Today’s post is addressed to the saved and unsaved.  Jesus is calling you.  Is your answer, yes I will follow you, or no, I will not?  Are your actions congruent with your words.  First, we will speak to the saved.

Jesus was walking along the shores of the Sea of Galilee. He saw two fishermen casting a net into the sea. Their names were Simon and Andrew. He said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” (Mark 1:17) The next verses  tells us what they did in response: “And immediately they left their nets and followed him.” A little further down the shore Jesus saw James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were also fishermen. When Jesus called to them, they left their father and their boat, and immediately began following him as well. (Mark 1:19-20)

1. Follow Jesus.We, who are Christians, are to be like James and John.  We are to follow Jesus and His teachings.  We, Christians, claim to be followers of Jesus Christ.  Is Jesus reflected in  our lifestyle,  behavior, actions or attitudes? Hmm!!!Jesus is love and taught us to love not only our neighbor, but also our enemies.  Do your behaviors reflect caring and concern for your haters, or, your friends an d family?  Do you share and give, or ask and take?  Hmmm!!!  Meeting the challenges of day-to-day living can exhaust most if not all of your energy.  Do you allow this to happen?  Or, do you set aside time to praise God, love and help others?  Does attending church weekly satisfy or fulfill this obligation?  Hmmm!!!  Would you be happy or feel it was sufficient if God only listened and responded to your prayers once weekly?  Hmmm!!! [Thoughts To Ponder!]  Just as I want God to be available to me not only daily, but hourly and minute by minute, I believe He wants me to exercise my Christian beliefs in the same manner.  Being a Christian is a 24/7 [24 hours, 7 days a week, and minute by minute] task.
2.  We must study God’s Word [the bible].  In order to know His expectations, requirements and promises, we must read and study the bible.  Just as in worldly activities, ignorance of the law does not relieve one of the consequence of behavior outside the law, it is true with God.  One receives the consequences of His judgments whether you knew about them or not and receives the benefits of His promises when behavior is congruent with His Will.
3. Love God and one another. Through our love of God we are able to love others.  Jesus is the blueprint for our love for others.  His life demonstrates what is expected.Jesus faced a mob that was eager to execute a woman caught in adultery. He put a stop to it with a simple challenge: “anyone who has no sin in their life should step forward and throw the first stone. That sentence is often cited as a reminder to avoid judging others when there are faults in your own life that need to be addressed.
John 8:7 KJV So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her

It is my belief, and has been my experience, that surviving the challenges and temptations of this world is much easier with Jesus in my life.  HE has brought me through countless trouble, difficulties and even life-threatening situations.  If you have not met Him I encourage you to seek Him.  He is readily available to welcome you into His family.  He provides the opportunity but allows you to make the decision.  Follow these steps to find Jesus.

1.  Pray.  Ask God to open your eyes and your heart and show you the way to salvation.  The bible teaches that salvation is only available through Jesus.
2.  Read the bible, certain passages in Romans lead the way. Follow the instructions in these verses.
3.  Join Bible believing Church. Worship and fellowship with other believers.
4.  Practice being Christ-like. Engage in Christian activities; be loving to others; give rather than take; be caring, not selfish.
5.  Share Jesus with others. Help others to discover the benefits of being one of God’s chosen ones.

Have a blessed day.

HLC Ministry Team

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