God honors ME?

I’m reading the words spoken by Jesus Christ himself in John 12:26: “If any man serve me, let him follow me…and where I am, there shall my servant be: if any man serve me, him will My Father honor.

And I am in awe! Imagine the opportunity that lies before You and I! … that the God who created the universe, and that holds all things together, and that rules and reigns over all the affairs of men and nations, would honor us? Seriously, as an individual! God would honor you!

Don’t we all desire to be honored?

Not sure?

Okay, let’s talk about what honor means, at its definition: to honor means:  to esteem, respect, admire, defer to, look to, appreciate, value, cherish, adore; reverence, revere, venerate, put on a pedestal. To honor means to respect and revere someone worthy of admiration!

Oh wow…Christ is telling each of us, that if we serve and follow him, God the Father will honor you and I in return! Seems like a great goal to desire! Hey? 😀👍

From reading these words of Jesus, I was reminded of another passage wherein the Lord God himself spoke to the Israelites these words found in I Samuel 2:30b: … but now the Lord saith, “Be it far from me…for them that honor me, I will honor…and they that despise me, I shall lightly esteem.”

Clearly He is saying he will honor and esteem us…you and I…if we will honor and esteem Him! Well, wow…HE is worthy of honor, and worthy of esteem….but what of us? Hmmm…not so sure about that…But yet it says, if You and I will honor him, we will be honored. Way cool!

So then I was led a step further in this discovery to Psalm 91:15 which gives A Promise to us of just what that “honor” toward you and I looks like: “He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him.

Who wouldn’t want that kind of response to our calling upon God? I sure would want him to answer me, to be with me, deliver me, and honor me!

I am hearing the Spirit of the Lord say, “So many desire me to honor them by answering their every cry, but they are not honoring my Son by believing in Him and following after Him, nor are they honoring me, their Creator, by respectfully obeying My Word or loving me with all their heart. I will honor those who honor me, yet lightly esteem you and your call-outs for help when I receive no honor from you.”

A strong blessing…being honored BY THE FATHER…awaits you and I if we will but grab hold of the amazement and the opportunity that lies before us! I want this promised honor! 😀 How about you?!  Let’s follow hard after Jesus Christ, honoring him, for then the Father will honor us. He will RESPOND WITH ESTEEM TOWARD US! This means happily and quickly our answers and solutions will happen as we call upon the Lord!

Will you “quickly respond” to Jesus, and follow where he is? Will you serve him with all your heart?

Seems to me, he is saying, if we will, then the Father will quickly respond to us. I love that reassurance!

Give this some pondering in the days ahead, okay?

Question seriously where you, yourself, are NOT “honoring” God : Could it be in your focus? In your time with Him, or in service to Him? In your words? In your relationships? With your money? Are you believing what you read in His Word, or do you walk in unbelief? Perhaps there is an area you need to work on in your honoring of him. The Holy  Spirit will reveal to you, that which pleases God and that which displeases him. I encourage you to be listening, and even writing down things He reveals that honor or dishonor him.

Let us set ourselves up to be honored!

To think, our destiny is actually put in our hands! We can, by our honoring the Son and the Father, determine how God will respond to us!

Will we believe this ?

That God will Honor Us?

 

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Written by Beth Ann Smith, August 5, 2017

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Lay Hold on Eternal Life

Jesus The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Revolution requires Revelation. Are we living a normal life, when we could be living a divine life?  Is all the world dwelling in darkness because we haven’t laid hold on a particular truth we ourselves are called to?  We  all are actually “called to live it” and “are to confess it“…and are to “keep this commandment without spot, blameless” until Jesus comes!!…So please, loved ones, allow me to begin to tell you…just what God is showing me…it is just “the beginning” then of what He will then begin to show you! Please read every single word–I don’t want you to miss out on something God will reveal to you personally. 

This week, while reading scripture, I realized there was a phrase repeated… so I took special note of it…and began to meditate on its meaning…

So, read it yourself. I’ve typed it here. Do you see it?

I Timothy 6:11-21

But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called, and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate, that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing, which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen. Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge—by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.

Note that Paul says, in verse 12,  “Lay hold on the eternal life” … to which you were called…I Timothy 6:19 emphasizes the same phrase, “lay hold on eternal life“.

See in Verse 13-14 we are urged in the sight of God and Christ to “keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing.”

 

To fight the good fight of the faith in the Christian life, and especially in the Christian ministry, we need to lay hold on this divine life and not trust in our human life. Hence, in 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus, the eternal life is stressed again and again. Please take time to see this for yourself: (1 Tim. 1:16; 6:19; 2 Tim. 1:1, 10; Titus 1:2; 3:7). Go ahead and google a glance at these scriptures if you’re on the internet.

We have been called to the eternal life of God. We were born of the human natural life, but we were reborn of the divine eternal life when we were called by God in Christ. Romans 6:23 tells us that eternal life is A Gift…”But the wages of sin is death, but the Gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Other scriptures also tell us that we are saved through believing, through grace, and not of works, so no one can ever boast. So laying hold on the eternal life is an invitation that can be accepted by all men of all nations, as they come to understand just what that means.

