Saturday, October 14, 2006

Who are you serving?

Who are you serving?
One thing I learned recently, for myself. We are not perfect and because we are not yet acting always as Jesus we have things we need to do or improve in. The devil knows this too. He may send someone to condemn you with words, pointing out where you are not acting as Jesus. Here is the point I want to say. The Spirit leads us, the devil drives us. When we do the right thing and have no peace, perhaps it is because the devil was accusing us and still does. We feel good when doing God's work by his Spirit. Here is the scripture for this:
Jesus being tempted in the wilderness 
Mat 4:3  And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
Mat 4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Jesus could make bread appear, he did so at least twice to feed the four-thousand and the five-thousand. The difference is that to make bread at satan's command would be obeying satan and being his servant, Jesus obeyed God and made bread for thousands, not just for himself. God was glorified.
Paul spoke of people preaching with wrong motives:
Phil 1:14  And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
Phil 1:15  Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:
Phil 1:16  The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:
Phil 1:17  But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.
Phil 1:18  What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.
Phil 1:19  For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
Christ was preached! Rewards will come according to their hearts.
Sometimes we do the right thing and receive no joy, for it was not of God's Spirit.  One final thought: If we do good for others, it really does not matter if we feel great, it is still good. The reward may not be there for us in heaven if we do something to please man or satan; but we are commanded by God to do good works. The reward comes when we do this from a heart of love and obedience to our God.

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