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The Figs

“Jeremiah, tell me about the figs in the basket.” says The Lord.

“Well, Lord, the good figs are really good and the bad figs are really bad.” Jeremiah replies.

“Exactly.” says The Lord.

There isn’t a middle ground with Jesus. You’re either for Him or against Him.

Luke 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Like Water Off A Duck’s Back

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The man stood, eyes wide open, and watched as four men lowered a bed with a sick man upon it down through the roof.

His roof.

Then he watched and listened as Jesus forgave the sick man of his sin and then healed him of the palsy. The healed man walked out the door,happy to be on his way.

How did the homeowner react? Was he offended? Did he lash out in anger over his loss and the newly created workload?

The Word records that all who had seen the miracle, except for the Pharisees and Sadducees, praised God.

Including the homeowner.

The homeowner didn’t keep his eyes fixed on the hole. Instead he kept his focus on Jesus. He chose to worship Him, to stand amazed by Him, to marvel that someone else had received a healing from this Man. He had his priorities straight.

The hole was of no importance in comparison.

It is easy for us to become offended when someone does something that causes either pain, frustration, inconveniences or more work for us.

But as the children of the Most High God we need to keep things in perspective. Keep our focus on Christ. And learn not to take offense.

Mark 2:1-12

One Authority

Before Paul converted to Christianity he had to get approval from his superiors to accomplish his goals.

Once he surrendered to Christ the need for man’s approval vanished. Christ became the One he answered to.

There is freedom in Jesus.

Recognize humans’ judgments for what they are: opinions.

Jesus is the only one with authority in your life.

Galatians 1:10-20

Whose Plan Are You Submitting To?

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The Israelites knew their enemy’s plan to ambush them as soon as they set foot outside the city walls.

As a result the Israelites lived in fear.

But then they got wind of the Syrian’s scheme being thwarted.

They left the confinement of the city to abound in the spoil the Syrians had left behind in their haste.

The Israelites had considered Satan’s plan. But what they hadn’t taken into consideration was God’s plan.

How was the Syrians’ plan overthrown?

God had caused the Syrians to hear a great noise, leading them to believe that they were about to be attacked. They scrambled and fled.

Sometimes all we can think about is the scheme of Satan causing us to live in fear. But really we need to be focusing on God’s plan, which always defeats the devil’s.

Don’t allow Satan’s scheme affect your confidence in Christ.

II Kings 7:1-16

Start a Fire

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Solomon offered a sacrifice to the Lord. The fire came down and consumed every bit of it. The glory of the Lord filled the house where the sacrifice was made. The people knew that the Lord was good.

When we offer our sacrifice to the Lord—ourselves—he accepts us as we are. He fills us with his holy fire. People can look upon us and see a difference. They can see God’s goodness.

If you haven’t offered your sacrifice yet…if you haven’t given your life over to Jesus…now is your opportunity to start a fire in your soul.

II Chronicles 7:1-3

Becoming A Christian

Go On

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So The Lord gave me a project. And I found myself tempted to nix the whole idea because the results may not be what I would like to envision.

But I was reminded that we aren’t called to follow God’s will only when we think it will yield good results.

We are called to follow him regardless of what may be in the future.

Boldly go forth knowing that God will have his way with your obedience. As a result the outcome will be great, even if doesn’t match up with your preconceived ideas.

Mark 13:11

Who Will You Please?

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The wisemen received the orders from King Herod: “return to me after you’ve found the Christ.”

So they left the kingdom with that intention. They were set on obeying the king’s commandment…until God told them differently.

Immediately they chose to be obedient to God, regardless of what wrath they may or may not face from the king.

Pleasing God was more important to them than pleasing man.

Do you choose to honor God, to live by His Word, even when you have to go against authority? go against the grain? go against your flesh?

Always choose Jesus. He’ll never lead you astray.

Psalm 32:8

Matthew 2;1-12

Grace in the Wilderness

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The remnant of Israel could’ve questioned why they were spared. Why they were left to live in the wilderness. They could’ve been as Elijah once was and begged for death.

But they didn’t. Instead they accepted the responsibilities The Lord had given them. They chose to move on, trusting in their God.

Have you been dealt a responsibility to carry on, to lead, to represent? Have you wrestled with the question  of “why me”, uncertainty, denial or unworthiness in your new “unknown”?

Instead of despair the Israelites found grace in the wilderness.

What will you find?

John 15:16

Jeremiah 31:1-3

Someone Will Pay

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The man held his swollen arm that was seething in pain. The venomous snake slithered out the door of the house.

He stumbled to the floor. Sweat trickled down his face. Visions of outrunning the lion flashed before him.

And then the bear. He was sure to have lost his life to the bear had he not found this house. The house would provide peace for him.

Or so he thought.

The man gasped for his final breath and entered eternity.

This is the parable of the Israelites thinking they could escape judgment of their sin.

But judgment of sin can’t be evaded.

Someone is going to pay the price.

Will you accept the righteous blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ?

Or will you die in your sin and face the consequences on your own?

Choose Jesus.

Romans 5:9

Amos 5:19

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