5/28/16 Changed from Within
“Are you defending the truth of My Word by the way you love others as Jesus did? Is the work of the cross alive and well because you live it in front of others? How often do people laugh at Me because your form of religion is laughable and powerless? Grow up! Live as Jesus lives. That is why you have been given life and then life again. Use your life to show others Who will always live. His Name is Jesus!”
Luke 6:45-46 AMP
45) The upright (honorable, intrinsically good) man out of the good treasure [stored] in his heart produces what is upright (honorable and intrinsically good), and the evil man out of the evil storehouse brings forth that which is depraved (wicked and intrinsically evil); for out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart his mouth speaks.
46) Why do you call Me, Lord, Lord, and do not [practice] what I tell you?
Luke 12:48b AMP
For everyone to whom much is given, of him shall much be required; and of him to whom men entrust much, they will require and demand all the more.
In the deepest, surest sense of reality, the Master of all things, Jesus Christ, is coming very soon for those who are truly His. Upon the command and approval of His Father that all things are complete, Jesus will send forth the Holy Spirit to herald His imminent appearance. (We are convinced in our hearts that the heralding has been present for several years, and is increasing in intensity each day. The Holy Spirit has directed those who have ears to hear to prepare in earnest.)
While the foolish perceive the time of waiting in this present day as a time to learn only of the ease and comforts they have inherited because of the wealth and love of their Lord, those with a bridal heart – you, the waiting ones – are choosing to study and learn only of Him for His delight when He comes for you. You are studying and applying heart lessons, so that He will be pleased and glorified.
As the unconcerned boast of their position in Christ by attempting to change their surroundings with their authority, the devoted hearts see their need to be changed from within that they might truly please their Lord. As the foolish rest in the promised wealth that is theirs, the true bridal heart reexamines her wedding garment over and over to make sure all is in order to honor and glorify her approaching Bridegroom. Her heart has considered the cost of His approval and has covenanted to do whatever it takes to please Him.
Teach me to live as You live, Lord,