Friday, May 19, 2017

Not Suggestions

Morning Glory...

Jesus gave commands.
Very bold commands.
Commands that stops a person in their tracks.
Commands that demanded a response.

Now that response could be the rejection of His commands.
But, even in that rejection, the person KNEW that they had made it on their own.  Jesus left it up to them.

What does that say to you and I?
Well, we need to HEAR His commands to give a proper response.

1. "FORGIVE EVERYBODY OF ALL THEIR OFFENSES AGAINST YOU."
            (Forgive, and be forgiven.)
        2. "YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN."
        3. "ABIDE IN ME, AND LET ME ABIDE IN YOU."
        4. "LET PEOPLE SEE YOUR GOOD WORKS." (Do not hide your light
            under a basket.)
        5. "END DISPUTES QUICKLY."
        6. "WHATEVER CAUSES YOU TO SIN, GET RID OF IT."
        7. "DO NOT SWEAR OATHS AT ALL."
        8. "DO NOT RETURN OFFENSE FOR OFFENSE." (Turn the other cheek.)
        9. "GIVE WHAT PEOPLE ASK OF YOU, AND GIVE MORE THAN IS REQUIRED."
            (Go the extra mile.)
       10. "LOVE YOUR ENEMIES AND THOSE WHO WORK AGAINST YOU."
       11. "GIVE TO THE POOR TO PLEASE GOD, NOT TO GAIN APPROVAL
            FROM OTHER PEOPLE."
       12. "PRAY PRIVATELY AND SIMPLY, NOT TO IMPRESS OTHER PEOPLE."
       13. "MAKE YOUR PRAYERS BE LIKE THE LORD'S PRAYER."
       14. "WHEN YOU FAST, DO IT SECRETLY, NOT FOR SHOW."
       15. "STORE UP YOUR TREASURES IN HEAVEN, NOT ON EARTH."
       16. "DO NOT WORRY ABOUT YOUR MATERIAL NEEDS."
       17. "DO NOT WORRY ABOUT THE FUTURE."
       18. "MAKE GOD YOUR HIGHEST PRIORITY, AND HE WILL TAKE CARE OF
            ALL YOUR NEEDS."
       19. "DO NOT JUDGE OTHER PEOPLE." (Judge not, lest ye be judged.)
       20. "DO NOT GIVE HOLY THINGS TO DOGS OR CAST YOUR PEARLS
            BEFORE SWINE."
       21. "ASK GOD FOR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO HAVE." (Seek, and ye shall
            find.)
       22. "FEED THE HUNGRY, CLOTHE THE NAKED, SHELTER THE HOMELESS,
            COMFORT THOSE IN DISTRESS."
       23. "FOLLOW THE NARROW PATH TO LIFE." (Enter by the narrow gate.)
       24. "BEWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS."
       25. "EXERCISE POWER OVER UNCLEAN SPIRITS."
       26. "LOVE LITTLE CHILDREN, DO NOT DESPISE THEM."
       27. "DO NOT TAKE THE TITLES 'MASTER' OR 'FATHER' FOR YOURSELF."
       28. "RESOLVE DISPUTES IN AN ORDERLY WAY, LIKE THIS . . . "
       29. "DO NOT OPPOSE OTHER BELIEVERS IN CHRIST WHO ARE NOT IN YOUR
            GROUP."
       30. "HAVE TOTAL FAITH IN GOD FOR EVERYTHING."
       31. "BE LIKE THE GOOD SAMARITAN." (Go, and do likewise.)
       32. "LOVE OTHER PEOPLE AS I HAVE LOVED YOU"
       33. "EAT BREAD AND DRINK WINE IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME."
       34. "WASH ONE ANOTHER'S FEET."
       35. "BE MERCIFUL."
       36. "GO AND TEACH ALL NATIONS, BAPTIZING THEM."
       37. "KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS."
       38. "BE PREPARED FOR YOUR MASTER TO RETURN."
                              
Now...what if you looked these scriptures up and made a decision to read them daily, and seek to obey them?
Do you think that your life would change?
I do.


Remember...a command is NOT a suggestion.  Jesus was serious.  Eternally serious.  Are you?  Am I?

Loving Him ( and HIS Commands), and you
Charlotte