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A Word from the Lord

with Archbishop Foley Beach
Do You Follow Jesus Without Reservations and Excuses, or Is Jesus the “Sometimes Lord” of Your Life? Sunday, August 30, 2020
Do You Follow Jesus Without Reservations and Excuses, or Is Jesus the “Sometimes Lord” of Your Life? MESSAGE SUMMARY: From the Gospel of Luke (9:51-62): “Following Jesus” Christians are not just believers in Jesus; Christians are followers of Jesus. Jesus asks us to follow Him, but it is not like He is physically here on earth with us to show us the way. We must discern His intended way for us by listening to His voice and reading His Word and by aligning ourselves with the Holy Spirit who is leading us. Part of what Jesus is teaching us in Luke 9:57-62, and especially in Luke 9:59-60, is to stop making excuses and reasons for not following Him. Jesus calls us to follow Him now and without reservations: “To another he said, ‘Follow me.’ But he said, ‘Lord, let me first go and bury my father.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.’”. In Matthew 10:37-39, Jesus significantly refines the context and implications of His call to us as His followers: “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.". Our calls from Jesus to follow Him may, often, be moment by moment. As Jesus said to the First Century Christians: follow me today! Is Jesus THE Lord for your life; therefore, is Jesus YOUR Lord? You must consciously make the decision to follow Jesus because He will call you. Jesus said: “Follow me.”. Who and what are you following? TODAY’S AFFIRMATION: I affirm that because of what God has done for me in His Son, Jesus, I AM FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT. If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him! (Luke 11:13). SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): Luke 9:51-62; Matthew 10:34-42; Psalms 18d:31-40. WEBSITE LINK:  www.AWordFromTheLord.org/ WEBSITE LINK TO DR. BEACH’S SERMON VIDEO – “As a Christian, You Are Equipped for God’s Purpose; Be Courageous and Let Others See Jesus In You for God Is With You”:  www.AWFTL.org/watch DONATE TO AWFTL: https://mygiving.secure.force.com/GXDonateNow?id=a0Ui000000DglsqEAB

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