Verses 11 and 12 of our I Timothy 6 text, are a marvelous summary of how a man or woman of God, who is in Christ, ought to live. Living the divine life means we pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and meekness; we should fight the good fight of faith, and lay hold on eternal life.

Paul specifically says, in verse 12, that we have been called to eternal life. No other book in the New Testament speaks of “the eternal life to which you were called.” Do you realize that you have been called to eternal life? This eternal life does not mainly refer to blessings in the future, although we do lay up treasure in heaven. To be called to eternal life does not mean that we have been called to enjoy blessings in heaven. We are to enjoy eternal blessings even now…here. Eternal life should be our life today, a life for our present daily living. And it will direct every single choice in life we make, after we lay hold of it.

Many believers in today’s world have not fully laid hold of the truth we are going to illuminate today. I am especially concerned for those dear saints who have been distracted from the eternal life to which we have been called and who have become preoccupied with other things. We have been called uniquely to eternal life. This life, the divine life, is actually the Triune God Himself. You and I have been called to eternal life, and now should lay hold on this life, live this life, and have our whole being transformed according to this life.

First we must identify what the scripture itself says IS eternal life. In other words, what is the definition of eternal life:

John 17:3 “and this IS eternal lifethat they know you, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”

Does that definition say, oh, it’s a life in heaven…or, it’s for the future…or it’s life after death. No!! It is “knowing” God and Jesus! Knowing like in “Intimacy”!! Oneness! Eternal life is ours NOW! Lay hold on eternal life. It is a life of oneness with the Godhead.

This other verse comes immediately to mind: “He that has the Son hath life …he that has not the Son of God has not life.”

Let’s look at that in context…

I John 5:10 -13:

10 The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son. 11 And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. 13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.

God is the best witness ever! We can TRUST Him, though God knows it’s difficult these days to trust anyone else, and He says here, in no uncertain terms, that there are not other ways, or other gods, or religions that lead to eternal life. Eternal life is in Christ Jesus.

Read and declare aloud verses 11-12 above until you get it deep in your spirit…and better yet, until you can say them by heart to anyone you are called “to witness to” in the days and weeks ahead. The whole passage can be shown them, as you yourself lay hold on eternal life, and share this truth with others!  The divine life can be lived as you and I abide in the Father and in the Son. Eternal life is our focus. HE Becomes our life. We have eternity within us now. Fear need never overtake us…ever…again! And look, see 14 and 15 of the I John 5 passage: the asking and receiving comes confidently when we realize our position eternally in the Godhead. We abide IN THEM even now. We are ETERNAL even now, a gift, for when we received Jesus, we received eternal life. Praise GOD!

As we glance down to I John 5:20-21 we see this amazing passage as well:

“And we know that the son of God has come, and has given us an understanding, that we may know him who is true, and we are in him who is true, in his son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. Little children keep yourselves from idols. amen.”

Interesting too, is the verse tagged on to the passage above. Almost as if it didn’t belong there. Yet, We will keep ourselves from idols…i.e. all that would interfere with living in light of eternity, anything that God and Christ, in us, could not participate in, with us. We will be mindful of what we have been putting in front of God, priority wise. We want to know God and Christ… not some untruth or falsehood…and as we abide in fellowship with the Godhead through the Holy Spirit, we will know the truth, and the truth will set us free. In many areas of our life, where we may now be bound in sin, or living a normal life rather than a divine life, laying hold of eternal life, will open up increasing revelation from the scriptures in so many ways.

Look here at this amazing scripture of truth, right in line with what I’m tell you above:

I John 2:18-29

18 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. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.

20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.21 I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

22 Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.

23 Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

24 Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.

26 These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. 27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him 28 And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. 29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.

Oh that we would grow in revelation of what eternal life is, within us, nowtoday…and how knowing we will live for eternity, in the Godhead, will empower us to be overcomers amidst a world overrun with the antichrist spirit. It will make us bold as lions! It will fill our mouths with praises to Our God! It will cause us to love like Christ! To have our land abound with signs, wonders, miracles, giving, sharing, loving our Eternal Life! Making our God and Savior glorified among men! Yes!! May the Lord strengthen and empower us to “let our light so shine before men that they may see our good works and glorify the Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

We can definitely fight the good fight of faith, if our heads can wrap around this awesome truth…That he who has the Son has life, and he who has not the Son of God has not life.

Man of God, Charles Spurgeon, is quoted as saying this:

You, poor Sinner, as you go after your follies and amusements, may the call, “Lay hold on eternal life,” come to you until you shall obey it and quit such trifles!

And you, Christian, when you get into the world and are tempted to make gain by sin, while you will suffer loss by righteousness, may you hear a voice say, “Lay hold on eternal life”!

