Tuesday, May 24, 2016

We Are All Slaves!

When you read this title, it might offend some. Yet for others, it might cause them to stop and think about how this statement might apply to them. Others will simply shake their heads yes, and agree to it fully. How do you respond to this simple statement, that we are all slaves?

We are all slaves to something. It might be our jobs, our marriages, being a parent, or financial portfolios, our social status, or simply where we fall in line with our beliefs to Jesus Christ. The simple fact is that this is true, even though what we are slaves to might change. Let's define first of all what the world slave here applies to in the Greek which is the word "doulos" and it means a voluntary slave-ship, a willful subjection or subservience to the will of another, to hand back one's rights to be free. It doesn't make sense at all, unless you have an amazing Master.

As we have been studying in Revelation 19, we know that Jesus Christ is coming again. The question you need to ask yourself if what are you doing with your resources? There is a balance in life of what we're to do and what we get to do.

What we're to do is....for God's glory.
What we get to do is...for God's glory.

1 Corinthians 10:31 ~ "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."

When you ask yourself this simple question, does this, will this...bring glory and honor to God? (things now and things in the future) it helps keep us as believers in Christ, in the proper perspective of everything we think, say or do. We are God's slaves!

Romans 1:1 ~ "Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God."

We need to understand a few things as servants of Christ:

Whatever I have...it's God's.
Whatever You have...it's God's.
Whatever we have...it's God's.

1 Corinthians 6:20 ~ "for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body."

1 Corinthians 7:23 ~ "You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men."

2 Peter 3:11 ~ " Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness,"

It's obvious because of what I am doing with my vitality.

Revelation 19:17-18 ~ "Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and with a loud voice he called to the birds that fly directly overhead, "Come, gather for the great supper of God, to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all men, both free and slave, both small and great."

The supper of the great God, notice with me the difference between verse 9 and this verse above verse 17.

Revelation 19:9 ~ "And the angel said to me, "Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he said to me, These are the true words of God."

The great supper of God's is the final judgment of God through (by) Jesus Christ. The real life application is this...The clock is ticking...is what I am doing making a difference in my life and the lives of others in the eternal realm?

Matthew 6:19-21 ~ "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasures is, there your heart will be also."

That is why going to heaven is going home for the Christian!

Philippians 3:20-21 ~ "But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself."

Hebrews 11:10 ~ "For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God."

Make your plans, decisions, futures based upon the reality of heaven. Live now for heaven!

Jesus Christ is coming again! It might sound outrageous!

Revelation 19:19 ~ "And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against him who was sitting on the horse and against his army.

Are you willing to follow Jesus Christ?

Some might say this is a stupid, beyond stupid decision, which equals deception destination. This deceived world crucified Jesus Christ didn't it?

This battle zone that will stretch from North Israel through Jerusalem and south easterly towards Jordan, the troops will amass in a unified rebellion, the forces of the anti-christ will make their last stand.

What is true is outrageous is man's rebel heart against God at this point in the Tribulation!

2 Peter 3:11 ~ "2 Peter 3:11 ~ " Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness,"

More on our study tomorrow.... until then, consider what you are a slave to today?

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