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Forsaking ALL for Him!

Philippians 3:8-11
Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and may share His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

God's Regrets

1 Samuel 15:10-11
The word of the Lord came to Samuel: “I regret that I have made Saul king, for he has turned back from following me and has not performed my commandments.” And Samuel was angry, and he cried to the Lord all night.  

Read that passage carefully. Does the phrase,
“I regret that I have made Saul king,”raise any questions for you? Do you think,Can God have regrets?What was God telling Samuel?

There’s a movement today in evangelicalism in North America that teaches something called open-theism.

Going Down for the Third Time

1 Samuel 28:5-7
When Saul saw the army of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart trembled greatly. And when Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord did not answer him, either by dreams, or by Urim, or by prophets. Then Saul said to his servants, “Seek out for me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her.” And his servants said to him, “Behold, there is a medium at En-dor.”  

The closing events of King Saul’s life remind us that we can reach a point where we decide, like a drowning person going down for the third time, to give up.

A Godly Example

1 Thessalonians 1:4-7
For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.

I suppose some might be content to never be an example to others.

Who defines your identity?

Romans 8:35-39
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “’For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither life nor death, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

A life of prayer.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-22
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.

Our Lord told the parable of the widow and the unjust judge to teach us that men ought to pray without ceasing. The widow persevered in seeking one definite thing. The parable appears to refer to persevering in prayer for some special blessing, when God delays or appears to refuse.

God's treasure for us.

1 Corinthians 2:7
"We speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began" 
 
Seeking wisdom is like seeking a hidden treasure. When we are looking for a treasure, especially treasure on which our life depends, what do we do? 
 
We don't give up after five minutes. We keep on mining. We keep on digging. We keep on searching. We do this because it is as if our life depends on it. So we are persistent, committed, and disciplined in our search for this treasure.

Our heart's delight is labors reward.

A mans reward for his labor done whole heartedly is his hearts delight. Just as developing our character is intentional so is learning how to live as God's son, as the chosen and adopted child of the Living God.

As we grow into manhood we have choices made for us by those that love us or have the responsibility to care for us. In the beginning of our walk as a young man we are influenced to be who we are by the effect of the choices made for us, including our response or reaction to them.

We are not alone.

Our circumstances do not confirm or deny God. How we persevere and bear fruit in spite of our challenges testifies that God is real with the power to save us.

The original mandate to Adam when God said, “Be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it...” has not changed. (Genesis 1:28-30)God repeats His directive to Noah after he leaves the ark. (Genesis 9:1-7) From the Tower of Babel to the dislocating of the Jews to all the earth in response to their rebellious ways; God has been participating in helping this mandate to be fulfilled.

A thought to consider for today.

What does it mean to live life God's way? It means that our mind is open to receiving the guidance God gives us through His Word and to let the Holy Spirit teach us how it applies to our real everyday life with all of the challenges we face. Since the foundation of our life is now based on God's perfect love for us the only way we can learn what this is and looks like is to receive this kind of love from God.

As we learn to recognize His love for us we begin to recognize it in others. This is how we are able to distinguish from the worlds concept of what love is and the real thing.
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