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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Eagerly Waiting . . .

King Solomon wrote:
16 Moreover, I saw under the sun that in the place of justice, even there was wickedness, and in the place of righteousness, even there was wickedness.

17 I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked, for there is a time for every matter and for every work.

18 I said in my heart with regard to the children of man that God is testing them that they may see that they themselves are but beasts. 19 For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity. 20 All go to one place. All are from the dust, and to dust all return. 21 Who knows whether the spirit of man goes upward and the spirit of the beast goes down into the earth? 22 So I saw that there is nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his work, for that is his lot. Who can bring him to see what will be after him? (Ecclesiastes 3:16-22)

The more I read this, the more thankful I am that I found Jesus! –amen?

Concerning verses 16-18, man might see himself as no more than an animal. But this is not true. We were made in the image and likeness of God. Solomon must be looking at man from a humanistic standpoint –not what the Bible says.

Animals and mankind do die; but people have souls and will stand in judgement before God on that Day. (regarding  3:19-20) The word breath here is Hebrew for ruwach. There is a long definition, but when I looked in the Hebrew-Chaldean lexicon I saw it as breath of life given to us from God. God created us all and gave us life. But Scripture tells us that He breathed into Adam. (Gen. 2:7) Our bodies, the flesh (the Bible refers to it as the tent we live in), does return to the dust. But we are spirit and body and those who believe and follow Jesus will receive a new body. I’ve underlined the main verses:

2 Corinthians 5

For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.


(In other words, the body we live in is temporary like a tent is temporarily put up to live in. We will each have a heavenly body that God has prepared for us. I don’t know about you, but there is a longing in me to be with Him in eternity. But there is work still to be done. So, until that day we have His Spirit living in us, guiding us and helping us. His Spirit is our guarantee of what is to come.)

So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.

11 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience. 12 We are not commending ourselves to you again but giving you cause to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast about outward appearance and not about what is in the heart. 13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.


There is so much to be uncovered in that chapter, but we must get back on track. Solomon’s last words in chapter three bring my thoughts back to Colossians 3:23-25.
 
23 Whatever you do, (Did you see that? WHAT-EVER you do...) work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. 25 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.

 
I can’t end without sharing a few verses that I remind my children of when they get tired of working and start complaining:

13For it is God who works in you to will and to act on behalf of His good pleasure.

14Do everything without complaining or arguing, 15so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine as lights in the world 16 as you hold forth the word of life, (Philippians 2 –Berean Bible Study)
 

 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

No Fear When You Know God as Your Lord and Savior


I have been meditating on Isaiah 24-26 this past weekend and still find myself thinking about it.  This morning I read this in my email.
David Wilkerson
June 28, 2016

The Lord never intended for His people to live in panic or trembling in fear. Even in the Old Testament, the Lord had a people who trusted in His promises and were unmoved by the chaos all around them. We see this in the life of the prophet Habakkuk, a man given a vision of “the end” (Habakkuk 2:3).

Habakkuk saw a people in the last days who would wear themselves out pursuing greed and covetousness. According to his vision, a dreadful spirit of violence would prevail in that time (see 1:9). Habakkuk said of it all: “The cup of the Lord’s right hand shall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing shall be on thy glory” (2:16).

We know that a prophet always speaks to his own generation first. Yet, according to Habakkuk himself, this prophetic word is also meant for our generation. He tells us, “The vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie” (2:3, my italics). Habakkuk was seeing a cup of trembling: “When I heard, my belly trembled . . . I trembled in myself” (3:16).

Here was a godly, praying prophet who for a season was so overwhelmed by awful events that even he trembled. But the Spirit came upon Habakkuk, causing him to prophesy: “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls; yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places” (3:17–19).

God removed the cup of trembling from His servant Habakkuk. And He will do likewise with all His faithful ones today.
 
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 Today I am reminded....
 
 
The fear of man lays a snare,
but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.
Many seek the face of a ruler,
but it is from the Lord that a man gets justice.
An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous,...

but one whose way is straight is an abomination to the wicked. (Proverbs 29:25-27)
 

 
There is no fear when you KNOW God as your LORD and Savior!
 
Be Self Controlled, Alert, and Stand Firm!
 
 
 
We need to get serious. Harder times are coming.


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Will You Pray With Me?

