Christ The Teacher

“But you do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren. Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ”. - Matthew 23:8-10

Jesus emphasizes the fact that God is jealous of His honour. To Him belongs all honour and it is He who leads and guides His church as well as governing it and defending it.

Jesus is the only teacher for He is the light, the way and the truth. The religious leaders loved to be called by the three titles, which were very common, ‘Father, Father’ ‘Rabbi, Rabbi’ or ‘Master, Master’. Jesus condemned this.

Yes, we understand that we have natural fathers and spiritual fathers in the Lord, but the use of ‘Father, Teacher and Rabbi’ as titles of one’s status in life, is strongly disapproved by Jesus.

As children of God we are all brothers and sisters in the faith.

We are to give honour and respect where this is due, but not to give praise and undue exaltation by the use of unscriptural titles that gender pride. It is Jesus and He alone who should be exalted and receive all the praise. He is always to be our example. He is the supreme teacher who is the anointed one. Humbly respect and honour Him and always give Him the first place in your life. Jesus Christ is Lord and if He is not “Lord” in our lives He is not Lord at all.  

Dear heavenly Father thank You for the truth and power of Your word.   Thank You for the Lord Jesus who came to earth to be the way, the truth and the life. I humbly acknowledge my dependency upon You today to lead, guide and keep me, in the name of the Lord Jesus.

 

 

Don't Pretend

“They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, greetings in the market- places, and to be called by men, ‘Rabbi, Rabbi.’”
- Matthew 23:6-7

Jesus continues to speak out against hypocrisy describing the desire and actions of the hypocrites. From time to time I have been told, “I don’t go to church because there are too many hypocrites.” But why try and hide behind someone smaller than yourself?

Simply stated, “a hypocrite is a play actor”, being something he or she is not. The desire to be recognized, to be given special treatment, or special place of recognition, to be exalted, to be especially seen by others as a person of importance, to have a title and position, to be recognized and greeted in the shopping malls and called  ‘Reverend, Reverend.’ Honour must be given to those who should be honoured, but we must be careful of the subtlety of pride, which is destructive.

Jesus spoke with tender love and compassion to the sinner with the view of them accepting His forgiveness and making restitution, when they could, as in the case of Zaccheus. But to the hypocrite He was direct and forthright. Hypocrisy grieves God’s heart intensely. Why pretend to be what you are not. Why put on a show of spirituality when it is not real. Why go through religious motions that are an outward show with no true reality?

Let us be real and stop pretending. Man looks at the outward appearance but God looks at the heart.

Today can I say before God that I am sincere and upright in my life and service to Jesus Christ? Take another look into your heart today and ask Him to show you your heart like it really is, for out of it are the issues of life.

Dear Father thank You for Your word of truth and life.  Thank You for the blood of the Lord Jesus that cleanses me from all sin and as I walk in the light and truth of Your word it continues to cleanse me. Help me today to serve You with true obedience and humility, in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Prince Of Peace

"And you will hear of wars and rumours of war. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”  
– Matthew 24:14 

Earth has endured two world wars. Each time there were predictions that this was the end of the age and that Christ would be returning.

On June 6, 1945 the Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy. For those thousands of men who took part in that deadly invasion it seemed like the end of the world.

An America army chaplain who survived the landing penned some poignant moments of the vicious battle.

“About 10 of us were crossing along the edge of a field when we heard sniper bullets whiz by. We all fell to the ground. As we lay there hugging the earth to escape shrapnel from shellfire and bullets, the birds were singing beautifully in the trees close by.

“As I listened I thought of the awfulness of it all; the birds were singing and we Human Beings were trying to kill each other. We are the greatest of God's creation, made in the image of God, and here human blood was being spilt everywhere.

“On the roadside my assistants and I saw a dead German officer.  We turned him over and stretched him out the best we could. I looked at his face and was surprised to see how young he looked. No doubt he was in his twenties but he had the face of a boy. I thought surely, this fellow was too young to die. I became conscious of an awful evil force behind it all to cause a young fellow like this to seemingly hunger and delight to kill and be killed."

The D-Day landing was the beginning of the end of the Second World War and it was hoped that peace would reign, but as we know wars and rumours of war continue to make headlines. But there is a day coming when it will cease and the Prince of Peace will reign.

