For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
God loves us so much that he sent his Son to be beaten, humiliated, persecuted and to die on the cross just to save us from our own sins and a life of eternal damnation. As long as we believe in Jesus Christ, have faith in Him and live according to God’s word we will live forever, not on this Earth but in Heaven with the Father.
Would you give your child’s life to save others knowing that they have done wrong? That they have committed murder, rape, adultery, robbery, fraud or any of these things against you, your family members or your friends? No we would not. But God did. Hallelujah! Praise God! I certainly am glad He did.
Jesus gave his life for ours, He made the ultimate sacrifice so that we could be forgiven of our sins and live. That is pure and unconditional love.
I feel like I’m on the verge of giving up. I’m emotional, angry, hurt and feeling defeated all at the same time. It feels like I’m on this island all by myself trying to serve God but I don’t feel like I’m getting it even close to right. The more I long for Him an praise Him the more it seems like things are going wrong.
I love God an I have this hope and expectation in Him. This burning desire to live for Him and be used by Him. But what in the world….this season I seem to be in is so conflicting. I miss my church family where I was growing in ministry to now be in a place where not even so much as a prayer is being asked of me. I had a fight with my husband about being late all of the time for church. Why is it I’m the only one who desires to be on time in my house? I can’t even begin to comprehend the chaos that is going on with all of our kids. And it’s like I’m drowning in trouble on every side.
Through all of this all I want is to serve God with intention and a grateful heart. I want to be used by Him and for Him and to be completely obedient to His word and His way. I just want my lifestyle to line up with Jesus. This morning all I could hear down in my spirit was, for God I’ll live and for God I’ll die. Romans 14:8 says, “For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.” But what stands out more than anything is in verse 7 that says, “None of us lives for himself [for his own benefit, but for the Lord], and none of us dies for himself [but for the Lord].” ROMANS 14:7 AMP
I don’t know how many may be struggling in the same way but I’ve come to encourage myself!! I WILL lift up my eyes to the hills for which cometh my help. Lord help me to be still and continue to wait expectantly for your timing and Your direction. Help me to learn wisdom in this season and to not grow weary in well doing. Correct me when I’m wrong and let my heart be open wide and accepting to that correction. Heavenly Father help me to live out the desired lifestyle that is pleasing in Your sight privately as will as publicly, for Your glory. In Jesus name, Amen.
This is simply put. You will either serve the Lord or you will serve the pleasures of the earth. You cannot serve both of them. If you are pleasing your flesh and doing the thing that the world does you are a slave to those things and not in the will of the Father.
Serving mammon means that you worship material things, you have become a slave to it. You live for yourself and what you have, it is being selfish. And with everything you gain it is never enough you always want more. More money, more success, more power and this leads to doing whatever it take to get what you want. That is where sin is in it because you give way to the wickedness in your heart, You do evil deeds, you hurt people in the process you allow the enemy to come in and take over and control you. People do not want to believe that they are serving Satan but the truth of the matter is if you are not serving God that is what you’re doing. And in choosing to serve mammon, in the end is destruction and death, you will not be able to take those material things with you.
Now the reason God says that you cannot serve both is because when you serve God you do so that He may be glorified and that you will share a life eternal with Him, but when you serve mammon your glorifying idols.
This is not to say that you have to be poor in serving Christ. God will bless you with everything you need on this Earth. He gives you the power to get wealth that you will use to bless His people. Serving God means that you will be live according to His will, you worship Him and you be obedient to His word. You will take no thought as to what you will eat, wear or live. You will fully trust and depend on Him. Your life will line up with His word and you shall have peace that only He can give. And in the end, you will live eternally in Heaven with God and the treasures you have stored up from serving Him on Earth.
So I ask what will you choose God or mammon? Life or death? Peace or torment?
(This post was first published on 10/22/2010)
I endeavor to share the love of Christ with all who are looking for true love. I was at a place in my life where I felt alone and in much despair. But I found God and He loved me back to life and health and transformed me by His word. I pray that what I share helps you to discover the same love that is open and waiting for you. To give you hope for your future and life more abundantly.