“Now therefore, fear the LORD, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the LORD! And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:14-15).
What does this mean to you? Who are you serving? Who is your house, your family serving?
What is the Greatest Commandment? Do you know?
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him,” ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.’” (Matthew 22:36-40)
What does this mean to you? What does it mean to love the LORD with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind? Love is spelled T.I.M.E. If you’re not spending quiet time with God every day, how can he be your first love?
Who is sitting on the throne of your life, you or Jesus?
Whose kingdom are you building, yours or the kingdom or God?
Revelations 3:14-19 states “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’ –and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked– I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.’ ”
What does this mean to you?
Are you hot, cold, or lukewarm in your relationship with Jesus?
Do you rejoice in God stories and victories that other people share? Do you provide a safe place for others to BE who they are in Christ.
I AM positive that Jesus is going to take care of me. It’s His promise. God is faithful – always. Jesus says, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be given unto you.” (Matthew 6:33). That’s what I do every day, seeking God’s Kingdom and His righteousness first. .
After his baptism by John, Jesus went into the desert for 40 days to fast and pray. At the end of those 40 days, Satan came to him to tempt him. With each of the 3 temptations Satan offered, Jesus responded “It is written…” Jesus used the Word of God every time in the greatest spiritual battle ever fought. We are to do likewise.
But He answered and said, “IT IS WRITTEN, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'” (Matthew 4:4)
We don’t war against flesh and blood, against people, against organizations, but rather against principalities and rulers of darkness. In Ephesians 6:10-13, the great apostle Paul wrote,
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
It’s time to AWAKE and ARISE, to BE all you are called to be in Christ.
Blessings to listen, trust, and obey the LORD God Almighty!
Joseph Peck, M.D.
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