segunda-feira, 23 de março de 2015
Whose side are you or have you been?
The book of Luke 7: 11-16 tells us a story that expresses well (Metaphorically speaking) the subject of this message. I encourage you to read it before proceeding.
"It happened, the next day, he went to a city called Nain, and went with him many of his disciples and a great multitude; Now when he came near the city gate, behold, took a dead man, only son of his mother, who was a widow; and she was a great multitude of the city "
You determine which of the crowd will be part of! We must decide which side we are:
- From the Death or Side of Life
- On the side of crying or laughing
- On the side of Sadness or Joy
- On the side of impossibility or Miracle
"Behold, I set before you Life and Death ... the blessing and the curse" (Deuteronomy 28 / Jeremiah 21: 8)
We show whose side are:
> Not only the words
> Not only the physical or territorial position:
- Judas was on the side of Jesus, but was not with him
- Some of the crowd walked behind him, but not with him demonstrate that we are the "next" and "with" a person by the junction of the above items, but mainly by our attitudes.
* It may not look it, but be on the right side makes all the difference!
* From the wrong side of the appearance of life, the truth is death!
* From the right side even death leads to life!
"And thanks to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us everywhere the fragrance of his knowledge. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish; for these, we are the aroma of death unto death; but for those, savor of life unto life. And for these things who is sufficient? "(2 Corinthians 2:16)
How to know the right way in a society where everything is relative and where appearances of people and situations fail? By joining several factors:
- Broken heart / sincere (Psalm 51:17)
- The ways of God are Life and Peace for men (Jeremiah 29:11 / John 10:10)
- Buy and Discerning the fruits (Matthew 7: 16-20)
- Asking the direction of God (Isaiah 30:21)
- Searching and Trusting in God's Word (2 Timothy 3:16 / Proverbs 30: 5)