Yesterday the Lord lead me to read Isaiah (26) which has taken me back to 24-26. I am in that again today.  Please take time to read it. Pray and Ask God to show you what He wants you to see.
Chapter 24 (Coming judgment on the earth). 
All of it is notable, but I made a special note of these verses:
18 –do not flee, trust God.
19 –earth is violently broken, split open, shaken exceedingly. . . (the earth) will fall and not rise again.
21 –punish the exalted leaders (in heaven) and on earth.
I believe we are close to the end times, if we are not already living in the end of time. In my heart I think that there will be few ready for when Christ returns; otherwise, why does Jesus say in Luke 18:8 “When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” 
I know we cannot work out others salvation for them. But we can pray for them.  Maybe I am wrong, but I wonder how many think they are going to be in the new heaven and earth with Christ. But, they aren’t in a right relationship with God. Instead they are anemic and gorging themselves on the things of this world rather than feasting on the Word of God, spending time with Him, and doing what He desires.
 
Are we letting the cares of this world choke out our life in Christ or are we thriving in the true Vine (John 15)? 
Will you pray with me?

 
Jesus is the way, the truth and the light.
No one can come to Father God except through Him. (John 14:6)
 
If anyone does not abide in Me (Jesus) he is thrown away like a branch and is withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.
 
If you abide in Me, and My word abides in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you.
 
By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.
(John 15:6-8)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Neighbor + Great Commision = Loving Yourself

Ecclesiastes 2:17-26 (ESV)
17 So I hated life, because what is done under the sun was grievous to me, for all is vanity and a striving after wind.

The Vanity of Toil

18 I hated all my toil in which I toil under the sun, seeing that I must leave it to the man who will come after me, 19 and who knows whether he will be wise or a fool? Yet he will be master of all for which I toiled and used my wisdom under the sun. This also is vanity. 20 So I turned about and gave my heart up to despair over all the toil of my labors under the sun, 21 because sometimes a person who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave everything to be enjoyed by someone who did not toil for it. This also is vanity and a great evil. 22 What has a man from all the toil and striving of heart with which he toils beneath the sun? 23 For all his days are full of sorrow, and his work is a vexation. Even in the night his heart does not rest. This also is vanity.

 24 There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, 25 for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment? 26 For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he has given the business of gathering and collecting, only to give to one who pleases God. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.

Solomon was on the wealthiest men of is time. He basically had anything his hear desired; servants, a variety of many different woman (wives and concubines), a grand house, choice food, etc. Still he saw it all as vanity.

I wanted to double check what vanity means. So, I looked it up to be sure it was similar to emptiness (www.blb.org) הֶבֶל hebel, emptiness or vanity; figuratively, something transitory and unsatisfactory; often used as an adverb:—× altogether, vain, vanity.

Solomon was not wanting to leave everything he owned to someone else who may or may not be a fool.  I can’t help but thinking, “It all belongs to God,” and “My reward is in heaven, not here on earth”
 

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth,
where moth and rust destroy
and where thieves break in and steal, 
but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,
where neither moth nor rust destroys
and where thieves do not break in and steal. 
For where your treasure is,
there your heart will be also.”
(Matthew 6:19-21 ESV)


In verse twenty-three the king’s days are full of sorrow, his work is vexing, and He can’t even rest in his heart at night. I have a passage for that too. It is one of my favorites, Isaiah 26:3-4:

“You keep him in perfect peace 
whose mind is stayed on You,  
because he trusts in You.
 Trust in the Lord forever,  
for the Lord Jehovah
is an everlasting rock (strength).
Now, let’s contrast this time prior to Christ and the Great Commission.

In the old days, they were told to love the Lord with all their heart, all their soul, and all their strength and were given the Ten Commandments and other rules to follow. (Deut. 5-6) Mainly, their purpose in life was to love and honor God. However, when Jesus summarized the ten commandments He also clarified that we should love our neighbors as our self. Looking back at the Ten Commandments, I can see that now.

 
This thought process has lead me to the fact that  I know I don’t want to spend eternity separated from God. So, why would I not tell my neighbor(s) –whom I am supposed to love as myself– about the Kingdom of God and how to get there (ouch!).  A neighbor isn’t just a person you are living next to. It could be anyone you visit with or see regularly.
 
Lord, lead me and guide me. Help me to hide Your Words in my heart, so that, I won’t sin against You and that I may be prepared to share it with others when the . Please, give me the words to say to those You have placed in my path. Those you have given me to love and share Your love with. Let me be Your hands and feet to them.  Thank You, God, for your grace, mercy, faithfulness, love, and letting me live during “such a time as this”.  Lord, use me, however you see fit to bring glory to Your name. And finally may Your kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. . . amen

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Are You Living the Life?

Today's reading  is from Ecclesiastes 2:1-11.

