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GOD First

Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” Luke 10:38-40

Here is the tale of two women that have an encounter with Jesus. One woman (Mary) stopped everything she was doing to focus on Jesus, while the other woman (Martha) continued focusing on her daily tasks that she needed to get done. Can we relate to this? If Jesus visited you today, would you drop everything for him?

Some of us reluctantly would say Yes, but is that really true? Would you call off your important corporate job in fear of being fired? Would you not show up to your kids Soccer game for The Lord? Life is full of distractions, and its easy for us to be sucked into it. God should always be your highest priority, eternity is a lot more important than the things of this temporary world

 

But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42

 

Martha was so upset with her sister Mary, that she even complained to Jesus about her. But Jesus told Martha, your worried and distracted about pointless things. Cant we all relate to this? In the grand scheme of things, how often do we waste time on meaningless things?

Jesus confirmed Mary choose wisely, she put God first above all things. Do you love God with all your mind, heart , and soul?

Good Samaritan

Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?” Luke 10:36

When we call someone a “Good Samaritan” in todays society, we are usually referring to them as a nice person who did a good deed for someone. However the ironic thing is back in the 1rst century in Jewish culture, Samaritans were considered a sub-human race. They were Jews who breeded with other nationalities therefor making them “unclean” in the Jewish culture. They were considered outcasts and not worthy of being in the Jewish culture

So what changed? What brought these Samaritans into a good light? Jesus. The people who were once considered outcasts and unclean have now been entered into his grace. Those who were once not allowed in Gods presence now have God living inside of them. This is the powerful story of the Good Samaritan

And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.” Luke 10:37

Notice Jesus wasn’t concerned about the nationality, or race, or gender. Jesus said the one who showed mercy, eventhough the one man was a priest and another man was a Levite (from the priest bloodline), these good deeds or nationality cant save you

Only the blood of Jesus Christ can save us, only the works that he finished on the cross can bring us salvation. Because of Jesus, the Samaritan and everyone else can be reconciled to our Heavenly Father Amen!

The Harvest

And He was saying to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Luke 10:2

Jesus is saying there is a lot of work to do for Gods Kingdom , yet he cant find anyone to do any work? Sound familiar? How many of you have ever coached or volunteered for an organization, and when you try to find anyone to help everyone runs away? Why? Because people want money, people want great recognition, people want to be famous, nobody wants to labor for free, right?

Again this is a heart issue, people still living for the world trying to merge Jesus with it. The world and Jesus will never coexist as they are in opposition of each other. Jesus says the laborers are few, the world tells us we have billions of Christians. Where are they? With these numbers we should have an evangelist at every street corner in the world

“Go; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. Luke 10:3

But you say “Oh they’ll make fun of me, they’ll mock me, they might even kill me” Yes Jesus said anyone who wants to save their life must lose it. When you come to Christ, nothing else is of more importance! What happens when lamb are around wolves? They get torn apart, likely killed. This is exactly what Jesus is preparing us for

Your persecution is not a surprise to Christ, he warned us this would happen! The harvest is plentiful, are you willing to go to work in the name of Jesus?

Consider The Cost

And He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.” Luke 9:59

A lot of people say they want to “Follow Jesus” but are you willing to follow him at any cost? When it doesn’t cost us anything, following is easy. However if it costs us something in return we hesitate to answer our calling

This example seems extreme, how can Jesus expect this man to miss his own Fathers funeral? However it’s the context, it’s the test of heart. There are obviously greater things in this mans life than serving The Lord. It may be an extreme example but truth doesn’t have feelings.

But He said to him, “Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:60

Jesus responds “Let the dead bury the dead”! This is a profound statement as we know without Christ everyone is dead in their sins. Jesus said Go proclaim or preach everywhere! This was this mans mission, to be set apart from the world.

Another also said, “I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home.” Luke 9:61

Heres another example, they said they will follow Jesus when time permits. Again this sounds like another extreme example . However again its about priorities and your heart. What priorities are above serving God?

