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Text Box: Whom Do You Serve?


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(Matthew 6:22-24 NIV)  The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light.  But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!  No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.
(Deuteronomy 30:15-18 GWT)  Today I offer you life and prosperity or death and destruction.  This is what I'm commanding you today: Love the LORD your God, follow his directions, and obey his commands, laws, and rules. Then you will live, your population will increase, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land that you're about to enter and take possession of.  But your hearts might turn away, and you might not listen. You might be tempted to bow down to other gods and worship them.  If you do, I tell you today that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live for a long time in the land that you're going to take possession of when you cross the Jordan River.
(Hebrews 12:2 NIV)  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Text Box: Focus is the key word in this weekís passage (Matthew 6:22-24).
Who or what do you fix your eyes on? Are your eyes filled with darkness (greed, hatred, lust) or are they filled with light (compassion, kindness, mercy)?  There are many things that can get in the way as you walk in the footsteps of Jesus (making Him Lord of your life).  Depending on what your focus is, you can overcome these hurdles and reap righteousness or you can stumble, get hurt and possibly fall.  Serving the Lord is a decision you need to make every single day until Jesus comes back to take you home.
(Joshua 24:15 NIV)  But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."
Jesusí way of life demands the abandonment of commitment to earthly treasures. The only true treasure is the opportunity Jesus gave us to serve the Lord God. Citizens of the kingdom must be single-minded in their devotion to God. You may still be worshipping or venerating your job, your possessions or your family.  If this is the case, you are not living!  Only when we serve and focus on Jesus are we able to stand and walk in faith!  This faith results in the righteousness given to all Kingdom Citizens as they prepare themselves for Jesusí return to Earth to take them home.
By focusing on Jesus, who saves and strengthens us (Hebrews 12:2, 3), we can learn to persevere in our own struggles (Matthew 7:24-27).  We must set the joy of Heaven and our salvation before us to be able to endure our crosses (Luke 14:26, 27).  That's how Jesus was able to keep His focus and not loose heart!  His love for the Father and vision of all of us seated with Him drove Him to give everything up!
(2 Corinthians 4:18-5:1 NIV)  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.
Do you serve another god that cannot redeem you (Philippians 3:18-20)?  Walk in the Footsteps of your Redeemer!  You know He lives!

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Text Box: Whom Do You Serve?




Read Matthew 6:22-24; Job 31:1; Psalm 101:3-6.According to Jesus, do your eyes have influence over your body?What do you think is the difference between good eyes and bad eyes?What do your eyes like to see?What do you fix them on?What are they full of?Are they greedy?Are they full of lust?What kind of eyes did Jesus have?How did He look at people, with compassion or judgement?Are your eyes like Jesusí eyes?How do you know when you are trying to serve two Masters?Is there anything in your life right now that is causing you to struggle in giving yourself to God wholeheartedly?Is it money that you struggle with?Read Matthew 12:33-35.How can we recognize whether we are being true to God (being filled with light) or being deceived by our heart (being filled with darkness)?Can the things that come out of your mouth be a good indicator?Read Jeremiah 13:1-11.What are you going after if you follow your heart?Can you follow your heart (eyes) and follow Godís Word at the same time?How will you end up if you follow your own heart? Notice that when you follow your heart, God says you are refusing to listen to His words!You are being stubborn and proud (Psalm 36:1-4)!



Read Joshua 24:14, 15.Was Joshua suggesting different options for the Israelites to choose from, or was he demanding devotion to the Lord God?Was it possible for them to serve those other gods and be a true servant of God at the same time?Are there other gods clamoring for attention in your life?Name some of them that beg you for their worship (examples: job, money, worldly pleasure, sexual pleasures, anxiety, family traditions, television, greed, selfishness, etc.).Is choosing to serve the Lord a decision that has to be made every single day of your life (Luke 9:23-26)?What kind of commitment does this require (2 Chronicles 16:9)?Read Romans 12:2.Can you be distracted from your service to God and also be able to discern Godís will for you?How are we able to test and approve of whether something is Godís will or not?Who does God approve of (John 6:27)?



Read Hebrews 5:11-14.Could you say that these Hebrews were distracted?Was the Hebrew writer expecting them to be teachers?Why werenít they teachers yet?Why were they not acquainted with the teaching of righteousness?How do we train ourselves to distinguish good from evil?If you are serving some other god, will you be acquainted with the teaching of righteousness?Read 2 Timothy 2:15, 16.How do we become approved of God?If you are ashamed of something, isnít it because you have not been loyal and faithful to God?If you train yourself to handle Godís Word correctly, what will you avoid?Read James 4:1-10.What is the fruit of friendship with the world (verses 1 and 2)?What does God consider us if we are friends with the world?Does friendship with the world cause us to be proud (verse 6)?Does friendship with the world cause us to submit to the devil (verse 7)?What are we if we donít submit to God and seek to always be near Him (verse 8)?Trying to serve two Masters at once is being double-minded.Read James 1:5-8.Why do you think the double-minded man doubts?Does a double-minded man know what the wisdom of God is?Why is the double-minded man unstable?Are you double-minded?



Read Luke 14:15-24.Why did the invited guests make excuses?What was distracting these invited guests?What are your distractions? Work (oxen in the field), property or relationships? Read Luke 9:57-62.What do you think Jesus was implying by His answer in verse 58?Was the man who was going to bury his father distracted?So, is it possible for you to want to do the right thing, but after you have done your own thing?What is Jesusí answer to you, then (verse 60)?If you have the slightest reminiscing about your past, are you fit for the new life God has for you in His Kingdom?



Many of us, being still fleshly in our thinking, continue to think that we need to please people rather than God, who can see everything.Read 1 Thessalonians 2:4-13.Have you ever used flattery to try to gain approval or acceptance in the church?Do you wear a mask or try to do things where people cannot see you?Do you believe God can see right through you and knows everything about you?Is your goal to please God or are you trying to please and gain the approval of men?Do you believe what your mentors in Christ teach you to gain their approval or because you believe God uses them to instruct you? Read Hebrews 13:7, 17.When you obey your leaders (elders, evangelists, deacons and bible teachers) are you pleasing God, or men?When you submit to each other (Ephesians 5:21), do you do it because you believe God or men?If you donít submit or obey, who are you really believing?Youíre not believing God, are you? If you really believed God, wouldnít you submit and obey?


But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD. Ė Joshua 24:15


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