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We Are Here To Serve God And Others 

And Not Self,   In Any Way.

 

(Luke 9:23 NKJV) Then He said to them all, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.
(Luke 9:24 NKJV) "For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.

I am sure you have heard the old saying ,

"You Can't See The Forest For The Trees".

I am going to use this saying here to help show 

THE BIG PICTURE.

(Luke 16:13 NKJV) "No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon."

(Luke 16:14 NKJV) Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided Him.

(Luke 16:15 NKJV) And He said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. 

For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.

The two scriptures, "you cannot serve God and mammon" and "for what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God,"  lays the foundation for much of what is taught throughout this web site.  God has made it very clear concerning the everyday focus of our lives.  But just as in the days of Jesus, many have harden their hearts against very clear and precise statements made by the Spirit of God.

There is warning after warning through out the new testament about the spiritual condition and attitude of the hearts of men on the earth during the last days.  The Bible says he who has an ear let him here what the Spirit of God Says to the churches.

Are you letting the bless me more oh Lord messages from the bless me more church leaders of our time keep you from hearing what the Spirit of God is saying?

(Luke 17:26 NKJV) "And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man:

(Luke 17:27 NKJV) "They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.

(Luke 17:28 NKJV) "Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built;

(Luke 17:29 NKJV) "but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.

(Luke 17:30 NKJV) "Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.

 

The Trees.

Mark 4:14 "The sower sows the word.
Mark 4:15 "And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.
Mark 4:16 "These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness;
Mark 4:17 "and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word's sake, immediately they stumble.
Mark 4:18 "Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word,
Mark 4:19 "and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

The trees are 

The Material things of this world 

The things that satan uses against our minds

(For A Study On the mind Chick the chapter 18 button,          

that keep us from seeing the Big Picture.

The follow scriptures offer another of Jesus' warnings about the traps of this world that will keep many individuals from the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

(Luke 14:16 NKJV) Then He said to him, "A certain man gave a great supper and invited many,

(Luke 14:17 NKJV) "and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, 'Come, for all things are now ready.'

(Luke 14:18 NKJV) "But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, 'I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.'

(Luke 14:19 NKJV) "And another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.'

(Luke 14:20 NKJV) "Still another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.'

Jesus made some very mind boggling statements concerning our focus on gaining heavenly treasure as to earthly possession. The following scriptures are one of those statements which I asked God to please reveal to me how to explain.

(Luke 14:26 NKJV) "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, he cannot be My disciple.

(Luke 14:27 NKJV) "And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.

  It is hard, for a man that is tied to this world in any way,  to bear the reality of the commitment that God expects from us,  but it is a commit that we can understand if we are willing to open our hearts to it.

To understand the following two verses we need to understand what it means to 

"bear our cross daily."  

((Luke 9:23 NKJV) Then He said to them all, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.)

As Christians we must roll out of bed daily onto the cross of self crucifixion that Jesus gives for us to bear .  To daily nail our flesh to the cross is the only escape from  the daily on slough of 

the lust of the eyes,

the lust of the flesh,

the pride of life,

the force of greed.

These very strong forces in our society and in our  lives must be nailed to the cross  daily.

(Luke 14:26 NKJV) "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, he cannot be My disciple.
 

It is God's will that we separate from our own personal agendas to allow Christ to live in us with His agendas. As (Luke 14:26 NKJV) above states, this separation extends to anyone's agendas that is not of the same mind set, same focus, same heart as the Word directs us.  The focus of the heart that God requires, is the focus of 

self sacrifice, and gaining heavenly treasure.  

God wants us to be about building the Kingdom Of God, with no distractions.

The following scripture is of the same commitment that God is expecting from His children.

(Mat 5:29 NKJV) "If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.

(Mat 5:30 NKJV) "And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.

 

Jesus is interested in the end results of our eternity.  Any distractions that get in the way, He wants us to deal with them at all cost.  He does want us to use wisdom in all our decision, concerning our self and others.  But His wisdom will always lead towards our gaining heavenly treasure for our eternity.

 

Hind sight is is 20/20.  I want you look at the desires of a man that has entered onto eternity and can see the reality of his fatal mistake. 

(Luke 16:22 NKJV) "So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried.

(Luke 16:23 NKJV) "And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

First Desire 
(Luke 16:24 NKJV) "Then he cried and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.'
His first desire was for himself, That is the way he had lived on the earth,  that is the way life had been demonstrated to him.   That is the way that many Christians live today. We are not self denied but self centered.


(Luke 16:25 NKJV) "But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented.

(Luke 16:26 NKJV) 'And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.'

Second Desire 
(Luke 16:27 NKJV) "Then he said, 'I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father's house,

(Luke 16:28 NKJV) 'for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.'
Here is a man in hell that has now got the the Big Picture.  

He is now able to look pass himself and to the needs of others.

He is feeling compassion, from the pit of hell, towards those that He was closest to on the earth, . 

He now understand why it is so important to God for us to sacrifice all to build the Kingdom of God

He is Just A Little To Late In Deciding To Do Something About It. 

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(Luke 16:29 NKJV) "Abraham said to him, 'They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.'

(Luke 16:30 NKJV) "And he said, 'No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.'

(Luke 16:31 NKJV) "But he said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.'"

 

The Big Picture

God is After a Lot More Than 10%  of your, self, time and money. 

The old testament 10% teaching that is taught by the church leaders of today

is part of the present day deception 

to keep you from seeing the Big Picture.

In the New Testament and in the New Covenant, God is asking for much more than 10%.

(Mark 4:20 NKJV) "But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirty fold, some sixty, and some a hundred."

If you will take time to review this complete web site, I believe that you will come to the understand of what Jesus meant when He said

 some thirty fold, some sixty, and some a hundred, 


(Mark 4:21 NKJV) Also He said to them, "Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under a bed? Is it not to be set on a lamp stand?

(Mark 4:22 NKJV) "For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light.

Jesus was more than able to say exactly what He meant when He walked the earth.  

He made some very strong statements. 

Then Jesus Made This Very Profound Statement.


(Mark 4:23 NKJV) "If anyone has ears to hear, 

let him hear."