Is your God the God of heaven and earth; is He your true and only God; is He the Almighty; is He the Creator of all things; is He the Eternal one? Can you say He is your Saviour the one who extended mercy to you as a sinner; the one who exhibits and demands your holiness.
The Scriptures teach that God is sovereign, He answers to no one ; He is Lord of all ; He is unchanging ; He is faithful ; He is holy and thus demands holiness, and in the light of this one cannot help but see ONE’S SINFULNESS and be reminded of sin’s allurements (traps; temptations; enticements) ; sin’s bondage ; sin’s conviction . And in the light of His holiness, sin produces: burden of soul : misery : and results in spiritual death . We are also reminded of the fact that sin is hated by God and separates from God <Isa. 59:2>. The word of God reminds us that the penalty is sometimes delayed ; however, the penalty is inevitable . A Christian should be aware of all these facts concerning God, but does all this knowledge of God control the way you live? Does this knowledge affect the way you make your daily decisions great or small? Are you seeking to please Him in all that you do; are you maturing spiritually; do you know more about Him today as compared to yesterday; Are you really desirous of pleasing Him in all things; is GOD a reality to you?
WHAT DOES GOD REALLY MEAN TO YOU?
In the light of His grace and mercy you must honour Him in all your ways. What then should be your immediate reaction? FOLLOW HIM ; no sitting on the fence <Matt. 4:18-22>, the disciples made a decision to follow, not for a short time only, they must have weighed the consequences, this was a call to discipleship – a commitment! Such commitment has CertainCONDITIONS: self denial and cross bearing ; you must decrease – become less important: bear His reproach. Forsaking all for Him ; there must be nothing more important than your desire or will to obediently follow Him. Discipleship promises many BLESSINGS: Spiritual light ; Divine guidance ; Heavenly honour and home . Beware of following like Judas (for the glory and prestige) or Peter (afar off) . “Know Him”: intimately: personally: statistically: not a “second hand” knowledge; not “someone said”; not casually.
“In a land filled with churches and chapels, temples and tabernacles, there is only an insignificant handful of fairly well-informed students of the Book of Books…..Our nation’s technical knowledge and scientific expertise overshadow our grasp of Bible basics to an appalling degree. We are moving toward an era similar to the Dark Ages…when copies of the scriptures were chained to the pulpit in secret language of the clergy….when the public was kept stone ignorant of the life-changing teachings of the truth. But I see one great difference. In those days biblical ignorance was FORCED….in our day it is VOLUNTARY. Therein lies the saddest fact of all”. [QUOTE from “Come Before Winter” by Charles Swindol (p 112)] Who is to blame for this condition? Self discipline is the basis of any Bible Study. . Sin turns us away from God and His holiness, therefore He will not hear our prayer
TRUE DISCIPLESHIP requires that you “Serve Him”: with a perfect heart – with a willing mind. Serving Him in such a manner is possible only if we KnowHim, and there are two ways of service: “from the heart” <Eph. 6:6?; or “to be praised by our fellowmen”; and some reasons for service not done from the heart are: no one else is able; no one else volunteered; someone asked me to; someone has to do the job; all will see that I am the one best suited for the job; to be congratulated for doing the job. “Seek Him” Sometimes you are tempted to believe that you have reached such a high level of service there is no more need for regular study of the scriptures. This is the time when you really need to seek Him otherwise you get to the point where you have nothing to offer to God or others. Seek Him or you will forsake Him. Solomon stopped seeking and was drawn into idolatry. If you are not careful something else will take His place and fully occupy your time. True discipleship also requires your WORSHIP OF GOD. If God really means everything to you, then you must worship Him. It should be a constant daily expression; it should not begin and end at a certain time on Sundays only. Some of the aspects of worship are The Content: who God is; what you were and are now; what God has done; is doing; and will do for you. The Act:. The Cost . The Method .