Sometimes scripture can be confusing when first read and without the proper teaching to explain the verse in it’s correct context. Luke 14:26 is one of those verses that some Christians get confused about, especially new Christians. But when read in the correct context it is then better understood and correlates correctly with other passages.
“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:26 NKJV
In this verse we read that we should hate our family members and even our own selves in order to live for Christ and be His disciple. Now at first glance this verse does not make much sense and does not add up with the rest of scripture. Every where else in scripture we read that Jesus wants us to love everyone and treat everyone with kindness, so how does this verse add up?
The word hate in this passage is the Greek word “miseo,” which means to hate, but can also mean to love less. Now when applied to the verse you can then read it as, “If anyone comes to Me and does not love his family and his own self less than Me, he cannot be my disciple.”
The following verse correlates with this by stating, “And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be my disciple.” Jesus is simply stating that we should set Him first in our lives, not others or ourselves. As much as we do love our families and friends, we must always set the Lord as God in our life and give Him the most love.
We should deny ourselves and our own desires and following completely after Him while holding nothing back. This my fellow family member in Christ is what Jesus meant within this verse. Let’s give God our all and love Him more than anything while everything and everyone else follows behind Him in love and unity. God bless!
It is a hard thing to understand for many believers, both new and old, when it comes to the hatred of the world. We sometimes have this belief that if we are Christian the world will still love us just as we love them. It is almost a Disney type of mentality that we conjure up in our minds to help us overcome the reality that someone might actually not like us. But the truth is that the world is against us as the world is the devils own, so to speak.
“If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” (John 15:19 NKJV).
As tough as it is sometimes for many good willed Christians, we must accept the fact and move on while be filled and strengthened by the Holy Spirit. We must understand that the Holy Spirit and the spirit of the world do not agree nor do they care for one another, but are rather enemies and opposite ends of a magnetic for a visual type of analogy.
We can not become disgruntled by this hatred though, but instead we must remain strong in the Lord. As the end times near the world will only increase in it’s hatred towards Christians and greater persecution will follow. As long as we understand that this is the norm for Christ followers and as long as we keep our sights set on Him who provides, then all will be well.
As Christians we tend to lose many old friends along the journey of self denial and devotion to Christ, but this is the way things sometimes roll in life. We can tell others about Christ and pray for them, but if they wish to follow the world and it’s hatred instead of Christ, then that is their freewill and all we can continue to do is pray for them and be an example.
We can not allow our emotions to overcome us as we travel through this crazy world and life. We can not allow the devil to seep in and ultimately trick us into compromising our faith in order to please others. Let’s live for Christ fully and pray for the lost world around us. Do not stop the work the good Lord has called you to pursue regardless of what the world might throw at you, for your reward is great on the coming day. Let’s praise the Lord for choosing us out of the world and making us His own. God bless.
We will be hosting our very first church service this Sunday, October 2nd at 11 am. Join us as I go over the topic of Running From God. We will have free coffee and donuts and will start out with fellowship and worship followed by the sermon. The location will be at Pavilion #1 at Capp Smith Park, 5800 Robin Drive, Watauga, Texas.
There are times in life when we feel like the little guy in situations as people or problems we face seem like giants in our sight. I know I have personally encounter several people and scenarios that caused me to curl up in fear, but looking back I regret having fear in mind at all. When we set the Lord as God in our life and He is our shield, then fear should be absent and only faith should prevail.
“Then David said to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of host, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defiled. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.'” (1 Samuel 17:45-47 NKJV).
Just as David was the little guy and but a youth in the sight of the army of Israel, he stood firm in the promises and power of the Lord God, ready to fight against the giant and prevail. We are faced the the same thing on a day to day basis and it is up to us to stand firm in the word and power of God, and face the giants that try and put us down.
Every giant looks different and every person perceives their own giants differently than others, but regardless of what giants you may be faced with know that the Lord is with you and you are a over comer in Christ Jesus. Stand firm and pronounce victory over the evil that tries to suppress you and move forward in faith. The Good Lord has provided us with all things necessary to live victorious and ultimately bring Him glory.
When we defeat our giants we are then a living testimony to the power of God. Standing firm provides an example to both believers and non-believers as how to live for God victoriously. Let us be vessels of God, regardless of size or stature, and move forward ready to defeat the evil that lurks throughout the land before us. Let us go shine forth God’s light to the lost world around us in such a way to win others to Christ and light up the world. God bless!
There are many peoples, things and places we put our trust in on a daily basis. We seek comfort and peace a lot of times from sources of familiarity. But all in all these people and things will ultimately leave us empty and hopeless at the end of the path. Putting our faith in the correct place is by far one of the most crucial aspects of living in this fallen world.
Every once in a while I catch myself praying that the Lord help me in a particular area of struggle, but end up finding myself looking for help and safety from other sources. For instances when my wife and I were struggling financially a while ago we prayed and sought the Lord, but we kept looking at our job or other ventures to save us. When all hope failed I began to slow down, put fear and worry away and simply trust in the Lord. Ultimately He did provide through our work, but He wants us to trust in Him and not necessarily rely on ourselves or other things.
