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Servants of Christ

Servants of Christ

Phil. 1:1 ¶ Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, ¶ To all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons:

Serving Jesus is an honor. Do you see service to the Lord as an honor? Serving Him involves surrender of rights and your will and full devotion to His will. Serving Jesus is willing to do His good and pleasing will.

Humbly place yourself under Jesus and let Him be your guide and see how serving Jesus will bring you peace and joy to be a servant of Christ. Serving Christ just as Christ served God is a service that involves humility but will ultimately end in exultation. When you let God’s will be done in your life you can see more of His good will and grace in your life. Serve him and be called His servant and see the Lord exulted on the throne.

Try Jesus

John 7:16 ¶ Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from him who sent me. John 7:17 If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own (NIV).

Try Jesus. See that his teachings are true. Jesus only spoke of what came from who sent Him. Jesus was God’s message to us. Many rejected Him and many received him. Which one are you?

To receive Jesus is to receive the Father. To receive the Father is to receive Jesus. When do desire to honor God then you will desire to honor Christ. Jesus teachings will not lead you astray but will guide you in the way you should live and honor Him. Jesus own bothers doubted Him but Jesus knew that since He was the Truth and living in truth the truth would be revealed.

Let your life be revealed to be living in the truth. Try Jesus, live for Jesus see Jesus.

 

What are you looking for?

First Seek His Kingdom

Matt. 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matt. 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. -NIV-     

       Worries can weigh you down and leave you empty and depressed. Worrying about your bank account, what the weather is going to be tomorrow or will the store have what you are looking for? These things are okay to be concerned about, but they should not be the thoughts that consume or day. We should be thinking of how to serve the King, God our Lord.

         Today alone is enough to deal with why try to deal with two days at the same time? Tomorrow is going to come with will come with its own worries. So today focus on how you can live to honor God. Choose wisely the words you speak and where you go. Seek to be like Jesus as one would be living in his kingdom. Jesus is righteous and his kingdom is righteous, therefore you should seek righteousness. Let God take care of tomorrow for he does a better job than you ever can. Today is the day you have and give it back to the Lord with praise and living a life of thanks.
         Let you thoughts focus on Christ and see how the day's decisions are Christ centered. You will see the bigger picture and that Christ is Lord and your life should be focusing on giving him glory. How are you living today will determine how you will face tomorrow.


 

Come To Me

Come To Me…
Matthew 11:28 ““Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (NIV).”


    God sees how we are not perfect and we struggle in everyday life. You and I could never satisfy God. God knows this and provides Jesus to give us rest. Life dependent on Jesus is life full of rest. Stress and disappointments in life can weight you down. You can be your worst critic and make your life feel incomplete. God’s desire you to be complete in him. Whatever is stopping you from your rest needs to be fixed. You can fix it by coming to Jesus Christ. Come asking Jesus to show you His will. Jesus will show you his will for you until your find rest. Just seek Jesus with all you have.
    Be aware of the influence of your friends or issues in your life need that will stop you from finding rest. Do not allow these things to be in your life without first facing them. They will slow you down and stop your spiritual growth. Simply just come to Jesus. The world seeks to test you and your dependence on Jesus and Jesus simply says, “Come to me….” Surrender yourself and just come and find rest.

 

Calling for Sanity

Sanity 
 
Dan. 4:34 ¶ At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation (NIV).

    Sanity is defined as the ability to think and behave in a normal and rational manner. To define sanity the need to define what is normal, because what the world calls normal is different than what normal means to God. God explains that the wisdom of this world is foolishness in His sight. So in order for you to be normal you need to come back to God. Come back to God and see what he sees. Come back to God is coming back to sanity, or keeping your sanity or maybe you just will discover sanity. This will lead you to God’s will and see why it is good. It is time for you to make the call to Sanity because this world will drive you to insanity. God will drive you to Sanity!
    The way to maintain, reclaim or attain your sanity is staying in prayer, being rooted in God’s word and being filled with his Love. Listen to God through His word, Holy Spirit and how God speaks through other people. Listen to the call of God and let him keep you in perfect peace. Your sanity will depend on your prayer life as well. Staying in prayer will lead you to sanity and to the fullness of God. Praying is simply talking to God. Take the time to talk to God about your problems and regain your sanity by praying for God’s strength, love, wisdom and peace. Isaiah 26:3-4 - Is. 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Is. 26:4 Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal (niv).
   
 

Shake it OFF!

Handling Rejection
Mark 6:4 “Only in his hometown, among his relatives and his own house is a prophet without honor (NIV).”
   
    Rejections from those who are close to you like your family and friends hurts. Jesus suffered that same kind of rejection in his own town among his own kind and even in his household. People where saying they knew him and put limits on Him. Jesus was teaching with authority but this was unusual for a carpenter to be able to teach with such power, let alone they saw him grow up and know his family.
    When people know you or of you it seems easy to assume they know all you are capable of doing. Jesus was beyond their limits they placed on his life. You too are not limited to the limits people have placed on your life. Jesus knew his purpose and knew that he would face rejection on the path. Your path to success will be littered with rejection and ridicule. Because if you path is easy and not obstacles than you are on the wrong path. Jesus knew to save the world he was going to suffer many things (Luke 9:22). Just know that as you face this rejection God is projecting you to your destination. What comes against you is not greater than who is with you.
    Handle rejection as Jesus told his disciples as just shake the dust off your feet (Mark 6:11). Brush them off. Do not let them weigh you down but instead know you are doing greater works for the Lord and God will judge them. You need not be worried of them but show grace and humility but trusting fully on God and following Jesus. Jesus will see that you can make it because he has made you able to win.
    So now when you receive rejection take the time to measure where you are in your journey. Ask am I on the right path? Am I doing God’s will? If your answer is yes, then let the ridicule not stop you but just shake it off!
 

