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He Deals With It

Scripture
But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to be king over us!’
Luke 19:14 NET

Observation
In the parable of the Ten Minas or coins, the nobleman leaves his country to receive the kingship of his country. It’s kind of weird because we don’t usually see something like that.

But the Scripture says that people from his country followed him and said they didn’t want him to be king.

The nobleman didn’t do anything at that point. He becomes king, goes back to his country and deals with his servants and the coins.

However, at the end of the parable, verse 27, he calls for these citizens to be slaughtered for opposing his rule.

This is a picture of what will happen on the last day!

Jesus has been made King, not from people on Earth, but from Heaven. He will come back to reward His servants, the ones who did His will. He will then deal severely with those who rejected His rule.

It’s all right there.

Where do you fall in all of it?

Application
There are two things to apply here.

One, are you accepting the rule of Jesus Christ? Have you truly submitted your life and heart and live obediently to His Word? This is the most important.

Second, are you walking in His will? He has a plan for you, just like the servants. He wants to bless you! Don’t sit around wasting time. Seek His will.

Prayer
Lord, thank You that I’m found counted as Yours. Reveal to me Your will so I can serve You fully.

Peace
Todd

That’s It!

Scripture
He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:8 NET

Observation
This world wants to wear you down spiritually. The world doesn’t like that you are a child of God. The world, the systems of this world, Satan and all his demons, would love to see you defeated and living a mediocre life. But that’s not what God has for you!

He makes you strong. God gives you strength, not just for Sunday morning, not just for a season, not because you send in $19.99!

He makes you strong to the end!

He strengthens you to stand for Him, in righteousness, boldly, till the end.

His strength training program is to stay in His presence, pray, read the Bible and grow in Him so you can live an obedient life. That’s it!

Don’t make it harder than it is!

Problems will come, but He has given you what you need. When you feel you can’t stand, it’s because you have moved away from His will, His presence, His Word. That’s it!

It’s that simple!

Application
Many Christian’s live weak lives because they allow the world to speak more clearly into their lives than the Lord!

They want to experience everything the world has to offer, and they want to experience everything God has too!

You can’t have both! You can try, but God won’t have it.

If you choose the world and God, the Lord sees that as you choosing the world. You can’t serve two masters.

It’s not really worth it! This world, although we have 70-100 years is nothing compared to eternity in Heaven with Jesus.

Are you ready to give up eternity for what the world has to offer? I hope not!

He has something so awesome prepared for you that you can’t even grasp it with your earthly mimd!

Prayer
Lord, give me a desire for spiritual things. Strengthen me in Your Spirit so I can live boldly for You.

Peace
Todd

Good Intentions

Scripture
So Johanan son of Kareah, all the army officers, and all the rest of the people did not obey the Lord’s command to stay in the land.
Jeremiah 43:4 NET

Observation
This might look like all the other Scripture that you run into while reading the Old Testament. The thing that makes someone want to focus on this verse is that a few verses before, Jeremiah 42:1-6, the people that were not swept up in the Babylonian exile, pleaded with Jeremiah to go to the Lord and inquire to what they were supposed to do, where they were supposed to live.

Jeremiah agreed and prayed. He then told them the Lord wanted the remnant to stay in the land. But after saying they would obey WHATEVER the Lord said, they didn’t!

Chapter 43-44 details what Jeremiah says will happen to them. They don’t care. In fact, they become more defiant discussing how they will sacrifice and worship the Queen of Heaven!

Things happened just like Jeremiah said. God doesn’t pull back on His Word. What He says will happen, will happen.

We read about the choices the Israelites made and shake our heads. The problem is we do the same thing!

God has told us what we need to do to live obedient lives, but we still choose our own way.

Make sure that the way you live isn’t contrary to what the Word of God says! So many people are deceived because they don’t know or care to find out what the Word of God says to them.

Application
This is Christianity 101. You need to read, study and know His Word.

His Word, when read under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, will show you how to live for Him.

Take the time to establish a pattern of reading His Word. Then, obey Him!

There is no other way for the true Christian.

Prayer
Lord, I desire to be obedient to Your ways. Help me through the power and leading of the Hy Spirit to know Your will.

Peace
Todd

The Support They Need

Scripture
Therefore we ought to support such people, so that we become coworkers in cooperation with the truth.
3 John 1:8 NET

Observation
John wanted his friend to know that when others supported the work of the ministry, financially or in some other way, they were co-workers with them.

Many times, because of a our circumstances and life situation, we can’t go out to the mission field. But we can still partner with missionaries in their work!

A few ways you can help are…

Of course you can give financially. Traveling to other countries costs money. When they are there, it is better for the missionary to not have to work to support themselves. That way, they can spend their time ministering and reaching the lost.

Another way you can support missionaries is through prayer. The work they are doing is spiritual. There is a spiritual war going on and the evil forces of this world don’t want others evangelized. They need prayer support!

And, you can help promote them in your church and on social media. The more people who know of their work, the better chances they have for gaining and keeping support.

