Something to Ponder
|The Conditions of Discipleship by Oswald Chambers|
If the closest relationships of a disciple’s life conflict with the claims of Jesus Christ, then our Lord requires instant obedience to Himself. Discipleship means personal, passionate devotion to a Person— our Lord Jesus Christ. There is a vast difference between devotion to a person and devotion to principles or to a cause. Our Lord never proclaimed a cause— He proclaimed personal devotion to Himself. To be a disciple is to be a devoted bondservant motivated by love for the Lord Jesus. Many of us who call ourselves Christians are not truly devoted to Jesus Christ. No one on earth has this passionate love for the Lord Jesus unless the Holy Spirit has given it to him. We may admire, respect, and revere Him, but we cannot love Him on our own. The only One who truly loves the Lord Jesus is the Holy Spirit, and it is He who has “poured out in our hearts” the very “love of God” (Romans 5:5). Whenever the Holy Spirit sees an opportunity to glorify Jesus through you, He will take your entire being and set you ablaze with glowing devotion to Jesus Christ.
The Christian life is a life characterized by true and spontaneous creativity. Consequently, a disciple is subject to the same charge that was leveled against Jesus Christ, namely, the charge of inconsistency. But Jesus Christ was always consistent in His relationship to God, and a Christian must be consistent in his relationship to the life of the Son of God in him, not consistent to strict, unyielding doctrines. People pour themselves into their own doctrines, and God has to blast them out of their preconceived ideas before they can become devoted to Jesus Christ.
Scripture Thought for the Day
|If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also….And whoever does not bear his cross and come after me….So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be my disciple.|
—luke 14:26-27, 33
Comments & Prayer Requests
|Charles: Dear Elder Larry,|
Last evening I was watching your three videos titled The Mark of the Beast is Not a Microchip from 2013. Coincidentally, our evening TV News on one local station was airing news regarding the President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta having set up an Ecumenical Council comprising representatives of Catholics, Anglicans, Muslims, Hindus etc. to come up with laws to regulate worship during the Covid-19 crisis. This Council has been given the task and they have to come up with strict rules which every Kenyan must abide by. Offenders will be prosecuted. Pentecostal churches are crying foul because of exclusion and claim the represented groups do not know what worshiping God means hence say ‘their laws’ will curtail freedom of worship.
Meanwhile some members of a church who defied the No-gathering-for-worship law were rounded up when they were found worshiping on Sabbath and have been quarantined and also fined by a court of law for defiance. They had said they were exercising their freedom of worship and unwavering faith like Daniel and nobody could deny them that right.
You spoke about this in 2013 that, “Worship of God will become a hotly contested issue in days to come. Religiously speaking, we are a diverse world and God’s awesome display of wrath will bring about an ecumenical movement that is impossible to imagine at the present time.”
Our Kenyan ecumenical movement will present its report to the President next week and will be made into law for all Kenyans. The Kenyan scenario is a reflection of what is coming upon the whole world soon as you stated in 2013. I hope our readers are now able to understand the emerging larger Revelation picture in-so-far as curtailing freedom of worship is concerned. Both Sabbath-keepers and Sunday-keepers have been blocked and will in future be prohibited from worshiping which means Sunday worship cannot be the Mark of the Beast.
God bless you brother,
|Suzanne: Thank you for all you do. I ask for your prayers for I am under oppression. I am asking that our Lord Jesus will free me. Thank you!|
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