Good morning! Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance! Today we are testing ourselves with God's definition of denounce.
Matthew 11v20 Then Jesus began to denounce the cities in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent.
We have a loving and merciful God who has given us every blessing we can ever hope for or imagine. His love for us goes beyond anything we could ever imagine filling up what is absent in our souls. Most of us live through life not truly knowing it is his love that completes our souls and fills each longing need we desire by His power working in our daily lives. He showers us with many blessings and miracles without us receiving His love that gives us the heart to repent and truly change. Some of us know his miracles are from Him and we believe in Him enough to thank him for healing our sickness. Some believe in Him enough for saving our sons and daughters from accidents, we believe in Him enough to go to church and read the Bible and memorize every word. Some believe in Him enough to testify about His miracles in our lives, some believe in Him enough to work hard for Him, some believe in Him enough to pray in His name BUT we do not believe and love Him enough to let Him CHANGE US! If we are not changing then we have not given ourselves to Him in Faith for Him to be our LORD, so we can receive the Holy Spirit and repent. We are not going to be changing peoples lives because we ourselves have not changed our lives.( Isaiah 61 They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.) Some of us are being denounced because we have the same fears, we still worry, and we still have a hopelessness and a human weakness we have not given to Him. Some of us face a problem with the same fear when it arrives. Some of us have become more proud of our work we do for Him instead of proud to be used by Him, for His work He does through us. Some of us have become offensive when we are not recognized as the giver of the message, instead of being thankful the message is given. Some of us can be easily deceived and become too proud in where we believe He has brought us, when it is "our" path we are following. What fruit in you is being brought in the light? The fruit of the Holy Spirit or the bad fruit by the deceiver? Some of our hearts have become too hard by exalting ourselves, we do not listen to others that are led by Christ, and see His miracles working, because our ears and eyes are not on Him. Some of our ears and our eyes have become blind to Him in who He truly is. Some of us focus on ourselves and others more than we focus on our Lord and our Savior. Our hearts and our minds are set on what we need to do for ourselves and others, rather than what He wants to do in us for ourselves so we can be used by Him for others. REPENT so you will not be denounced! We are His humble servants that He works through, we do not work for Him for us to be glorified but Him to be glorified through us and all around us.! We do not make ourselves disciples and followers of Jesus Christ, He does. (Matthew 11v29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.) We will be exalted because His love in us is being exalted, we repent and change because we let His love change us! It is His work of love that will be exalted not ours. We see His miracles of love in us and working all around us because we are changed because He has changed us, we are not His denounced cities, we are His light of love burning in the cities! Our cities are changing because His love has changed us!!( Read Isaiah 61 and Matthew 11 and 12)