How God sees...
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outwardly but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. (Matt 23:27-28)
It is dangerous to our spiritual life to live to be seen by people. Oh how God detests hypocrisy and honours the humble plea of a sinner begging for mercy. There is no salvation for those that pretend. Those that drape themselves with religious duties, but neglect the inward cleansing of the heart. If we truly honour God, we will not neglect the spiritual duty of cleansing ourselves from sin. We will diligently seek out any spot of blemish and bring it to Christ for cleansing. How precious is His blood in dealing with the stains of sin.
But all their works they do to be seen of men; they make broad their phylacteries and enlarge the borders of their garments, And love the uppermost places at feasts... (Matt 23:5)
The motive behind our actions are sometimes more important than the action ourselves. If we are still pleasers of people, we cannot be His disciples. Here is a choice involve.... to be honoured by people or to be honoured by God. God sees inside the heart if there are hidden agendas. Oh may our hearts always be pure and blameless in His sight!
Who are you?
Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? And he said, "Who are You Lord?" Then the Lord said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goards." (Acts 9:4)
Within these words, came Saul's question; 'Who are You Lord?' Within this question, he admits that God had spoken to him, yet he also acknowledges that he did not know Him. When Saul, the great scholar acknowledged his need and insufficiency, it was then that Christ answered him and revealed Himself to Saul.
the pure in heart
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. (Matt 5:8)
This blessedness of God is on the one that is pure within his heart. Richard Dawkins, a well-known evolutionist questions God's existence. Yet, these words of Christ give us the key. When we have been cleansed within our hearts, we will see Him. Blessed are those that bring their heart's sins to Him to be washed.
Simon, are you sleeping? Could you not watch one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. (Mark 14:37-38)
Within these verses, Jesus came to awake his own. Today, in the midst of a big spiritual battle for the souls of men, comes this question... are you sleeping? Wake up, and watch and pray. Great is the cause of Christ. Let us not be found sleeping!
"Then Jesus answered and said to them, "Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs to take Me? I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and you did not seize Me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled." Then they all forsook Him and fled. (Mark 14:48)
Within this portion we find Jesus shining His light of truth on the situation. Firstly they came to arrest him during the night, while He had been preaching in broad daylight in the temple, day after day. Secondly, they came with swords and clubs as coming to arrest a robber. Yet, He had robbed no one, it was Judas that was the robber and that was coming against Him. Yet in all this unfairness, Jesus stated that this all happened so as to fulfill the Scriptures. It was set as a sign for you and me, that Jesus was the One to come, the Saviour of the world. His willingness to fulfil Scripture, even if it meant great unfairness and His own death shine through this portion. Indeed, He was the Messiah, they had been waiting for. Yet, in His darkest hour, when He committed himself to obedience to save the human race, all his trusted friends fled. May we not do likewise!
Offer your bodies. (Rom 12:3)
Within this verse, Paul charges the followers of Christ to offer their bodies to God in this letter to the church in Rome. Rome during the time was ruled by Nero who martyred many Christians. Paul charges the Christians, to look to their bodies as an offering to God. Christ gave up His body for our sins. We in turn may yield our fleshly body to His Holy Spirit to bring hope and healing to the nations. Let us, therefore, be His hands and feet, his mouth and ears in our service in bringing His message of salvation to the whole world.
If the world...
If the world hates you, you know that it hated me before it hated you. (John 15:18)
There is a sign that shows that we are of Christ. It is revealed through hatred by the world. And who is the world? All the lust of the world, pride, arrogance and strife. We are not of the world and therefore we are not surprised to be hated by the world. Yet we have Him, who loves and abides with us forever!
And when he is come, he will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. (John 16:8)
We live in a time where many are confused with the work of the Holy Spirit. Yet Scripture is clear; tt is the work of the Holy Spirit to convict people of sin, righteousness and of judgement. God is Holy, and this work is within His nature. Let us ask Him to search us and to see if there is no way of wickedness that is hidden. It is His work to expose and bring to light all hidden things, that we might bring it to Christ and be saved through and through. Take heart, in His Father's house there is room for many!
18 September 2021 - a gentle tongue
By long patience is a prince persuaded, and a gentle tongue breaks the bone. (Prov 25:15)
Patience and a gentle tongue go together. Both these virtues can turn minds and win wars.
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