Unconditional Surrender P1

Unconditional Surrender

Luke 9:57-62

As they were walking along the road, a man said to him,  “ I will follow you wherever you go. ” Jesus replied,  “ Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head. ” He said to another man,  “ Follow me. ” But the man replied,  “ Lord, first let me go and bury my father. ” Jesus said to him,  “ Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God. ” Still another said,  “ I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family. ” Jesus replied,  “ No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God. ”

Someone said, “ The Holy Spirit won’t manifest Himself until we deny ourselves. ” This is a real key to following Christ.

We must do spiritually speaking what the Japanese did militarily speaking on September 2nd aboard the U.S.S. Missouri. We must sign on with an “ unconditional surrender. ”

People who really love God welcome the opportunity to reassess their commitment to Him. People who haven’t fallen in love with Christ usually squirm in the pew when we approach the “would-be” disciples.

What did the “ disciple wanna-be’s ” learn in this text?

To follow Christ there can be no earthly securities ( vv 57-58 ).

The man offers the presumptuous challenge. It sounds like a “ no strings attached ” commitment. We want to stand and applaud him.

But Jesus responds in personal testimony with highly figurative language. Foxes and birds have homes, but the Son of Man holds on to nothing in this fallen world as a security blanket.

In fact the only earthly home that Jesus had was a cross.

John 19:30

When he had received the drink, Jesus said,  “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

To follow Christ there can be no prior loyalties ( vv 59-61 ).

Jesus waits for no presumptuous remark this time. He engages the man, “ Follow me. ” The challenge is for the man to radically rearrange his life in obedience to Christ.

This second candidate asks to bury his father first.

The third candidate says he will follow, “but … “

Both men had the prior loyalty of family. Jesus’ strange remark about dead people burying dead people shows that He doesn’t like to receive an indefinite postponement of commitment.


Leave a Comment

The Sins of the Mind

The mind is the sum total of what we are.

Proverbs 23:7

for he is the kind of man who is always thinking about the cost. “Eat and drink,” he says to you, but his heart is not with you.

The corrupt mind of evil thoughts.

Matthew 5:27-28

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

The proud mind of self-esteem means we are full of conceit.

Romans 12:16

Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

The doubting mind “ unbelief “. Not to remember or believe Christ’s words is to stifle faith.

Luke 24:38

He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds?

The worrying mind “ anxiety “. Worry never helps.

Luke 12:29

And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it.

The cumbered mind “ over-carefulness “. Burdened with care you will not reach your protential even with the Holy Spirits’ help.

Luke 10:40-42

But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

The selfish mind “ The need of more “.

Luke 12:17-21

He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ “This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.”

The ambitious mind “ the need to be greater or have more than others “.

Luke 9:46-48

An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For he who is least among you all — he is the greatest.”


What did the Shadow use to say ” Who knows what lurks in the minds/hearts of men. ”

We need to change our minds first and then God changes our hearts.

Leave a Comment

How we Pray!

Prayer — it is the open doorway to God.

God Wants To Hear Our Prayers.

Proverbs 15:8-9

The prayer of the upright is the Lord’s


Acts 10:1-4

Cornelius’ prayer came up for a

———————– before God.

Hebrews 4:14-16

We are to come boldly to the throne of grace and find

———————– in time of need.

1 Peter 3:12

The Lord’s ears are open to the prayers of the


Hindrances To Prayer

1 Peter 3:7

Can our prayers be hamper?


Proverbs 28:9

The prayer of one who does not hear and obey God is an


Isaiah 59:2

Does God hear the prayer of one who continues in sin?


Matthew 23:14

Those who for a sham, make long prayers shall receive


Luke 18:9-14

Which of these two men was justified in his prayer?


John 9:31

For God to hear our prayers we must


James 4:2-3

We ask wrong when we ask with wrong motives


How Should We Pray?

Hebrews 13:15

Our prayers to God are a sacrifice of


James 1:5-8

In our prayers we should ask in


James 5:16

What kind of prayer benefit much?


1 Thessalonians 5:17-18

We should pray without


1 John 3:22

Our prayers are answered if


John 14:6

Going to the Father must be through


John 14:13-14

In our prayers we must ask in


Ephesians 5:20

Our giving of thanks to God should be in the


Matthew 6:5-8

We should not pray to be seen


Matthew 6:9-15

To receive forgiveness of God we must first


1 Timothy 2:1-4

Our prayers should be for


1 John 5:14-15

Our prayers must be according to


Yes; brothers and sisters we pray. Do we consider the motives for what we pray for? Do we put others first? Do we thank the Lord for and in everything?

If we take time and look at others we may not feel so down and out, there is always someone who is worst off than you are, we just have to look and not be consumed with ourselves.


Comments (1)

A price to be paid P2

The early Christians suffered that the truth might be spread.

Acts 16:19-24

When the owners of the slave girl realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities. They brought them before the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.” The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten. After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. Upon receiving such orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.

John was banished to Patmos that he might write Revelation.

Revelation 1:1

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

Revelation 1:9

I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.

Christ suffered for our sins that He might bring us to God.

1Peter 2:21

To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

1Peter 4:1

Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin.

