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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Matthew 4:19-20 Then He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." They immediately left their nets and followed Him.
If our primary motive of faith is personal ambition or gain through our devotion or service we waste the resources and reject the true purpose of His sacrifice. The Word clearly declares that Jesus Christ is the source of our promise and process. Jesus makes us effective ‘fishers of men’ by using circumstances and others to refine and mature our faith. How easy it is to blame the church or our leadership for our failure to grow spiritually – we resists the hand of God that disciplines and matures us through disagreement and disappointment of our expectations. The problem of speck vs. beam often inhibits spiritual maturity in our own lives. If we look to others for the character of Christ we will often be disappointed – even more, we may find ourselves doubting the hand of God within ourselves. ‘Follow Me’ has more to do with emulating Christ’s character and faith than duplicating His works. Discipline is not defined by what I see needs to be done – it is the willingness to accept what needs to be done in me. To follow Christ is to abandon all personal ambition and desire His will alone, in our lives. To passionately desire the guidance and humbly accept the discipline of the Holy Spirit.
Read through the Bible in one year – April 26/ Luke 19:1-27; 2 Samuel 23,24

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