But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62

Jesus has some harsh words for this man, anyone who keeps putting other things ahead of their service to God is not fit to serve God. Wow , this is extreme, however our God is extreme also , isn’t he?

Now I’m sure we all failed this test, I know I have. However I think Jesus point here is to really challenge ourselves and examine our relationship with him. Before you agree to serve make sure you are willing to pay the cost!

Filthy Rags

and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in My name receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me; for the one who is least among all of you, this is the one who is great.” Luke 9:48

There are a lot of people working hard in the name of Jesus for all the wrong reasons. There trying to make a name for themselves, or build a great empire, or even motivated financially. However the truth is all our good deeds are just filthy rags to God (Isaiah 64:6)

Does that mean we should stop doing work for The Lord? No of course not, but we need to stop looking for personal recognition for our works. All the glory goes to God, nothing should come to us. This is very difficult to accept for our human ego, even the Born Again Christian must remind themselves to continually deny ourselves and carry our crosses as Jesus instructed

The disciples were having difficulty comprehending this also, as they argue with each other over who is the greatest disciple. We still see this today, as Christians continue to argue with other Christians, its all fifthly rags to God

Jesus insulted all their egos when he took a child and said they were the greatest in the Kingdom of God. How insulting for the disciples who did all these great works, their egos were bruised! That was the whole point, we need humble ourselves before The Lord!

Keep fighting the good fight in Jesus name, but not for yourself but because you love Jesus because he loved us first!

The Christian Walk

And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. Luke 9:23

What does it cost to be a Christian? Is it a onetime event where you come to Jesus and be saved? Or is it a daily walk in a transformed life? Well actually its both, the day you come to Jesus in full repentance and receive him as your Lord and Savior, you are saved and become Born Again! However your work is not done its just beginning

The Christian walk is not as easy as it sounds. Just look at the early Apostles, all but one was murdered for their faith. The temptations of sin will challenge you , that’s why Jesus said we must deny ourselves daily. Give up the flesh and be led by the Spirit. Sounds easy? Not in a corrupted body, but the power of the Holy Spirit will guide you if you listen

Deny Yourself- Give up the pursuit of temptations of the flesh

Carry Your Cross– Endure hardships and suffering for The Lord

Follow Jesus– Be a true servant of Christ, as he is your Lord (Master)

For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. Luke 9:24

Again if you truly want to be a Christian there has to be a transformation, a lifestyle change. You cant keep living in your old sin and be saved, what did Jesus save you from then? Just as the Israelites were freed from the slavery and bondage of Egypt, you have been freed from the bondage and slavery of sin and death. But you must come out of that sin and follow Jesus to the Promise Land!

If you want to save your life , you must lose your old life, the only way is Jesus Christ!

Demons Tremble

Seeing Jesus, he cried out and fell before Him, and said in a loud voice, “What business do we have with each other, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me.” Luke 8:28

We live in a world full of fear, anxiety , and chaos. I had a couple coworkers at lunch tell me about how they were preparing for the “Zombie Apocalypse” and they were serious! This is what Satan does to you, he plays mind games. He uses TV shows, movies, and music to influence people into ungodly behavior

However look what happened when some demons ran into the Lord Jesus Christ. They begged him not to throw them into the Abyss (Hades). Now the demons identified themselves as “Legion” (Luke 8:30)meaning there was many of them. There might have been thousands of them dwelling in this one man, but they all feared the Lord Jesus Christ

Now there was a herd of many swine feeding there on the mountain; and the demons implored Him to permit them to enter the swine. And He gave them permission. Luke 8:32

The demons begged Jesus to let them enter a herd of pigs instead of going into Abyss. First thing notice the demons cant enter anyone or anything without permission. You will not become possessed by a demon by accident, however if you invite them in through Satanic practices they will enter. This is why its important to be careful what your listening to and watching

Second, why would Jesus allow them into a herd of Pigs? Well pigs in the Bible are considered unclean animals. This is symbolic for unclean “sinful” people, demons will enter those who reject Christ

