"Would you marry me and love me so" is the question that has been coming up in my spirit for the last few weeks and especially when I play Would You by Evie on LP.
I answer - "oh I hope so, yes I hope so, I really do hope so."
If I was tested face to face with this woman can I be obedient to keep my word and take a hold of Kingdom living in the very depth of me? Am I really prepared to surrender my all to honour my "yes I hope so"?
"I'll try so, yes I will try so, I really will try so." The answer is yes I will, and not only that I will remove myself from the situation full stop and move well away from the temptation "if your right eye offend you pluck it out (Matthew 18:9)"
There will come a time when you also will be asked this question from Him "Will you marry me and be my Bride?" It may be today, tomorrow or in years to come or in a time when you are in your hour of temptation to be tested and tried as He shows you the condition and pain of your heart.
If you say yes, He will prepare you to be His Bride in all that this entails so that you go to the consummation of His great wedding feast. LISTEN, when the rubber hits the road Discipleship will cost you your life, and you will have to deny yourself to pick up your cross, share in His suffering and learn obedience through temptation and righteous suffering to obedience.
The truth is it's not just for life in eternity for we lay down our life for the love our brethren, we love others more than ourselves, we live to walk those off the stairway to hell and in this we become proven vessels to equip, train, teach and love so others who have SSA can take His Life and become His Discipe and the overcomer.
You and I know it will not be an easy walk or any easy road to take with the training the endurance the commitment, but it will be all worth it when we receive our crown of glory to "have the right to the tree of life, and enter in through the gates into the city" (Revelation 22:14) of our Great King.
Be blessed and be a blessing with Study 3. Amen and Amen.
THE CALL TO BE A DISCIPLE
"EXCUSES AGAINST DISCIPLESHIP CONT - Study 3
3. THE WAVERING MAN
"Another said, 'I will follow you, Lord, let me first say farewell to those at my home,' Y'shua said to him, 'No one who puts his hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.'" This man had a problem with temptation! Luke 9:61-62
Y'shua knew the man's heart. He knew what motivated him to say what he did. In verse 62 the Greek means 'one who continues to look back'.
The man's heart was distracted by the things around him. He had not come out of worldly desires which would hinder him serving God. He had not yet gone back to the world, but this is where He was looking. It was not just his family, he was motivated by the self-life. He had not said 'No' to the things that would stop him following Y'shua.
The principle is that we will eventually go where we are looking, sooner or later we will deviate. We will not stay on the straight and narrow while looking to the right or to the left. Our eye needs to be single and our body full of light. Matthew 6:22-23
As ploughing requires the undivided attention of the farmer so being a disciple requires undivided attention. Having begun we must continue on to the finish.
Elisha is an example of one who severed himself from his old life and left himself no means of return. He slew the oxen, his means of living, said farewell and left all. 1 Kings 19:19-21
He took no thought for the future or the consequences of leaving everything.
It requires complete trust in the One Who commissions you to follow.
THE EXAMPLE OF Y'SHUA
Y'shua made no excuses, and we are called to follow Him!
He is the ultimate example, a man that put aside everything of his own interests and was completely obedient even unto death. (Phil.2:8)
How did Y'shua gain that obedience? It was learned!
Y'shua learnt obedience through the things which he suffered, the difficult situations in life where it says that He was tempted in all points as we. Heb.2:8-9; 4:15
He learnt obedience by being obedient!
His obedience gained our salvation.
Our obedience appropriates our salvation!
Matt. 21:28-32 tells a parable of two sons. One paid lip service to God. The other refused initially but repented. God does not want to hear our excuses, He wants our obedience. He wants us to follow in the footsteps of Y'shua.
That is true discipleship!
But, a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. (James 1: 8) A foot in both camps, trying to hold onto some of the old while attempting to live the new life, will cause one to not progress spiritually. That person will be a slave to his desires and will not last in the kingdom, but the true son of the kingdom will experience the true liberty of life in Y'shua. Serving Him is not restriction and bondage, but glorious liberty and life. John 8:31-36
So, “If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36) " 1. [Hammond, August 2012]
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1. Hammond, G. The Call To Be A Disciple: Excuses Against Discipleship - Study 3 [Bethel Ministries, P.O. Box 2291 Toowoomba, Queensland, 4350, 2012]