Acts 6:3 Would You Fit The Order?

Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them Acts 6:3

Every business place that is looking to hire someone has a list of what they are looking for in the new hire. The purpose of having this list is to give them a guideline as to who to look for that would have the capabilities to do the job as needed.

As this is done, some will be weeded out, while another will get the job. Some fit the job description, others do not.

Work was needed to be done in getting food to some widows. The church decided to choose seven men who are known to be full of the Spirit of God and wisdom to do the work.

Some people are willing to do any work, regardless of what it is or how much they know about it. Although the eagerness to work is great, sometimes it is not enough to be able to actually get the work done correctly. More is often needed.

In the church some people are extremely eager to do ministry, but do not have the leading of the Holy Spirit or the wisdom needed. Even though someone like that may be able to do the job a little, when one is being led by the Holy Spirit and is using the wisdom of God, a lot more can be done, more efficiently.

Many people in the church may be saved, but are not always allowing themselves to be led by the Holy Spirit. They are just believing in Jesus and not much more. They are not allowing themselves to be used by God as much as is possible.

Being led by the Holy Spirit and full of God’s wisdom brings one to a greater level.

You may be a believer who has learned a lot, but are you one who is full of God’s Holy Spirit? Are you being led by His Holy Spirit, or by your own experience and thoughts?

Allow God to fill you and lead you with His Holy Spirit. As you do this, God will be able to do so much more in and through you than ever before.

If you were in the church in Acts, would they have been able to choose you?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be filled with God’s Holy Spirit; that you will be led by the Holy Spirit; that you will have God’s wisdom; and that you will do the work needed by God for you to do.

Acts 1:24-25 Seeking God’s Choice

Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.” Acts 1:24-25

Everyday every person on this earth has to make choices. Some of those choices are difficult, while others are easy to make. Some of those choices have very long lasting effects, while others have very short term effects.

Most people choose according to what they see as the best benefits in their own eyes. Rarely will they seek outside advice on the choice to make.

After Judas had died and Jesus left the earth, the disciples wanted to replace Judas in the ministry. They sought God’s direction as to who to choose.

There are many times when there is a choice to be made that comes down to two very good choices. Both look so good that it is difficult to know which one to choose.

When times occur like this, people may flip a coin to randomly choose one over the other. While this may look good, it may be that it is not choosing what God really wants.

When faced with a choice, the first thing that a believer should do is seek God’s direction in it. If he has studied God’s word, he will know a lot of what His word may have to say about making the choice. Then if he is continually in prayer and being led by the Holy Spirit, he knows that God will guide him in the choice.

God will always make a choice that is best for the one needing to make it and for those affected by the choice. He sees the bigger picture of every person and eternity and is willing to show which way to go.

Going through life, you will have to make many choices, some simple and some very difficult. In order to be ready for making a choice, be sure to study God’s word on a regular basis to have a base understanding of what God may want. Then allow yourself to be led by the Holy Spirit in all that you do.

At the moment of making a decision, pray that God will guide you in making the correct choice. God is waiting and ready to guide you in His ways, which are above your ways.

Will you make the right choice?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will seek God in making choices; that God will reveal His ways of doing things; that you will would work the way God desires of you; and that you will be led by the Holy Spirit in every choice you make.

Matthew 21:44 Are You Broken Or Crushed?

Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed. Matthew 21:44

People in authority are there for a reason. They are in their position to ensure others learn and follow the procedures to get something accomplished.

Some people hate those in authority, because they desire to do things the wrong way or by cutting the corners and cheating the system. When they are caught, they are often punished or removed.

Those who follow the procedures are able to remain despite the pain of following all the regulations.

After quoting a verse about the stone being rejected, Jesus said that the one who falls on the stone will be broken, but the one on whom it falls will be crushed.

Ever since the fall of Adam and Eve in the garden, God had a plan to save every person. It would be done in procedure in which it was done by God and not by man himself. The final process of the salvation would be considered the capstone of the building of God’s kingdom.

This capstone would be the death and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus lived the perfect, holy life before God and man, thus was given all authority by the Father. He is able to judge and save anyone and everyone.

