Thursday, January 21, 2010

choosing to follow God

What happens when someone takes a stand for Jesus and another person doesn't?  There is a conflict.  It may begin small, but it will grow.  Some relationships grow totally part through this decision to follow or not follow God.  Other relationships end up more like a war.

Such was the case between Ahab and Elijah in 1 Kings 18.  The choice Ahab made to not follow God led to the death of many people.  The choice Elijah made led to many people coming to see and know God.  What about your choice of who you follow?

In these last verse for the week, ask yourself and ask God to reveal you are really following:

Matthew 15:8 (NLT) --- These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.

John 10:27 (NLT) --- My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

John 13:35 (NASB) --- "By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

Philippians 3:10 (NLT) --- I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer withhim, sharing in his death,

John 3:30 (NASB) --- He must increase, but I must decrease.

Galatians 2:20 (NASB) --- I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

My prayer for you and for me is that people will know we have been with Jesus not because we are so wise but because people see Jesus in us.  Do people see God in your life?  Do you see God in my life?

When Elijah made His choice and acted upon His choice, people saw God.  May the same be true for us.

1 Kings 18:39 (NASB) --- When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, " The LORD, He is God; the LORD, He is God."

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