24 Days and Chapters of Luke – 16

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Day 16 and Luke Chapter 16

Luke 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Today, I want to focus on servant and hate.  Let’s dig into what scriptures says about the two. I think one of the many problems today is too many Christians are trying to serve two masters and failing miserable. Why, because if we use the bible as our standard to live by, which is our truth then we read in Luke 16:13 – no servant can serve two masters. What does this mean?

Websters dictionary 1828 – servant – One who yields obedience to another. The saints are called servants of God, or of righteousness; and the wicked are called the servants of sin.

Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

Matthew 4:10 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.

As Christians, we are to yield obedience to God and serve God only.

1 John 2:15-16 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. 16 For 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.

Romans 5:19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

Many ask why do you answer questions with scripture, that’s an easy answer as well: scripture answers scriptures and it’s when “man” tries to come up with ones own interpretations is when one can fall from God’s truths and set of standards.

From my study today, I understand by serving God, I will have to live by his commandments alone.  Many times this is where Christians stumble and make their own choices on how to live their life.  We read in Exodus 20 God’s commandments:

Exodus 20

20 And God spake all these words, saying,

I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

13 Thou shalt not kill.

14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.

15 Thou shalt not steal.

16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

And we read in Proverbs 6:16-19 what God hates:

Proverbs 6:16-19

16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

 

Dear reader it’s not easy being a child of God and following him with a world full of “choices” and being “politically correct” but if you remain steadfast in knowing God is merciful and loves you beyond what you can comprehend, it’s then you will experience a joy and peace no one can ever take from you.

May you continue to prepare your hearts to knowing the truth about Jesus and lean not unto your own understanding but search the living word of God.

Thank you for reading day sixteen of my journey through the book of Luke.

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24 Days and Chapters of Luke – 14

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Day 14 and Chapter 14 of Luke

Have you been bidden to answer Jesus? Have you rejected his call?

Parable of the great supper and marriage feast

Websters Dictionary 1828 – Parable -A fable or allegorical relation or representation of something real in life or nature, from which a moral is drawn for instruction;

If you have studied God’s word then you know Jesus often shared parables which we can gain great truths and wisdom from. Both the parable of the great supper and the marriage feast will give us a clear picture of being bidden.

Matthew 22: 2-3

vs 2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,

vs 3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.

Luke 14: 17, 24

vs 17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.

vs 24 For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.

Websters Dictionary 1828 – BID, verb transitive preterit tense bid or bade; participle passive bid bidden. [Latin peto, to drive at, to attack, to ask, to desire, to beseech, anciently beto; impetus. Applied to the voice, it denotes utterance, a driving of sounds, which is applied to asking, prayer, and command. Class Bd.]

Proverbs 1:24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;

Are you listening to Jesus? Are you hearing what he has to say? Are you abiding in God’s will?

Psalm 55:16 As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me.

Psalm 91: 15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

Are you waiting for an answer, knowing it may take a long while?

Psalm 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

B – be prepared to hear the truth

I – incline yourself to find the truth

D – don’t rely on man to do the work for you

D – do search God’s word for answers and pray about it

E – enjoy your time and fellowship with our Lord

N – nothing will give you more joy and an everlasting love than to be one of God’s children

May you continue to prepare your hearts to knowing the truth about Jesus and lean not unto your own understanding but search the living word of God.

Thank you for reading day fourteen of my journey through the book of Luke.

Come let us adore him.

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24 Days and Chapters in Luke – 11

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Day 11 of Luke Chapter 11

Jesus teaches how to pray and not what to pray.

  • Our Father and thy will be done (Webster’s Dictionary 1828 defines will as: Divine determination; moral purpose or counsel) be done – this doesn’t mean my wants or foolish ways but our heavenly Father’s.

Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

  • Give us day by day our daily bread – this doesn’t say more than or less than but simple daily. For me this means to trust, obey and be committed by faith God will provide daily.

Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

  • Forgive us of our sins and we are to forgive others of their sins against us.