The person who recognizes his sin against God and his need for forgiveness and salvation, will fall upon Jesus for help. He will be broken before God as he turns his life over to Jesus. Afterwards he will be given eternal life.

Those who reject what Jesus has done will, in the end, fell the crushing power of His wrath because of their rejection. Although they may live a time here on the earth, in the end they will be condemned to death in hell for eternity.

God has given you a choice as to whether you will accept and follow Jesus or not. If you are willing to recognize your sin and need for Jesus, you will allow yourself to be broken in order to gain eternal life. You will allow Jesus control over your life.

If you choose to reject Jesus and what He has done for you, you will have only His wrath to look forward to that will crush you for all eternity.

Allow yourself to be broken before Jesus and let Him be ruler over your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God wants of you; that you will allow Jesus to rule over your life; that you will be broken before God; and that you will allow God to build you into the person He wants you to be.

Matthew 1:24 Immediate Obedience

When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. Matthew 1:24

Commands are given everyday to people that do not always make sense. A choice has to be made as to whether one will obey that command or not. Often people choose to not obey the command or they will choose to question it. Some will even refuse to obey it, regardless of where it came from.

In some places, if one chooses not to obey it, they will be removed or be in trouble immediately. Obedience is expected immediately.

Joseph was pledged to be married, when he found out Marry was pregnant, so he planned to divorce her. After an angel told him that this was from God and he was to marry her, he immediately married Mary.

Just as in the workplace where the boss gives commands, God also gives people commands. In the same way, there are times when the commands of God do not always make sense. During those times when the commands don’t make sense, one has to just trust God and obey immediately.

God sees the bigger picture of what is going on across the board. He knows what action is best to take. Humans, in their finite little minds, do not see the bigger picture. They cannot see what is actually going on in the scheme of eternity.

Every believer has a choice to make as to whether he will obey what God says or not. Instead of questioning or arguing with God, one must immediately choose to trust God and obey. In obeying God, it allows Him to use the believer in greater ways than the mind can comprehend.

Immediate obedience to God will allow things to effect the lives of others for all eternity.

As a believer, there will be times that God will ask you to do something that is crazy and does not make sense. Instead of being like the world and questioning it or refusing to obey, choose to obey immediately.

See what God can do in and through you to touch the lives of people for all eternity. Your obedience will often have an eternal impact upon this fallen and dark world.

Questioning God and refusing to obey is what the world does. Do not be like the world, but like Joseph in obeying God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear God speak to you; that you will know what God commands of you; that you will obey God in all He tells you to do; and that you will see God work in and through you for all eternity.

James 4:4 Friend Of The World Or Of God

You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. James 4:4

Most people seek to have friends who are like them and like who they are. Very few people really like to be alone and without friends. It is very easy for someone to be a friend with someone else who has the same likes and dislikes.

When there are differences in desires, there is often fighting that goes on causing disunity and problems.

James cuts down the believers who are being friends with the world. He points out that being a friend with the world, is being an enemy with God.

Every believer is to be set apart as different or unique. They are not to blend in like everyone else. The ultimate home of the believer is heaven, not this earth. Their focus is in eternity, not just the here and now.

Most of the world is focused upon self and the here and now. It is all about what one can get for himself at any cost.

Too often believers want to be friends with those in the world and begin to compromise their standards with God. They begin to accept sinful activities in their lives as though they were acceptable to God.

At the moment a believer begins to be friends with this world, they become an enemy to God. The focus of the world is selfishness and sin. Believers are supposed to be focused upon God and eternity, not self and this temporary world.

Acting as the world does makes one lukewarm, one that God will spit out. Either a believer is a friend of God or a friend of the world, but never both at the same time.

You must be willing to ask yourself who you want to be friends with. God will not force you to be friends with Him, however, if you are friends with the world, you will be God’s enemy.

As a believer, you are to flee all sin. The world will want you to walk in sin with them, to be like them or else they will hate you. In the same way, God wants you to be like Him, or you will be His enemy.

Make a choice today as to who you will be friends with–God or the world.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will choose to be friends with God; that you will live as God called you to live; that God will strengthen you to not be friends with the world; and that God will fill you with Him so that you have all you desire and need.