Everybody’s Watching

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KJB Daily DevotionFollowing Jesus Through Every Chapter
Date: Friday, October 28, 2016
Chapters: Luke 16-17
Message: Everybody’s Watching

Hello My Friend,

eyes-watchingJustified, To prove or show to be just, or conformable to law. We all have laws that we need to conform to if we want to stay out of trouble. Now, we may get away something, but something else will come back to haunt us. No matter how much we know and even try to obey the laws of the land we cannot keep them all. How many people look at their cell phone or text a message while driving, even if they wait until they get to a red light? We are all guilty of something, which is why we cannot stand before God justified. And that is why He sent His Son, all who come to Him are just through Christ’s atoning blood, but beware, everybody’s watching. “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.” – Hebrews 13:15-17.

for they watch for your souls,” It does not seem fair does it? The world can do whatever they want and no one cares, but let a Christian do what Christ wants and they want to kill us (in a sense)? Did you ever wonder why God places us in the world anyway, be it a job, a school, a family, when we are not to be of the world? Through this parable of a rich man who fired his manager(steward) because he was careless with his goods Jesus teaches us the importance of the world trusting us with their goods before God will trust us with His.

Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed. I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses. So he called every one of his lord’s debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord? And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty. Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore. And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light. And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?” – Luke 16:3-11.

So he called every one of his lord’s debtors unto him,This man knew he could not pay back what he owed so he went and found people who owed more than him to pay a portion of what they owed so he could be justified of his actions. He was commended for the way he handled himself after he got caught, and that was what the man respected. One thing the world has to be commended on is the fact that they are consistent with what they believe and do not give up so easily as Christians do when faced with calamities. Though they aim low, they aim better, improving their opportunities and doing what is most needed first. Way to many Christians are quick to give up on God and turn on Him through calamities than push through them. If God cannot trust us to be faithful and trustworthy with the world’s goods how can He trust us with His, which are true and everlasting?

Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.” – I Timothy 6:17-19.

Somehow great wealth often brings about a sense of self worth, the more they have the more they believe they are justified by their actions, even if they are wickedest people on earth. Jesus looks over at the Pharisees mocking Him talking and confronts them. And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it. And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.” – Luke 16:15-17.

Ye are they which justify yourselves before men;Self righteousness through the power of wealth. There are so many people who preach God, making millions of dollars off Him, yet somehow believe their wealth will buy their salvation. Sorry, no one can buy their way to heaven, it all comes with a price, it did the day the first sin was committed and it will remain that way until Christ returns. Jesus Christ paid the only debt God accepted for one to be justified to stand before Him, and He did that on the cross. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.” – Romans 5:8-11.

Let me tell you, being justified to stand before God through Christ might get our souls right with God, but that does not mean we are to live our lives as we please on earth and not face the consequences for our actions. When God gave Moses the commands He wanted His people to follow, He did it to give them some guidelines, some standards to set them apart from the rest of the world. Did He expect them to obey them all? No. What He expected was their faithfulness and to admit when they did something wrong. Part of that faithfulness was being forgiving to those who wronged them. As Jesus was talking with His disciples, He explains this further.

Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.” – Luke 17:1-4.

and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent;How many times does God forgive us when we repent, knowing we will do it again? Quite a few if we are honest with ourselves. We are going to mess up, we are to offend people sometimes for no reason at all, which is why we cannot be one sided on this, we must learn to forgive those who come to us for forgiveness, no matter how many times they mess up, even if that means forgiving ourselves. Now, since God knows the heart, He knows whether or not we are sincere in our confession, forgiveness is not about condoning what they or we have done, it is about finding peace through Christ. Our forgiving someone for something they have done may be the one thing needed to bring a soul to Christ. As Jesus was passing through Samaria and Galilee on His way to Jerusalem ten men approached Him seeking Him to heal them from their leprosy disease.

And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.” – Luke 17:13-19.

turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,” One stranger, one person who in a Jews eyes did not deserve to even know the Messiah, let alone get the blessings that He had for them, turns back and receives Him as his Savior. Many Jews today still reject Christ even though they call out to Him every day. The truth is, none of us deserve to know the Messiah, but thank God for His mercy on all who upon receiving their miracle turn back and give thanks to Jesus by receiving Him as their Savior. “Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God.” – Romans 2:9-11.

Jesus Christ Magnified: “But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.” – Luke 17:29-30.

Today’s Prayer: God, Thank You for sending Your Son , Jesus to save me, I know that I am not perfect, I know that I am going to mess up again, but I also know that You are always with me and that You will never forsake me. If I get in a bind all I have to do is seek You with all my heart and I know I will find You right there where You have been all along. Lord, watch over me, guide me, and be with me in all that I do, keep me in the love of Christ, who is my only rest, strength, and hope for my burdens. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

God Bless You, I am praying for you,

Christina

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