And any of You…When you who get the “cold shoulder” and the rough side of men’s tongues, when you begin to think that you cannot bear it, may you hear the voice saying, again, “Lay hold on eternal life.”

Cling to that, for God, for Christ, for eternity, for Heaven. The eternal life is the only life worth living! God help you to live for it always and, if you do, it will be of His own Grace—and to Him shall be all the Glory, forever and ever! Amen.

And I, Beth Ann Smith, say, “AMEN!” I can’t put it any clearer than that. The scriptures I have shared were given me by the Holy Spirit, whose job it is to reveal that which God and Christ have to give us. Accept Jesus! He loves you and gave his life so you can have ETERNAL LIFE… a life of eternal fellowship with God your creator, and Jesus, who IS Eternal Life. The Life is IN HIM. Without Him, Jesus, you will not have life. It is actually that simple.

Because we have ALL sinned… it’s important again, to realize, that Eternal Life, is the gift we are given, within the gift of God’s Son. It is the BEST NEWS on the face of the planet! And if you ask Jesus and Father and Holy Spirit into your life, and receive Eternal Life…then you will be the HAPPIEST you’ve ever been, no matter what chaos the Devil, who knows his time is short, will try to throw at you.  Only thing has to happen concerning a gift… you must receive it.. and live IN IT… you must LAY HOLD ON ETERNAL LIFE, and no longer live your “normal life” ever again.

I close with sharing these two verses, once again: I John 5:11-12

And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life,

and this life is in His Son.

He who has the Son has the life;

he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.

LAY HOLD ON ETERNAL LIFE

Written 11/2/2016 Beth Ann Smith.

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Like Father, Like Son

“Therefore, be Imitators of God, as Dear Children.” Ephesians 5:1

I was pondering the above passage today, in light of receiving recent pictures from my son, Brian, who is now in his 30s, with he and his two boys fishing. fishing 2 

Something he, himself, loved to do with his own father growing up, which is revealed at the end… 

 

He began sharing his passion for fishing with both his children at a very young age, practically before they could walk. 

Here is Brian with his oldest son, Owen, when he was young.  The same son pictured in the first picture above.

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Doesn’t God do the same with us?

The moment we can begin “to understand?” after our New Birth we ARE in a relationship of Father and Son.

He begins to share his heart and passions for us and with us?

As dear children, to imitate means: 1. To use or follow as a model. 2.  To copy the actions, appearance, mannerisms, or speech …

As they grew, I had to smile, for my son’s little guys looked just as he did as he fished with his dad…. “full of wonder”…

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“being taken out of their comfort zone to learn how to handle the hook (scarey)”…

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or to “handle a fish wiggling in their hands” (oh yuk)…

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how to “face their fears of bringing in the fishes” (oh my)

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or to “be still and know” that eventually a fish would bite.  (takes patience you know).  

But my little grandsons did it.  Why? Because their “daddy taught them how” and ” he loved fishing” and his “passion was being shared” with them.

He knew the not-so-pleasant part of fishing, would lead into the good part: the catching of fish!  The joy… the excitement… the wonder… of bringing them in!  (think spiritually of these past few paragraphs now, if you haven’t already…)

“Oh, one is biting! Should we reel the fish in, Daddy?”fishing 6


“Not yet, son, he has to have his hook set in deeper, before we can pull that one in… soon that fish will be ready for drawn in. He’ll struggle somewhat first..this will actually hook him sounder, when he realizes its really of no use. That your passion to hook him is greater than his to pull your string or struggle to get away.”

 

Yes….indeed… let’s look at that simple phrase again:  “Therefore be imitators Of God as dear children.”

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Let’s realize the relationship of a child to their father.  We, are God’s, children.  Deeply loved, for ourselves, just as my son loves his sons. But he is showing them HIS WAYS, so they can choose to imitate him or not.

It is said that imitation is the highest, most sincerest form of flattery, so indeed good fathers rejoice that their children learn from them, and follow in their mannerisms, their interests, their principals, etc.

Do you want to make God happy? Most of us would say, YES!!! Of Course!

He is your Father.  So….

Make Him happy, by imitating him!

It makes us Dear, to him! (smile)

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I know this is a simple devotional, but sometimes simple is best. (smile)

Imitate your DADDY, GOD, and give him GREAT JOY!

And He will impart things to you, you never dreamed… just by “watching Him”…observing “His Ways”…seeing how He treats people with love… etc.

The best way to know, how to imitate him, is to KNOW HIM.fishing 3

Know His Words. Listen to His Voice speak to your heart. Spend time quietly with him… as these boys are doing alongside their daddy.

He is continually instructing, and showing you, HOW to do things, if you’ll only pay attention. (smile)

May we ALL be imitators of our wonderful heavenly FATHER!

He is WORTHY of our imitation!

(just wouldn’t be complete wifishing-fishing-2-1thout showing you “the father” above, as “the son“,

for they are ONE.brianfishing-1-1

hmm… does that statement I just made remind you of someone, named Jesus?

…imitating His Father and he is himself God?