John 15:8 Do You Bring The Father Glory?

This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15:8

People get a lot of honor and glory when something that they created works and is successful. The thing created can be an item, a concept, or it can be the development of a person.

Every day leaders around the world are training others under them to be a leader some day. As others are raised up to be leaders, the ones that did the training are honored and glorified for their work.

Jesus tells the disciples that the Father will receive a lot of glory if they bear fruit. It is the bearing fruit that shows that they are His disciples.

As Jesus walked and taught on the earth, He did not do it just to have some good teaching done, but to change lives. He was preparing men and women to become leaders and do the same as He did.

Many are in the church and are saved, just to save themselves. They want to hear good sermons to help them be better, but never work at discipling others. In other words they are not bearing much fruit and they are being selfish, holding salvation only to themselves.

The focus and purpose of every believer should be the same as that of Jesus, to reach the lost and make disciples–to bear much fruit.

Every fruit tree that is successful, bears fruit and reproduces itself. Every believer should be doing the same thing.

As the believer reproduces himself, making more disciples of Jesus, God receives the glory and honor for what is occurring. The job that Jesus had started continues in the believer who is bearing fruit. Until He returns there is work to be done and fruit to be produced.

At some point in your life someone worked on making you a disciple of Jesus. Their fruit showed up in your choosing to follow Jesus.

Now just as someone bore fruit in your life, do the same to others. Take what God has shown and taught you, and teach others. Do what Jesus did and said to do. He set the example for you on how to do it and gave you everything you need to bear fruit.

As you begin to do His work and bear fruit, you will bring the Father glory.

Are you bringing the Father glory today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will see the work God has done in you; that you will bear the fruit God wants you to bear; that you will bring the Father much glory; and that God’s kingdom will be made larger because of your service to God.

Luke 7:14-15 Even The Dead Obey

Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. Luke 7:14-15

Obedience is something that is expected of everyone else, but is often ignored in one’s own self. Some believe that they are an exception to having to obey all the rules. They have extenuating circumstances that give them excuses to not follow the rules.

Cutting the corners and not fully obeying can be seen in many areas of life.

As a dead man was being carried away to be buried, Jesus walked up to him. Jesus told the dead man to get up. Immediately the dead man got up and talked. He was then given back to his mother.

The choice to cut corners and not fully obey is something that many believers have chosen in their walk with God. Many feel as if God does not really mean what He said for them to do or that it really does not pertain to them. However, God always expects complete, immediate obedience from those who follow Him.

In the scripture passage for today, the young man was dead. He had every legitimate and logical reason to not obey Jesus, yet, he did obey Jesus when he was told to get up.

Instead of providing excuses as to why one cannot or should not obey God, one must immediately obey what God has said. God may never tell a person to rise from the dead, but He does command His followers to be His witness. He does tell His people to leave a life of sin. He does tell His people be holy as He is holy.

There is no excuse to not do what God has commanded one to do.

God may be telling you to step out and do something that is different. It may be something extreme like the dead man getting up.

Instead of coming up with an excuse to not do it, trust God’s command and do it. He will never tell you to do something that He will not give you the power and ability to do.

Be willing to rise up from the dead in sin and follow God in whatever He calls you to do and wherever He calls you to go.

Are you obeying God today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God is telling you to do; that you will obey God’s commands immediately; that you will not give excuses to not obey God; and that God will work great miracles in and through you.

1 John 2:3 Do You Really Know Jesus?

We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. 1 John 2:3

It is very easy for a person to say that they know someone. All over the world there are many people who claim to know some famous person. In reality people know about a person, but often do not really know the person.

Knowing what a person likes or does, it not fully the same as really knowing the person. It is common to only see the surface of the life of a person and completely miss the inner thoughts going on.

John tells the people that they really know Jesus if they keep His commands.

As with knowing someone famous, people all over the world claim to know Jesus. And in the same way, they know about Jesus, but they do not always really know Him in a personal, intimate way.

Many people can talk about the highlights of the life of Jesus, but struggle to talk about what He really taught. In not knowing what He really taught, they are unable to fully obey Him.

Jesus had said that if one loves Him, he would obey Him. Knowing Jesus is knowing God, which in turn is knowing true, perfect love. Once a person knows true, perfect love, they will not want to go back on it and will be willing to obey that true and perfect love. They will be unwilling to harm that perfect love.

