When we walk in God’s grace for being true to His will not that of this crooked “Ways of the World” where so many people live for self-glory or adulation from others and thereby walk in deceit while they live a life of deception or fraud! But we who walk with Jesus Christ daily carrying our own crosses doing as he commanded his true disciples the children of God to do, in order that they actually do the Father’s will who is in heaven, thereby making us worthy; we are then and only then among His anointed!
“30And those He predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified. 31What then shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, along with Him, freely give us all things?” Romans 8:30-32
“These people honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me. 9 They worship Me in vain; they teach as doctrine the precepts of men.” 10Jesus called the crowd to Him and said, “Listen and understand.” Matthew 15:8-9
To truly follow Christ means He has become everything to us.
And these are the things that many of this lost vain and decadent narcissistic generation follow and worship!
“To truly follow Christ means He has become everything to us. Everyone follows something: friends, popular culture, family, selfish desires, or God. We can only follow one thing at a time.” (Matthew 6:24)
In Matthew 10:34–39 “Jesus stated clearly what it means to follow Him. He said, “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.”
“23But Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me. For you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” 24Then Jesus told His disciples, “If anyone wants to come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. 25For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” Matthew 16:24
“8If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me first. 19If you were of the world, it would love you as its own. Instead, the world hates you, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.” John 15:18
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7
“I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4
Suddenly there was this guy as if out of nowhere surfing right at me and cut out of that huge swell, as I tried to dive below it to not get pounded upon. When I resurfaced this guy was still nearby and said grab hold of his board which I did and we both were paddling together toward shore. Then as we were getting a lot closer he said, “OK you can make it now”
“Of David. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1
“What then shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31
Thank you Lord Jesus!
Brother in Christ Jesus,
Lawrence Morra III