You might not be able to go, but you can be a huge partner in the work of the kingdom from where you are!

When was the last time you supported a Christian missionary?

Application
Since I’ve already written on how you can apply this, let me add here that you should keep Christian missionaries front and center of your walk with the Lord.

Many times they are forgotten unless there is a special service at church.

If you can keep a picture or postcard of the missionary, their family or their work in your Bible or close by, that will be helpful to remember what they are doing for the kingdom and how you can support them.

Prayer
Lord, help me to remember to support those who have left everything behind to further Your Kingdom in other parts of the world. Help me to become involved here through financial, prayer and publicity support.

Peace
Todd

The Results of Disobedience

Scripture
King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came against Jerusalem with his whole army and laid siege to it. The siege began in the tenth month of the ninth year that Zedekiah ruled over Judah. It lasted until the ninth day of the fourth month of Zedekiah’s eleventh year. On that day they broke through the city walls.
Jeremiah 39:1-2 NET

Observation
King Zedekiah was warned. He was told exactly what He needed to do, but he chose to not be obedient.

As a result, Jerusalem fell, King Zedekiah was captured and one of the last things he saw before his eyes were put out was the execution of his sons. All because he was disobedient to the Word of the Lord.

Why do people push God? He lays out exactly what He requires, but they don’t want to believe. Hardships are endured because of a lack of faith and obedience.

Contrast what happened to Zedekiah with Jeremiah. He was found by the Babylonians under guard and freed. He could have done whatever he wanted. He was saved, freed and given options. He was obedient to the Lord.

When you read the Biblical record, it makes no sense at all to choose to follow any other way other than the Lord’s!

Don’t learn the hard way. Don’t be stubborn. Don’t get to the end and regret your decisions. Trust and obey Him now!

Application
Zedekiah listened to all the voices around him. He was afraid of what others thought instead of obeying what the Lord wanted. It didn’t end well for him and his family.

Have you taken the time to consider what the Lord wants from you?

You should start with the Bible. There you will find the basics of what God wants for you and how you should live.

But as you draw closer to the Lord and walk in the power of the Holy Spirit, He will start revealing specifics that He wants from you.

And that should be your goal, to desire to live the way He wants you to live, the life that He wants you to have.

God is more powerful and wiser than you. He knows the future and what is best for you. It just makes sense to let Him establish your path. (Ps.16:11)

Prayer
Lord, help me to understand Your Word so that I can obey You in everything. I know when I live according to Your ways, that Your hand will be upon me.

Peace
Todd

It Happens Super Fast!

Scripture
Just as it was in the days of Noah, so too it will be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage—right up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.
Luke 17:26-27 NET

Observation
Jesus gave a very serious warning to those who would be living in the last days. He said it would be like the days of Noah (and Lot).

What was going on? Life! Everyone was busy going about their business, like an ordinary day. Then, the end came! It happened so fast and unexpected. Everyone who wasn’t in the ark perished.

But Noah, who was obedient and listened to the Lord, he and his family were saved.

The amazing thing is that the Bible only records God talking to Noah one time. One time was enough for Noah to listen and be obedient and save his family.

Do you know the truth today? You are informed. One day it will be the “Last Day.” Jesus will come back and it will be super fast!

Are you ready? Are you prepared?

Application
There is a way of living that is so different than the world. Those who aren’t “saved” want to suck every little ounce of life out of their days. They don’t realize that this world isn’t all there is.

This world is temporary. One day it will be destroyed. But our hope and future are not tied to this world. We are tied to Heaven. We are citizens of Heaven.

The Christian needs to live ready and prepared in their relationship with God because Jesus can come back at any time.

Are you really ready? Is your heart right with the Lord? If not, don’t delay. Jesus is coming soon and it will be super fast.

Prayer
Lord, thank You for allowing me to know the truth. Help me to remove anything in my life that doesn’t belong to You. Help me to be free of the hold of this world so that when it’s time, I can fly.

Peace
Todd

Love is…

Scripture
And this is love: that we walk according to His commands. This is the command as you have heard it from the beginning: you must walk in love.
2 John 1:6 NET

Observation
The world has so many ideas and thoughts on what love is. Love is romantic, a feeling, acceptance, etc…

But that’s not what the Bible says. Love is walking according to His commands.

John is just repeating what Jesus said in John 14:15 and John 15:10.

Isn’t this easier to gauge? If someone loves Him, you will see it in their obedience to Him.

So where do we find His commands to obey? That is easy too, the Bible.

Application
There is no other application than to read and know the Word of God and then do what He says to do.

This seems so easy, but few do so.

The Bible runs counter to what culture wants to do. Even when the Israelites had the tabernacle in the desert and the Presence of God visible with a cloud by day and a fire by night, they still floundered in their obedience.

It boils down to a heart issue. What is more important to you, following your fleshly desires, or what God wants from you?

Your decision, at some point in the future, will be evaluated.

Prayer
Lord, I desire to walk completely in obedience to You. Help me to know Your Word and live it out.