We need to put our full trust in the Source where the blessings reside, not the vessels in which the blessings flow through. The devil likes to trip us up in this area by setting certain tough obstacles in front of us and then whisper in our ears the fallacy of trusting in our own strength and knowledge, instead of trusting the Almighty Himself. When we simply let go and let God control the situation with patience in mind and peace within our hearts, we can then be rest assured that all will be well.
Sometimes the Lord will bring us to the brink of collapse before blessing us in order to truly see where our hearts and faith are set at, and thus ultimately building us stronger and closer to Him. Abraham is a prime example of this brink collapse as the Lord made a promise through Abraham’s seed, and yet when Issac was a young man God called Abraham to sacrifice him. God did not intervene until the very brink of death where He saw Abraham’s heart and faith set within Him and His promise.
“A faithful man will abound with blessings, But he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.” Proverbs 28:20 NKJV
No matter where you may be set at or what trials you may be faced with, just know that the Lord is with you and that you only need to simply trust Him while being patience and filled with praise. Hold strong and endure and watch the blessings of the Lord cover your life. God bless!
As the end times near ever closer to reality, the unveiling of biblical prophecy continuously reveals itself throughout the news channels and internet and the soon to arrive Antichrist will be made known. Many wonder, “Who will this man be?” The mystery has been shrouded throughout the ages with many thinking of him as being horrific in sight and appeal with flames and packs of wild demons surrounding him.
But the reality is quite different according to biblical prophecy as he will look like a normal man with a unique and good looking appearance. His speech will be phenomenal as he persuades the world that he is the way, the truth and the life; he is God himself. As bizarre and wild as it may seem there will be many people that believe him, in fact the entire world besides the few Christians that disregard him.
“Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.” (1 John 2:18 NKJV).
We are coming into a day and age where the current millennial generation along with the next are easily persuaded when it comes to the world and its affairs. They are looking for a hero of some sort to take care of them as the same turn to Bernie Sanders to give them free things and to be their parent so to speak. The unfortunate part is that my generation seeks a parental figure that will take care of them and provide for them, protecting them from any harm; ladies and gents, the Antichrist is the perfect candidate.
The Antichrist is suppose to come in and bring peace throughout the world, promoting self love and a one world unity of people and religions. He will blame Christians for not accepting people outside their own belief and co existing with the evil of the world. He will call us haters and will ultimately call for our elimination. This man will be powerful beyond what anyone within this world has witnessed besides those who witness Christ during His time on earth and the Cloud that guided Moses and the children of Israel through the desert.
Now that you have an idea of the reality of the Antichrist we can now look at the question, “Will the Antichrist be a homosexual?” First thing he will indeed be a supporter of it and promote just like many of the evil leaders of today do. He will lift gays and transgenders high above others and anyone that dare speak of their sin will be cast down as a hater and manipulator. The next thing to look at is found in the book of Daniel:
“He shall regard neither the God of his fathers nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall exalt himself above them all.” (Daniel 11:37 NKJV).
This simple verse explains much, especially in today’s society where gay pride and transgender equality are promoted and glorified. It makes sense that the Antichrist would be gay as many would vote him into position and would love him the more for “being himself.” Imagine the headlines, “First Gay World Leader Is Set In Office.” People throughout the world would celebrate for such a “monumental moment.” He will state that he has brought true freedom and peace within the world. More people would love just because he was gay, regardless of what he actually did.
Now this occurrence may not happen for a little while longer as the world needs to more time to come together and the hate of Christians grow stronger, but it is possible that within the next 5 to 15 years we could see this event as reality. A gay Antichrist promoted into power of the world. We need to take each day as it is and make sure we are right with the Lord. We should not take things for granted and instead praise God while there is still time to be found. Let us come together as Christians and stand firm, fighting the good fight for Jesus Christ. God bless.
Loving others is essential within the Christian life and can only be accomplished by a close walk with the Lord while being filled with His Holy Spirit. We are called to not only love our brothers and sisters within the body of Christ but even those outside the realm of our belief. We are suppose to show the love of God to everyone we meet with the hopes that we will lead them to Christ at the same time.
“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44 NKJV).
Now with this love we are suppose to care for and about the person, but at the same time this does not mean we love their sin. This is where many Christians become confused for most believe in order to love someone correctly means accepting even the bad which is true only in part. We all sin each day and fall short of the glory of God, but this does not mean we do not keep striving to better ourselves for the Lord by the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus said that every branch that produces fruit He prunes that it may produce more. We are the branch and we must allow the Lord to prune things away in our life that do not need to be there in order to glorify Him more. If we tell people that their sin is OK and that God loves them anyways, we then do them an injustice and ultimately condemn ourselves. We are to build one another up by helping each other better ourselves within Christ and not allowing our brothers and sisters to continue to stumble within a certain area.
“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.” (Jude 1:20-23).
It does not matter whether the person is a homosexual, transgender, murderer, thief, etc., we must help them overcome their sin rather than condone it. Telling someone that their sin is OK is the same as telling a crackhead that it is OK that they keep smoking crack even though it is killing them physically. We must understand in spiritual terms that sin is spiritual crack and that we must help each other overcome sin and not succumb to it. Who do you know that keeps stumbling in an area that could use your love and support?