Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Cross? O But Much Fruit Comes‏

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Here's the first Saturday post in our new blogging schedule.  I can't think of a better person to kick it off than our most regular guest contributor, Todd Parsons.  Todd is consistent with us and, most importantly, consistent with God.

That's what we always want to share, here -- a real and consistent relationship with God.





     Whether it is the four lepers in 2 Kings 7:4 making a choice for the only hope of life, or Esther going before her king under the threat of sure death to stand up against a deception that would destroy her and her people if one would not intercede, or even Moses, who saw greater riches than the treasures of Egypt. We too, seeing the LORD,who is invisible, will make our decisions easy to deny ourselves,believe Him who has loved us with so great a love and esteem Him as the treasure above all else. He is a treasure that is for us to see as worthy of all our attention, as to our whole purpose, just as the kernel of wheat falls into the ground and die that much fruit may come forth. In each life mentioned that denied themselves, much people was saved alive...vs just themselves. Not to mention had they not denied themselves, would they have had life? We have had examples around us of people who have consumed upon themselves the treasures of Egypt and as a result were they really living?...

2 Kings 7:4  If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.

Est 4:16  ...so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.

Heb 11:24-27  By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.  By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing Him who is invisible.

John 12:24-26  Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone: but if it die, it brings forth much fruit.  He that loves his life shall lose it; and he that hates his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.  If any man serve Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there shall also My servant be: if any man serve Me, him will My Father honor.

Mark 8:34  Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

     O So Great Love, we are, tjp

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