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Straight Life With God
Bible Passage Luke 12:1-21
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & books Deuteronomy, Luke.

Straight Life With God

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached September 5, 2022

SCRIPTURE 📖
1 During this time, an innumerable multitude was gathering, crowding so close together that they were stepping on one another. First of all He began to speak to His disciples, saying, “Guard yourselves from the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy;

2 For there is nothing covered that shall not be uncovered, nor hidden that shall not be known.

3 Therefore, whatever you have spoken in the darkness shall be heard in the light; and what you have spoken in the ear in closed rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.

4 But I tell you, My friends, you should not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that are not able to do anything more.

5 But I will show you Whom you should fear. Fear Him Who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into the fire of Gehenna. Yes, I tell you, fear Him!

6 Are not five sparrows sold for two coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God.

7 But even the hairs of your head have all been numbered. Therefore, do not be afraid; you are of greater value than many sparrows.

8 And I tell you, everyone who shall confess Me before men shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God;

9 But the one who has denied Me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.

10 And everyone who shall say a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him; but the one who has blasphemed against the Holy Spirit shall not be forgiven.

11 But when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious about how or what you should reply in defense, or what you should say;

12 For the Holy Spirit shall teach you in that same hour what needs to be said.”

13 Then one from the multitude said to Him, “Master, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

14 But He said to him, “Man, who has appointed Me a judge or a divider over you?”

15 And He said to them, “Watch out, and keep yourselves from covetousness, for no one’s life is in the abundance of the things that he possesses.”

16 Then He spoke a parable to them, saying, “The ground of a certain rich man brought forth abundantly.

17 And he was reasoning within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to lay up my fruit?’

18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my granaries and build greater ones, and there will I lay up all my produce and my good things.

19 Then I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many good things laid up for many years; take your rest, eat, drink, and be merry.” ‘

20 But God said to him, ‘Fool, this night your soul shall be required of you; and to whom will you leave what you have prepared for yourself?’

21 So shall it be to the one who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

 

BACKGROUND
What great encouragement we receive from today’s message! Jesus makes it clear that people talk and act differently. This is no news for any believer today.

Jesus teaches and concludes that hypocrisy is foolish. On the day of judgment, God will show the hidden wicked thoughts of people like the Pharisees.

‘Yeast’ or ‘leaven’ is a substance used to make bread rise. Jesus used the word to describe the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. The Pharisees pretended to be good, but they were hiding their true character. Their false behavior could spread to other people, as yeast spreads in flour. Therefore the disciples must not believe what the Pharisees taught. They must always be sincere in what they say and do. But God Himself will expose all hidden motives. What a great assurance. Those who have trouble because of their faith should stand firm for God to direct them.

God offers protection against hypocritical evil human beings, who only self-aggrandize and seek for themselves pretentiously.

Sin against the Holy Spirit is attributing the work of God to evil. When we concentrate only on ourselves, we shall be blinded from seeing what God has done to give Him praise.

Jesus gave a parable about covetousness and riches when a man from the multitude came to ask that his brother shares the inheritance with him. It is possible that the man was the second son. He should have received less than his brother. This is what the law of Moses says (Deuteronomy 21:17). Perhaps he wanted an equal share. He may have felt that his brother was cheating him in some way.

Real life is not necessarily how much wealth you have, especially without Jesus. Life is very short.

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷No one can kill the Spirit of God in you. It is God’s force that drives those who believe in God.

🔷 Do not fear evil agenda human beings who try to cut your life with and impede your progress. Only God must be feared.

🔷 God must be honored and praised for His work. Do not grieve the Spirit of God by attributing His work to any other person or spirit.

🔷 You must use your wealth to support and serve others since they were given to you by God, for which you will account.

PRAYER POINTS🙏🏽
💥 Ask the Holy Spirit to be your lawyer in all circumstances
💥 Ask that your relationship with God is deepened so that you can grow in faith

CONCLUSION📙
Living with Jesus is living a victorious life. Be content with what is yours, and teach others to fear God and not human beings who can neither kill the giant in you, or help you attain fulfillment.
AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections