Sunday, July 9, 2017

Only Follow Jesus

John 8:12  " When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Psalm 1:1-2  "Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night."

        Have you ever considered how quickly culture has changed in your own lifetime?  Is your foundation of beliefs changing with the wind and the crowd or is it never changing with God as your true guide?  1 Peter 2:9 says, But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”   The crowd should never be our leader or decision maker, believers are called to be different from the world around them.
       Psalm 1 describes the character and ways of a godly person.  It tells of how seeking God through His Word directs his path in life.  The crowd is full of those who have no belief or wisdom in God and His plan for your life.

       Who makes up the crowd of the world: [M. Henry commentary]

1] The Ungodly-  Those who have no fear of the Lord and neglect their duty to the Lord.  They have no acknowledgement of God in their life.
2] Sinners- Those in open rebellion towards God and seek sin and the ways of Satan.  Hearts with no repentance.
3] Scorners- Those who openly defy all that is sacred, scoff at religion, and make a jest of sin

          We are to separate ourselves from evil, overcome peer pressure and not follow the 'norm' of society.  When we follow the crowd, we seek joy in the wrong places.  Joy is found in Christ alone.  The crowd will lead you to darkness and despair eventually, if not immediately.  Choose wisdom, the fear of the Lord and He will guide you as a lamp unto your feet.      
          One  of my favorite and most recommended books of mine is "Not a Fan" by Kyle Idleman.  It address the question, 'Are you a Jesus fan or a Jesus follower?'  Are we following His Truth's or the ways of man and culture?   I encourage everyone to read this book and decide which you are now and who you want to be...
Jesus fan or follower?