Which King do you serve?

Sundays are the highlight of the week, it’s the time I get to fellowship with the Lord and the church.  I sit in the very first pew in front of the pulpit.  I am eager with anticipation of the sermon for the morning.  I know my soul will be lifted to endure yet another week of uncertainty and doing God’s will.  Today’s sermon was to take a hard look of oneself and determine- Which King I am serving?

Being a saved bible believing Christian, my first thought was Jesus Christ my risen Savior, but after listening to the Holy Spirit fill the pastor with the words of the living God, I needed to take a close look at who I have really been serving.

Upon searching, I find in II Cor 11:14 II Corinthians 11-14

for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light

This is very important:  did you actually read this, read it one more time.

It does NOT state Satan is light, it states Satan can transform himself into.  Wow, I don’t know about you but I am thinking and reading – very cunning, sly and deceitful when I read this passage.

We read in Acts, Ananias lying to Peter after he sold a possession and holds back part of the price. Read: Acts 5

But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?

How many times do I find myself in a position of being dishonest to Jesus Christ?

  • Tomorrow I will read three chapters in the bible, I just am to tired tonight
  • Tomorrow I will pray and give thanksgiving three times to the Lord
  • Tomorrow I will not say unkind words to those I am struggle with in my life
  • Tomorrow I will help out at the food kitchen
  • Tomorrow I will help out an elderly in need
  • Tomorrow’s list keeps growing and doesn’t happen

This is the constant battle between:

King of Light – Jesus Christ – things which are of the Spirit

King of Darkness – Satan – things which are of the flesh

Which King are you serving?

In Romans 8:5-8 we read

For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

In Romans 13: 12-14 we read how to be that of light and not darkness.

The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.

But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

King of Darkness – Satan – things which are of the flesh

I have an extra $50, I really love these shoes. I have 10 pairs of black shoes, but these shoes will go with the new red sweater, I just got during the Holidays.

King of Light – Jesus Christ – things which are of the Spirit

I have an extra $50, I remember Pastor sharing there is a new Pastor in the church community just south of us.  He is new to the area and does not have a place to live or a job, as of yet.  I am going to be sure to put this extra money into the offering plate with a note: to the new pastor in need.

Which King are you serving?

In Romans 12:2 we read:

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Then in 1 John 1:5-7:

This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

King of Darkness – Satan – things which are of the flesh

Sunday football is against the two best teams of the season.  I know it’s during my church’s nightly service but just this one time I will miss church. I know I will go next week and just pray for forgiveness.

King of Light – Jesus Christ – things which are of the Spirit

Sunday- Pastor told us we are going to have a preacher coming in to preach the gospel.  He and his family are only in the area just Sunday and Sunday night; and then they will be heading back to China.  I am very excited to meet him and his family.

Another blessing was heard about how God is working through this Pastor and his family in teaching those in China about God’s love.  I am so happy I got there early to fellowship with him, his family and my church family.

Which King are you serving?

We even read when Jesus was questioned in Matthew 4:5-11:

Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,

And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

Can you hear him, the devil saying I will give you all of this Jesus, just bow down to me? You can have it all and so much more, just bow down to me?

We struggle with the devil every single day:

  • It’s alright to eat those extra donuts, it taste so good and so what if your sugar level raises, you know it will be alright. Being a diabetic is sure hard work.
  • Did I tell you about Sally and her husband’s fight last night.  You are not going to believe what Sally did.
  • I know my wife wants to go out on date nights, once a week, but she needs to understand I have a right to be with the boys.  Why doesn’t she get it?
  • I want to go to the concert.  I have been waiting for the past year to see them and I can justify the costs of the tickets.  I am sure I can come up with a $100 somewhere and my husband will never even need to know the cost.

 

Which King are you serving?

James 4:7

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

Galatians 2: 20

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

1 John 2:14-17

I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

or all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

We live in a spiritual battle every single day but the good news is, as we read above in Romans 13: 12, as long as we put on the armour of light, stay faithful and true to our heavenly father, we will be blessed by serving the most Holy of Holy Kings and the most Powerful and Almighty Lord each and every day.

Which King are you serving?

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