Posted on August 25, 2019 in August, Daily Devotionals

PURSUING CHRIST-LIKENESS | KnowingJESUS Daily Devotional

Today August 25, 2019 in our Daily Devotional, the topic before us is PURSUING CHRIST-LIKENESS

Col 3:12Col 3:13  Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

Beloved, God the Father loves humanity,  the crown of His creation.  It cist Him something.

John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

if truely you lover God too in appreciation of His love for you,  it will cost you too something dearly.

1 John 5:3  For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

Abraham loved God so much he was willing to sacrifice Isaac,  his son to obey God.

Gen 22:15Gen 22:18  And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

Joseph loved  the Lord so dearly,  he declined immorality and ended up in dungeon and never regret or recount.

Gen 39:7Gen 39:10  And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me. But he refused, and said unto his master’s wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand; There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.

The three Hebrews loved the Lord,  they were willing to be consumed by fire of a great furnace.

Dan 3:16Dan 3:21  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated. And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.

Daniel loved the Lord so much he  willingly  chose to die in the den of lions.

Dan 6:14Dan 6:21 Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him. Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed. Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee. And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel. Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him. Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions. And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions? Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.

Beloved,  pause a little here. Do you too loved the Lord?  Your love for Him , shall be proved.   This is the essence of Christ likeness.  All the saints above did not fail or faltered,  when their love for God were rested.  I pray for you with all my heart,  that you also shall not fail God.
Has  it occurred to you,  that , the present challenge in your life ,  might have been permitted by God to prove your love and loyalty to Him. I pray ,  you shall not fail Him in Jesus name.

Deu 8:2Deu 8:3 And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no. And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.

Deu 8:15Deu 8:16  Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint; Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end;

Dearly  beloved, you have no iota of doubt in your life ,  that Jesus loves you in particular,  very dearly.  You also do not have any doubt about how He showed this love to you in particular.  He paid a steep price to secure your pardon and freedom from  damnation.

John 15:13  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

In  appreciation of this great love,  you too shall be proved whether you love Him.

1 John 4:19  We love him, because he first loved us.

Jesus told Bible days believers and by extension believers of all ages, and  that includes you. Your  love for Him shall be severely tested.

Mat 10:22  And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

Mat 24:9  Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.

Your conduct at this time when you are persecuted for Christ sake,  is the essence of Christ likeness.  Will you forgive your persecutors like Christ forgave you or will you take laws to your hands and retaliate?

1 Peter 2:21  For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

It is  this Christ likeness of believers which is not optional,  but compulsory,  that the blessed Holy Spirit was exhorting believers of all ages for. See it.

Col 3:12Col 3:13  Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

This attitude or  nature of believers  is not optional  but compolstory.  This was the way Bible days  believers lived.  Unfortunately,  it is not so with today’s  believers.  How have you been  treating those who deliberately  cheated you or persecuted you because of your faith? Do you fight back?  Retaliated  or perhaps take them to court?

1Co 6:71Co 6:8  Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.

Act 7:54Act 7:60  When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

Gen 50:15Gen 50:21  And when Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him. And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying, So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him. And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants. And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.

Receive grace to manifest this Christ like nature,  whenever you are persecuted  for Christ”‘s  sake in Jesus name..
Friend, I earnestly pray for you that your desire to be part of the dawning rapture shall not be  truncated  by falling a victim  of satan”s most potent device.

2Co 2:11  Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

Friend, multitude of  believers are present in he’ll now,  because they fell a victim of this potent device of saran.   Multitude of believers shall miss the rapture ,  because of the same thing. Forgiving offenders and persecutors is not optional ,  but eternity  defining condition.  See it.

Mat 18:23Mat 18:35 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

Mar 11:25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

Mar 11:26  But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

Col 3:12Col 3:13  Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

I pray God will give you  grace not to fail the Lord and also to live Christ like  nature in Jesus name.

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