Did you know that God gave King Solomon his wisdom? 

Because King Solomon only asked for discernment to rule God’s people, God gave the king wisdom as well as wealth. (1 Kings 3:5-14) With this wisdom it appears that King Solomon was able to do whatever he set in his heart to do.  But his life seemed so sad and empty. His heart was searching to find meaning in life and I think maybe he was searching for inner peace. It reminds me of a person with no real relationship with God. They are pursuing whatever they can to plug the empty feeling inside. When all they really need to do is stop and turn to the one who created them.

I think Chuck Smith sums the first two chapters up nicely:

I JOHN 5:11And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.”

I. LIFE "UNDER THE SUN" IS LIFE ON THE HUMAN PLANE.

A. Life on this plane is frustrating vexation of the spirit.

1. Man is conscious of an unfulfilled purpose.

a. A desire to be?

b. A desire to have?

c. A desire to attain?

2. I achieve my goal only to discover it wasn't what I thought it was.

a. I drink but I am still thirsty.

b. I eat but I am still hungry.

B. Life on this plane. "Vanity, vanity all..."

1. I feel an emptiness within.

a. Nothing seems to fill that emptiness.

2. Things finally seem so futile.

C. Life on this plane is filled with pursuits.

1. I think happiness is the ultimate purpose for life. vs. 1.

2. I think building some monument vs. 4.

3. I think possessions vs. 7.

4. I think entertainment vs. 8.

5. I think wisdom.

D. Life on this plane results in bitterness vs. 17.

1. We become cynical, disappointed.
 
 

II. "LIFE IN THE SON" IS LIFE ON THE SPIRITUAL PLANE.

A. Life on this plane is satisfying.

1. I have a consciousness of fulfilled purposes.

a. I have become a son of God.

b. I have received eternal life.

c. "My cup runneth over."

B. Life on this plane is full and rich.

1. Nothing I do is in vain.

a. A purpose even in my failures.

b. "Your labor is not in vain in the Lord."

C. Life on this plane is a life of rest.

1. I rest in the finished work of Christ my Lord.

D. Life on this plane results in love, joy, peace.

 

III. ON WHICH PLANE DO YOU LIVE?

A. Some choose to live under the sun.

1. They feel what has happened to others won't happen to them.

a. This present pursuit is the real answer.

2. They labor under the false notions and lies Satan has spread about life in the Son.

a. They have preferred his lie to God's truth.

B. Others choose to live "in the Son."

1. You see it is a matter of choice.

2. You choose that - "Choose ye this day whom ye will serve."

3. Some get all hung up on a loving God sending men to hell.

a. God does not send men to hell.

b. If they choose to go there, He won't violate their choice.

C. On which plane do you choose to live?




I John 5:12, “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”
 
Also, in Colossians 3:23 we are told,
Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically,
as something done for the Lord and not for men."

Monday, June 20, 2016

The Cure to a Meaningless Life

King Solomon was the wisest man and yet with all his wisdom and wealth he saw that life was all vanity (emptiness).

Ecclesiastes 1 (NKJV)

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

“Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher;
“Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.”

What profit has a man from all his labor
In which he toils under the sun?
One generation passes away, and another generation comes;

But the earth abides forever.
The sun also rises, and the sun goes down,
And hastens to the place where it arose.
The wind goes toward the south,
And turns around to the north;
The wind whirls about continually,
And comes again on its circuit.

All the rivers run into the sea,
Yet the sea is not full;
To the place from which the rivers come,
There they return again.

All things are full of labor;
Man cannot express it.
The eye is not satisfied with seeing,
Nor the ear filled with hearing.


That which has been is what will be,
That which is done is what will be done,
And there is nothing new under the sun.
Is there anything of which it may be said,
“See, this is new”?

It has already been in ancient times before us.
There is no remembrance of former things,
Nor will there be any remembrance of things that are to come
By those who will come after.
I, the Preacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. And I set my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all that is done under heaven; this burdensome task God has given to the sons of man, by which they may be exercised. I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and indeed, all is vanity and grasping for the wind.

What is crooked cannot be made straight, and what is lacking cannot be numbered.

I communed with my heart, saying, “Look, I have attained greatness, and have gained more wisdom than all who were before me in Jerusalem. My heart has understood great wisdom and knowledge.” And I set my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is grasping for the wind.

For in much wisdom is much grief, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.


The great King Solomon found out how meaningless life is without God.

I am so thankful that God sent Jesus to show us that He is the way, the truth and the light  He is the only way to eternal life with our Creator. 