Dear Father thank You that in a world of turmoil and trouble I have the Prince of Peace in my heart. Thank You Jesus for being my daily help.

Tell And Do

“The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do. For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.” - Matthew 23:2-4

Jesus’ word today is one of action to do what God requires of us. He was not impressed by the religious leaders of His day. They imposed requirements on others that they themselves could not fulfill. They were telling others things they believed God required which was right and well but were not following through themselves by doing them.

Obey and do what God asks of you. You cannot be a bearer of the word of God and not a doer of His word. You must be a doer and be an example of obedience before you tell others what to do and endeavour even imposing your convictions upon them. Your works today need to exemplify the Lord Jesus Christ.

Purpose today that all your works shall praise Him, manifesting His love, and His goodness. When I tell others to do something, is it a burden too heavy for the individual to bear? When I declare what God says, am I doing what He requires of me? Be a living example of God’s righteousness and not just a noisy, empty-headed talker. Be sure you walk your talk today and your works are in obedience and according to His word.

Dear heavenly Father I give You thanks for your daily presence, your faithfulness, mercy and grace. Help me in all that I do today to emulate You, that others may be drawn to You and that You may be glorified.

Victory Over All

“The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool.’” - Matthew 22:44

Jesus speaks of Himself, as being “Lord”, and that He will sit at the right hand of His Father. When He rose from the dead He ascended far above principalities and powers and He sat down at the right hand of God, a place of power and authority, for all power has been given to Him.

When Stephen, one of seven young men chosen to serve in the early church, was being stoned to death, he being “full of the Holy Spirit”, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus at the right hand of God. Stephen, despite the stones being thrown at him, says, “I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God. Jesus stood, I think, to welcome the first Christian martyr into heaven.

The Bible says that Jesus is seated at the right hand of God until His enemies are a footstool for His feet.

His enemies are our enemies and must be subjugated and under our feet, for we represent Him as believers on this earth. We are to enforce the victory that was won at Calvary. Through the church He will defeat every enemy, and then the final enemy, which is death, will be defeated at His coming.

Today you must not allow circumstances, or the problems you face, to get you down. You are to be above and not beneath. You are the head and not the tail. Today assert your authority in Christ over all the power of the devil. Rebuke and resist the enemy of your soul and all that the devil may try to bring against you.

 Dear heavenly Father thank You for the triumph and victory of the cross and the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven and so that I may I walk in victory until Jesus returns to rule forever.

Who Is Jesus ?

“What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?” - Matthew 22:42

The person of the Lord Jesus Christ has been called into question through the centuries.

In the above scripture Jesus asks the question about himself, addressing it mainly to the Pharisees. Was He just another mystic or religious teacher or philosopher?

Today some people even go so far as to say that He never existed – how foolish. Every day you write the date you declare there was such a person for we refer to time as being before Christ and after Christ.   He was looked upon in His day as the son of Joseph the carpenter, from Nazareth and even today is often referred to as Jesus of Nazareth.

He was born contrary to the law of nature, without a human father.   He said that He came from God, His father, and God, Himself said, “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”

 

No religious leader or teacher can be compared to Him. His life, His teachings, His miracles prove beyond doubt that He was the Christ, the Son of God.

When He died He laid His life down and gave Himself in death by crucifixion. His body was laid in a tomb with soldiers guarding His dead body. Three days later, early in the morning, angels came and rolled back the stone door to the tomb and Jesus rose from the dead. By this supernatural act He was, and is, declared to be the Son of God.

No other religious leader has been able to do this. He is declared to be the Son of God by the resurrection from the dead. There is no other way into the kingdom of God except through Jesus Christ. He is the way, the truth and the life. He said, “I am the door, by me, if any enter in they shall be saved.”

Trust Him completely today. He is the complete answer to all your needs for body, soul and spirit.

Dear heavenly Father thank You for Jesus my Saviour and Lord.  Help me today to lift up Jesus wherever I may go and reveal Him through my life.

Love Your Neighbour

“You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” - Matthew 22:39
Jesus again emphasizes the importance of love. To love is to be an expression of God for God is love. He does not love, but the very embodiment of love. This is His nature. To see God in action you see love in action.

 

By love we show our true colours as professing to follow the Lord Jesus Christ. “For by this shall all men know that you are my disciples.”

