And, behold, one came and said to him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? Matthew 19:16
The story about a young rich man and his conversation with Jesus, this man was pretty sure he was going to Heaven. But Jesus told him exactly what he needed to do to truly become his disciple.
And he said to him, Why call you me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if you will enter into life, keep the commandments. He said to him, Which? Jesus said, You shall do no murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and your mother: and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 19:17-19
First Jesus went thru the Ten Commandments handed down by God, notice as Jesus said he didn’t come to abolish the law but fulfill it. Many Christians falsely believe the new covenant wiped out all the laws by God from the old covenant. Here Jesus clearly shows you he still expects us to follow those same laws.
The young man said to him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus said to him, If you will be perfect, go and sell that you have, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. Matthew 19:20-21
The young rich man was pretty holy and has been following Gods commandments since he was a kid, so he was pretty sure he was good to get himself into Heaven. But Jesus read his heart and told him how to be truly saved.
But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. Matthew 19:22
Why did the young rich man become so upset when Jesus told him to give it all away? It should be simple right? But this is exactly what Jesus is trying to teach us, you can’t serve two masters.
We become obsessed with material things that are just temporary, to the point where if Jesus said you could have eternal life if you just give up these things, we still can’t even walk away from them, that is idolatry.
Is there one thing that is keeping your heart from truly following Jesus? Are you consumed by the material things of this world, don’t let the temporary pleasures of this world prevent you from your eternal destiny in Jesus Name Amen
And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. Matthew 4:19
Imagine Jesus shows up at your home or work, after you have exhaustively worked on an issue all day you decided to give up. Here comes a man, looks almost homeless, says do it this way. His way seemed so simple its not logical. Out of desperation you follow his lead, and your life was never the same again.
This is what happened to Simon (Peter) and Andrew. Professional fisherman who were giving up for the day, when Jesus walked in told them there is a better way. Now obviously Jesus used fishing to demonstrate the principle, our ways are not the best ways. Follow Jesus because he knows the way.
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And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue. 2 Peter 1:5
Being a Christian is a journey, yes your sins are forgiven when you accept Jesus, but then comes the transformation period. If you truly want to understand God you must seek him, in order to maintain a relationship you must talk to him thru prayer. During this time as your relationship grows your wisdom of God grows also.
Virtue means having high moral standards or being righteous. So believing and accepting Jesus is the first step but then we must live like Jesus also.
and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; 2 Peter 1:6
Knowledge means to acquire skills thru experience, so when you begin to live with virtue you begin to understand Gods purpose and plan for you. You understand life isn’t a random act or occurrences but there’s a divine purpose for us all
Temperance means to have self-restraint. Once we understand our purpose then we realize we must resist worldly temptations for they are used to destroy us and promote us
Patience means to accept or tolerate delay. This is a very important part of the Christian journey for we know Gods ways are greater than our ways and we need to be willing to wait for his timing.
and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity 2 Peter 1:7
Godliness- means to follow Gods laws, so when your obedient to Gods timing your also obedient to his laws. God commanded us to love each other as ourselves, therefore if you practice Godliness , kindness should be within you.
For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.2 Peter 1:8
These are the qualities of Christ that should be living in you if you truly are a Christian. The more you practice these qualities the more you become fruitful as a Christian
But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins 2 Peter 1:9
To say you are a Christian and not practice these qualities is hypocritical. Don’t forget the great love Jesus showed towards you, to lay down his life, was not just for you but for everyone.
Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:10-11
If you walk with these qualities of Christ, you will not fall. Many times our falls or failures are self-inflicted. Stay Alert and Stay Holy follow Jesus with all your heart Amen
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: Matthew 6:19
What is your treasure? When you hear the word treasure what comes to mind?
Treasure is defined as something we hold valuable, so what is valuable to you?
Is money truly a treasure or is eternal life? Are possessions really a treasure or your family?
Many that call themselves poor are already rich, they just don’t appreciate the treasures God has giving them.
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: Matthew 6:20
If you plan on living eternally then you will value things that last for eternity. But if you plan on living temporary then you will treasure things of temporary value.
You need to decide what your living for? Are living just for the moment or are you living to prepare for eternity? Where is your heart at?
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6:21
If money is your treasure, then your heart belongs to money. If God is your treasure then your heart belongs to your God. Nobody can serve two masters.
What is your highest priority? Are your actions intended to help others or to help yourself?
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18
When we understand God and our purpose we see the world very differently. When you live for the world you only see value in things of this world but when you live for God you see the value in eternity in his Kingdom.
So where and what are your treasures your storing up today? Are they temporary treasures or are you preparing for Gods Kingdom in Jesus name Amen
Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing! Ezekiel 13:3
Just as there were many false prophets back in Biblical days there are still many false or foolish prophets today. In fact if you look online theres an overabundance of people claiming there prophets from God with divine insights and special blessings
Beware of these false prophets, check the fruit they are bearing. Is there lifestyle that of living for the world or preparing for Gods Kingdom?
They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The LORD saith: and the LORD hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word. Ezekiel 13:6
False prophets proclaiming God is sending them great wealth and favor, God did not send these prophets or blessings. These are lies straight from Satan. Our riches are in Heaven and not of this world.
Consider Matthew 19:21 Jesus told the rich man if you want to see the kingdom of Heaven sell all your possessions and give it to the poor.
Then ask yourself about these false prophets if Jesus is teaching this why would God want to make you rich? Because it’s a lie, its false doctrine from a foolish prophet.
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you, saith the Lord GOD. Ezekiel 13:8
When you speak these lies, twist Gods word for your favor, God is then against you. Why? Because you are holding hands with Satan. Be careful who you are following and listening to, follow Jesus he is the truth, life, and the way
Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace; and one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered morter: Ezekiel 13:10
These foolish prophets mislead people into believing that Christianity is a “walk in the park” that’s not what Jesus said we will be persecuted in his name. Those who don’t build there house on the rock on in for a rude awakening with the storms hit.
But when you build upon the truth, the rock, the prince of peace, you will be ready to battle those storms and overcome the world because Christ has already overcame it in Jesus Name Amen