tiredWhy do we serve God?

Do we serve God because we are looking for a reward?

Did you know serving God is our duty, our obligation?

In the book of Luke, chapter 17, verses 7 through 10; Jesus told this parable:

But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat?

And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink?

Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not.

10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

Translation:

Jesus is explaining here that the servant usually serves his lord, even if he has been in the field working

The servant generally has his own quarters and eats at his own table or else waits until the family is finished and then he eats

The duty of the servant is to serve his lord

We Christians are really servants of the Lord

We must serve Him as long as He desires

We cannot quit a job because it gets hard, but we must work until the Lord says it is enough and releases us from that job

We workers for the Lord do not have to be thanked, either. It is our obligation to do the job the Lord has given us

“Unprofitable servants”: I.e., not worthy of any special honor.

We don’t need applause for every little job we do

Our reward will come when our Lord says, “Well done thy good and faithful servant”

We do not need or deserve the praise of the world for doing our job

The point of this parable was that a slave, or servant, should expect no special reward for doing what was his duty in the first place

Those who obey are not to think their obedience is meritorious

Conclusion

In my conclusion, ask yourself; do you possess the mentality you’ve served enough and now it’s your turn to be served?

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I. Introduction: Where does God fit in your life? Is He first and foremost in your thinking, or is He an afterthought? Many people pursue wealth, popularity, security, or whatever else they think can bring them peace. They forget not only that God will provide all they need, but also that He does so more abundantly than they could imagine.

II. As Christians, we are meant to continually seek the Lord and His will for our lives. If we seek Him, it shows that we desire a deeper, more intimate relationship with our heavenly Father. Salvation is just the beginning, and as we learn, our desire to understand Him should only continue grow. That is the wonder of getting to know our unfathomable God.

III. The Christian life is more than trusting Jesus Christ as Savior, joining a church, and getting baptized. The Christian life is about having a serious relationship with the God who created us, has power over all things, and has made awesome promises to His children. This is why we are to seek Him first; everything else remains secondary.

IV. Why should we seek the Lord?

  • A. Unbelievers need to seek God because:
    1. Iniquities will hide His face from them (Isa. 59:1-2). Those content to live with sin are separated from God. They may offer prayers to Him when disaster strikes, but He won’t hear.
    2. They will be exposed to the wrath of God (Rom. 1:8). Those who turn away from the Lord and continue to practice things that displease Him will experience discipline.
    3. Eventually, God will give them over to a depraved mind (Rom. 1:28). A depraved mind can’t form right judgments. When people reject the gospel time and time again, their hearts begin to harden to the point they no longer respond to God. That’s why it’s dangerous to ignore the leading of the Holy Spirit.
    4. They will continue to misunderstand Scripture (1 Cor. 2:14-16). Unbelievers are without spiritual discernment and can’t understand the ways of God. He can only begin to work in our lives when we recognize our need and confess our sins.
    5. Remember, the wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23), not just in the physical sense. Those who don’t accept Jesus Christ as their Savior are dead spiritually and will experience the eternal death spoken of in the twentieth chapter of the book of Revelation.
  • B. Believers should seek God because He wants to conform us to the likeness of His Son. There are times when we distance ourselves from the Lord because we aren’t focused on Him with our whole hearts.

V. We must seek the Lord…

  • A. With All Our Hearts (Jer. 29:10). God must be our priority if we want to know Him intimately. This means we must confess our sins and submit to His will (Isa. 55:6-7). Nothing should take precedence over to the treasure we have in Christ.
  • B. Diligently (Prov. 8:17). A true desire to know God means we put all other things aside and aren’t distracted.
  • C. Continually (Ps. 105:4). Nothing is too insignificant to be lifted to God in prayer. We must seek His mind about decisions and plans in our lives.
  • D. Confidently (Heb. 11:6). God wants to speak to all believers and work in their lives. Know that the Father will provide His best at the right time.
  • E. Humbly (Ps. 10:4). The only assurance we have in life is Jesus. Failing to recognize our dependence on Him can make us arrogant and deserving of reprimand.

