The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth His life for the sheep. John 10:10, 11
To be “born again” and have received the infilling of the Holy Spirit, as Paul explains in 1 Corinthians Chapters 12,13 and 14, is what we need in order to be able to apply God's word properly, and to rightfully divide His word.
No need to fear any judgement to come from God's end to those who sincerely follow Him. We have a LOVE relationship with the Almighty, therefore He has only the best in mind for His children. Fearing God does not mean that we need to be afraid... but to respect and esteem Him highly.
Jesus would and will never offend His followers, but will put those in their place who oppose Him and twist God's word, as the Pharisees did, those merchants in the Temple, and so many Church goers who do not have Faith in God but walk their own way, warming the pews.
Jesus never spoke offensive to those who followed Him. Those that WANT to do the will of the Father, NOT “must” do the will of the Father. God's children do not have a dreary life to follow the Lord. It is a life of joy and happiness, because God will carry us through the most difficult times in our life. A born-again follower of Christ may have “dreams” and “aspirations” and many will be fulfilled because the FATHER CARES.
A few GOOD promises of the Father below, showing His care for His children. He is not a “slave driver”. We come by free will and a desire to obey His voice, and He will make His promises come true, according to His word.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Matthew 7:7,8 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
Deuteronomy 28:1-7 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:
2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.
3 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.
4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.
6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
7 The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.
I am suggesting that you read the rest of the above Chapter and see what God has in store for His children... Just AWESOME.
Rejoice in the Lord, your God! And I say again REJOICE! AMEN!
He is the SAME, yesterday, today and forever! What He has promised then, He has promised NOW. HALLELUJAH!
Some may think or say... "That is quite a task to obey God's word" ... and YES it is... if you're trying to do this on your own, in your own strength and as an "obligation"... but that is the wrong way to tackle this.
In the first place God's child has received His Love through Christ. Next, we must expect from Him all that He has promised and make it our own. Then we have to give our ALL to Him so He can do His work in our lives. This totals up to that it is NOT us who are trying to obey God's will, but it is HE who works it out in our life.
We are NOT His "slaves" but His children. Thank God!
Beloved, it is far more simple than you expect and act. Throw yourself in His Life-Line and allow Him to rescue you... so you can be free and walk in happiness. REMEMBER... it is only SATAN who is the SLAVE DRIVER. Give your ALL TO God and you will be just FINE!
Be blessed in the Lord God Almighty.
Minister Dr. Trudy Veerman