1Peter 5:10

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

There is mental and physicial suffering and none of us look forward to having it and when we do we try to find some way to ease or get rid of it.

When we suffer for Christ it is a different story we should have joy to know we are worthy of receiving it. Bearing the Cross is NOT wearing it on a chain around your neck.

We are only aliens here and only passing through, we need not get so enamored with the world we can not see the worth of suffering for Christ. It could be from being scoffed at, to the point of death. Either way we will glory when we reach our eternal home with Christ for eternity.

Brothers and sisters never be afraid of what the price may be because you can never out give or out do God. Do in the name of Jesus and never do looking for a reward. Do because He first loved you.


Leave a Comment

A price to be paid P1

There’s a price to be paid

To benefit others there is always a price to be paid.

The birth of Benjamin was at the cost of Rachel’s life.

Genesis 35:17-18

And as she was having great difficulty in childbirth, the midwife said to her, “Don’t be afraid, for you have another son.” As she breathed her last — for she was dying — she named her son Ben-Oni. But his father named him Benjamin.

The sufferings of Joseph were the cost of his future blessing to his brethren.

Genesis 45:5-12

And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will not be plowing and reaping. But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. “So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt. Now hurry back to my father and say to him, ‘This is what your son Joseph says: God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me; don’t delay. You shall live in the region of Goshen and be near me — you, your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and all you have. I will provide for you there, because five years of famine are still to come. Otherwise you and your household and all who belong to you will become destitute.’ “You can see for yourselves, and so can my brother Benjamin, that it is really I who am speaking to you.

Paul filled up with sufferings of Christ in allowing his Lord to suffer in him.

Colossians 1:1

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,

Colossians 1:24

Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church.

The three Hebrews were cast into the firely furnace that God’s Name might be glorified.

Daniel 3:13-23

Furious with rage, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king, and Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up? Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?” Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace. So these men, wearing their robes, trousers, turbans and other clothes, were bound and thrown into the blazing furnace. The king’s command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace.



Part 2 will follow

Leave a Comment

The Me of My Prayer

The Me of My Prayer

The penitent sinner’s cry is, Lord, be merciful to me a sinner.

Luke 18:13-14 — “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner. “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

The feeble saint’s petition is, Keep me as the apple of the eye.

Psalms 17:8-9 — Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings

from the wicked who assail me, from my mortal enemies who surround me.

The ignorant scholar’s request is, Teach me Your paths.

Psalms 25:4-5 — Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

The tempted warrior’s supplication is, Let not my enemies triumph over me.

Psalms 25:2-3 — in you I trust, O my God. Do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame, but they will be put to shame who are treacherous without excuse.

The troubled disciple’s cry, Lord, save me.

Matthew 14:30-31 — But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

The searched one’s petition, Lead me in the way everlasting.

Psalms 139:23-24 — Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.

See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

The believing suppliant’s prayer is, Lord, remember me.

Luke 23:42-43 — Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Prayer is the back bone of faith and anyone of these “ me “ prayers is geared for a purpose and can bring help for a specific situation.

We need to keep in mind that prayer is the open line to God and He accepts the prayer made in honesty and not for selfish reasons.


Proverbs 4:24  — Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.

6838 [6143] t…wvV;qIo, {iqq§sûut◊, n.f. [6835]. perversion, corruption, crookedness

Proverbs 16:30 — He who winks with his eye is plotting perversity; he who purses his lips is bent on evil.

9337 perversity, confusing things

In the N.T. perverse is used as…

Matthew 17:17 — “O unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.”

Luke 9:41 — “O unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you and put up with you? Bring your son here.”

1406 (act.) to subvert, pervert, make turn away; (pass.) to be perverted, depraved, turned from the truth.

Perverse things are falsehoods, twist meanings, half truths and telling out right lies.

This has become the norm in socitiey today and viewing everything that is said and done with suspicion.

We should find such perversions revulsive, we need a conscience that is pleasing to God and be truthful and just in all we do.

Dear brothers and sisters I hope your prayers are for others first and then for yourself. When you come to the Lord in prayer you don’t come with a shopping bag, you come with a pure heart for the request you are making.


Leave a Comment



The selective overlooking or ignoring of those events or acts that are not favorable or useful to one’s purpose or position.

We need help to remember things, sticky notes, calendars and memos.

Can you forget that today is the Lord’s Day? Can you forget that on the Lord’s Day you go to church?

Why do you; through the week make plans for things to do instead of going to church?

Think about it seriously, are these things more improtant than God?

Can these things help you achieve eternal life?

Is the enterainment, the money, etc that you have arranged for; more important than your soul?

YES; we can worship God anytime and anywhere but in church you learn ( hear ) His word and understand what He wants and how to do it.

A forgetful memory is no excuse to God, He has provided many things and ways for us to remember and especially His word.

Excuses are a dime a dozen even in this inflationary times, God gave us His all; what are we willing to give Him?

Heb. 10:24-25

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Brothers and sisters I pray you don’t have amnesia just think if God said you have amnesia about Me then I can have amnesia about you.


Comments (1)

« Newer Posts · Older Posts »