Tag: hear and obey

Strengthened through Grace!

Scripture reading for October 30th:  Jeremiah 23-26, Hebrews 13

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 13:7-9  “Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the Word of God.  Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.  Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them.”  

The writer of Hebrews concludes his letter with an encouragement to the believers to remember and obey and imitate their leaders.  Their main Leader, Jesus Christ, was unchangeable!  Godly living was through the grace found in Jesus Christ, not in what a person ate or in strange teachings.

Jeremiah 23:18  “For who among them has stood in the council of the Lord to see and to hear His Word, or who has paid attention to His Word and listened?”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for godly leaders who stand in the council of the Lord and teach His Word.  May I pay attention and listen.  Amen.

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Thankful for a true prophet!

Scripture reading for March 17th:  1st Samuel 11-14

Key Scriptures: 1st Samuel 12:13-15  “Now here is the king you have chosen, the one you asked for; see, the Lord has set a king over you.  If you fear the Lord and serve and obey Him and do not rebel against His commands, if both you and the king who reigns over you follow the Lord your God–good!  But if you do not obey the Lord, and if you rebel against His commands, His hand will be against you, as it was against your fathers.”  

As a true prophet of the Lord, Samuel faithfully declared God’s word to the people of God.  He spoke plainly and truthfully about the king they had asked for.  It was in their best interest to obey and serve God.  Rebellion would bring God’s hand of discipline!

Thankful for a true Prophet:  Jesus Christ spoke plainly about the people’s need to obey him and embrace His word and the consequences of not obeying.
“But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”  (Matthew 7:26-27)

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The great crash!

Scripture reading for January 8th: Matthew 7, Psalm 6, Proverbs 2:9-11

Jesus liked stories that His listeners could identify with.  He was good at picking out simple stories that illustrated His teaching.  Kingdom life was all about living in obedience to God by faith.   Jesus picked a common story of two men building their houses to bring focus on the long-term results of decisions to obey God or not.  As we read the story, the story reads us!

The first builder was a wise man.   He knew about the weather, climate, and dangers of the country he lived in.  He knew that any house that was going to last would require a strong foundation.  He wisely located an area with rock under it and built his house there.  He dug into the rock and anchored the house securely.  Later, when the strong winds and storms came, his house would provide a secure shelter for him and his family!

The second builder was foolish.  He knew about the weather, climate and dangers of the country he lived in, but loved the beach and the life offered there.  He saw the nice flat sand and noted how easy it was to dig in some mooring for his home.  He built his house there and had a fine looking home on the beach until a storm from the sea blew in and his house was washed away with a big crash!

Jesus warned his followers to stick close to His teaching because the gate was narrow leading to life and few would find it.  Jesus was and is that gate!  (John 10:7)  The broad way was heavily populated and many were on their way to destruction.  In fact, those who heard the word and obeyed it, putting it into practice were likened to the wise builder who built on the rock.  His house would stand against any storm!  Those who heard but didn’t apply His teaching were like the foolish man who built on the sand.  His house came down with a great crash!  (Matthew 7:24-27)

A great storm of God’s wrath is coming!    Each person must choose their foundation, taking into account life’s storms.  Only one foundation will stand the final storm of God’s judgment–Jesus Christ as Lord!   How does this simple illustration help you to discern your future?  Jesus wanted His followers to stand the test by hearing, heeding and applying!

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