 

Firstly, it is necessary to love yourself before you can love your neighbour. Some people may have a problem doing this, but if you have truly accepted Jesus as your Saviour then he pours heaven’s love into your heart, making it possible not only to love yourself, but to love even the unlovable.

 

Endeavour to see everything today through His eyes, the eyes of love. Whatever you do, try to do it all through His love. You may be misunderstood, criticized, rejected, but just keep on showing love.

 

Love is the most powerful force in the world and faith works by it. Fear is dispelled by it, “for God has not given us a spirit of fear but of love and of a sound mind.”

 

Ask yourself, what can I do, and upon whom can I shower love today? Look out for an opportunity to find a hurt and be instrumental in healing it. Look out for a need and see if you are not able to fill it. Today is a new day in your life, filled with God-given opportunities, not to be selfish, self-centered and grasping, but instead to reach out to others in love.

Dear heavenly Father, Your love is beyond human understanding; You love me with an enduring, unchanging love.  Help me today as you love through me to show Your love to a dying, needy world.

 

The Greatest Law

“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  This is the first and great commandment.”- Matthew 22:37-38

We are reminded today, in a commandment given by Jesus which embraces all the commandments of God, that to love Him is the greatest. To break this commandment is to break all His commandments.

What is the degree, or depth, of my love for God today? How much do I really love Him? Am I prepared to die for Him if need be, as so many Christian martyrs have in the past? I need to love Him with all my heart and all my soul. This means with all my intellect, my will, my emotions and my mind. My thought life is always centred on Him.

I have people tell me, “I am not a sinner”, which of course is saying that God is a liar. God says, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” We deceive ourselves for if we say we have not sinned we lie and the truth is not in us. If I break His commandment I break all the commandments of God, therefore standing guilty of committing the greatest sin that can be committed.  

Repent today, turning your back upon your sin, your failures and begin a new life in Christ.

Dear heavenly Father, thank You for sending Jesus to die for me, and raising Him from the dead, for my justification. Thank You for the precious blood of Jesus that cleanses me from all sin.  Forgive me for my sin and failure of not loving You as I should and help me from today to serve You with all my heart, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Through The Eye Of A Needle

“Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
- Matthew 19: 23, 24

It almost seems that Jesus is saying that those who are rich will not go to heaven. He says that it is difficult and it would easier for a camel to go through an eye of a needle. This is not a sewing needle as some may suppose but the huge gates in the walls of Jerusalem which had smaller gates set within them.

When going through the small gate it would not be necessary to open the larger one. This small gate was known as the eye of the needle and for a camel to go through this gate would require that the animal be unloaded and kneeling in order to pass through the gate.

Jesus was not saying that it was impossible for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God but it is difficult. If you love your riches it becomes a burden to you. Make sure, like the camel, the load is lifted from you so that you can pass into the kingdom of God. This is not a matter of going to heaven but entering the kingdom of God, which consists of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Does money control you today or do you control money? Is it your master or do you master money.

God desires that you prosper for he gives the power to get wealth but we must never let it have mastery over us and we end up worshipping mammon. Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all other things will be added to you.

Dear heavenly Father thank You for helping me to keep money in its rightful place in my heart and to give as You direct me for the extension of your Kingdom. If riches increase by Your help I will not set my heart upon it.

 

How To Receive Jesus

“And whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.” - Matthew 18:5

Children in many cases are looked upon as unimportant, but it must be remembered that Jesus was a child at one time, and later we see that He bade the children come to Him and He blessed them.

His disciples wanted to send the mothers away with their children but Jesus drew them to Himself. Who knows what place that little child will find in society in the future or what that child will accomplish in the future? All children have an important place in the plan and purposes of God.  

When we disregard, neglect or ignore little children we demonstrate our attitude towards the Lord Jesus Christ. Push a child aside and we push Him aside.  Receive a child in His name and you receive Him. This means there is great value on how we treat children in reaching out to them and ministering to them. What can I do for a child or children today? Can I do something in some way to help orphans?

Cultivate openness to little children; be as determined as possible to receive them into your heart and life. My attitude to little children will demonstrate my attitude to the Lord Jesus. As I receive them so I will receive the Lord Jesus.  

Dear Lord Jesus thank You for making it clear to me that the manner in which I receive a little child is the way I receive You. Forgive me if I have been unresponsive to little children. By Your help I will give them more time and place in my life.

