and they have no firm root in themselves, but are only temporary; then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they fall away.
Mark 4:17 NASB
Christ was very real with His message. You are going to face affliction and persecution because of the word. That is a fact. And unless the word is rooted deep in you, stumbling and falling is inevitable. So how do we make sure the word is rooted in us? The same way a farmer grows crops. We have to water and keep the ground fertile. Have to make sure we don’t let bugs come in and eat the harvest before it is mature. These things are done by spending time with God. By spending time with His word. By spending time in prayer. That is how we can make sure we are rooted.
For the word of the Lord is upright, And all His work is done in faithfulness.
Psalms 33:4 NASB
As I was looking at this passage my eyes were drawn to the part where it says all His work is done in faithfulness. The question must be asked then are we faithful in our work? And there lies the issue for us. We don’t take anything seriously. God has tasked us to plant seeds and harvest and encourage and some of us are in the vineyard chilling under a tree talking about its too hard to plant, it’s too hot out here, I don’t like those people, etc.
We as people of God need to be faithful in the work, just as He is faithful in the work. His Spirit should dwell within us and if it does we cannot help but be faithful just as He is faithful.
For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.
1 Corinthians 2:11 NASB
Thoughts reveal who we are. The best part (or scariest depending on how you look at it) is that only one person on this planet truly knows what you think and that is you. Only you know what good or evil lurks in your mind and what unresolved things reside in your heart. And this fact is why we need to turn our lives over to God and have the Holy Spirit dwell within us. We lie and deceive ourselves about who we are on the inside. God shows us who we are and who He wants us to be. The Holy Spirit is His changing agent, that which He puts in us to begin molding us to what we should be. And because the Spirit knows the thoughts of God, when He dwells within us we too can know the thoughts of God and carry out His will for our lives.
Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.
1 Corinthians 10:14 NASB
Idolatry had evolved from what we traditionally view as idolatry. It is no longer about statues and altars but is now about what is in your mind and what you choose to put first in your life. In many cases we have become our own idols. It’s always about what I want, what I need, how these people should serve me. The previous verse says that we should flee from temptation, however how do you escape from yourself?
The only way to escape from self is to fall into God’s loving arms. If we invite Him in, if we surrender to Him and put Him first, I know we will be alright. For He is the Almighty God and He promised that He has made a way of escape for every temptation. And the way to escape is to run to Him.
”Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 6:1 NASB
It is important that we assist others buy it is also important that our motives for doing so are pure. If you are helping me just to get attention for yourself thEn you have missed the whole point. I’ll give you an example of what I mean.
I found out earlier that Cristiano Ronaldo (the soccer player) has donated some of his bonus money he gets in his contracts to cancer research and other charitable causes and has done so for years. But he never talked about it or drew attention to it. And they are large bonuses that us normal people would never just give away.
And that is the point of the passage. We should help others, not to draw attention to ourselves, but because we can. And even if you arent a super wealthy mega star athlete, you can still help someone in your own way. I pray that we do so today.
For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself .”
Galatians 5:14 NASB
As I’m reading the text I think I understand the issues we have with each other. The text says to love your neighbor as yourself and we don’t love ourselves. So we do “love” our neighbors as ourselves which is to say we don’t love. And without Christ in our hearts we will never be ar a point where we can love and thus fulfill the commandment.
”He pled the cause of the afflicted and needy; Then it was well. Is not that what it means to know Me?” Declares the Lord .
Jeremiah 22:16 NASB
We often talk about what it means to know the Lord. And I must admit that when I saw this passage I had to ask myself if I am doing what the passage says. You see, this passage says a lot about who God is, who we are and what He is looking for from us.
God does exactly what He asks of us, He pled the cause of the afflicted (with sin) and the needy (in need of salvation). Are we not also to share with those afflicted and needy the saving power of our God? The beautiful part is that God says that when we do this it will be well and I definitely want to be well. How about you?