He is despised and rejected by men

He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.  Isaiah 53:3

These verse described prophetically what Jesus would go through at Calvary.  He was despised and rejected because of us.  He knew the price that had to be paid at Calvary and He knew the pain and suffering He would face.  But it was His love for us that drove Him to choose to come to the earth and lay down His life.

Many in the world today despise the name of Jesus.  They reject the existence of God and want nothing to do with Him.  They want to simply live their lives to fulfill the selfish desires that exist within their hearts.  But God in His grace and mercy continues day after day to knock on human heart.  The Lord continues to advance the gospel throughout the earth.

When we understand the grace and mercy of God we will surrender our hearts and lives to Jesus Christ.  To follow Christ means to simply give Jesus all that we are.  His will becomes the driving force in our lives.  We simply live our lives to bring glory and honor to His name.

In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches

13 With my lips I declare
    all the rules of your mouth.
14 In the way of your testimonies I delight
    as much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on your precepts
    and fix my eyes on your ways.
16 I will delight in your statutes;
    I will not forget your word.  Psalm 119:13-16

God’s word is incredible.  As we study God’s word each day and seek the Holy Spirit for increased revelation and understanding, it is the Holy Spirit who opens our mind and our hearts to the depths of God’s kingdom.  God has revealed Himself in His word and that is why it is so important we study and understand His word.  God’s word is supernatural.  As we study it and meditate upon it, our lives are transformed from the inside out.  It is the Holy Spirit who lives within us who takes God’s word and transforms our lives.

Often times people seek and experience from the Lord.  But what God truly desires is that we become students and disciples of His word.  That our lives are dedicated to the thorough study of God’s word.  He has called us to rightly divide His word.  It is studying and understanding His word that our lives and hearts are protected from the lies and deceptions of the enemy.  Satan will try to fill our lives with distractions that will keep us from the study of God’s word, but we must set aside time each day to diligently study God’s word.

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For the Lord delights in his people;     he crowns the humble with victory.

O Israel, rejoice in your Maker.
    O people of Jerusalem, exult in your King.
Praise his name with dancing,
    accompanied by tambourine and harp.
For the Lord delights in his people;
    he crowns the humble with victory.
Let the faithful rejoice that he honors them.
    Let them sing for joy as they lie on their beds.  Psalm 149:2-5

God’s word is filled with promises.  The Lord has given us His word to guide our lives on a daily basis.  Each day as we open God’s word, read, and meditate upon it we are reminded of God’s faithfulness at all times.

It doesn’t mean we won’t face difficult circumstances in our lives.  It is actually through the difficulties that we face that the Lord refines and produces with in us the character and nature of who He is.  But this is the very reason He has given us His word.

He knows the battlefield exist in our mind and His word breaks every lie and deception of the enemy.  The enemy will often whisper in our minds that God has forgotten us or abandoned us.  But as we wait upon the Lord He is continuing to deepen our faith and continuing to increase our relationship with the Lord.

Let us fix our eyes daily upon Jesus and know that He is fully in control.  He is faithful to fulfill every purpose.  It is important that we are daily reading and meditating upon God’s word because we are bombarded by the lies of this world on a daily basis.  As we wait upon the Lord let us always remember that He is maturing and refining us.

 

You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God

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“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

Matthew 16:15-16 NIV

Jesus is the messiah.  His virgin birth, His miracles, His forgiving of sin, Him being in the line of King David all pointed to Him as the messiah.  The greatest sign that declared Jesus as the Messiah was His resurrection.

It is indisputable that Jesus walked upon the earth, but what truly matters is who people claim Jesus to be.  Some will simply call Jesus a good teacher.  Others simply see Him as a prophet.  Some would even claim He was a mad man.  But for those who have placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ know Him to truly be the begotten Son of God.  He alone is the Messiah and this is why He proclaimed that He is the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Him.

Jesus throughout His ministry taught the disciples many things.  He invested in them because it would be them who would carry on what He began and would set the foundation for the church.  It was upon the truth that Jesus is the Son of God that the church would be founded.  Jesus is the cornerstone and He is the fulfillment of all things.

There is coming a day when the Lord shall return from His bride and call us home.  Until that day let us be faithful servants about the Lord and His kingdom.  He has not called us to wait, sit around and twiddle our thumbs, and do nothing.  He has called us to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.

We are surrounded daily by those who are lost and broken.  It is only by the power of the Holy Spirit that we will be the witnesses that God has called us to be.  It is the Holy Spirit who gives us courage and boldness.  Let us focus our hearts upon the truth of God’s word and fix our eyes upon Jesus.  Every day we have from Him is a gift and let us use it wisely.

I have chosen the way of faithfulness

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I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set my heart on your laws.

Psalm 119:30 NIV

God is always faithful.  When we choose to set our heart upon His word and walk in obedience to His word, His blessing and favor is poured out upon us.  It is the word of God that transforms our lives.  As we read and study God’s word each day, it is the Holy Spirit who pours forth revelation and understanding into our hearts.  As we come to understand the word of God in a greater way, our lives are transformed into the image and character of Christ.

The enemy throughout our lives will continually try to get us to focus our eyes upon circumstances that stand before us.  But in every circumstance we have the choice to either focus on it, or keep our heart focused upon the Lord and His promises.  God is always faithful and throughout history He has demonstrated His faithfulness in the lives of His servants.  Today if you find yourself discouraged, focus your heart upon the Lord and His word.  Know that as you seek Him He is accomplishing His purposes daily in your lives.  He calls us to not only know His word but to live according to His word.  May we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and simply trust Him each step of the way.

