Monday, July 19, 2021

FORGET about DOING things FROM your OWN steam

 

TIME to SURRENDER:

Philippians 4:13

King James Version

13 I can do all things through Christ 

which strengtheneth me.


Forget about doing things from your own steam.

Or of going through life, without JESUS.

It will be a lost cause.

A Pyrrhic victory.

It's not worth all the errors, all the people hurt, forgotten, set aside, stepped on, all the sins committed, just so we'd have fame and fortune, power and popularity, prestige and prosperity, looks and love.

Where JESUS has gone, the world hasn't.

You can then imagine the big difference when you CHOOSE to FOLLOW JESUS.

Sure, you may not have the big bucks.

You may not have the fast cars.

You may not have the coolest dudes, or the prettiest girls.

You may not even graduate at the top of your class, or from the slickest institutions.

You may not be the most fashionable person.

You may not even rate well in social circles.

You may even be a nobody.

Someone obscure.

But you know what?

Your soul is intact.

You can go home to the Lord, clean.

1 Corinthians 15:50

King James Version

50 Now this I say, 

brethren, 

that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; 

neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.


You will be perfect, and acceptable, in the eyes of God.

Matthew 5:48

King James Version

48 Be ye therefore perfect, 

even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.


FORGET about being accepted in the world.

Luke 16:15

King James Version

15 And he said unto them, 

Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; 

but God knoweth your hearts: 

for that which is highly esteemed among men 

is abomination in the sight of God.


FORGET about being popular in the world.

James 4:4

King James Version

4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, 

know ye not that the friendship of the world 

is enmity with God? 

whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world 

is the enemy of God.


You HAVE to make a stand.

The world, or JESUS?

John 14:6

King James Version

6 Jesus saith unto him, 

I am the way, 

the truth, 

and the life: 

no man cometh unto the Father, 

but by me.


We CANNOT continue as we are.

Isaiah 64:6

King James Version

6 But we are all as an unclean thing, 

and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; 

and we all do fade as a leaf; 

and our iniquities, 

like the wind, 

have taken us away.


We need JESUS.

John 15:5

King James Version

5 I am the vine, 

ye are the branches

He that abideth in me, 

and I in him, 

the same bringeth forth much fruit: 

for without me ye can do nothing.


We must seek GOD.

Romans 3:11

King James Version

11 There is none that understandeth, 

there is none that seeketh after God.


Let us set our goal on finding GOD.

Jeremiah 29:13

King James Version

13 And ye shall seek me, 

and find me, 

when ye shall search for me with all your heart.


And GOD will make us born again, gifting us with JESUS, and His SPIRIT.

John 3:5-7

King James Version

5 Jesus answered, 

Verily, verily, 

I say unto thee, 

Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, 

he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; 

and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, 

Ye must be born again.


So we can  UNDERSTAND His SPIRIT.

1 Corinthians 2:14

King James Version

14 But the natural man receiveth not 

the things of the Spirit of God: 

for they are foolishness unto him: 

neither can he know them, 

because they are spiritually discerned.


Helping us WALK in His SPIRIT.

Galatians 5:16-17

King James Version

16 This I say then, 

Walk in the Spirit, 

and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, 

and the Spirit against the flesh: 

and these are contrary the one to the other

so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.


And reap the FRUITS of His SPIRIT.

Galatians 5:22-23

King James Version

22 But the fruit of the Spirit 

is love, 

joy, 

peace, 

longsuffering, 

gentleness, 

goodness, 

faith,

23 Meekness, 

temperance

against such there is no law.


Then, the BIBLE will start making sense.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

King James Version

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, 

and is profitable for doctrine, 

for reproof, 

for correction, 

for instruction in righteousness:

17 That the man of God may be perfect, 

thoroughly furnished unto all good works.


LIFE will make sense.

Psalm 16:11

King James Version

11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life

in thy presence is fulness of joy; 

at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.


We will know our PURPOSE in life.

Jeremiah 29:11

King James Version

11 For I know the thoughts 

that I think toward you

saith the Lord, 

thoughts of peace, 

and not of evil, 

to give you an expected end.


Making us go FULL circle -- BACK to GOD.

Jeremiah 29:12

King James Version

12 Then shall ye call upon me, 

and ye shall go and pray unto me, 

and I will hearken unto you.


And we will be ready, when JESUS has us meet Him up in the air -- ANY moment GOD chooses.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

King James Version

16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven 

with a shout, 

with the voice of the archangel, 

and with the trump of God: 

and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

17 Then we which are alive and remain 

shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, 

to meet the Lord in the air: 

and so shall we ever be with the Lord.


And we will experience TRUE heaven, after all has been judged.

Revelation 21:1-4

King James Version

21 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: 

for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; 

and there was no more sea.

2 And I John saw the holy city, 

new Jerusalem

coming down from God out of heaven, 

prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, 

Behold, 

the tabernacle of God is with men, 

and he will dwell with them, 

and they shall be his people, 

and God himself shall be with them, 

and be their God.

4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; 

and there shall be no more death, 

neither sorrow, 

nor crying, 

neither shall there be any more pain: 

for the former things are passed away.


Surrender to the WILL of GOD now.

James 4:7

King James Version

7 Submit yourselves therefore to God

Resist the devil, 

and he will flee from you.


FOCUS on JESUS.

Colossians 3:1-2

King James Version

3 If ye then be risen with Christ, 

seek those things which are above, 

where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

2 Set your affection on things above

not on things on the earth.


And all the pieces of your life, will fall BEAUTIFULLY in place, under the GRACE, and GUIDANCE, of the LORD.

Romans 8:28

King James Version

28 And we know that all things 

work together for good 

to them that love God, 

to them who are the called 

according to his purpose.


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