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??/??/2017 ~ Disciple


Darkness surrenders to gloom.
He calls us to be disciples, that is students, with increasing understanding,
on our climb in Him. Without His knowledge we are crippled in knowing
God’s will for us. To be a disciple one must possess the desire to
acquire His truths. Disciples care for one another in honor of Him.


"If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother,
wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also,
he cannot be my disciple." ~ Luke 14:26


It is about putting God above all things including family and self, which
in turn then improves all relationships. Many of us can recall weeping
over the fears for our parents own death, as youths. With time, rebellion
over control inevitably leads to resentment, and those frustrations are
encountered by many as they grow toward adulthood. Disgust over
one’s own behavior is a sign of repentance and increases the deepening
matrimonial bonds all are challenged with. To come to Christ is to humbly
and honestly surrender your heart to Him past all of one’s past failings.
His is the success of all living.


"And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me
cannot be My disciple." ~ Luke 14:27


What life has delivered, to each of us, is unique, yet we all have this in
common, suffering. It is natural to desire an escape from pain, but in how
we do it defines the character of our spirit. We all have seen many famous
financial wealthy individuals unable to bear the weight of their miseries;
substance abuses mask passing out (escaping) from reality. In Christ
He lifts us past those impossible heart aching weights, none can carry,
as His eternal light puts the temporary in perspective. The love
He renders is an easy yoke in its’ simple lifting truth.


"So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has
cannot be My disciple." ~ Luke 14:33


It is a question of desire. Are things and the lust for them more valuable
than one single breath of life? Purpose is what tracks our paths in life. And
this life, if it is only a shell to impulsively satisfy, is one missing the sense
something eternally much more? Each step at times can be grueling, in
view of the losses life exposes, which brings about an almost universal,
in common, pain that needles all of our hearts; deaths door.


"... take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will
lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it." ~ Matthew 16:24-25


To find Christ in the bottom of one’s heart allows Him to be that
foundation, the rock that lifts the whole world and more. Truly, without
surrendering to Him there is no pleasure in carrying death all alone,
whereas He turns the other side of the coin to life over death.
To find Christ is to find that which is greater than the world.


And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh
with its passions and desires. ~ Galatians 5:24


If lusting desires remain in the lower carnal, without a maturing
to spiritual contemplations, the shallow remains over the depth a
true soul was created to know. The heights of heaven are higher
than the bowels of the earth where mortal life originates.


... "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself,
and take up his cross daily, and follow Me." ~ Luke 9:23


In finding purpose in following Christ, it becomes an upward path,
even though each of us bears that baggage that hinders us from plowing
on. Purpose never loses sight of that destination and so it is daily in
our lives as true Christians. An unceasing awareness.


... "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall
know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." ~ John 8:31-32


Are you looking through the window of a disciple?
Disciples peer though His word to achieve clarity of thought. Abiding
in it is to accept and tolerate what has been commanded. Striving to be
better is hard work with rewards of spirit. Let us not blame God for what
man devises in lies against Him or in diluting His significance.


"... By this all will know that you are My disciples,
if you have love for one another." ~ John 13:34-35


In love there is no contempt. Sorrow too often evolves into anger where
delusions ruin a pure heart from knowing the simplest of truths; His love
for us. When love supports a heart, its’ bottom is not left helpless to bear
agony alone. Thank God His Spirit rest upon us all, believers and
unbelievers alike. He bears the load as we arrive.


Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as
Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, ... ~ Ephesians 5:1-2


That innocence of childhood lost is where God wants us to return with
wisdom intact. Gleaming in the rainbows of life's approach are the dreams
of children. The innocence of childlike love is a light floating far above the
heights of the sky. Life is a choice to embrace it over death, as Christ
said, let the dead bury the dead. Life is for the living, and best had,
enjoying real deepest love over impulsive selfish desires. When it
becomes more about others the blossom of truth opens.


Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ. ~ 1st Corinthians 11:1

Those examples in His Word lead us to know
how to be for the best we can be.


"A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is
enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, ..." ~ Matthew 10:24-25


What one seeks is what one learns. To practice evil is to not return, to the
goodness He calls out for, in all of our actions. To know His heart of truth
sets true eternal freedom upon a soul. A disciple has a life in pursuit of
worship in and of Him, and not simply disregarding that which can be an
inconvenient nuance. One regards the commands He demands. Blatant
disregard for His truth is what crushes peoples and decays civilizations
from prospering. Is division a blessing? It is not, but holds the seed
of Satan’s desire for the destruction of souls. Is God the master
or something devised in an isolated deceived heart? Hate is
something done all alone though in crowds we all gather.


... "Lord, I will follow You wherever You go." And Jesus said
to him, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but
the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head." ~ Luke 9:57-58


Do you really follow Jesus? Bags of wind are a dime a dozen.

...Then He said to another, "Follow Me." But he said,
"Lord, let me first go and bury my father. ... ~ Luke 9:59-60


The dead can not go anywhere. We are called to live in His light
announcing His kingdom of life, not death. “Woe is me” has destroyed an
innumerable count. He calls us to be fearless in His delivered living truths.


And another also said, "Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go
and bid them farewell who are at my house." ... ~ Luke 9:61-62


"But they all with one accord began to make excuses. ... ~ Luke 14:18-20

In order to love as God would have us to live is to look forward releasing
the past. Misery and agony live in the past, where a greater love always
lives ahead. God wants us to be optimistic in our approach to heaven.
Lack of resolve leads to excuses skirting responsibility
to worship the Creator, our Lord God.


Excuses skirt responsibility to worship the Creator
  ● PROPERTY / HOME  
  ● BUSINESS / JOB
  ● FAMILY / PEOPLE

"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love
the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other.
You cannot serve God and mammon." ~ Matthew 6:24


To serve God one has to lose the desires
for the world and embrace the Spirit.


"If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am,
there My servant will be also. ..." ~ John 12:26


A disciple is one who follows as a servant.

"By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit;
so you will be My disciples. ..." ~ John 15:8-10


It is a commandment to keep His commandments.

Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart,
from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, ... ~ 1st Timothy 1:5


To arrive in Him is where a sincere faith
cleanses the conscience in the purity of thought.


... Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the
name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to
observe all things that I have commanded you; ... ~ Matthew 28:18-20


Jesus Himself calls out for all to become disciples, and
upon our understanding of His message, of salvation,
to actively surrender to Him immersed in His truth.
The promise of eternity should be a welcoming event.


... things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these
to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. ~ 2nd Timothy 2:2


Many loyal have come before, where an enormous amount of
sacrifices have made His word available, to all. These sacrifices are
where man does not oppress man, and cruelty does not deny a quest
for honest living. The message of God is life, not death.


For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving
us an example, that you should follow His steps: ... ~ 1st Peter 2:21


Follow in a life living for God.

And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship,
in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. ~ Acts 2:42


To be a disciple one must remain steadfast in what
His Word has taught with all one’s might.


Godly imitation flatters the Spirit
One must be ready to abandon all for Christ
One must bear one’s cross & come after Christ
Whoever does not forsake all cannot be My disciple
Whoever loses his life for My sake will find it
Disciples crucify the flesh with its passions/desires
If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed
All will know you are My disciples if you have love
Be imitators of God as dear children & walk in love
No one looking back is fit for the kingdom of God
No one can serve two masters
If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me in honor
To glorify God bear much fruit as My disciples
Go make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them

Disciples follow the ways of God.
Darkness has no anchor.




 

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