In John 16, Jesus tells his followers what is to come after He is crucified. He even tells them that they will see him again after they don't see Him. He shares with them so that they will NOT stumble (doubt). He also tells them about the Holy Spirit.
7...I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.  And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me;  concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.  When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
 
No one has any excuse for sinning because of the Holy Spirit: He convicts.  They can lie to themselves and to God, but on Judgment Day there will be no excuse for those following the ways of this world -living for now and the flesh, seeking evil, delighting in wrong doing. We will all be judged and many will be thrown out of God's presence to live with Satan and his followers to be tormented for all eternity. But those who have become followers of Christ will have eternal life with Him.

 
I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. I do not set aside the grace of God. For if righteousness comes through the Law, Christ died for nothing.”
(Gal. 19b-21)

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Battle Begins in the Mind...


If then you were raised with Christ seek (like a treasure, hunt, go afterthose things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 

Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.  (Remember, it's YOUR mind and YOUR choice about what you think and dwell on or abide in; Philippians 4:8, Isaiah 26:3-4, John 15).

For you died (when you accepted Christ as your LORD and Savior AND chose to follow Him by daily denying yourself, picking up your cross, and following Him.), and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth:

fornication(illicit sexual intercourse -ie. adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals, etc.),
uncleanness (impurity of lustful, luxurious, profligate living -reckless extravagant or wasteful in use of resources; impure motives),
passion ( emotion, passion, depraved or vial),
evil desire (craving, longing, desire for what is forbidden, lust),
and covetousness (greedy desire to have more), which is idolatry (worship of false gods, extreme greed for wealth or material gain).

Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, (Do you pray for them?) in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.(But you are saved and have the key to eternal life)

But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy (slander, speech that injures another's good name; impious and reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty), filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge* according to the image of Him who created him,  where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.




And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality. (Colossians 3:1-11, 23-25)

Go back and read all the italicized words.
Also, there are a lot of links in this, if you desire to read further.

*The verse that came to mind about this was Romans 12:2. While looking to see if there were any other verses that helped explain this I saw this: The Renewed Mind and How to Have It (Sermon notes and video by John Piper).

Here is a portion of the message:

The Holy Spirit Renews the Mind

Which brings us finally to the remedy and how we obey Romans 12:2, “Be transformed in the renewal of your mind.” First, before we can do anything, a double action of the Holy Spirit is required. And then we join him in these two actions. The reason I say the Holy Spirit is required is because this word “renewal” in Romans 12:2 is only used one other place in all the Greek Bible, namely, Titus 3:5 where Paul says this: “[God] saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit.” There’s the word “renewal” which we’ve seen is so necessary. And it is renewal “of the Holy Spirit.” The Spirit renews the mind. It is first and decisively his work. We are radically dependent on him. Our efforts follow his initiatives and enablings.

The Double Work of the Holy Spirit

Now what is the double work that he must do to renew our minds so that all of life becomes worship? 2 Corinthians 3:18 sets the stage for the answer: “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” What does the Spirit do to “transform” us into the image of the God-exalting Son of God? He enables us to “behold the glory of the Lord.” This is how the mind is renewed — by steadfastly gazing at the glories of Christ for what they really are.

But to enable us to do that, the Spirit must do a double work. He must work in two directions: from the outside in and from the inside out. He must work from the outside in by exposing the mind to Christ-exalting truth. That is, he must lead us to hear the gospel, to read the Bible, to study Christ-exalting writings of great, spiritual men, and to meditate on the perfections of Christ. This is exactly what our great enemy does not want us to do according to 2 Corinthians 4:4, “The god of this world [Satan] has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ.” Because to see that for what it really is, Paul says, will renew the mind and transform the life and produce unending worship.

And the Spirit must work from the inside out, breaking the hard heart that blinds and corrupts the mind. The Spirit must work from the outside in, through Christ-exalting truth, and from the inside out, through truth-embracing humility. If he only worked from the outside in, by presenting Christ-exalting truth to our minds but not breaking the hard heart and making it humble, then the truth would be despised and rejected. And if he only humbled the hard heart, but put no Christ-exalting truth before the mind, there would be no Christ to embrace and no worship would happen.

What Then Shall We Do?

What then do we do in obedience to Romans 12:2, “Be transformed in the renewal of your mind”? We join the Holy Spirit in his precious and all-important work. We pursue Christ-exalting truth and we pray for truth-embracing humility.
 