VI. An unbeliever must seek the Lord while He may be found (Isa. 55:6). Each time a lost person feels convicted by the Holy Spirit but chooses to reject Him, his heart is hardened. Eventually, that person will become so calloused that it will become impossible to respond to that call.

VII. Conclusion: As believers, we should be seeking God because He is certainly seeking us. He desires to sit on the throne in each of our hearts. We must listen to Him so He can bless us with His best and work His will in our lives.

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Stardust1 Peter 2:24, “…by whose stripes ye were healed.”

Your healing was paid for by the Blood of Jesus!

Just because Jesus paid for our healing, doesn’t mean you will automatically manifest the benefits. You need to reach out and receive what Jesus did for you by faith! Jesus died for the sins of the world, but that doesn’t mean that the world will be saved, because they didn’t reach out with faith and receive what Jesus did for them!

How to receive your healing

Know what is rightfully yours: You need to understand that you, as a child of God, are fully entitled to your healing through the blood that Jesus shed when He was whipped (“By His stripes!”). If you don’t know it’s God’s will to heal you, then you’re going to lack faith, and faith is how you receive what Christ did for you. Just like when you were saved, it was by faith you received Christ into your heart and life. Same is true with healing, it is by faith that we receive the promises of God.

Repent of unconfessed sins: 1 John 1:9 tells us to confess our sins. Unconfessed sins can be sins lingering in our lives, and need to be addressed. We need to confess and forsake our sins, and when we do that, God graciously forgives us, and those sins can no longer hinder or block your healing. Once you confess and repent of your sin, your heavenly Father welcomes you with open arms (Luke 15)!

Release unforgiveness from your heart: If there’s somebody who you are holding grudges or bitterness against, then you need to release that hurt and bitterness from your heart. If somebody has wronged you, and you still think about their wrong whenever you think of them, then it’s time to give those feelings the Lord, and leave them there. Release the hurt from your heart that they have caused you, for unforgiveness can come between you and God and prevent your own sins from being forgiven (Matthew 6:15), and can give the enemy a legal ground to bring trouble upon you (Matthew 18:23-35), such as spirits of infirmity, sickness, diseases, etc. Make the choice today to release those hurt feelings, and pray something like this out loud, “Father, I have been holding bitterness in my heart against _______ because they did _________ to me, and I regret not forgiving them as you have asked of me. Forgive me for not forgiving them as I should have. I now release those hurt feelings to you in Jesus’ name, Amen.” (Repeat prayer for different people and situations if necessary.) Forgiveness is a choice, and when you make that choice, God can help you heal and release those hurt feelings in your heart against that person(s)

Speak a word in faith: Jesus gave you authority to heal and be healed, therefore speak to the part of your body that needs a healing, and command it to BE HEALED IN JESUS’ NAME! Just like Jesus and the early church did: John 5:8, “Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.” And in the early church: Acts 3:6, “Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.”

Do you have faith to receive your healing?

Here are a few scriptures for healing, but remember, if you don’t possess the faith to be healed, you are merely uttering words with no power…healing power is in the blood of Jesus according to your faith…

(Jer 33:6 KJV)Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth

(2 Ki 20:5 KJV)Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD

(Psa 103:3 KJV)Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

(Psa 30:2 KJV)O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me

(1 Pet 2:24 KJV)Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed

(Mat 4:23-24 KJV)And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people….And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them

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2328393006_huh_what_answer_3_xlargeThe phrase “first will be last and the last, first” can be found in three major passages of the Bible: Matt. 19:30, Mark 10:31 and Luke 13:30. Both Matt. 19:30 and Mark 10;31 are about the same parable. There are only two different events

The first time the phrase “first will be last and the last will be first” occurs in scripture is in Matt. 19:29-30. It introduces a parable which begins and ends with this phrase. Jesus had just told the disciples that a person could not buy his/her way into heaven (Matt. 19:23-26). The Jews believed that wealthy people could gain God’s favor, righteousness, by giving money (alms). This was a surprise to Peter. Here is Peter’s response: Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?