Matthew 6: 14  For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

  • Deliver us from evil

If you have studied your bible you know the children of Israel ask God over and over again to deliver them from evil.

Judges 10:15 And the children of Israel said unto the LORD, We have sinned: do thou unto us whatsoever seemeth good unto thee; deliver us only, we pray thee, this day.”

Then God sends his only begotten son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins and the sins of the world, so we have eternal life with him, as long as you believe and repent of your sinful ways.

Galatians 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:”

  • Lead us not into temptation – we have a choice to do right or wrong. Just as we have a choice to take the free gift of salvation. Just as Jesus had a choice to die on the cross for our sins.  He did this because of his love for us and so that none should perish or go to hell or live apart from God.

James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

Praying will –

  • keep us from temptation
  • keep us in God’s will
  • keep us feed
  • keep us humble to give God all the honor and glory.

Protection from evil

Reprove our hearts

Admonish our faults and wrong practices

Yearn for others to know Jesus

May you continue to prepare your hearts to knowing the truth about Jesus and lean not unto your own understanding but search the living word of God.

Thank you for reading day eleven of my journey through the book of Luke.

Come let us adore him.

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24 Day and Chapters of Luke – 10

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Day 10 and Chapter 10 of Luke

Continuing with living by God’s standards and not ours.

vs. 16

He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.

Thinking about the world we live in, I know without a doubt Satan realizes his time is short and Christ will be coming any day.  We read in Numbers how not living in God’s will or standards what the outcome in life will be.

Numbers 15:31

Because he hath despised the word of the LORD, and hath broken his commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him.

 

II Thessalonians 1:6-12

Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; 7And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, 8In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; 10When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day. 11Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: 12That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

But Praise God, for his living word and the standards we have to live by and for Jesus Christ to save those from eternal hell.

1 John 5:2

Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. 2By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. 3For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 4For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 5Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

In verse 25, we read a question by a lawyer, and in verse 27 the answer which was known by the lawyer, and Jesus confirms this as truth in verse 28. What a joy to understand yet another standard for us to live by in order to be right in God’s will:

And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.

We then come to the story of Martha and Mary in verses 38 though 42 – which I have blogged about previously and encourage you to take a peek:

https://willow10326.wordpress.com/2014/06/03/living-a-mary-or-a-martha-life

May you continue to prepare your hearts to knowing the truth about Jesus and lean not unto your own understanding but search the living word of God.

Thank you for reading day ten of my journey through the book of Luke.

Come let us adore him.

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24 Days and Chapters of Luke – 9

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Day 9 of Luke Chapter 9

God will provide. Are you being faithful?

Luke 9 verse 3: And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece.

Just as Jesus called the twelve disciples to preach the kingdom of God, he tells them to take nothing. This is such a beautiful understanding and a picture to remind us to be faithful beyond our comprehension.  It reminds me of, we come into this world with nothing and we leave this world with nothing.  The key to this for me is to be fully faithful and committed to Jesus no matter what the cost.  I don’t know about you but for me this seems scary and means I don’t have control.  But isn’t this the whole point, to lean on Christ for all of our needs, to fully surrender to our heavenly Father to provide all our needs and to use his power and strength in the process.

In verse 23 of Luke Chapter 9 we read:

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

This provides us with the answer: to deny himself and take up his cross daily. Did you read this……. daily.  Unless we deny oneself and take up the cross daily, we have a very good chance of not getting our needs met or the blessings in which God has intended for us.

In Malachi 2:2 God’s word is very clear about blessings:

If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.

Upon reading verse 26 and 27, it’s clear to me we are held accountable for our actions and will be judged in the kingdom of God.

For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.

27 But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.

My question to you and to myself- Are you being faithful? Are you denying yourself daily? Have you surrender fully to Christ today? Are you allowing God total control of your life to provide for you?

May you continue to prepare your hearts to knowing the truth about Jesus and lean not unto your own understanding but search the living word of God.

Thank you for reading day nine of my journey through the book of Luke.

Come let us adore him.

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