Episode 7 How to always end well

How we begin is not as important as how we end.  We need to rediscover looking to Jesus – The author and the finisher …our secret to ending well no matter what.  Enjoy reflecting on these two messages on Looking unto Jesus and A New Beginning – A Glorious End God bless you

Looking unto Jesus

Isaiah 51[1]  Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged. [2]  Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him. [3]  For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.

Hebrews 12[2]  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. [3]  For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

We all have moments when we are discouraged and need encouragement or some assurance…when we feel defeated or imagine the work is useless or a mess …when it looks like the house that is built does not seem to be standing…when the growth we expect is not coming…when God seems to be late…what do we do?  Click for more

A New Beginning – A Glorious End.

Luke 6[46]  And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

Jesus declares so many things … and says so much…the word of God is so rich in direction…and many call Jesus Lord…Twice means they emphasise the Lordship of Christ but they do not the things of Jesus?

Why will you call someone Lord, Saviour, deliverer and when He comes to deliver you…you ignore what he asks you to do.  This is strange? Jesus says people like this prepare for a great ruin when the storm comes …This also is a warning for us to look at what is done in obedience to Christ as a measure of future stability. Why do people not do what Jesus says?

They do not know what Jesus says and believe they are doing what Jesus says.They do not trust the complete counsel of Jesus and prefer to lean at least partially to their own understanding on some matters.They mix what Jesus says with many other wise sayings and this mixture seems more culturally acceptable and easier to digest and execute.  They mix the word of God with the word of men so they can be accepted by men.They want to retain control over their lives…they do not want to let go…they pretend they have let go but they have not released their own agenda.  Self reigns supreme so they will only obey Jesus to the extent that self is not disturbed or touched.They fear persecution – the truths of God still angers society and challenges its norms and ethics.  Doing what Jesus says can position you as a rebel or a trouble maker … especially to the “money changers” in today’s church.They are not strengthened in the inner man…they mean well but have not received the Holy Spirit baptism…the helper, the comforter that comes to support obedience to Christ is absent in many lives…they can not do what Jesus says.Calling the name of the Lord alone – can be an elaborate show that drains time, strength and resources…soon the saint becomes occupied in calling the name of the Lord..and becomes deaf to hearing God.

Ecclesiastes 7[8]  Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.  Click for more

God bless you.

Bode

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