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Follow what is Good!

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Follow what is good, pleasant, honourable, trustworthy and without reproach — Choose to follow Christ, the Great Shepherd. He is our Saviour. He is our Redeemer. He is our King. There is no one like Him — in Heaven or on Earth. Surrender your heart to Him.

11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd John 10:11,14-16.

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Follow What is Good

13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?” 1 Peter‬ ‭3:13‬ ‬‬

God will not harm you. He will lead you through the valley. He will guide you through the desert. He will guide you through the storm. There is no one like Christ. Surrender every area of your heart over to Him. Follow His Way of doing things. There is no other god, idol or image that can take His place. Let Christ reign on the throne of your heart.

Christ wants to lead you. He wants to guide you. He wants to navigate your course. The Blood of Jesus Christ has the power to set you free. His Blood will take away your sin, bondage and entanglement. Choose to repent and turn to Him. There is no entanglement that can keep you bound. He has all authority and power in His Hands. Nothing can defeat Him. No other god, idol or image can overthrow Him. He is God. He is Sovereign. There is no one like Him. 

Your heart is yearning to fill a void that only Christ can fill. The things of this world cannot satisfy your soul. The things of this world cannot fill the void of your heart. Only Christ can heal you. Only Christ can satisfy you. Only Christ can set you free. Choose to follow Christ. Only Christ can make you whole. Let His Love heal you from the inside out. Choose to follow Him.

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No Other gods

“You shall have no other gods before me”. Exodus‬ ‭20:3

Choose to turn to Christ. Choose not to follow after other gods. Choose not to surrender to the idols and strange things of this world. Surrender your heart to Him. Surrender your heart to Christ — the True and Living God. 

He is the Way in the Wilderness. He will lift you up out of your pit. He will crush every form of bondage. He will break every yoke of darkness. He will loose the bands of depression. There is nothing that can stop Him. There is nothing that can defeat Him. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. John‬ ‭14:6‬ declares, “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

God loves you so much that He sent His Only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for your sins. Romans‬ ‭6:23‬‬‬ declares, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The wages of sin is death. The wages of worshipping other gods is death — not just a physical death, but a spiritual withering that leads to both natural and spiritual death. 

When you choose worship (or give your heart over to) something or someone other than God, you’ll begin to spiritually, emotionally, physically, financially and mentally wither. You belong to Christ. You were created by God for a Purpose. Redirect your worship and focus on Him. Redirect your focus. Redirect the song of your heart. Choose to worship Christ and Christ alone. 

Your heart is longing to commune with Christ. Your heart is longing to connect with Him. Don’t give your heart to another. Choose not to serve any other god. Exodus‬ ‭34:14‬ ‭ declares, “Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” He is Jealous. God will not have any other gods, or god-substitutes, sitting on the throne of your heart. Surrender to Christ the King.

Deuteronomy‬ ‭4:24‬ declares, “For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.” Let God consume everything that’s not like Him. Let His Holy Fire burn up everything that has entangled your heart. Let His Fire destroy every bondage. Let His Fire destroy every stronghold. Let His Fire destroy condemnation. God is greater than your sin — He is good and His Mercy endureth forever. 

Psalm‬ ‭107:1‬ declares, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” He is good. Surrender to Him. Surrender to His Word. Surrender and bow to His Power and Authority. Surrender to His Counsel — His Counsel is His Word. Lay aside every weight. Lay aside every distraction and choose to follow God. Who has your heart? What has your heart?

Choose to follow Christ’s Way of doing things. ‭“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,” Hebrews‬ ‭12:1‬‬‬

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The Ungodly

“Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭1:1-2‬

Pattern yourself after His Word. Follow His Blueprint. Christ wants to lead and direct your path. Let His Word navigate your path in every season of life. Let His Word light your course. Let His Counsel lead your heart. Let His Counsel lead your family. Let His Word light your family’s course. 

God wants to lead every aspect of your life — if you let Him. Psalms 1:1-2 declares, “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.” Choose to delight in the Word of God day and night. Choose to habitually digest His Word day and night. 