 

True Humility

“Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” - Matthew 18:4

A little child is Jesus’ example for humility. I have found that a little child, when looking at a grown up, is intimidated by the sheer size of the person. The child tends to be afraid and awed especially if it is a man. Get down on your hands and knees and then in approaching the child they are far more responsive. You have come down to their level and then they feel less threatened.

To humble oneself is not just a matter of a physical position – like the small boy said after his observation of a man who only knelt on one knee,  “God will not hear him because he is only kneeling on one knee.’’

 

 Humility is a matter of the heart. As you examine your attitudes and motives, ask yourself, am I boastful, arrogant and self-centered” – look at a child Jesus says, and emulate their example.

To humble yourself you should not think more highly of yourself than you should. To humble yourself is something you must do yourself, others cannot do it for you. Be as a child, trusting, dependent upon someone bigger than himself - someone to help guide, instruct, support and provide.

Jesus depended totally on His Father. He never did anything without His approval. Today, be as a little child and exemplify the humility Jesus says we should possess, and you will be one of those who are great in the kingdom of God.

Dear Lord Jesus thank You for Your help today for without You I can do nothing and am nothing. I choose today to be as a child in humility and to be totally dependent on You and submissive to You. Forgive me for wanting to have my own way so many times, but today I will humble myself and serve You with all of my heart.

 

 

Childlike Believers

“Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” - Matt.18:3

Jesus says that change is necessary in order to enter the kingdom of God. When something is converted it is changed from one thing to another. A garage can be converted into a small apartment; a chair can be converted into a bed. One must be converted to enter the kingdom of God, to come under God’s authority and to have His righteous peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

This change is not brought about by your own good works but by the supernatural workings of the Holy Spirit. It is a change that affects your entire way of life. It is a new way of living as you live in obedience to Him.

Jesus uses little children as an example of what we should be like. He is not saying we should be childish but like little children. What are little children like? They are very trusting and will believe almost anything you tell them. They are dependent on their elders for their safety, security and support. They speak to us of humility not of pride and arrogance. A child is an example of simplicity, faith and humility.

Take Jesus’ word to heart today and purpose to be more childlike. The kingdom of God is too important to miss because of my self-will, unbelief, stubbornness and arrogance. Jesus is not talking about being sure of going to heaven, but coming under His kingship and his rulership. Unless we are like little children this will never be so. His Kingdom is where He is king? Is He your king, does He rule over your life today? If not make sure He does today.

Dear heavenly Father I come to You in the name of the Lord Jesus. Thank You for Your kingdom established in my heart and life. Help me to walk today in childlike faith, trusting and obeying your precious word.

Pay Your Tax

“What do you think Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their sons or from strangers? ... Nevertheless lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you.” - Matt.17:25, 27

Being taxed and paying taxes is part of our lives although at times we are tempted to complain but this is a requirement by Government of its citizens.

It was a requirement by the authorities in Jesus’ day and when the taxes were due He sent Peter to catch a fish. One can understand that it would require more than one fish caught on a hook and sold by a fisherman like Peter to pay the taxes for two people.

Peter simply obeys, although in the natural it does not make any sense, but he has been told that money sufficient for their taxes would be in the fish’s mouth. Peter catches the fish and there probably to the astonishment of the tax collector the tax money is in the fish’s mouth.

What He tells you to do in the natural may seem foolish and seemingly impossible for a miracle of supply to happen, but with God nothing is impossible.

The tax money to meet both Peter and Jesus’ need was in the mouth of the fish. It was sufficient without any surplus after the need was met. Remember He supplies our need not our greed. Trust Him today to supply all your financial needs however pressing or whatever they may be.

Dear Lord Jesus thank You for every good or perfect gift that comes from You. I know that You are able to supply all my needs today according to your riches in glory.  I rebuke, in Your name every spirit of poverty and fear that comes against me today and I thank You for providing my every need.

 

Prayer And Fasting

“However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” - Matthew 17:21

What does Jesus mean when saying this? What “kind” is He referring to?  Why is it necessary to pray and combine it with fasting to get the evil spirits to leave? Unbelief limits God from working on our behalf. Unbelief stops the miracle from taking place and do not experience the blessings of God to their fullest degree because of this.