Just Believe

Mark 5:36 ¶ Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

Jairus has just lost his daughter he finds out on his way back to see her. The reason he left her sick bed was to ask Jesus to touch her and heal her. Jairus ran to see Jesus. When he left his daughter was still alive. But now on his way back with Jesus some men tell him do not bother Jesus your daughter is dead (v.35). But Jesus tells Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
How difficult is it to believe at times of pain and hurt. When your hope appears to be gone. This world is filled with so many tragic stories but here you can read a firm strong voice saying "Don’t be afraid; just believe." Jesus is asking you in spite of what people tell you believe in Him. No matter how bad the situation looks believe in Him. Placing your faith in Jesus will open you up to wonders of possibilities you once thought were impossible. Jesus can take you places you have never been and show you things you have never seen. Will you take that step of faith and believe in God’s only Son, the Holy and Righteous One, Jesus Christ.
You can take the time now and just say: Jesus I do believe you are God’s Son and died on the cross for my sins to rise again from the grave on the third day all to forgive me of all my sins. I will trust you with my whole life and learn to follow you and not be afraid and just believe in you.
 

Jesus Cares

JESUS CARES
 
Mark 4:38 “ Teacher, don’t you care if we drown (NIV)?”

How selfish it is for us to think that Jesus does not care about our well being, when it is He who calls us to Him. The disciples were chosen and not soon after being chosen they go through some hardship and think that Jesus does not care about their lives. To know Jesus is to know that He cares all about your life struggles and the ethical choices we need to make at our job, home and school.

When problems happen in your life do not be so quick to blame Jesus for not caring. Jesus does not put you in the place for you to perish or be overwhelmed by your circumstances that you fail. If Jesus has placed you there Jesus will see you through. Jesus does not send you to go and fail. He desires to be in you and lead you but are you willing to follow Jesus’ example? Your own evil desires can and will lead you into sin and hardships. Repent and turn back to Jesus to lead you to safer pastures.

It seemed to the disciples that Jesus did not care because He was asleep during the furious storm. Jesus was calm asleep and they were scared and awake. Jesus knew He was going to the other side because that is what He told them. The disciples were so consumed with the present circumstance that they could not rest and have peace knowing they were going to make it to the other side. Instead the disciples’ focus was on the question does Jesus care for their lives.

The answer is Yes! Jesus does care. That is why Jesus speaks to the wind and the sea and peace is restored. Then He speaks to the disciples and asks them why they do not have faith. Why they thought He did not care. To know Jesus is to know, 1) that with Him no storm is too great for Jesus to handle. 2) No problem is too small that He cannot solve.  3) Your life is important to him and He cares for your life.

That is why Jesus came to earth to give His life for your sins. Jesus took your place on the cross because He cares. Jesus rose again from the grave on the third day because He cares to present you faultless before the Father through His life. So when you are in tough times and difficult life choices turn to God with confidence and humility, knowing He cares and He will deliver you.
 

Wise living not Wasteful Living

Living Wise; Not Wasteful Living
 
Ephesians 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. - NIV

    Getting drunk on wine will lead you to wild living. Wild living is wasteful living and immoral. The world wants to dim you to your response to God and his word. The enemy wants to confuse you to indulge yourself and pleasing yourself, but this will lead you to confusing and depression in the world. The world cannot satisfy you. Living in the world is wasteful living. Not only being drunk on wine from over indulgence but also other lust in the world can lead wasteful living.
    Being filled with the Spirit will put you under the influence of the Holy Spirit and lead you to follow the word of God. Following the word of God puts joy in your heart. Your submission to God gives you love and peace and excitement of being obedient to him. Doing the right thing makes you feel good and energized. There is no guilt and shame. Instead there is joy in knowing that you are living and doing what is right. Be filled with the spirit and grow under the Holy Spirit and reach your full potential.
 

Exhibit Patience

Exhibit Patience –
Mark 3:28 – I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them.
           
    Jesus showed patience in doing God’s will. It takes patience in forgiving people. Jesus is showing this putting up with these stiff-necked people. Putting up with His family saying he is out of his mind. Putting up with people criticizing him saying he is of an evil spirit.
     It hurts when people you love and serve accuse you of wrongdoing, or they do not try to understand you or why you do what you do. It feels like just because you are different you deserve to be criticized.  Still you should forgive them and stay on the task.
    When you are being criticized you may become critical of yourself. You may lose focus. Take the time to review your priorities and persevere. Make sure you are on the right task. Inspect yourself so you will not lose respect. Stay on the task. Keep on keeping on. Know you are being obedient to God and doing his will in your life. The people who criticize you are not God and are not the judge of your life. God is and God will do his will. You do God’s will in your life.
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