. It takes on a different form, but it’s the same root. Again, it comes down to this: DO WE THINK WE KNOW BEST ABOUT HOW TO LIVE, OR DO WE BELIEVE THAT GOD KNOWS WHAT’S BEST?
I know that I am not stupid but sometimes I do stupid things because I have been influenced by the world. I must uproot everything that the world has taught me when God is teaching me HIS WAYS. I must not do what the world says is okay to do when God says it’s not okay. I must not blame anyone or defend myself when I follow the world. I must follow God's way of life. GOD’S WAY IS TO FOLLOW JESUS.
Dear Father God,
We want to follow Jesus faithfully, obediently and willingly. Help us LORD!
Lam Yee Ling