Friday, May 29, 2015

Live for the Lord

Without peace and sanctification (holiness)  no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14

Holiness is separation unto God and the activity associated with this. (Vines)
So I should ask before I do something, “Is this an activity for God?” “Is this an activity that God would have me to do?”

In the natural we strive for meaning and fulfillment by the things the world offers. But what the world offers was never meant to provide deep satisfaction in life.

The beatitudes (Matthew5:3-12; Luke 6:20-23) show that life does not flow from this world and what it offers, but from God. The beatitudes are talking of being blessed when we have lack in our life. Lack in itself is not a blessing, but when we have Jesus lack provides an opportunity for faith and faith in God is what brings the answer in the kingdom of God.

Our possessions are tools to use in serving others. They don't provide life in themselves. Luke 12:15

Joy of the Lord taught in  John 16:22 comes from relationship not possessions.  Material and worldly things can be taken away. No one can take Jesus from us.  This is what Matthew 7:24-27 is talking about. (house built on the rock will stand)  If our joy is in this world, our joy will fail. Our hope will fail if we trust in things of this world. If we put our joy and hope in Christ, we experience everlasting life and joy. What can man do to us, when we have Christ as our source? Psalm 118:6

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