Listen to rich expositions of the “gospel of the glory of Christ.”
Read your Bible from cover to cover always in search of the revelation of the glory of Christ. Read and ponder the Bible-saturated, Christ-exalting writings of great, spiritual men and women. And form the habit of meditating on the perfections of Christ. And in it all pray, pray, pray that the Holy Spirit will renew your mind, that you may desire and approve the will of God, so that all of life will become worship to the glory of Christ.
 
 
May the mind of Christ, my Savior,
Live in me from day to day,
By His love and power controlling
All I do and say.
May the Word of God dwell richly
In my heart from hour to hour,
So that all may see I triumph
Only through His power.
May the peace of God my Father
Rule my life in everything,
That I may be calm to comfort
Sick and sorrowing.
May the love of Jesus fill me
As the waters fill the sea;
Him exalting, self abasing,
This is victory.
May I run the race before me,
Strong and brave to face the foe,
Looking only unto Jesus
As I onward go.
May His beauty rest upon me,
As I seek the lost to win,
And may they forget the channel,
Seeing only Him.
 
Kate Wilkenson

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

WAKE UP, Servants of Christ!! ~~~~~What ARE You Doing?

God has lead me back to John 12:18 and it is a long lesson. I am going to give you most of the verses up front and then share what is on my heart. 

You see people heard about the sign Jesus had done and they came to meet Him. The Pharisees feared that the whole world was going to go after Him.
Jesus tells us, "25 He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor."
 
Then He says, "27Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify Your name.”
 
"32 ...if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.”
  • not some but ALL. Everyone has a choice to follow Christ or not to follow. 
25 He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.
 
46 I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.
  • Abide means to remain; not depart, to be held; in reference to time, to continue, live; in reference to state or condition, to remain, not to become different; to WAIT.
 
We are living during troubling times,
perhaps the final hour as well.
So, what are we doing for the Kingdom of God? 
 
Do you love your life? How are you redeeming the time? Is there anything that captivates you or keeps you from following God, from hearing His voice, reading His Word,  spending time with Him everyday -through out the day? Are we seeking honor from others or from Him?
 
Where are you abiding? The abide in verse forty-six is the same as the abide in John 15 (vine and branch).  Abide in Him and you will bear much fruit, but without Him you can do nothing (v.5).
 
It is hard to explain all of this. If you accepted Christ, you have been given the key to the Kingdom of God -eternal life with God.  When we love the Lord with all our heart, mind soul and strength it is easy to walk in all that He has for us and to be prepared. But when the things of this world creep in through distractions, the storms of this life, trials or attacks of the enemy, or even when things are going really well, it is easy to lose sight of the goal and take our eyes off of Jesus. We could even lose sight of the key and not be ready when Father sends Jesus to collect us,  just like the ten virgins: five were ready and five weren't.

BUT if we are prepared and in constant communion -walking, talking, and praising God. Reading the Bible and doing what He desires --  Then when stuff comes our way, we will stand on the Rock (Jesus), bless the LORD at all times and continually praise Him, fight with the Word of God and keep our focus on God.
 
However, this is only part of it. Read John 14:12-21. Jesus is speaking.
 
12 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.   
  • (this hinges on our obedience and following God. In John 12:49-50 Jesus tells us that "I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak."   
  •  This is not the only record of Jesus doing "what Father says".  He walked in the Spirit; spent time alone with God in prayer, and ministered.
15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
 
  •  We receive the Helper, the Holy Spirit, when we surrender our life to Christ.
 
19 “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. 20 At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”
 
 
Focus on the first three verses keeping in mind the latter. Remember also that faith and believing come through hearing Romans 10:17 and it takes the faith of a mustard seed -the smallest seed- Matthew 17:20/Luke 17:6.
 
God has given us, His children, His followers, Disciples of Jesus authority over the enemy (Luke 10:19).
19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 20 Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”
 
That is a lot to chew on. But to bring this to a close, when people hear about what is done in Jesus name they will want to know more. Then they will have a choice to make, to follow or not. Also, remember Jesus said in John 14:12 that we would do greater works than what He had done. We are considered His disciple if we abide in His word (John 8:31). I can't help but wonder why we don't see the greater works. . . . These words are not only for those who lived when Jesus walked the earth, but for His disciples today.   However, be sure that you are walking with God and abiding in Him, knowing Him. So that you don't end up like brothers who did not "know Jesus" or weren't true servants of God in Acts 19:13-17.
There is power in the name of Jesus and these brothers knew that but they didn't KNOW Jesus.

We must spend time with God in order to know Him; walk with God in order to know what He wants us to do and where He wants us to go. We must redeem the time, while we still have "time". Because when we get to eternity, it will be too late to lead someone to saving grace, truth and knowledge of Jesus Christ.