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05/04/2017

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Taking Sides


"Why do you call me, Lord, Lord, and do not do what I say?" (Lk.6:46). "Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in Him. But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise from men more than the praise from God" (Jn.12:42-43).

A fan of a certain team is passionate about their team. They stick with them at all times because of a fierce loyalty. If someone were to say something negative about their team, their defense will get even stronger. They are willing to take a stand for the team, because in essence, they have taken sides... A person with this type of faith, belief and loyalty translates into one not being addressed by Jesus' question about saying, Lord, Lord and not doing what I say. Jesus is putting the foundation of our belief out there with obedience in Him. If we do not take sides, we render all that He and the Father have done moot. The writer of the book of Proverbs has his finger on the pulse of this teaching; "Anyone who turns a deaf ear to the law, even his prayers are detestable" (28:9). The 2nd scripture this morning from Jn.12:42-43, debunks any thought that simple faith is sufficient for the Lord. Faith is certainly a part of the foundation, but will not justify anyone unless it is powerful enough to produce works. "You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone" (Jas.2:24). It is true also that Christianity demands a changed intellect, but it is equally true that it demands a changed life... The one who would take obedience out of the equation robs the Lord's system of its practicality and leaves only an empty theoretical shell. All theory and no action has never won a battle in any realm. I am reminded of a story about a little old southern granny during the Civil War. When told that the Yankees were coming, she got out on the front porch with her broom in hand. One yelled, "Granny, what do you think you can do with that broom?" The reply was, "Well, at least I can show them whose side I'm on!" When folks view our lives, can they tell which side we're on? Only if the question from Lk.6:46 is not directed toward us....

Have a great day... Let His light shine through you... Love mark Phil.4:11

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