Whom Will Ye Serve?

 

 

CASESAR’S friends? or friends of Jesus?
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Friends of Caesar! Friends of Jesus!
Take your sides without delay.
If ye pause for man’s forbidding,
Caesar’s friendship ye secure;
If ye do the Father’s bidding,
Scorn, reproach, ye shall endure.

Friends of Caesar! Friends of Jesus!
Stand revealed! your choice declare!
Who in truth two masters pleases?
Who may rival banners bear?
Jesus’ friends account Him precious,
Lose for Him all other gain:
Dearer far the smile of Jesus
Than the praise of worldly men.

Free from Caesar, friends of Jesus!
Stand in phalanx! never fear!
Love, severely tried, increases;
Courage yet! The Lord is near!
Onward still, His name confessing,
Weaving crowns to grace His brow;
Lo! His hands are full of blessing,
Lifted for your succor now.

Caesar’s friends were we, but Jesus
Owns us for His friends to-day!
What! Shall rival friendship please us,
While the Bridegroom is away?
No! through grace would we surrender
Caesar’s things to Caesar’s care,
whilst to God, our God, we render
Filial homage, praise, and prayer.

 

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him — 1 John 2:15

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Confession Proceeds Possession

We possess in our lives, what is confessed from our mouth!

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I confess Jesus as my Lord. Rom. 10:9-10. I possess salvation.

I confess, “by His stripes I am healed” Is. 53:5; I possess healing.

I confess, “the son has made me free” Jn. 8:36; I possess absolute freedom.

I confess, “the love of God is shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Ghost” Rom. 5:5; I possess the ability to love everyone.

I confess, “the righteous are bold as a lion” Pr.28:1; I possess lion-hearted boldness in spiritual warfare.

I confess, “He will never leave me nor forsake me” Heb. 13:5-6; I possess the presence of God each step I take.

I confess, “I am the redeemed of the Lord” Ps. 107:2; I possess redemption benefits every day.

I confess “the anointing of the Holy One abideth in me” 1 Jn. 2: 27; I possess yoke destroying results by this anointing
(Is. 10:27).

I confess, “in the name of Jesus I can cast out devils” Mk. 16:17; I possess dynamic deliverances as a devil master.

I confess, “I lay my hands on the sick and they shall recover” Mk. 16:18; I possess positive healings for the oppressed.

I confess, “I am a branch of the Living Vine” Jn. 15:5; I possess Vine-life wherever I go.

I confess, “I am the righteousness of God in Christ” 2 Cor. 5: 21; I possess the ability to stand freely in God’s holy presence, and in Satan’s presence as a victor!

I confess, “I am a temple of the living God” 2 Cor. 6:16; I possess God dwelling in me, and walking in me!

I confess, “my God shall supply all my need” Phil. 4: 19; I possess the supply of every need.

Whom Do You Say Jesus Is?

Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:16

The ministry of Jesus made a significant impact on us as a people.  Not only did He draw huge crowds, but He also stimulated people to speculate concerning His identity.  Which brings up the question that He confronted His disciples with as found in Matthew 16:13; “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?”

Well, the people held Jesus in high esteem, comparing Him to the greatest prophets in Israel’s history.  However, their view of Jesus was not high enough which is no different from many today.

Back to the disciples. After hearing what people were saying about Him, Jesus pressed the disciples concerning who they believed He was. Peter quickly fired back, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus was moved by Peter’s response, for He declared that Peter had not come up with that on his own; “flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee” (Matthew 16:17).  He knew that this heartfelt confession was In fact from God.

Also mindful that as unique as Peter’s confession was, it was not the only confession of Christ’s true identity. Here are two such instances:

“The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed Is He Who Comes In The Name Of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest!”  Matthew 21:9

“Now the centurion, and those who were with him keeping guard over Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and the things that were happening, became very frightened and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!” Matthew 27:54

Scripture does not say that these other confessions were revealed by God. Perhaps this could indicate that these confessions were not the deep work of God, but instead were the superficial responses of people who were acting in a moment of impulse. There is nothing new under the sun, and still remains the same some 2000 years later.

To truly know Jesus Christ is a special revelation from God.  The better one knows Him, the more convinced we become in knowing that He is God.   So whom do you say that Jesus is?