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Making Jesus Known

  
Jesus went to sit by the seaside. Multitudes of people followed him. So many people that Jesus chose to get into a ship before he began teaching them. (The acoustics were better from this point.) 

“The whole multitude stood on the shore.”

Can’t you imagine an entire crowd of people in complete awe of Jesus? Just standing there listening to his every word? 

What I don’t imagine is people trying to speak over top of Christ. I don’t envision anyone trying to “steal the floor” from him.

I believe that at the top of this multitude’s agenda was to hear Jesus and to allow the opportunity for others to do the same. 

My prayer is that we learn from their example: this life is not about pushing our own ideas but about seeing that Jesus’ message is heard. 

Scripture taken from:

Matthew 13:1-2

Decisions 

  
Our relationships, our ministries, nothing of God will work if we are making decisions in the flesh.

We’ll be blessed when we live in denial of the flesh and according to the Word.

Your Purpose

John 12:26-28

Sometimes it can be so difficult to deny our flesh to do The Lord’s will. But that isn’t an excuse not to do it.

Jesus’ soul was troubled when he thought of the pain and suffering he would endure as he was beaten, and crucified. In His flesh he wanted no part of it. But in his spirit he knew that it was what his Father wanted from him.

Jesus knew that there was purpose in being the perfect sacrifice. And that purpose was why He came to earth.

There is purpose in the work that The Lord gives us. It isn’t just a time filler. It’s not just for our own benefit. His will being accomplished in our lives brings glory to God and draws others to Him.

So before you brush off the dealing of the Holy Spirit remember that glorifying God is why you are here. It’s your purpose too.

Allow the Father’s will to be the final say in your life.

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I Peter 4:2

Mercurius! Jupiter! Mercurius! Jupiter!

Paul and Barnabas heard the chant as the crowd drew closer to them. They looked at the gates of the city and saw oxen being brought in to be sacrificed.

Mercurius! Jupiter! Mercurius! Jupiter!

The crowd was heading in their direction.

The disciples put it together. They were the ones being called Mercurius and Jupiter. The oxen was going to be a sacrifice to them. The people were seeing them as gods.

“No!!” Paul and Barnabas tore their clothes. They ran to the people. “No!!! Stop! We are men, like you. We preach the one true God, creator of heaven and earth….”

Some people live their lives trying to reach a status where they are viewed as gods. Maybe they don’t actually think of it that way but the evidence says otherwise:

They accept all praise as if they were solely responsible.
They expect people to do exactly as they say.
They’re out to receive glory for themselves.

What are your intentions? Are you living a life like Paul and Barnabas? A life where you want nothing more than to glorify God and be found in His will and favor? Or are you going about pretending to be bought in to Christ’s plan but only living for yourself?

Do a self check.

To God be the glory.

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