Joshua wrote Joshua 24:14–15 and said, “Now fear the Lord and serve him with faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worship beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the god of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
He wasn’t done yet, Joshua 24:19-20 says, “Joshua said to the people, “You are not able to serve the Lord. He is a Holy God; he is a jealous God. He will not forgive your rebellion and sin. If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, he will turn and bring disaster on you and make an end to you, after he has been good to you.” But in verse 31 the people said to Joshua, “No! We will serve the Lord.” They made their choice.
Joshua closes out and writes Joshua 24:23-24 and says, “Throw away the foreign gods that are among you and yield your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel.” And the people said to Joshua, “We will serve the Lord our God and obey him.” Jesus speaks in Revelation 22:12-13 and says, “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” You have a choice how you live your life, choose well! So many times in life we get our priorities out of wack. It so easy to worship the created and not the the Creator. Return to your first love. Run to the Savior this morning and fall at His feet. Get your heart right and confess your sins to Him. Throw away the foreign gods and yield your heart to the Lord. Stop long enough to listen to what God is trying to tell us. God bless and choose well. Because we all are going to be accountable for how we lived.
Acts 1:4-5 says, “On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them a command: “Do not leave Jerusalem but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” After Jesus resurrection, he spent 40 days with his disciples, teaching them, encouraging them, and equipping them. At one of their gatherings, he told them to wait in Jerusalem and they would receive the power of the Holy Spirit. In Acts 1:13-14, you see that the disciples were obedient to what Jesus told them to do. They gathered together in one place, and they prayed constantly. For 10 days the disciples prayed together. They were waiting in a place of obedience!
In Acts 2:1-4, because of their obedience, they received the gift of the Holy Spirit. Doubters became prophets and frightened men and women became bold. Peter preached like he has never preached before! People came, and God opened the flood gate on the greatest movement in history. It all begin because the followers of Jesus were willing to wait in the right place. The place of obedience. They waited in the right place for power!
Waiting means watching for him. If you are waiting on God, you watching for God. If your waiting on God, you are searching for God. If you are waiting on God, you hoping in God. Waiting also means working through conflict, forgiving others, and resolving disputes. 10 days of praying and a few moments of preaching lead to 3,000 people coming to Christ! Are we guilty of preaching for 10 days and praying for a few minutes?
Wait on Him. But make sure you wait in the right place, the place of obedience. Durning this crazy time, God has taken away so many distractions and idols in our lives. Now we have time to get our lives back in tune with Him. Get real and honest with God today. Take time to share you heart with the One who loves you the most. But also get things right in your relationship around you. Wait in the place of obedience, because God is about to swing open the doors of ministry! There is a reason for all this waiting! God bless you and your family!
In Genesis 12:1 says, “The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave you country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.” How hard would that be to leave everything we know to be obedient to Christ, especially when you don’t know all the information! Back in my 20’s, when we left for a trip, I would break out this huge map book, and mark the best way to get to my destination! I would learn the names of each road, and know exactly what turns to take. I would have my plan in place! Haha. Sometimes my plan wasn’t as good as I though it was. Don’t you hate getting lost?
But today it’s much different, to say the least! I normally get a address, plug it in my phone, and I take off. Then I trust the GPS to get me there. Obedience is letting God set the direction of your life, even when he doesn’t give us all the details! We have to learn to follow Him step by step. God wants to align opportunity with obedience. God will give incredible opportunities to those who have learned to be obedient. Abram was that guy who stepped to the plate and said, “Lord, I am your guy, what are we doing?”
What is God calling you to do? What has God engraved in your heart? What has God set in motion in your life, and you are trying your best to slow it down? What direction has God pointed you in, but has not given you all the instructions and information? I challenge you this morning to say to the Lord, “I am your guy, what are we doing?” The second part of my challenge is the pray an easy, short prayer. Simple ask the Lord to give you an opportunity to serve Him. Then ask God for favor! Because of Abram’s obedience, God not only blessed him but He blessed an entire Nation! What are you waiting on? I hope you have a great Thursday!
