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DO This and You Will Live! #bloggingontheGO Copy and Paste Link to LISTEN NOW... http://cinch.fm/spiritedconcept/542686 Luke 10:26-28 NIV "What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?" He answered, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" "You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live." GREETINGS! BlogFam, you have met your match when you come to Jesus without a desire to surrender yourself and/or your situation to Him. Now you might be thinking... well... what other reasons would anybody come to Jesus? And don't you dare be fooled! People come to Jesus, just like they go to church for all kinds of reasons both sincere and impure. Based on our conversation in our last post, we know that this expert in conversation with Jesus at this point in the text has come to TEST Jesus. But unlike some of us who might go clean off on those who would try to hijack the good in our life and ministry or the lives of those we love and care about, Jesus continues his conversation with this "expert" in the law. EXPERT: "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" JESUS: "What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?" Jesus answers his question with question. BlogFam, again, you have met your match when you come to Jesus without a desire to surrender yourself and/or your situation to Him. Jesus knew that the motivation behind this question was impure and so he uses what he knows that this expert already knows to force him to answer his own question. Have you ever been in a conversation with someone that you know was their attempt to trick and trap you? You know that they have come to get your insight, your opinion, your perspective on an issue about which they probably could care less about or they care so much that whatever you say will never be good enough. I know I have and I am a witness that you just cannot win. When they come to you, because their motives are impure, its basically a setup with the hope that you will not shut up but speak up so that they can take your words and then use them to accuse, discredit, attack, or dismiss you! Friends, PLEASE BE HUMBLY CLEAR... There are not that many people in your circle of influence who just crave your wisdom or covet your knowledge. Do not get so caught up in yourself that you do not at least consider or outright miss that the one who is coming wants to test you in the same way that this expert wanted to test Jesus. But Jesus knows how to handle every situation and Jesus flips the script based on what he knows about this man who was an EXPERT in the law. This expert did not necessarily need Jesus to answer this question but for to TEST Jesus and Jesus is hip to his game and tells the man to answer his own question. EXPERT: "Teacher, " he said, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" JESUS: "What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?" Jesus says you are the expert. You tell me what you already know is written. He answered, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" "You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "DO this and YOU will live." Jesus basically says, I knew you knew the correct answer all along and then in his quick wit fashion, Jesus adds an invitation, a challenge to the expert to live the law he likely teaches about. I am so baffled by those who know the words of the Greatest Commandment as stated by this expert, but like this expert, choose to ignore the truth or attempt to intentionally manipulate the truth to test, trick, or trap others. BlogFam, how do you apply the truth of Gods word to your life? Does the truth of God's word that you acknowledge in your head connect to your heart and is then thereby lived out in your actions? What priority do you give the Word of God in your life? Friends , the expert used the truth of God's word in a FAILED effort to test Jesus BUT Jesus used this conversation as an opportunity to invite him to live out the truth that he already knew. "You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "DO THIS AND YOU WILL LIVE." BlogFam, is there any part of the truth of God's word that you do not do? Actually, lets narrow our focus. Is there any part of the Greatest Commandment, as recited by this expert and affirmed by Jesus, that you do not do? Do you realize that you will not live fully into your life and purpose until you DO so? Jesus said DO THIS. "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" AND YOU WILL LIVE!!! YOU WILL LIVE!!! DO THIS...Love God, Love Yourself, and Love Others... AND YOU WILL LIVE!!! My sisters and brothers, I will assume that you want to LIVE BUT I have a greater question. Do YOU want to DO THIS? Do you want to Love God? Do you want to Love Yourself? Do you want to Love Others? YES or NO. Either you are on the side of those who know the Word of God but do not do the Word of God or you know the Word of God and you do your very best to live your life in alignment with its eternal truth. Friends, just like this expert, we can answer so many questions about what we should and should not do correctly. We can know the truth. We can see the truth. We can speak the truth. BUT do you LIVE the truth? And today I believe that we all must face the truth that our expertise just might be lacking the actual experience necessary to prove that are hearts have been transformed by the truth that we know. It is NOT enough to know what to do. Knowing is only one part of the battle because you know a lot of things about God but do you use what you know to DO what you are commanded to do in light of what you know? Jesus replied. "DO this and you will live." BlogFam, today I pray that you would reconsider what you know as truth. I pray that what you think you know would be then evaluated by the standard of the Greatest Commandment to Love God, Love Yourself, and Love your Neighbor as you Love Yourself. I pray that you would then make every effort to DO as the truth of God's Word has commanded so that you can LIVE not just today, but forever with God!!! BlogFam, what are you DOING with the truth that you know? GOD LOVES YOU AND I DO TOO! Blessings, Delesslyn FOLLOW on Twitter @AudraSunshine & @SpiritedConcept SUBSCRIBE to get blog updates sent to your email AND Listen online to KIDS KORNER RADIO PROGRAM every Sunday evening at 4:15cst/5:15est at www.wigoam.com

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