And the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin

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But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

1 John 1:7 NIV

The key to fellowship in the Christian life is walking in the light as He is in the light.  The world and its ways are steeped in the darkness of Satan and the demonic realm.  Those who chase after the world and desire to fulfill the lust of the flesh are simply centered on self.  The pursuit of their lives is fulfilling the selfish desires that exist within the sinful nature.  If this is our pursuit it is impossible for us to experience the fellowship that is available with the Lord and with our fellow brothers and sisters.

The Christian life is one of continually surrendering to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.  This means that we surrender our selfish desires and pursuits to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.  Those who continually seek after the lust of the flesh but call themselves Christians are simply living under a deception.  They believe themselves to be born again, but if we are truly born again the fruit of the Spirit and the nature of Christ will be manifested in our lives.

Many today live in a place of lukewarmness because they fail to diligently and daily study God’s word.  They simply live off the words preached behind pulpits and many pulpits today are simply filled with the wisdom of man.  The wisdom of man is demonic and not of God.  The wisdom of God is only present when the Holy Spirit is the one who is doing the leading.  May we diligently study God’s word and allow the Holy Spirit to transform us from the inside out.  May we daily lay down our lives and surrender our will to the will of Almighty God.

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form

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For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.

Colossians 2:9-10 NIV

In Jesus we have all we need.  He is the head over every power and authority.  There is nothing greater than Jesus because Jesus is God.  He is the Son of God and before we come to Christ we are empty and we are broken.  But through the precious blood of Jesus our sins are forgiven and we are born again.

It is the Holy Spirit who transforms us from the inside out.  As our minds are renewed each day by the word of God, we are transformed into the image and character of Christ.  The more we draw near the more we come to know Him.  The only thing that will hinder our growth in Christ is ourselves.  May we set aside everything to know Christ and grow in Him.

Humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts

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So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.

James 1:21 NLT

It is the word of God that transforms us.  As we study the word of God by the leading of the Holy Spirit we come to understand the word of God.  As we understand the word of God, we are transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit from the inside out.

We are called to put away all filth and evil in our lives.  The culture of our day worships and glorifies everything that is not of God’s kingdom.  This world is blinded by and built upon the lies and deceptions of the enemy.  Satan who is the god of this age has so blinded the minds and hearts of people.  They believe they are free by pursuing the lust of the flesh, when in fact they are simply living in slavery.

There is only one way to freedom and that is through Jesus Christ alone.  Each day as we walk with Christ we are called to continually surrender our lives to His Lordship.  That means as the Holy Spirit moves upon our hearts and makes us away of things that need to be removed from our lives, we need to be obedient.  If we desire the blessing of the Lord upon our lives, it requires obedience on our behalf.  As we surrender each day we walk in the plans and purposes that God has for us.

Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names

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Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:9-11 NLT

There is none greater than Jesus Christ.  Jesus is the Son of God and He laid down His life for all humanity because it was only He who could save us.  Man is incapable for saving himself.  We are born into sin and the only answer for our sin is the precious blood of Jesus.

All shall bow at the name of Jesus.  There are many who reject God and His love for them.  But He relentlessly pursues them on a daily basis.  Throughout a person’s life the Lord is always reaching out to them and every one will stand before Jesus some day.

Every tongue will declare Jesus is Lord.  While we are on this earth God has given us a freewill and has given us the opportunity to receive or reject Him.  But there shall come a day when our time on this earth comes to an end when every tongue shall declare that Jesus is Lord.  Because of God’s love, grace, and mercy He gives people an opportunity to choose.  May we who have been saved by the grace of God use our lives to share His love and share His truth.

Man shall not live on bread alone

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Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.  Matthew 4:4

The word of God is a two edged sword.  It is our standard of truth.  It is impossible to walk in victory on a daily basis if we fail to daily study God’s word and spend time in His word.  It is through God’s word that the Lord speaks to our hearts and transforms our lives.  It is through the word of God that God’s reveals to us who He is and His heart.

Many people begin walking with Christ but fail to diligently study God’s word.  It is very easy to become distracted or lazy in our relationship with the Lord.  When our lives begin to experience the peace of God we simply desire to stay in the place of comfort.  But those the Father loves He prunes.

We must come to understand the importance of God’s word.  It is the greatest treasure we have upon this earth.  God’s word is His love letter to us.  Many have given their lives for the word of God.  Throughout the centuries God continues to speaks to the hearts of His people to His word.  May we diligently study His word each day and seek to know His heart.

I, the LORD, search the heart

The human heart is wicked and deceitful. The only solution that exist for the wickedness of man is Jesus Christ. Throughout our journey with Christ our hearts are tested by the Lord. We are tested through the trials we face. In every trial we face we have two choices: to trust the Lord and grow in maturity or to become bitter and harden our hearts against the Lord.

The Lord shall give us according to our obedience and our faithfulness. God is not a genie and doesn’t simply grant wishes and prayers as we come before Him. Our prayers must be in accordance with His will. He will never entrust the great things of His kingdom with those who are disobedient and continue to remain in a place of immaturity.

“The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings. – Jeremiah 17:9-10 NKJV