Wholly Follow Him

For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture,
And the sheep of His hand.
Today, if you will hear His voice:

Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion,
As in the day of trial in the wilderness,

When your fathers tested Me;
They tried Me, though they saw My work.

Psalm 95:7-9

LORD Jesus, we praise You for You are holy. We praise You for the Righteousness You are for us. We praise You for being the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and that we are able to come to the Father because of what You have done for us. Hallelujah! Forgive us, precious LORD, whenever we are looking to our own strength, to our own wisdom, to the way we want things to happen in our life. Help us, O God, to seek strength and wisdom in Your Word and to do what You have commanded us to do. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

Is HE truly our God? Are we called the people of His pasture? Do we long to be the sheep of the hand of the great Shepherd?

If so, are we willing to wholly follow Him — in everything He requires of us? Or do we harden our hearts as the Israelites did in the wilderness? What do we do when times are tough and trials come our way? Will we remember how God has worked in our life before? In such situations, do we remind ourselves that God is good and that we need to cling to Him. Will we believe His promises to be true and that He is able to perform what He has promised? Or will we give in to the temptation of testing and trying Him — just like the Israelites did back then?

Believe in God and wholly follow Him today.

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Are You a Member?

For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.

Ephesians 5:30

LORD Jesus we praise You for You are above all. You know us inside and out, for You have made us, saved us, and You are able to keep us on the right Path. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we are seeking advantages of life in this world while ignoring the advantage of being a member of the Body of Christ. Guide us and open our hearts, eyes, and ears to the Truth that will set us free. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

Good Friday is a good day to remind ourselves that this life will not last forever. One event, death, will happen to us all — for some of us sooner, for others later in life. Then what? What comes after the death of the body?

Good Friday is the day on which we remember Jesus’ Death on the Cross, but it is also a time for us to remember that He rose again. Hallelujah! He rose again that we may live — with Him forever. His Obedience made way for us to be able to enter into Heaven. The moment God calls us, and we become a member of His Body, things begin to change.

I just received vouchers of €10.50 worth to spend on my next grocery shopping. Receiving such coupons after you have spent a certain amount of money in the store is rewarding. It is good to be a member of the shop and to earn clubcard points with each payment at the checkout. Is it not?

With the membership other things will come along: we are like an open book to the store, well, at least the way we shop is. Now is that a good thing or not? I think as long as we do not dwell on the thought that we are being “watched” — about what type of products we get, how many of them, and the time we buy them — we are okay with it. It is to our advantage after all, is it not?

We are ignoring the fact that companies, governments, and other more or less powerful people, watch and rule over us and even control the way we shop. On the other side, at least at certain times, we do not feel that comfortable that God is in control of everything.

Are you a member of the Body of Christ today?

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The Way of His Steps — Salvation is of God

And the LORD said to Gideon,
“The people who are with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands,
lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me,
‘My own hand has saved me.’

Judges 7:2

LORD Jesus, we praise You for You are the One who has made us and not we ourselves; You are the One who has saved us from the bondage, and You are the One who will keep us and guide us and protect us. Forgive us, O LORD we pray, whenever we are tempted to say, “Mine own hand has brought me this far.” Salvation is of the LORD! Hallelujah! Guide us in our way and give us a heart that wants to stay on Your Way, in Your Will for our life, and for Your Purpose and Your Glory. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

Often enough we are way too fast in accepting and taking the honor for ourselves. Then we are thinking that we accomplished this and that. Was it due to the way we handled the situation that the person accepted Christ; or have we been saved for we came running to the altar and invited Jesus into our hearts? Did the people in the car (only) survive the accident because we were there to help? Have our own words and hands won the victory or are we wealthy and healthy because of our own doing?

Things happen, Zechariah 4:6 tells us:

‘Not by might
nor by power,
but by My Spirit,’
Says the LORD of hosts.

God’s Word reveals that without Him we cannot do anything (John 15:5), but with Him things that are impossible for men become possible (Matthew 19:26; Luke 18:27).

We need to humble ourselves before the mighty Hand of God and submit to the One who IS the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6). It is He who has made us and not we ourselves (Psalm 100:3). In John chapter 3 the Word tells us that we must be born again; but, born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God (John 1:13).

Be fully convinced today: what God promises He is also able to perform.

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