Think about your DEDICATION to the LORD
In Acts Chapter 20 verse 11, it tells us that the meeting continued throughout the entire night…… in verse 12, the young man lived, and the message for you is ” that wonderful miracles occur when we are 100% dedicated to the Lord”
Every week people rush out of churches and may become offended if the service is prolonged for just an hour or so…. is this right ? …… is Jesus the most important person in their lives ? …. I very much doubt it…. their actions and behavior tell us otherwise..
Acts 20:28 is for all church “authority”…. do the reverends, priests, pastors and elders realize the value of the sheep to Jesus ? …. the sheep belong to Jesus and are not there to serve your purposes or to make you rich…. WOE to those who preach the “seed” gospel and talk about nothing else but MONEY…. the sheep need to hear the WHOLE counsel of God…… but you focus on money, week after week, year after year, because you use their tithes and offerings to maintain your lavish lifestyle…. you are worse than Judas who betrayed the Lord (and money was all he cared about)…. notice verses 33 to 35…. read them for a witness against yourselves…. and multi-billionaire TELEVANGELISTS. !
Lord, help us to get back to the true Christian examples set before us in the Bible…. cause you must be weeping much for the state of your “church” today.
…. and what of all these different denominations who cant get along with each other ? ….. and each one thinking they are so “right” and they alone know the “truth” of God…. they alone “hear His voice”……
As Charles Spurgeon said years ago…. “It seems odd, that certain men who talk so much of what the Holy Spirit reveals to themselves, should think so little of what he has revealed to others”
THINK about it….. all these people running around on the planet thinking that THEY have “all the truth… all the answers…. they UNDERSTAND God… and can fully EXPLAIN everything in the Bible” ….. Oooh the CONCEIT ! … in any human believing that they “understand” EVERYTHING about God…
NO HUMAN can fully “understand” GOD…. because then He would NOT be GOD at all …. can’t you see that ?
Our duty is not to analyze and rationalize God….. not to argue with other humans to convince them of our perspectives on God or the Bible…. after all “who are we ?”
Our ONLY DUTY is OBEDIENCE and SACRIFICE…. our willingness to abandon “ourselves”… our ambitions, our ideas, our plans, our likes and our dislikes…. according to the revelation of the Holy Spirit working to make Jesus desires known to us.
It calls for surrender….. and it relies totally on FAITH…… an UNSHAKABLE TRUST IN GOD….. that HE WILL direct our thoughts and our affairs and that HE KNOWS and appreciates our sacrifice and surrender……
“TRUST IN THE LORD with ALL THY HEART and lean NOT to thine own understanding….. in ALL THY WAYS acknowledge HIM….. and HE SHALL direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5 – 6)
When you really get a hold of this verse….. and you really mean business with God… some “strange” things are going to happen in your life….. because He will reveal HIMSELF to you and it will be very personal and precious…. as long as the TRUSTING and OBEDIENCE remains in you…. He will lead you and guide you….. and you may well find that all the stuff you believed before was load of “rot”…. things you thought were “ever so important” don’t matter at all….. how come ? ….. you have been BORN AGAIN (John 3:7) ….. you are a different person with different mindset and different values now….. OLD THINGS ARE PASSED AWAY , behold everything is made new (2 Corinthians 5:17)
As you grow “in grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18) you will “KNOW the TRUTH (and the truth shall set you free)” (John 8:32) ….. what does this mean ? …. simply that the EVIDENCE of what has happened in your own life is a CONSTANT witness to the TRUTH and POWER of the Bible (which is the WORD OF GOD)…. the world says, “the Bible is just a book written by men… for various clever purposes of controlling the way people think…. and moreover it has lots of errors in it”….. they think (and you might wonder yourself at some point)…. are you following a FABLE ?…. what if it’s not even true at all ? …. are you just a RELIGIOUS FANATIC ? …. maybe you need to “get a life”
THEN YOU THINK of all the wonderful things GOD has done for YOU….. the miracles you have seen… the answered prayers…. the experiences that you have gone through with Jesus…. and you realize that what has happened in YOUR OWN LIFE is a testimony to the TRUTH of it all…. it is a witness to the TRUTH of GOD and HIS WORD…… unlike the rest of the people of the world…. YOU now KNOW…. and it is this reality that has helped Christians before you face lions, gladiators and death…. it is this same TRUTH that enabled Jesus to go to the Cross.
Read John 10:25 – 30…. and next read John 18:37 – 38
Pilate said, “What is truth ?” …. and he didn’t have a clue ! …. BUT he still realized that JESUS was a righteous man !
….. and so it will be with the saints of God….. the world will not understand your speech…. but they will notice your RIGHTEOUSNESS… and that is what they will respond to, they will either seek after it themselves…. or else they will hate it and you along with it.