Tag Archive | ambition

Love

Do you have someone(s) in your life that you love with all your heart?

Is that someone(s) you never talk to? never make sacrifices to please? never get together with just to hang out? never call? never help in time of need? Basically ignore?

and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ — Mark 12:30

Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face continually. — Psalm 105:4

Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. — 2 Corinthians 5:9

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Faithful Follower

And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. — Mark 8:34 (Matthew 16:24; Luke 9:23)

The gospel leads to discipleship (Acts 14:21). If we are saved by accepting the gospel of Jesus Christ we are to be disciples of Christ. Being a disciple is being a follower of Jesus. A disciple of Christ is one who (1) believes his doctrine, (2) rests on his sacrifice, (3) imbibes his spirit, and (4) imitates his example (Matt. 10:24; Luke 14:26, 27, 33; John 6:69)*.

I was reminded yesterday of the cost of discipleship and convicted as to my level of commitment to follow Jesus. Are we taking our salvation seriously? If we are then we will heed the words of Christ when He said, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, He must deny Himself.” So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions. — Luke 1:33 Nothing can be more important than following and doing the will of God. If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. — Luke 14:26

Christ has set the standard for being a disciple (follower) of His. We must deny ourselves, all of our desires, plans, will, possessions, etc. and take up our cross and follow Him. Jesus says, “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.” (Matthew 10:38)

Discipleship is a serious matter that needs our immediate and faithful attention. My words cannot express how important an issue this is for all of us who call ourselves Christians. Jesus’ words express the importance and it is not to be taken lightly. I hope you take the time to examine your walk with the Lord Jesus Christ to assess your level of discipleship. Is Jesus everything to you? Is He the first thought on your mind when you rise in the morning and the last thought as you close your eyes at night? Is He the reason you live your life? Do you make it your ambition everyday to please Him and serve Him? Do you deny yourself for His glory? Are you willing to sacrifice your life for His? Are you willing to give up everything and/or go anywhere for Him?

Only you can answer those questions for yourself. Be true to God and talk to Him about your walk. He is waiting and wanting to help you to become the disciple that faithfully follows.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

*Easton’s 1897 Bible Dictionary

Live Holy

For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said:

“I will live with them
and walk among them,
and I will be their God,
and they will be my people.”

Therefore,

“Come out from them
and be separate,
says the Lord.
Touch no unclean thing,
and I will receive you.”

And,

“I will be a Father to you,
and you will be my sons and daughters,
says the Lord Almighty.”
2 Corinthians 6:16b-18 (NIV)

Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. — 2 Corinthians 7:1 (NIV)

For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. – 1 Thessalonians 4:7 (NIV)
But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; — 1 Peter 1:15 (NIV)
for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” — 1 Peter 1:16 (NIV)

Why should we be holy? If for no other reason it should be out of reverence for God. He is worthy. He deserves it. Seek to please the Lord in all you do by being holy and pure. Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. — 2 Corinthians 5:9

Keep practicing until you are more and more like Jesus. Keep seeking.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Worship

Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise You. So I will bless You as long as I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. — Psalm 63:3-4

What does your worship entail? The Psalmist here first specifies why he is praising God, because Your lovingkindness is better than life. A close intimate walk with Jesus helps us see His lovingkindness in our lives. Then his lips praise the Lord. Do you praise Him with your lips, your voice, the words of your mouth exalting the Lord?

Worshipping the Lord with praise is a lifelong endeavor. I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. (Psalm 104:33); I will praise the Lord while I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. (Psalm 146:2). This endeavor is enjoyable for us and deserving of Jesus. To bless Him is to extol Him as holy and glorify Him. Make it your life’s ambition, your goal each day. Acknowledge Him every day. It is not exclusively a Sunday experience or practice. He is so deserving of our praise. Lift up your hands.

Do you ever lift up your hands in His name? The Psalmist, in 143:6, says “I stretch out my hands to You; My soul  longs for You, as a parched land.” The Lord is our fountain for the parched land of our heart. As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God. (Psalm 42:1).

Worship is the revival of our souls. Worship strengthens our faith. Worship, best of all, draws us close to our Lord drawing us into His very presence. What better place to be so why don’t we spend more time worshipping our Lord?

My hope and prayer for you as you read this is that you will be challenged to spend more time in worship of our God. Make it a priority of your life and see if you aren’t changed. You will be blessed.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

 

 

Ambition

Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.                                                                                                                                                                                    — 2 Corinthians 5:9

Through previous devotions we’ve established that God living in us is the love we need to love Him, which is the first and foremost commandment. Those we love we usually desire to please.

Growing up I remember always wanting to please my parents because I love and respected them. I also wanted them to be proud of me. Being married I enjoy doing nice things for my husband because I love him. Because I love my children I often did nice things to please them. It is no different with God.

I desire to please God because I love Him and want Him to be pleased with me. It is not works that I am doing to get approval but to simply please Him. The love He has bestowed on me through my relationship with Jesus Christ and the precious gift of the Spirit, motivates me to please the Lord. That motivation has become my ambition.

The ambition to speak the word of God, to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, and to glorify Him is my daily focus. When the focus on Jesus is practiced daily it soon infiltrates our whole being and pleasing Him becomes our ambition. I encourage you to seek the Lord daily and practice making your ambition to please our God.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Pleasing God

and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. – Romans 8:8

Ephesians 2:3 says that we are naturally children of wrath living in the lust of the flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and mind. In this state we are incapable of pleasing God. If we come by sin naturally how can we please God? Through faith in Jesus Christ. Hebrews 11:6 – “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” We must believe that Jesus is God and seek Him. So let’s make it our ambition to please God. 2 Corinthians 5:9 – “Therefore we have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.”

Love Him, seek Him, please Him. My hope for the New year. Making it my ambition.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon