After hearing a lyric within a song recently that states, "for the One who gave me life, nothing is a sacrifice". While I know what is being insinuated, this statement got me to thinking. This episode asks some questions about what it means to to follow Messiah, and to count the cost.
As with many things within the Church, people can wield the sword of the Law like a dagger meant to slay their neighbor. I believe, in this season of Pentecost, that it would do us well to see Exodus 20 in the same way that we see Acts chapter 2. The Law given to men is for our good, for our protection, our provision. It is a gift. This episodes discusses how we might begin to implement this viewpoint.
Part 2/Conclusion to the short series looking into the sobering reality that we must embrace in regards to God coming down to meet with man. Will you stand when the LORD "breaks forth"?
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Some discussion about the interesting parallels within these two Scriptures as well as some understanding towards people "breaking through" to Yahweh and His "breaking out" against the those who are not rightly prepared to be in His presence.
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Let culture and current events come and go. Let our circumstances ebb and flow as they always do. It's time to be ones steady and set on one thing - being infatuated with the King Of Glory.
1 Peter 4 tells us that we should baffle those who are outside of the people of God, with our behavior. We should be distinct, considered odd even. We must come out and be separate.
As we examine the few details that we're given in regards to Yeshua's Ascension, we must stop and see what He was doing at the final moments of His earthly presence. Also, we'll discuss what those that were with Him were told to go and do, in order to apply these principles to our lives.
Paul shared with the Philippians his struggle to desire to be with both them and the Messiah. He longed for the greater (departing the Church and being in the presence of the King) yet wrestled with remaining alongside them, for their good. Some people can relate to this and see this as a valuable principle to apply as we walk alongside the brethren in the here and now - denying our own desires for the sake of establishing the Kingdom.
Just like in the natural, spiritual endeavors cost us something. Time, effort, discipline. We must mature and become learned students - learning from our patterns and experiences. Today, let us be found as ones who are willing to train ourselves to count the cost, in order for sanctification to continue its course in our lives.
Proverbs 16 tells us that "in his heart, a man plans his course but the LORD determines his steps." In the practicalities of life, we must all make plans. We must plan a course. This becomes more challenging for those of us who daily scrutinize and filter all that we plan unto the Father. And, if we're not careful, we'll become weighed down. This episode discusses how we can walk in the shalom of God as we journey through this life.