Bible Ballistics: There’s a Call Waiting???? Vol. 4 #19
There are so many calls and voices around us that sometimes we don’t know which one to answer, which place to go, or which one to follow. The challenge for many of us, who believe in Jesus, is to be able to “withstand in the evil day”; (Eph. 6:13). And
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1.
When we talk about choosing the right path, we need to remember that the distinction may be subtle to the eye but Jesus Himself identified their character and destinations. He talked about choosing “the narrow road” instead of the ‘broad way’ which leads to destruction. He calls us to follow Him, to trust not only in Him, but to trust our all to Him. The call is to trust Him and trusting Him, to follow Him. Let’s examine what scripture has to say about following God–Father and Son, for they are one. (see.John 10:30).
Matthew 11:28-30 says, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” The call is to come, take His yoke, and find rest!!
Jesus will take our load of sin and give us new life, abundant life (See John 10:9-11). He calls us to give our heart, life and soul to Him. He takes our sin-sick life and makes us partakers of HIS righteousness. He heals our soul. But we must realize our sinful state before we will come to Him. The Pharisees of the New Testament thought they were righteous enough on their own—they didn’t need a Savior; or so they thought. That’s why Jesus said that our righteousness must “exceed” their so-called righteousness.
Matthew 5:20, “For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Christ’s righteousness not ours!! (See 2 Cor. 5:21)
Mark 2:17, “When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Until we see our sin and ‘confess’ it before God, we won’t see any need for repentance and salvation. We must abandon our own way/sin and choose to not only accept Jesus sacrifice for our sin, but to also trust Him by faith and receive the ‘new birth’ which makes us a ‘new creation’. (See 2 Cor. 5:17,John 1:12-13, and John 3:3,5). The new birth enables us to live in newness because God credits Jesus’ righteousness to our account, through His sacrificial death. He died for ‘sin’ He didn’t commit, to impart His righteousness to us that we might live unto HIM. As Galatians 2:20 reminds us:
“ I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
We can live unto Jesus only after we die unto ourselves. We can only do this because we receive His gift of salvation and His Spirit, given at salvation. He enables us to overcome the sin that we encounter each day. In contrast we must understand that without HIS Spirit, we can do nothing– because we are not His. I didn’t say it, God does.
Romans 8:9, “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.”
Having His Spirit is the evidence that we are really His!!
Ephesians 1:13-14, “ In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”
John 15:5, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
When we work in the flesh we produce nothing of eternal value. Are we building with precious, eternal materials or perishable worldly materials? Let’s examine ourselves by 1 Corinthians 3:11-15,
“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”
Are we living in the Spirit day by day? Are we answering the call to righteousness as we follow Jesus? To walk in obedience we must know HIS Word, and make His will our daily pursuit!! Listening to and following His Spirit, that we may please our Lord continually!!
Hebrews 13:14-16, “For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. 15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. 16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” Pleasing HIM always!!
Let’s look at some scriptures to help us stay on track:
Proverbs 21:21, “ He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.”
Isaiah 51:1, “Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the Lord: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.” Jesus is our source!!!
Amos 7:15, “And the Lord took me as I followed the flock, and the Lord said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel.” We’re called to share Him with the world.
Matthew 4:18-20, “And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. 20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.” Leave our plans and follow HIM.
Remembering that we are His and He is our life and we are His children:
“Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.” Colossians 3:11 HE is our all in all!
May you have a blessed week hearing His call and following HIM: “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:”