Peter is in essence asking, “Then how can I get in if even the wealthy cannot?” So Jesus explains using a parable about a vineyard owner who hires some laborers in the morning to work his vineyard. Throughout the day he continues hiring others to work the vineyard. Finally, he repeats the statement “first will last and the last will be first” as an explanation

Jesus concern is this: we are not to place ourselves above others because of our time spent serving Him.  To Jesus; it doesn’t matter if you have been serving Him for 50 years and a new convert for only 5 years.  In heaven we all will be equal in the Lord

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confessSinsAs believers we’re saved eternally, and God desires that we, as believers, would not sin. We can see this in the story of the Lord Jesus and the adulterous woman in John 8. Jesus, as the only One without sin, the only One who can forgive sin, and the only One qualified to condemn sin, did not condemn this woman. But, the Savior’s last words to her were this: “Go, and from now on sin no more.” As much as we don’t want to, we still sin in our daily lives because the sinful nature was injected into us through the fall. Because God is holy, He cannot tolerate sin, and our sin separates us from Him, becoming a barrier to our fellowship with Him and even causing us to lose the joy of our salvation. Isaiah 59:2 says,  “Your iniquities have become a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.”  How serious is sin! Its seriousness should make us realize we cannot tolerate it or give sin any ground in our lives. However, when we do fail and sin, what should we do?

The need to confess our sins

When we sin, a barrier is created between us and the Lord, which interrupts our fellowship with Him. This is why we need to confess our sins. When we confess our sins, we are forgiven, our offenses are washed away, and our fellowship with the Lord is restored. We shouldn’t ignore our sins or try to cover them up. Proverbs 28:13 tells us,

He who covers his transgressions will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.

Instead of covering our sins, we should confess them, believing in God’s word in 1 John 1:9:

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Hallelujah for the blood of Jesus! Whenever we confess, we’re forgiven of our sins, and Christ’s blood cleanses us from all unrighteousness. What a marvelous provision from God! When we confess our sins, our fellowship with the Lord is restored.

So how do we confess our sins?

We may wonder how to go about confessing our sins. Do we need to wait for an appointed time or go to a special place? Do we need to confess our sins to a particular person? Fortunately, we don’t need to wait for a particular place or an appointed time. This is because the particular person our confession is made to is the Lord Jesus Himself. We should deal directly with the Lord concerning our sins. And since He is within us all the time and in every place, we never have to go somewhere special or wait a certain amount of time to confess! The time to confess is whenever and wherever the Lord shines on something we’ve done. And the sooner we confess, the better. Here are some important points concerning how to confess sins.

1) Spend time with the Lord – One crucial point to begin with is we need to spend time with the Lord and in His Word. As we spend time fellowshipping with Him in prayer, the Lord’s light will shine on us and expose us, pointing out certain sins. We don’t need to become introspective, seeking out our sins. God is light, and as we spend time with the One who is light, we are spontaneously enlightened concerning our sins. Then we can confess to Him the sins He shines upon.

2) Confess specific sins – The Lord’s shining is very specific. He’ll shine on things like a certain lie we told, or the way we spoke to someone. For example, suppose we’re talking with some friends and the Lord gives us a clear feeling to stop talking and go back to studying or working. But we disobey Him and continue talking. The Lord convicts us about our disobedience and we know we feel the need to confess. Right away we can pray, “Lord, I confess, I disobeyed You. Please forgive me for continuing to talk when you didn’t want me to. Cleanse me of this sin with Your precious blood.” After confessing in this way, we can be assured we’re forgiven and the Lord’s blood washes away our sin.