Choose to focus on the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God. Surrender to His Voice. John‬ ‭10:14-15‬‬‬ declares,  “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.” Surrender to God and let Him lead your path. ‭‭

Psalm‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭declares, “That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.” As you surrender to God, He will lead and direct your path. He will cause everything that you touch to prosper. Build up a diligent prayer regimen. Seek Him. Surrender to Him. His Word will lead, guide and direct your path.

James‬ ‭1:8‬‬‬ declares, “Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do” Choose a side. Who will you serve? A double-minded man (or woman) is unstable in all of their ways. Everything that he or she touches is unstable. 

A man of two minds (double-minded) is unreliable. A double-minded man is always hesitating. Choose a side — who will you serve? Who will you worship? “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” ‭‭Joshua‬ ‭24:15‬‬‬.

Choose to serve the Lord. Choose to follow Christ. 

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Fellowship – Hot or Cold?

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Have you ever watched kids running around with a glass jar trying to catch fireflies? It looks like fun to watch them glowing. They make “holes” in the darkness. Cockroaches, on the other hand, hide in cold and dark places and only come out looking for food. Similarly, God calls us to be hot Christians, proud and bold of the Word of God and His commandments, and not cold Christians, shy and shielded from His Word.

The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us. 1 John 3: 24

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The question now is, “Are you a cockroach or a firefly?” Why do some Christians glow in the dark, while others blend in that they are indistinguishable from the darkness around them? We are born as cockroaches, but born-again fireflies. So, “How can I be a firefly for Christ?”

John speaks about relationship and fellowship with the Father and Jesus Christ and also will learn about the power source which helps sustain the joy we experience when we delight in fellowship with our Father: the Holy Spirit.

Thinks back to the promises Jesus makes in the Upper Room – in particular the promise about a Helper who would guide us into all truth. In order to do so, John develops the subject into three sections:

Living with the Holy Spirit, Looking for the Holy Spirit, Listening to the Holy Spirit

Living with the Holy Spirit, we return once again to our theme of fellowship, not relationship. Notice the keyword of the verse: lives. “The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us” (3:24). 

The word “live” or “abide” is used frequently in the Gospel of John and even more so in 1 John! The use of these words continues to portray a picture of intimacy and fellowship. So, to abide in Him is to know Him intimately and to know God intimately is equated with keeping His commandments. 

The Holy Spirit is the proof and the manifestation of God in us and is a sign to us that we are in fellowship with God when we abide in Jesus. When we abide and enjoy His presence, we are like fireflies. His fruit is in us, and we enjoy being who we are, manifesting the glory of the Lord amid the darkness.

Glow like a firefly for Jesus!

Fellowship – The sweetness of Life

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Fellowship – Just Do It!

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Fellowship – a Clear Conscience is a Blessing

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Fellowship – a Clear Conscience is a Blessing

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An act of sacrificial love is to love right, sincerely and in truth. This is the kind of love we are urged to pursue. The kind of love that flows from the heart comes from those who are Christ-centered, rooted in Christ as our vine, a born-again Christian whose fruit is evidence by the way the person lives in the light of Jesus.

21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us 1 John 3:21-23

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Earlier on in this series, I have spoken about the problem of a corrupt conscience – it is bad news. When your conscience is clouded with guilt, a barrier is created between us and God, we are unable to love others as He loves us. The good news is that there is a blessing which goes along with a clear conscience:

21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us”. 1 John 3:21-23

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Confidence before God is the opposite of doubt. Having the certainty of knowing that we can come boldly before the throne of grace is the blessing of a clear conscience – true confidence in God. This confidence in God is so important – The book of James tells us But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.”  James 1:6-8

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The joy is that through the blood of Jesus we are cleansed from all unrighteousness, there is no shame, there is no barrier. Our Father has cleansed us, and we can abide in Him. 

Sincere Faith + Good Conscience + Pure Heart = Sacrificial Love

Jesus gave us this command — to love one another as He loved us. Commend yourself to Jesus who knows your heart better than you do and love in truth! 

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Fellowship – Just Do It!

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