I imagined how Jesus lived everyday during his ministry with Judas.Jesus knew that his purpose will be fulfilled through Judas.
When calling the apostles Jesus didn’t postpone Judas appointment.Yet Jesus Knew
When assigning responsibility
Judas was an office bearer in Jesus ministry, The treasurer of His ministry was Judas.Yet Jesus Knew.
Judas motives and love of money was in display when a woman with expensive perfume worshipped at Jesus feet.He complained of the act and monetarized the worship to be worthy two hundred denari.Judas hid behind the mask of helping the poor.Yet Jesus Knew.
Judas was ensnared by what he loved most…Money.Thirty pieces of silver would increase the treasury, his ministry would increase.Simply by a kiss and the increase would happen.Yet Jesus Knew.
What do you do with the Judas of your life?
How did Jesus live with Judas in his life?
©Pastor Lucy Paynter
When a man’s ways please the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. Proverbs 16:7. I chose not to be a people pleaser when I understood what really matters. This choice may put you on the wrong side, making enemies along the way.However, understand what really matters. To please God is what really matter in all our ways to acknowledge Him. By having faith in Him, God is pleased.By being sure he exists and He rewards those who diligently seek Him, God is pleased. People Pleaser seeks to fit in the group. Always seeking approval and validation from others. When you say no to the struggle inside and chose to please God the competition cease.In God’s eyes you are the best, you are loved, you are valuable and you really matter to Him. Choose today. #Godpleaser# #peoplepleaser# Pastor Lucy Paynter ##PleasingGod versus #PleasingPeople#
2Corinthians 2:15 For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who perish. Choosing to please God brings transformation in our thinking, acting, and decision making in all areas of our lives.We therefore become an aroma,the salt, the light to all people. Some situations may be very tempting to go with majority even if the conclusion doesn’t please God. But, whenever we weigh the options and chose what really matters we become an aroma to all. There may be repercussions for our choices but nothing can compare to the inner peace due to knowing we chose what really matters. Choose to please God the others will come around and say, “we see the light now.” Do not be afraid! #Godpleaser# #PeoplePleaser# Pastor Lucy Paynter
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1 Samuel 15:13-15.
13When Samuel reached him, Saul said, “The Lord bless you! I have carried out the Lord’s instructions.”
14But Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of sheep in my ears? What is this lowing of cattle that I hear?”
15Saul answered, “The soldiers brought them from the Amalekites; they spared the best of the sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the Lordyour God, but we totally destroyed the rest.”
The dilemma of been torn between who to please does not only affect the ordinary people but also those with influence.
Saul was a king anointed of God and a man of war.He was a leader over Israel but also a commander of the armies.
The soldiers were his crowd, his buddies, When God gave instructions he gave them to Saul not to the armies.He therefore had a responsibility to please God by obeying his instructions.Instead the soldiers gave their opinions and reasoned with him unto why he should spare some things.Saul forgot what really matters and chose to please people.
That was the beginning of his downfall.
Whoever you are you are not immune to this struggle of who to please. But remember to choose what really matters.
Pastor Lucy Paynter
Stillness means to deliberately turn off the spiritual engines with their noises, withdraw from man’s set progressive goals, and to slip off from the spotlights into a place of quietness, tranquility, and peace where His dwelling is. After the day-to-day hustle and bustle of activity, Jesus made sure to find His strength in God during His daily meetings on the Mount of Olives or the solitary places where He would pray (Mark 1:35). Stillness also means an assurance and calmness of the soul that knows God is sovereign and in total control no matter what the situation looks like.
It was this eternally majestic stillness that Jesus slept in on the boat, which, even when woken up, amazed Him of their lack of faith and not the sweeping waves that could apparently topple His boat (Matt 6:30). Those that rest in knowledge of their God also rest in the fact that nothing can happen to them that God has not willed. It is this transcendent peace (Phil 4:7) that the author of confusion can never comprehend. Stillness is accompanied by revelation knowledge of the Lord and His eternal self-exalting purposes that all of hell has no power to influence. It is a place where words of prayer cease into perfect silent assurance. Anxiety and worry has to be often dealt with in the place of stillness.
“Our religious activities should be ordered in such a way as to have plenty of time for the cultivation of the fruits of solitude and silence.” – A.W. Tozer
“Faith ends where worry begins, and worry ends where faith begins.” – George Mueller
You only know the driving force behind every action.
The question ” WHY?” can only be answered honestly and sincerely by you.
Among the five questions words, I am intrigued by WHY.
How can be elaborated in different ways which could all be valid.
Jesus said in John 4.23 “when the true worshipers shall worship.” This is not as much as a command as it is a compelling commitment. Jesus has already spoken. When do you commit yourself to worship Him?
We “shall” worship, is more than a choice that we make. Worship is a response to Him. Placing everything else aside, we make Him the priority. (Romans 12.1) What is interesting is this word “shall.” We find it several times in the Bible. Here are a few passages:
- Psalm 22.27 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You.
- Luke 4.8 “‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’”
- Revelation 4.10 “the four and twenty elders shall fall down before Him…and shall worship Him…”
His Gift becomes the reason of why we worship. All the earth and creation responds to Him. We, too, personally respond to Him.
There is both an inflow and an outflow. The inflow of worship: Jesus said that the water that He gives (the Holy Spirit), will become a wellspring, welling up into Eternal Life. John 4.14 The outflow of worship is in John 7.38 “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”
Like water, the worship of God always returns to its Source who is the Father. He flows in and out of us by the waters of the Holy Spirit. It is this same Life that causes us to drink from His waters to never be thirsty again.
We shall worship, not because we are commanded, but because the Spirit who lives within us compels us to worship. “…true worshipers shall worship…”