How much do you value CHRIST?
How do you feel about JESUS CHRIST?"
Is HE the most important person in your LIFE?" And if so, is HE also, 'LORD, of your LIFE? Yes?"
Then, please, let me ask you this; "How much is HE worth to you?
I ask this, because to one of HIS close disciples, "Judas Iscariot,"
HE was only worth, "thirty pieces of sliver."
So what's HE really worth to you?"
Would you say, that HE is worth more than all the money in the world? Yes? Then, surely, you might you be willing to suffer for HIM, knowing that on The Cross, HE suffered greatly for us." Yes? Well, I pray that every Believer would be willing to, because Philippians 1:29 has this to say: For to you it has been granted on behalf of CHRIST, not only to Believe in HIM, but also to suffer for HIS sake.
[Many Christians acknowledge, that CHRIST, suffered greatly for us on The Cross. But even after knowing that this is true, they fail to embrace HIM, as their BOSS. Right!"
And they fall short of doing what our LORD has entrusted us to do."
For 1st Thessalonians 2:4 gives every Believer, who has been approved by GOD; our marching orders, by saying: But as we have been approved by GOD to be entrusted with The GOSPEL, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but GOD Who tests our hearts.
[Tests our hearts?💕 Is that, what GOD is doing? And what's HE testing our hearts for? 💕 Well, HE is testing our hearts for FAITH!"
For if we truly Believe, "we will speak!"
Consider how 2nd Corrinthians 4:13-15 assures us of this by saying: And since we have the same SPIRIT of FAITH, according to what is written, "I Believed and therefore I spoke," we also Believe and therefore speak, knowing that HE Who raised up The LORD JESUS will also raise us up with JESUS, and will present us with you.
For all things are for your sakes, that GRACE, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the GLORY of GOD.
[With that said, Beloved; do you read your BIBLE? And if so, do you read it everyday?" Many so called Christians, don't have enough commitment to their calling, nor a LOVE for GOD, that moves them to read HIS WORD everyday!"
And so they fail to acknowledge that The LORD, HIMSELF, is "The VINE," that we are to stay connected to. Sadly, they don't realize that it's actually HIM, our LORD, that speaks these WORDS from John 15:4-5 saying: Abide in ME, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in The VINE, neither can you, unless you abide in ME.
"I AM The VINE, you are the branches. He who abides in ME, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without ME, you can do nothing.
[So what can we do, Beloved, for The GLORY of GOD, "if we don't abide in The WORD Of The LIVING GOD - "The VINE," that we are to stay connected to, and be nourished by?"
Let me help you with that; '
So knowing that we are to be obedient to GOD, and stay connected to The VINE that empowers us to bear fruit; "Do you eat everyday?" Do you feed yourself, with bread, and food, everyday?" Yes? Well, through Mathew 4:4 our LORD admonishes us, by saying that we are not to live by Bread alone, but by every WORD that proceeds from The MOUTH of The LORD, our GOD.
[Did you already know that, Beloved? Then surely, you must also know that GOD is seeking worshipers that will worship HIM in SPIRIT and in TRUTH?" Yes, in SPIRIT, and in TRUTH!"
Consider John 4:23-24 and how GOD'S WORD, that is, SPIRIT," gives us this admonition, by saying: But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship The FATHER in SPIRIT and TRUTH, for The FATHER is seeking such to worship HIM. GOD is SPIRIT, and those who worship HIM must worship in SPIRIT and TRUTH.
[With that said, Beloved, our worship of GOD is made manifest, by our obedience to HIS WORD and commandments?
Because without FAITH, "obedience" is simply not possible!"
Consider Hebrews 11:6, and how The WORD of The LIVING GOD makes this absolutely clear, by saying: But without FAITH it is impossible to please HIM, for he who comes to GOD must Believe that HE is, and that HE is a REWARDER of those who diligently seek HIM.
[So do we diligently seek HIM, Beloved? Yes? Then, it's because we diligently seek HIM; that we also seek to please HIM.
And we do so, Beloved, by sharing the "Good News" of the RISEN CHRIST with as many as would listen."
"So Brethren, how do you propose that we begin our worship of GOD everyday?" Isn't it, by reading The BIBLE, first thing in the morning?'
First thing in the morning?
[Why first thing in the morning?"]
Well, because GOD, should be first!" Or do you Believe, that HE should be second, third, or even last?" Shouldn't we give GOD, our very Best? I can't imagine, inviting loved one's over for dinner," and then, throwing a few leftovers into the microwave, and serving those leftovers to them.
And yet, if you, or I, were to do such a thing; "Wouldn't that speak volumes about how we really feel about them?
Do you understand?" So what does GOD deserve from us, Beloved?
And just what are we willing to do, in order to prove our LOVE for HIM?"
Consider this, when The LORD, our GOD," asked Abraham to offer Issac, as a sacrifice, and an act of worship to HIM. Genesis 22:1 calls it "a test." Yes, "a test" in order to see if there was anything that Abraham put before his LOVE for GOD." Right!"
GOD wanted Abraham to prove his LOVE for HIM, by demonstrating that there was absolutely nothing that he treasured above GOD."
How would we do with such a test?
I ask this, because it’s no different for us."
The LORD requires obedience from us, in order to get HIS work accomplished, and HIS KINGDOM, furthered." Yes, for by our obedience to GOD," HIS work on earth, which is SALVATION; "will be brought to fruition." And HE may call us to sacrifice portions of our time or money," so we can advance HIS KINGDOM.
Surely you are aware that we are son's and daughters of GOD," who have been called out of darkness, in order to be the LIGHT of the world, and tell everyone about GOD'S LOVE, MERCY, and GRACE; "and how on "The Cross, JESUS, took our place. Yes, our place!"
Because JESUS, the only sinless One, didn't deserve to die that way!"
With that said, know this, Beloved; the way we respond to what our LORD is sending us to do," says volumes about how we really feel about HIM."
For Mathew 25:26 speaks these WORDS about a servant who thought it was the right thing to do, to simply bury his talent, and do absolutely nothing with it.
Consider how he was spoken to: "But his LORD answered and said to him, 'You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed.
[And Beloved, by our obedience, or lack of it, 'GOD will know whether our worship of HIM,