The people of Israel when they came to the Promised Land did not enter in because of their unbelief. What they saw and heard caused them to draw back in unbelief. Without faith we can never please God and unbelief must be dealt with so that we will not be defeated in every good endeavour for God.

Prayer, combined with fasting, will help build an intimate relationship with God, causing His word to take on a new dimension and become alive to you.

Deepen your efforts to come closer to God. Start fasting for just one day and then longer as you enter into a new dynamic lifestyle. There are different fasts taught in the Bible. There is a total fast, abstaining from all food and liquid. This kind of fast cannot be done for longer than three days. The normal fast is going without food but drinking liquids and a partial fast, or Daniel fast, soup is taken besides water and fruit juices.

Fasting with prayer will help you to become far more sensitive to the Spirit than you have ever been before. Begin to live a fasted life and discover the difference in your relationship with God.

Dear Lord Jesus thank You for your example that I can follow. When here on earth you revealed the Fathers’ will by what You did and taught. You fasted and prayed. Help me to follow Your example and do what You taught us to do. By Your help I will seek You by prayer and fasting.

Move That Mountain

“Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’, and it will move and nothing will be impossible for you.” - Matthew 17:20

Jesus said to his disciples it was because of their unbelief that a boy who suffered from epilepsy was not healed and that faith was necessary for his healing and deliverance.

A mustard seed is extremely small and like all seed when sown in the earth and watered will spring forth and grow into a large tree. Locked up in the seed is life that will germinate in the right environment and produce a tree with the ability to reproduce.

Your faith is powerful - not so much in its size as little as a mustard seed, but in its life and ability to produce a living, active faith that does not waver; a faith that takes hold of the promises of God, and makes impossibilities possible.

Jesus says you will speak to the mountain and that means any situation that is seemingly impossible and insurmountable. He did not say pray for the mountain to move but to illustrate that obstacles in our lives can be moved by our faith.

Faith that is alive and active has a voice. Remember today that nothing is impossible to you, for as you believe so shall it be done. Speak to your mountain and command it to move in Jesus’ name.

Dear Lord Jesus, I give You praise and thanks for all You have been and are to me. Without You I am nothing and can do nothing but with You I know all things are possible, for You have said, “All things are possible to those who believe.” Forgive me for doubting at times. From today I will say what I believe in my heart and I know every mountain will be removed.

It's All Recorded

“For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His father with His angels and then He will reward each according to his works.” - Matthew 16:27

The word from Jesus today is the assurance that He is coming again.

He came in the past to take away sin by the sacrifice of Himself on the cross. He now is at the right hand of God the Father and He will come a second time for those who look for His appearing.

The time of His coming is unknown although there has been much speculation and date setting. He has said He will return - there is no doubt about this. His coming will be spectacular and splendid in the glory of His father and accompanied by angels when the dead shall be raised and those who are in Christ and alive shall be caught up to meet Him in the air.

Until that wonderful day we are to be busy, not to be passive or withdraw from the responsibility of our labour for Him.

It is obvious from the Bible that, God is keeping a record of our works. Jesus says that each person will be rewarded. That means that His decision of rewards is not collective but individual. Each one will be rewarded according to the works done.

You are not saved by works but it is by grace through faith that you are saved and from that moment until we stand before Him the works done according to His will with pure motives, or otherwise, will be judged and recorded.

Bear this in mind today that in all our actions and labour it is recorded to be rewarded when He returns.

Dear Lord Jesus thank You for Your love, Your grace, Your mercy and goodness today. I ask that all my labour for You shall be with sincere and pure motives for I know I must give account to You at your coming. Help me to fulfil and do what You have called me to do.

Eternal Value

“For what profit is it for a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?  Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” - Matt. 16:26

When God created the first man, He took soil and formed a physical body. He then breathed into that body and man became a living soul.  We are created spirit, soul and body, “three in one”.

The body is the means by which we live in this present world. With five physical senses we come in contact with a physical world.  With our eyes we see this world, with our ears we hear, with our noses we smell, with our tongues we taste and with hands we feel this present physical world.

Through our spirits we come into contact with the spirit world which consists of God who is spirit, the Holy Spirit, Jesus, the son of God, angels, including Satan or Lucifer, and all the demonic spirits.

The soul of man embraces the intellect, will and emotions.

