The question is IF? not WHEN?

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It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.'” Romans 14:11

You know that uneasy feeling you get when you watch the news channel? That panicy feeling like the world is out of control and you have no idea how things will be for your children, grandchildren or even yourself by the morning?! It’s about that moment I switch to the History channel and take a nice deep breath. You see watching the History channel I know how it turns out and I can rest assured. Well, isn’t all of life the HisStory channel to God?!! Yes it is and as He looks at all the breaking news flying around this planet, His throne remains unshaken!!

Read John 18:1-11.

Notice Jesus speaks with authority. In verse 8 He tells the invading army, “I told you that I am he,”, Jesus answered. “If you are looking for me, then let these men go.”  I don’t know but I’m pretty absolutely sure that if an invading army carrying torches, lanterns and weapons (vs. 3) came upon me there would be no listening to what little ol me had to say! No, Jesus however spoke with authority!! When He speaks over yours and my life it is with authority of the one that dreamed your life up to begin with and is sustaining it this very minute! Are we even paying attention? Maybe like Malcus who lost his ear that night after Peter brought out his ninja moves and Jesus picked up Malcus’ ear as I imagine Him saying, hey Malcus you’re gonna need to hear what happens next let me heal your ear; will I let Him heal my ears too, attune them to His voice alone?!

Verse 6 after the army makes it known they are looking for Him, Jesus says “I am he.” and this complete fleet of ferocious men are knocked to the ground!!! But who is left standing? Jesus….. and those standing WITH Jesus!!! Psalm 62:6 Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. Friends are we merely living like the list of people in Gen. 5 or like Enoch who did not just merely live but walked with God in his living! The choice is ours.

Jesus didn’t want to drink the cup of wrath we filled up but He surrendered His will and paid our price (Matt. 26:42). Scripture says every knee will bow at the mighty matchless name of Jesus so the question is not IF we will bow our knee but WHEN. Now, and receive salvation or later, and receive damnation…. do we trust that He already drank our cup of wrath or will we test it and end up drinking it our selves for the rest of eternity as we truly deserve… again the choice is ours.

It’s like when you open Google earth… at first you see this giant earth and then you type in an address and frame by frame it zeros in. Like the bible… Gen. 1:1 in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And from that point on it just frame by frame, chapter by chapter zeros us in to Jesus and His saving work on the cross and His Resurrection!! He is the ultimate super hero!! Its all about Jesus! Do our lives portray that we believe that? Duet. 33:26-29… vs.29 Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD? … vs. 26 There is no one like God!! You see we only are because of Him!!!

Do we put His words above our own? Ezekiel 36:27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep me laws. Again like Jesus healing Malcus’ ear, have we allowed Jesus to tune our ears to His Spirit so that His voice is louder than our own?

Are we pressing on? Acts 9:31 states, Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord. Think of the kind of situations that require strengthening and encouragement… generally not super strong and joyful ones to begin with right. But as we press into Him there is a living hope (1 Peter 1:3) that sustains and His Spirit that guides (John 16:13)! Are we living in reverent fear of God Almighty or have we dulled our senses with the pollution of this world?

Are we givers not takers? Romans 8:32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Folks He owns the cattle on 1,000 hills (Ps. 50:10)!! In Jesus when you give you always get… you can never out give God!

Finally are we living walking with God… unashamed of our faith? 2 Tim. 1:6-7 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. The gift of God is unimaginably more than we could ever dream and we are to fan into flame Him in us!!! Fan into flame!! Because it takes just a spark to start a wild fire, a ripple to start a tsunami and a gentle breeze to begin a tornado! There is nothing this world need more than Jesus so fan into flame Him in you and let your light shine this day before men that they would glorify your Father in heaven (Matt. 5:16)!

Jesus is a precious gift freely extended to us all! Lets place Him and reverence Him in His rightful place as head of our God given life as we journey through today. Devoted to Him and encouraging all those He loves in this world to see Him more clearly as we travel like light and flavor like salt this world with His love. Because one day every knee will bow so let us choose it to be this day in every moment we are gifted.

Independent Read: Joshua 24:14-15

 

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