Although many people claim to know Jesus and even go to church, they are unwilling to obey His every command. They want to please themselves and others with the temporary pleasures of sin in this world. They refuse to be His witness.

They don’t obey God, thus do not really know Him. The true believer will know Jesus and strive to obey His every command.

You may claim to know Jesus and may live a good life. Ask yourself if you obey all the commands of God. How willing are you to do whatever God asks of you?

This will reveal if you really know Jesus or not. Instead of living for self and this world, strive to live for God. Obey every command that Jesus has given to the best of your ability. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen you to do what God has commanded.

Ask yourself if you really know Jesus or not.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will obey all the commands of God; that you will truly love God with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength; that you will know Jesus and His great love for you; and that you will be used by God to build His kingdom.

Acts 4:19 Who To Listen To

But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes; to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges!” Acts 4:19

Everywhere a person goes, someone is telling him what is allowed to be done and what cannot be done. While most rules are done for the good of most people and should be followed, there can be rules made that are not the best.

Peter and John had been preaching in public and were arrested. They were told not to preach. Peter and John asked who they were to listen to, God or the leaders.

The world, as a whole, does not like to hear the gospel message being told. The message points out that they are wrong and in sin. No one wants to be told that he is wrong.

People and governments will do what they can to separate and silence believers. Groups are saying that believers must accept and promote alternate lifestyles. In this time of COVID, many people are being told that they cannot gather to worship God or talk about God. Many other things are being told to believers to silence them.

Some of the world has even infiltrated the church as leaders and promote the lies of the world.

Every believer must make a choice as to who he will listen to. Jesus told believers to go and make disciples, to preach the gospel message everywhere, to lay hands on people and pray for healing.

If a person is listening to the world, he will not be allowed to do any of these things and more. Disobeying the world, in order to obey God, may result in an arrest or worse, but will also result in an eternal prize.

It will always be better to obey God’s eternal, life giving rules, than to obey man’s death bringing rules.

As you go through your days, there will be times that the world will try to get you to do things that go against God. Sometimes the consequences of not following the ways of the world may result in persecution or arrest.

You have to make a choice as to who you will listen to and obey. If you choose to listen to the world, you are choosing the path leading to death. If you choose to listen to God, you are choosing the path to eternal life.

Make your choice today.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will choose to obey God’s word; that God will give you boldness to obey Him over the world; and that you will be God’s witness everywhere you go.

Acts 3:23 Listen Or Be Cut Off

Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from their people. Acts 3:23

Every day a person will hear thousands of different voices each saying something a little different. Some of these are very blunt in what they are saying, such as in an advertisement trying to sell someone a car. Others are not as clear, such as quietly promoting gossip in a television show each week.

These voices can be live, visual, audio or even written. Each one is trying to get others to listen and follow along.

Peter tells the people about how Jesus was sent as a prophet to warn people and guide them to salvation. He points out that anyone who does not listen to Jesus will be cut off.

Every person has to make choices daily as to who he will listen to or refuse to listen to. If one listens to every voice he hears, he will be left in complete confusion and chaos. One will say to do something, while the other will say to do the exact opposite.

Only one voice remains perfectly consistent all the time, never changing. Not only does this voice remain consistent, but it also knows what is truly the best in the short term and the long term of eternal life. That voice is the voice of Jesus.

It is only Jesus who points people towards salvation and how to live for God. His words brings life to a person, not death. The majority of words of man, only brings about death.

Those who choose to listen to Jesus, following and obeying His words, will have eternal life. Those who refuse to listen to Jesus will be cut off from the abundant and eternal life.

Jesus came and spoke words that are for you to this day. His words were not just for the disciples and the people nearly two thousand years ago.

God is right there with you to guide you in how to really live for Him and to know the salvation and abundant life that He has for you. Each day you will hear hundreds of voices and you will have a choice as to which you will listen to and obey.

Allow yourself to tune in and listen to the voice of Jesus in your life. Hear what He has to say and obey His words. Do not allow yourself to be cut off and cast out.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear the voice of Jesus in your life; that you will know the truth as to how to live for God; that you will obey God’s voice in all that He says; and that you will not be cut off from God’s family.