The soul and spirit are those parts of us that are immortal and eternal. The soul is the real you, not the body that is subject to aging and death, but the soul will never die. Its value, therefore, must be equated with eternal value. The soul is more valuable than all the gold in the world.

God placed such great value on our souls that He gave the most valuable thing He had, His only begotten son.

 

Jesus placed such value on the soul that He suffered death on a cross, was buried and on the third day He rose from the dead. He defeated Satan and all the powers of darkness because of the value He placed upon the soul.

The soul can never be satisfied with wealth, fame or popularity, it can only find satisfaction in God. It was made by Him and can only be satisfied by Him.

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for providing salvation for my eternal soul. I surrender my will, my intellect and emotions to You today to fulfil Your will. Help me to spend time on the wellbeing of my soul and feeding my spirit with Your Word in meditation and prayer.

The Cost Of Time

For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” - Matthew 16:25

The cycle of human life is simply a period of time from birth to death, for some the duration of time is longer than others.  But what we do with our lives during that cycle of time is important.

Life is like a puff of smoke that is here for a moment and then is gone. It is like water poured on the earth and is soaked up and gone. The brevity of life is very obvious and the investment of time, which is life, is important.

Today I have seconds, minutes and hours that are available for investment.  Time that I spend today on vain, selfish pursuits will be lost, but time given for the sake of the Lord Jesus and His Kingdom, is an investment of my life for gain. Therefore, look for opportunities today to make your life count and use it for Him.

Evaluate the time you spend on yourself and how much time you spend regarding the things of the kingdom. There is loss or gain in what you do with your life today.  This precious commodity of time, our lives, is either wasted with great loss or invested for benefit and profit for His sake.

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for a new day and all the opportunities that it presents.  Help me to fulfil the desire of Your heart today.  Guide me in all the decisions that I need to make that they may be according to Your perfect will.

 

Follow With A Cross

“If anyone desires to come after Me let Him deny himself and take up His cross and follow Me.” - Matthew 16:24

The call to follow the Lord Jesus is not directed to a certain few selected individuals but to anyone. Anyone, irrespective of their position, or responsibility in life, can qualify. All that is required is a desire to be a follower of the Lord Jesus - a desire that is prompted from within by the Holy Spirit to emulate Him.

Jesus does stipulate certain requirements.

Firstly, deny yourself, give up all your rights. This is the exact opposite of the present worldview where everyone is demanding their “rights”. But Jesus wants your will to become merged into His will. Your life is no longer filled with self-interests and directed according to your will but to His.

When you look at the life of Jesus you see the will of God in action.  In John 6:38, Jesus said, “I came not to do my own will but the will of Him who sent me.” Everything Jesus did was the will of God. In following Jesus today desire the will of God to be manifested. To do and be in His will today is better than worldly success.

To take up a cross is not His cross but a personal cross. His cross was one of misunderstanding, persecution, criticism and suffering. To be His follower means that I will be treated no differently by the ungodly and religious world than He was treated. My cross I willingly bear today and face the hostility that may come against me with joy as I follow Him.

Dear Lord Jesus, You left me an example that I may follow in Your footsteps.  Today I decide to deny self and do Your will. I willingly take up my cross to follow You wherever You may lead me and for whatever Your will is for me today.

 

Keys Of The Kingdom

“And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” - Matthew 16:19

We all know that keys are important when it comes to locking up or opening a door or starting a car, they are a part of everyday life.

Peter is given the keys of the kingdom of heaven and this also applies to all those who are born again believers. Peter was given authority to open and to shut, to bind and set free. You also are included in this powerful activity.

Peter used the keys in a powerful demonstration of the kingdom of God by healing the sick, casting out devils and even raising the dead.  He used the keys to open the gospel of the Lord Jesus to the gentiles when he went to the home of the Centurion, Cornelius, and those in the house were saved, filled with the Holy Spirit and baptized.

Don’t minimize the power and authority that God has given you as a believer. In and through the name of the Lord Jesus you can rebuke and bind the powers of darkness. You can loose people from bondages of fear, sickness and demons.

You do not have to live in fear, tormented of mind or in financial lack. You are to set captives free; what you bind on earth He has already bound in heaven and what He has loosed on earth, he has loosed in Heaven. In other words He will back up what you do in His name.

Decide today to take your place in Christ like you should and use the keys of the kingdom of Heaven.