Peace
Todd

A Word to Obey?

Scripture
Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, “If I answer you, you will certainly kill me. If I give you advice, you will not listen to me.”
Jeremiah 38:15 NET

Observation
Jeremiah was always obedient to the Lord. But He didn’t have it easy. The officials didn’t like the message that was given to him from the Lord. They treated him badly and even put him in a cistern of mud.

Surrounded by the Babylonians, King Zedekiah had a secret meeting with him to inquire of the Lord. Jeremiah said what we have here in verse 15.

Did the king obey the word of the Lord? Spoiler Alert**** No he didn’t!

People are so stubborn! God wants to help you, provide for you, prepare you for what is coming, but most don’t listen!

What do you do with what the Lord tells you? Are you like so many others who hear it and then ignore it? Or do you adjust your life to it and experience what God has for you?

It’s all about being obedient to Him! It’s that simple!

Application
God is not silent! Even today, He is speaking. He speaks through His Word, sermons, circumstances, other people, etc.

As Christians, we need to be discerning and make sure the word we are hearing is truly from God.

But then when we confirm it, we need to obey it?

This is important… God doesn’t give you a word to make you feel warm and tingly inside. He gives you a word so that you will be obedient and He can use you to further His Kingdom.

What has He said to you lately? If you can’t point to anything recently, what was the last thing you felt the Lord said? Remember, a word from Him will always line up with what the Bible says. This is another reason to know His Word.

What do you need to do to obey Him today? Don’t delay in doing it!

Prayer
Lord, thank You for loving us enough to speak into our lives. You care so much about us that You don’t withhold any good thing. Help us to stand in a generation that doesn’t honor or care about Your Word. Find us faithful Oh God!

Peace
Todd

It’s Already Yours

Scripture
Then the father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and everything that belongs to me is yours.
Luke 15:31 NET

Observation
In the story of the Prodigal Son, we tend to focus on the sinner son who returned from foolishly spending all his inheritance.

When we take a look at the other son,the one who was obedient and did what his father asked, we usually see him as complaining that his returning brother was being treated the way he was being treated by his father.

What we don’t focus on is what the father says here in verse 31…everything is yours.

Truly, if the father divided his wealth already, everything that was left belonged to the obedient son. It was already his.

The issue is that the obedient son didn’t acknowledge it. He didn’t see himself as already having it.

“Everything that belongs to me is yours…”

The Father has given us blessings beyond blessings. He has blessed us with every blessing in the Heavenly realm (Eph.1:3). If you are His child, you are already walking in eternity.

Don’t neglect the blessings and the gifts He has already given you. Start walking in them today.

Application
You already have joy, peace, love, mercy, forgiveness, etc. What you might not have is a revelation that you already have access to all that the Lord wants to bless you with.

Our problem is that we are not focused on what God wants and says. We are still looking at things from an Earthly perspective. Why? When you realize that this world is temporary, but the things of God are eternal, it is a no brainer.

Understand that you are a child of God. You are adopted into the family of God and have your citizenship in Heaven. This is not your home. This is not your reality.

Spend time with the Lord and find Scriptures that say you are a child of God and an heir with Jesus Christ. Then get a revelation of who you truly are in Christ.

Prayer
Lord, thank You for allowing me to be Your child. Help me to live in this world, but not be of the world. Help me, while I’m here, to faithfully further Your Kingdom and do my part in proclaiming You Word.

Peace
Todd

Yeah, You Need to Fight!

Scripture
Dear friends, although I have been eager to write to you about our common salvation, I now feel compelled instead to write to encourage you to contend earnestly for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.
Jude 1:3 NET

Observation
You’re in a fight! There is no other way around it!

You’re in a fight against the things that would want to come against the things of God in your life. Sometimes these are things you can see. Other times, these are things you can’t, things that are in the spiritual.

Jude understood this. His letter quickly took on the tone (v3) that the Believer must fight for the faith.

Have you ever thought about your faith in that way? Don’t think it won’t happen to you!

The evil one wants you weak, not focusing on God, focusing on the things of this world and filling ALL of your time and attention on things that don’t have any eternal implications.

Don’t be lulled to sleep. Don’t become weak. Don’t allow the enemy to steal what God has already given and promised to you. Fight for it!

Application
How do you contend or fight? This is a spiritual war and you need to fight it accordingly.

You fight in prayer. You fight with the Word of God. You fight alongside your brothers and sisters in the faith.

The enemy has thousands of years of experience and has claimed millions of lives. He is deceitful. He knows the only way to win (keep you ineffective for God), is to get you away from the faith, to keep you away from staying strong in the Lord and the power of His might.

A soldier doesn’t train only one day out of the week! But many Christians only get any kind of spiritual nourishment once a week on Sunday. That’s not enough!

Train up so you are ready to go to war. Your eternal life, the lives of your family and loved ones are at stake.

Prayer
Lord, help me to keep my spiritual eyes open to recognize the schemes of evil. Give me spiritual discernment so that I can join the fight for Your Kingdom.

Peace
Todd