Good morning, it is Saturday and we are about to hit the road to watch some college soccer! It’s not a bad drive but we have to go through Atlanta and you never know how bad traffic is going to be. But me and my bride are looking forward to it.
We have been talking about obedience and I asked you to read Luke 5:1-11 yesterday. In Luke 5, the people are pressing around Jesus while he was speaking. Wherever Jesus went, there was always a great crowd! Because there was something different about Him. He spoke with such great power and authority. Jesus wanted to use Peter’s boat as a platform, where He could address the whole crowd. So He asked Peter to push his boat out a little ways from the shore. No big deal, not really an unreasonable request. Peter willingly did what Jesus asked and paved away for multiple blessings! Immediately the people were blessed by Peter’s obedience, they could all hear the words of Jesus.
In Luke 5:4 Jesus said to Peter, “Now put out into the deep water, and let down your nets for a catch.” Here was another opportunity to say yes or no. After all, he had worked the entire night and returned with no fish, and he just finished cleaning all those nets! Are you kidding me? But Peter willing obeyed Jesus even when it didn’t make much sense. His obedience that day absolutely transformed that fisherman’s life from that day forward. Obedience is critical to the successful Christian life! He experienced a catch of a life time because he obeyed Jesus!
Peter could have made a hundred excuses why he wasn’t going to listen to Jesus: It’s not the right time of day, the water is to shallow here, or the fish are just not biting. How many times do we make excuses when God ask us to do something? Oftentimes, God’s greatest blessings come as a result of our willingness to do something that appears to be very insignificant. Listen to the voice of God and be willing to be obedient, no matter how small it maybe!
It is Friday! Praise the Lord and Saturday is coming! I just woke up to an encouraging text from Bo that said, “Just Believe.” I hope you have a friend in your life like Bo!
As you know, Bo is my partner in our ministry here at Luke252. We have been friends since the 10th grade. That is about 37 years! Wow, where does the time go? Proverbs 27:17 says, “As Iron sharpens iron, so man man sharpens another.” Bo is my encourager and he speaks wisdom into my life. I want so bad to reach thousands and thousands for Jesus Christ! That is my hearts desire and something that God has put in me. That is all well and good, but when nothing is happening, I can get discouraged. But Bo in his quite spirit says, “If we reach just one, it will be worth it all.” He keeps we grounded, encouraged, and I know he has my back. Friendship is a blessing from God and I wanted to take time to thank God for you all.
I want to encourage you this morning, don’t take your friends for granted! Take time today to send a text, make a call, or even write a letter to say, “I love you.” It’s so easy to get busy and caught up with our crazy schedule. That one minute text could change someone’s whole day! Allow God to direct you to that one specific person that you need to encourage, and love on today! You might be surprised what it will do for you!
Think about it; We have One More Day to make a difference in someone’s life! We have One More opportunity to encourage and to love on a friend. Is that a blessing or what? Have a great Friday!
Good morning! I just wanted to thank all those who read my blog and share it every morning. You are an instrument of encouragement to me! My hope and dream is share God’s Word with as many people as possible and hopefully encourage someone along the way! Thanks again!
John 14:23 says, “Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teachings. My Father will Love Him, and we will come to Him and make our home with Him.” We all have keys in our life-keys to our home, your car or truck, or that key to the gate. But have you ever thought about having a key to someone’s heart? Because when you have the key to someone’s heart, you know how to reach what is inside. You will know how to move that person towards you, and you will understand how they feel. The key to my beautiful wife of 32 years is service! That is the key to her heart!
But what about God? What is the key to the heart of God? What moves His heart? The key to God’s heart is obedience! Though it can be difficult and sometimes painful, obedience is what God ask of us. Obedience should be a priority for anyone who desires to know God and please Him. When we faced with daily pressures, we face opposition to biblical living. Obedience to God involves a commitment to Him, regardless of the consequences. Obedience will always require courage.
I want to encourage you to read Luke 5:1-11 and see what God is telling you about obedience. Dive in deep into God’s Word this morning! It’s not enough to study and to learn, but we have to be obedient to what God is showing us! God’s simple request are often stepping stones to life greatest blessing! Love you guys!