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Follow The Lamb

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THESE ARE THEY WHICH FOLLOW THE LAMB WITHERSOEVER HE GOEST

(Revelation 14:4)

Elijah said to the crowd at Mount Carmel, “If the Lord be God, follow Him” (1 Ki 18:21). Following comes down to humility, trust and acknowledgement. Once it is determined who is Lord; who is God – then it has been determined who has the lead.

Following is different than directing. When directed, the word is given and the leave to go accomplish the work. When led, they take no steps except those in the places where the leader has gone. They follow in his footsteps. “If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour” (Jn 12:26).

Following the Lamb is not to be taken lightly. Essentially, men must forsake control and ownership of their will, comfort, desires, and body.

“And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, ‘Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.’ And Jesus said unto him, ‘Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.’ And he said unto another, ‘Follow me.’ But he said, ‘Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.’ Jesus said unto him, ‘Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.’ And another also said, ‘Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.’ And Jesus said unto him, ‘No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.’”

(Luke 9:57-62)

Jesus said to others.

…“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Mt 16:24). All personal preferences would have to be abandoned and replaced by “nevertheless, Thy will be done.”

“If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me” (Mt 19:21).

…“Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men” (Mt 4:19). Their work would be of a higher order.

The truth of the Shepherd is this: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (Jn 10:27). Jesus’ sheep will not follow another but will flee from others. And when He gives them other shepherds, those shepherds are tasked with feeding the flock and they themselves with following the Good Shepherd. They never become a replacement. They are never left to follow their own spirits.

Following the Lord is about intimate fellowship with Him and being aware of His leading and will in all things. It involves patient waiting upon Him before you speak, move, and live. Ezekiel spoke for God saying, “Woe unto the foolish prophets that follow their own spirit and have seen nothing” (Ezek 13:3). These are they which would declare the direction to others as though the Lord has led them but alas, they were led by their own whims.

Jesus made it very clear to Peter that it was Peter’s task to follow Jesus and not worry about John. It was also John’s task to follow Jesus. See John 21:15-22

2016, September 21

​Lamentations 3:22

It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

Jeremiah did not write this because he was “looking at the bright side” of things. His people, Judah were overthrown by Babylon, their city and temple were destroyed and they were in captivity for 70 years. But he recognized the reality: the fact that they were still alive was owing to the tender mercies of God. 
Likewise, we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God. The fact that we have not been consumed in fire is a display of mercy as well. It is good for us to consider that the longsuffering of the Lord is salvation. We have been given space to repent. God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked but rather desires that every man repent and come to the knowledge of the truth. 
We can allow the memory of our sin humble us so that we cry out to God – it is then that He shows His great compassion. 

Jeremiah continues, “The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him”(Lam 3:24).

Amen, Jeremiah!
– Brother Pat Woods

2016, September 18

​”Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.”  Romans 10:4

“If you declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”Romans 10:9&10

Our hearts control what comes out of our mouths.  So when God gives us a new heart, it’s obvious what others will hear when they are in our company.

From the heart the mouth speaks. 

It’s impossible for a believer to think of the cross without knowing the sacrifice Christ made on our behalf.  How blessed we are.

– Sister Kasey Stokes

2016, September 15

​” For we are His workmanship,  created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” Ephesians 2:10

” If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour,  sanctified,  and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.” 2 Timothy 2:21

We were created for good works. What good works were we created for? We were created for God’s good works! A work can only be a good work if it is something that God is working.  We were created to participate in God’s workings.  It is not up to us to establish our own good works, but it is right for us to join in on what God is working. How do we go about doing this? Well, we become joined to Him through Christ Jesus. Then and only then are we able to participate in the true good works of God. God can and will do great things in and through submissive people. We are called to be vessels which God can use for good works. This means we must empty ourselves of all pride and reliance upon our own desires, strengths, and abilities. We are only the vessel. Let us empty our vessel of ourselves so that God may fill us with Himself. Then and only then will we be vessels prepared for God’s good works.
– Sister Hillary Boyd

2016, September 14

​What a wonderful prophecy about why the Lord would come.

Isa 61:3 “To console those who mourn in Zion,To give them beauty for ashes,The oil of joy for mourning,The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;That they may be called trees of righteousness,The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

– Sister Brandi Woods

2016, September 13

​”Could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that you do not enter into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Mt 26:40-41)

Jesus said these words while in Gethsemane’s garden. In a time of extreme testing He warned the disciples of the inability of the flesh to stay alert for even an hour.  The disciples failed to stay awake three times. They did not have, within themselves, the power to stay alert and pray. 
We must never underestimate the infirmity of the flesh. Also, we must be careful not to cater to the flesh to make it easier on the flesh to the neglect of the spirit. 
When Paul came to Troas (Acts 20) to preach the disciples forced willingly subdued their own flesh in order to feed their spirit’s through Paul’s ministration. Because he had to leave the next day, he prolonged his message until midnight. No doubt both he and they were waging war against the weariness of the flesh but they knew it was worth it. Eutychus, a young man, was overcome by sleep and fell out of the third story window and died. No one accused Paul, saying “why did you preach so long” but rather they went down and healed him…and Paul continued on preaching until dawn! That is a demonstration of having preference for spiritual things; seeking those things which are above (Col 3:1-2); and making no provision for the flesh (Rom 13:14). It is regrettably common for man to seek ways to make it easy or convenient for their flesh and this often is to the neglect of spiritual things. Furthermore, it is common for man to extend himself in worldly affairs – making sacrifices of money, time, etc. These things are revealing of the heart. 
Let the people of God heed the word of the Savior, “the spirit indeed is willing, the flesh is weak” and let us seek grace to walk after the spirit and not fulfill the lists of the flesh.
– Brother Pat Woods

2016, September 12

​”I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.” John 10:9

Will be saved, not might be saved.  Jesus is the gate, the only path to take to the Father.  

Jesus, our gate, our path, our shepherd, our navigator and guide. Our compass when we’re lost, our light in the dark.  The bible couldn’t be more clear.

“But small is the gate, and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it .”  Matthew 7:14

This life has many bumps and turns in the road.  Thankfully, we know which direction to take when we reach a fork in the road.  

All who enter through the gate will never be lost, at least not for long.  Our internal navigational system, the Holy Spirit, will recalculate and put us back on the right path every time.  

-Sister Kasey Stokes

2016, September 7

​”All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” 2 Timothy 3:16 

 Let us never take for granted the divinely inspired writings that are recorded in the bible. Every word contained in the scriptures is useful, purposely composed, and preserved for our benefit. We live not by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from God. Search the scriptures that you might find Jesus and partake daily of the necessary nourishment that is received as we read and keep the things that are said. 

– Sister Brandi Woods

2016, September 6

​Jesus said, “whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple” (Lk 14:33).

Anything that ties us down, enslaves us…even if that thing is a “good thing.” If we are not willing to forsake it in order to gain Christ, we will, in the end, have neither. Included in this phrase “all things” are family, houses, lands and even our own lives. Jesus knows that these dear things and our desire to preserve them may come to compete with our love for Him. And we can’t serve two masters. But whoever does forsake these things will receive an hundredfold in this life and eternal life in the world to come. No one will be ashamed for following Jesus. The very first disciples whom Jesus called “forsook all and followed Him” (Lk 5:11). Will you do the same? 

-Brother Pat Woods

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