Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The King enters with great joy

The King enters with great joy... Last week was Palm Sunday; when Jesus went to Jerusalem riding a donkey. People were laying down their coats and palm leaves, with singing of praise... Proclaiming Him king... Can you picture this in your mind hundreds or thousands of people lining the road. Luke 19:28-44 It is hard to imagine that in a week's time that the same city would be yelling crucify him. What happened? Oh we could say that this was God's will and plan... but really what happened to all those proclaiming "Blessed be the king Who comes in the name of the Lord" Yes, I know that it was a different era if you will and resistance to authority... could cause great pain and even your life... Now let us fast forward to our era, many of times we see the same thing happening in individuals. They accept Jesus as Lord and Savior... but weeks, months or years later something happens. Oh they say they still believe... but they do not go to Church, nor read the bible, nor take time for prayer, nor do they worship Him daily... It's like they seen the King one day and forgot about what they have seen... 2 Cor.13:5 "Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you unless indeed you fail the test." Are you in the faith? This is something we need to be asking ourselves. Do you realize that Jesus is in us? That the Spirit of God is in us teaching us... That is the Holy Spirit. Eph. 1:13-14"In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation-having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God's own possession, to the praise of His glory," John7:7-14"But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. And He when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; concerning judgment , because the ruler of this world has been judged. I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak of His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of mine and disclose it to you." Also look at John 14:15-26 Now the Holy Spirit has a lot of tasked if you will, now one of those tasks is to convict the world of sin(us also as believers) now if this is all you hear from Him, you need to examine yourself make sure you are in the faith. For He has a lot more to show you! That would be the gift of the Spirit for one which we will be going over the next few weeks.