3) Confess whatever the Lord shines on – We should confess whatever the Lord Jesus shines upon in us. This includes not only our sinful acts but also our weaknesses, shortcomings, and defects. For instance, the Lord may convict us of our laziness or rebelliousness. If so, we should pray, “Lord, forgive me for my laziness. I’m lazy, and my laziness prevents me from spending time with You. Forgive me, Lord.”

4) Keep short accounts with the Lord – We don’t want our sins to build up between us and the Lord. So we should practice to keep short accounts with Him by confessing our sins as soon as we are convicted of them. Let’s say we’re talking with a family member, and we lose our temper and storm out of the room in anger. Then, as we sit in our room, we’re convicted by the Lord and realize we were wrong for losing our temper. We can immediately confess this sin to the Lord by saying, “Lord, I’m sorry I lost my temper. Please forgive me. Wash me in Your precious blood right now.” When we confess, immediately God forgives us. This clears up our offense with Him. But in cases like this, we also need to take care of the person we offended. So in addition to confessing our sin to the Lord, we must also go and apologize to our family member. Confessing our sins daily, and even several times a day as needed, is like washing our hands. Our hands get dirty throughout the day, and we don’t just let the dirt accumulate. We wash our hands when they’re dirty. The healthiest habit we can have concerning sin is to not allow our sins to accumulate, but to confess them so we can be washed. This keeps us in a good relationship with the Lord

5) Spend some longer periods of time with the Lord – Besides confessing our sins daily to keep short accounts with the Lord, we can also spend some longer periods of time with Him to be under His shining. Once a week or once a month, we can spend an extra thirty minutes or an hour with the Lord to allow Him more time to shine on us in a detailed way. We’ll also have more time to respond to His shining and to confess in a deeper way. We can begin our longer times by praying over verses in the Bible or singing a hymn to the Lord. Then we can ask the Lord to shine on us. As He does this, we simply confess whatever He shines upon. Through longer times like this, our experience of confession and cleansing not only restores, but also strengthens our fellowship with the Lord

Conclusion – Each of us can learn this healthy practice of confessing our sins. We may not be good at it right away, but we can make a point to practice the things mentioned in this post. May the Lord help us to confess daily to Him and also to spend longer times with Him to clear up our sins and to restore and strengthen our fellowship with Him!

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rising-sunThe morning is the best time to spend in the Lord’s presence by reading His Word. It’s also an excellent time to begin the day by fellowshipping with the Lord in prayer

But sometimes it can be difficult to know what to pray. Should you pray for yourself, for your family, or for your friends? How should you start? Should you pray the same prayers or try something new? Should you pray something from the Bible or come up with something on your own?

The answers to these questions depend on our personal experience and the Lord’s leading. However, there are some short morning prayers we can pray to begin each day by contacting the Lord. Whether we decide to pray one or all of these prayers, each of them can help us to simplify our time with the Lord and to begin our day by contacting Him

Prayer #1: “Oh, Lord Jesus.”

One of the first ways we can pray is simply to call on the Lord’s name. As soon as we get out of bed, we can breathe in the Lord by calling, “Oh, Lord Jesus.” This is good way to begin the day by contacting the Lord. What better way is there to touch our wonderful Lord than by calling on His name? When we call, we get the person of the name, and we begin to be revived and refreshed. We can do this as soon as we wake up, and we can continue as we get ready for our day

Prayer #2: “Lord Jesus, I love you.”

The next thing we can say to the Lord is, “Lord Jesus, I love you.” It’s good to begin the day by telling the Lord that we love Him. Our goal, based on Revelation 2:4, is that He would be our first love and our best love. We can practice this by telling the Lord that we love Him first thing in the morning, and we can continue by telling the Lord that we love Him throughout the day

Prayer #3: “Lord Jesus, thank you for today.”

