Luke 9:18-20 18 ¶ And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am? 19 They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again. 20 He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
Jesus was asking the disciples who they thought He was. Most of them had been with Him from the beginning. They had seen the lame walk, the blind see, the dead raised to live again. They had seen the multitudes fed, and they had heard the wisdom and faith of Jesus first hand. So He asked them who do you say that I Am? I ask you today. Who is Jesus to you? The majority here I assume believe in Jesus Christ, and you claim to be followers of Him. Who is Jesus to you?
Today we were asked if any had a testimony or prayer request. I believe that all who call themselves followers of the Lord Jesus Christ should always have a petition to the Lord, or a testimony of praise. The Lord is always willing to hear from His people, but we must come with a heart that is for Him.
I. Who do you say Jesus is?
Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
a) Is He Lord of your life?
Many who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ have a distant relationship with Him. The relationship is distant because we choose to ignore the Word of God and make excuses for the sin that is in our lives. When watch, listen, or participate in activities that are not honoring to God, we are deliberately choosing to turn our back on Him. Willful sin will cut off all communication with the Lord. Jesus never leaves us! It’s always us who choose to walk away from Him. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
It’s always us who choose our will over His.
Psalms 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
Un-confessed sin will place a barrier between you and the Lord. God will not and cannot accept compromise from His people. The Lords holiness will not allow iniquity, and wickedness to linger.
1 Peter 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
What are you saying Dan follow a bunch of rules??? No just be honest with yourself and with God because your soul depends on it.
Romans 12:1-2 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Many churches in the United States are powerless because they have compromised God’s Word and the people attending they do not know who Jesus Christ is!
2 Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
1 Samuel 3:3 And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep;
The ark of God! The presence of God, the light in the temple was to burn always!!! It’s a representation of the Holy Spirit!!!
We are the walking, living, and breathing temple’s of the Lord, and the fire should be burning bright in us!!!
When we choose to watch, or listen, or participate in activities that are not honoring to God, we are deliberately choosing to turn our back on Him.
We live in dangerous times, and now is not the time to be straying from the Lord.
Revelation 12:12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
Every since the day that the Lord Jesus Christ was crucified dead and buried and rose again on that 3rd day, Satan’s days were numbered!!!
Exodus 12:13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
Who do you say Jesus is?
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
I’m not saying that we can’t enjoy our time here on earth, but we better do a self evaluation as to the things that we allow into our life, and find to be such of importance, and things that we hold to be our treasures.
Matthew 6:19-22 19 ¶ Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
If Jesus is Lord of your life, compromise is not an option for you. When you are in direct contact with the Lord in prayer, and in His Word on a daily basis, you will be guided by the Holy spirit of God, and whenever you are tempted to sin you will instantly receive a nudge from the Holy Spirit that says don’t do that!
John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Your daily dose of reading and praying to the Lord will feed you spiritually and guide you in all truth.
When Jesus is Lord of your life, you’re willing to submit yourself to him and forsake the desires of the flesh.
What is compromise in a Christian’s life?
1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
If you have a television in your home, whether it’s hooked up by an antenna or you have cable television. My advice to you is to get rid of it!
If you use the internet at your home, I advise you to get multiple filters, and set it up in a place where the whole house can see what you’re viewing.
Listen the war is on and the prize is your soul!!!
1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
Dan Roller is a former pastor from the Midwest. After careful study of the Bible the Holy Ghost put it upon Dan's heart that some of the things going on in the...