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 18:9 Dangerous Eyes

And if your eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell. Matthew 18:9

Having eyes is something that is very important to a person. It allows for one to be able to see and read.

A very large portion of media is built around the concept of being able to see. In today’s society there is a way to see nearly anything and everything that a person may want to see. People are willing to watch anything at any cost.

Jesus tells the people that if one has an eye that causes him to stumble, it is better to cut it out and throw it away. This prevents being cast into the fire of hell.

In the eyes of the world anything can be seen with no apparent consequences. Violence and pornography can be viewed very easily and all the time. People think that it is acceptable to see such things.

Along with viewing these things and more, the eyes also can cause jealousy, greed, and lust, all sins against God and others. Yet, people watch all of these things for pleasure.

Believers who allow their eyes to view sin and cause them to sin, are in danger of being cast into hell. Every believer is to flee all sin, rather than partake in sin. If viewing something is leading a person into sin, then it would be better to physically cut out the eye and cast it away, than to burn in hell for eternity.

God hates all sin in a person or a believer. The believer must do whatever it takes to keep from sin at any cost, including his eyes.

As you go through your days, ask yourself what are you willing to view with your eyes. Everything that you purposefully view should bring you closer to God. Anything that does not bring you closer to God should be rejected.

If you struggle with what you are viewing, be willing to do what it takes to stop. This is so important that Jesus said to even gouge the eye out.

Seek God and His Holy Spirit to give you strength to overcome the evil viewing. He will show you a way out that does not include gouging out the eye, but that is how important it is to God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will only look at things that draw you closer to God; that God will give you strength to not look at things that lead you into sin; and that God will guide you to turn away from all sin.