And the demons came out of the man and entered the swine; and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned. Luke 8:33

Notice the fate of these pigs, why would Jesus allow them to drown? Again this is symbolic, if you ever read Revelation you know the fate of those who reject Jesus is the Lake of Fire. This is symbolic of eternal judgement, the unclean (sinful) were thrown into the Lake for judgement

“Return to your house and describe what great things God has done for you.” So he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him. Luke 8:39

Notice what Jesus says here “Tell everyone what God has done for you”, then the man tells everyone what Jesus has done for him. This is not an accident , Jesus is revealing his deity here as God in the flesh

Faith In Christ

Then He said to her, “Your sins have been forgiven.” Luke 7:48
Who does he think he is? Who can forgive sin except God alone? One of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner at his house, and the dinner event turned into something he will never forget.

First this sinful woman shows up at his house uninvited and starts washing the feet of Jesus. The Pharisee is appalled this woman would come into his home but he’s more insulted that Jesus would have anything to do with this woman. The Pharisee says “If this man was a prophet , he would know this woman was a sinner”! (Luke 7:39)

However instead of Jesus rebuking the Pharisee he teaches Peter a lesson about forgiving sin.

For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.” Luke 7:47

All these Pharisees believe they are more righteous than this woman, yet this woman shows more love and compassion than any of them. How can we expect to be forgiven of our sin when we wont forgive anyone of their sin? We would be a hypocrite, right! The Pharisees were hypocrites, this is why Jesus showed more honor and compassion to the sinful woman

Those who were reclining at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this man who even forgives sins?” Luke 7:49

Jesus told this woman your sins are forgiven, who does he think he is? We know who he is, he is the Son of the Living God, Immanuel. He has all power and authority to forgive sin, his deity is being revealed again!

And He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” Luke 7:50

So what did this woman have to do to be saved? Her faith alone in Jesus Christ saved her, she believe he was the Christ and came to him for forgiveness. The work was completed at the cross, come to Jesus to be forgiven!

Come To Jesus

for this reason I did not even consider myself worthy to come to You, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. Luke 7:7

What is your attitude when you are approaching Jesus? Here is a man who is a Centurion, A Centurion was a Roman military office, so as this man stated he had great power and authority from a worldly perspective.  (Luke 7:8)

But the amazing thing is this Roman Centurion actually recognized who Jesus is and gave him the respect and admiration that he deserved. First he showed humility ands second he showed faith that Jesus was able to heal his servant

Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled at him, and turned and said to the crowd that was following Him, “I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such great faith.” Luke 7:9

Just as we are amazed this man understood who Jesus is, the Lord marveled at this mans faith. Here is a Roman Gentile Military leader coming to Jesus in faith, while the Jewish religious leaders rejected Christ and wanted him dead

This is the respect and faith we need to come to Jesus with!

Prayer Life

It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God. Luke 6:12

The late theologian Leonard Ravenhill said this: “No man is greater than his prayer life, the pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying”

How strong is your prayer life? Seems like an aspect of our life that we ignore or take for granted, however Jesus Christ demonstrated to us repeatedly the importance of continually being in prayer. You might say “Well I don’t need that much prayer, I have it all together” Really? Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God spent countless evenings and hours in prayer to the Father, and you know better than him?

Prayer is Heaven and Earth coming together. Think about that, when you pray your are in the presence of God wherever you are! That is the power of prayer! People who downplay the importance or power of prayer, don’t understand prayer or God alone, for that fact

After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone. Matthew 14:23

Time and time again , Jesus went alone to pray! Why? Because prayer is what reenergizes our soul. Prayer is how God reveals his will to us, prayer is how we can focus on pure worship and sacrifice to God. Nothing in our lives should be started or attempted without prayer!

Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Matthew 6:9

Jesus taught us how to pray, the Lords Prayer. Why would he do this unless prayer was an essential part of our lives? Are you spending enough time in prayer? Are you giving God praise and thanks daily? Are you asking God what is his will for your life?

Tap into the most powerful weapon on Earth, Prayer! Amen!