Thanking the Lord is an excellent way to start the day. We can tell Him, “Lord Jesus, thank you for today, thank you for my spirit, and thank you that I can pray.” We can also thank Him for many other things. We can thank Him for another day to gain Him and to be found in Him, and we can thank Him for dying for us and for shedding His precious blood for us. No matter what we choose to thank Him for, it’s good to start the day by thanking the Lord

Prayer #4: “Lord Jesus, wash me in your precious, prevailing, and efficacious blood.”

The next thing we can pray is for the Lord to wash us in His precious, prevailing, and efficacious blood. It’s so marvelous that the Lord died for us and shed His blood for us. Every morning we can freshly apply His blood and ask Him to wash from all of our sins. We can continue by confessing any sins that the Lord brings to our attention. There’s no need to spend all of our time attempting to come up with sins to confess, but we can spend a little time to confess anything that the Lord touches us with related to the previous day or our past

Prayer #5: “Lord Jesus, I open my being and turn my heart to you.”

After spending some time to confess our sins, we can take a minute to turn our heart to the Lord. We can pray, “Lord Jesus, I open my being and turn my heart to you.” By doing this, we turn away from everything else and turn our heart to the Lord. Second Corinthians 3:16 says, “But whenever the heart turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.” As we turn to the Lord, any veils on our heart are taken away, and we can spend time with the Lord face to face. Second Corinthians 3:18 tells us that in doing so, we behold and reflect like a mirror the glory of the Lord and are transformed into His image from glory to glory

Prayer #6: “Oh Lord, grant me today’s supply of grace.”

In addition to turning our heart to the Lord, we can ask Him to grant us our daily supply of grace. In Matthew 6:11 the Lord instructs us to pray for our daily bread. We can pray this by asking the Lord for our daily supply of grace. We can begin the day by asking Him for that day’s portion of grace, and the Lord will respond by supplying us with more of His grace and more of Himself

Prayer #7: “Oh Lord, grant me a normal day of growing in life.”

Each day we also want to grow in life. The Lord’s goal is that we would be brought on to maturity and full sonship. (See these verses for more on maturity and growing in life: 1 Corinthians 3:7, 14:20, and 16:13; Ephesians 4:13; Philippians 3:15; and Hebrews 5:14).

We don’t want to remain the same but want to grow in the divine life and be brought on to maturity. However, this isn’t something that happens miraculously or overnight. It’s something that happens little by little and day by day. An infant doesn’t become an adult overnight. They grow a little bit every day by eating milk, baby food, and eventually solid food. Over time, each infant grows to be a full-grown person. Thus, every morning we can pray, “Lord, grant me a normal day of growing in life. Cause me to grow in your life today.”

Pray #8: “Oh Lord, strengthen me with power through your spirit into the inner man.”

The apostle Paul prays in Ephesians 3:16 that God the Father would grant us “according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit into the inner man.” Paul’s prayer here shows that God’s desire is that we would be strengthened with power through the Spirit into the inner man, our human spirit. We can cooperate with this desire by asking the Lord every day to strengthen us with power through His Spirit into the inner man

Prayer #9: “Oh Lord, make your home in my heart through faith.”

The apostle Paul also prays in Ephesians 3:17-19 “that Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith, that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be full of strength to apprehend with all the saints what the breadth and length and height and depth are and to know the knowledge-surpassing love of Christ, that you may be filled unto all the full knowledge of God.” Thus, we can pray every morning, “Lord, make your home in my heart through faith today. I open my heart to you. Make my heart your home a little more today. Dear Lord, make your home in every room of my heart.”

Prayer #10: “Oh Lord, keep me from temptation and from the evil one.”

In Matthew 6:13, the Lord instructs us to pray that we would not be brought into temptation but would be delivered from the evil one. We may think that we can withstand sin, but really, we need the Lord’s covering that He would keep us from temptation and deliver us from the evil one. We are weak and shouldn’t put any trust in ourselves. Instead, we should pray that the Lord would deliver us from temptation and from the evil one

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