MORNINGTIME 4017by Benjamin Munsell on May 24, 2022
Whosoever therefore shall CONFESS ME before men, him WILL I CONFESS ALSO before My Father which is in Heaven. But whosoever shall DENY ME before men, HIM WILL I ALSO DENY before My Father which is in Heaven. Matthew 10:32-33. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after Me, LET HIM DENY HIMSELF, and take up his Cross, AND FOLLOW ME. Matthew 16:24. He (Jesus) must increase, but I (John) must decrease. John 3:30. Please allow me to write this as a strongly worded Illustration only to get the concept across. If Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords, then we are nothing but bond servants to do ALL His Bidding. As such we have no rights to expect ANYTHING from the Master. He gives us ONLY what He wants us to have and only for His Pleasure. WE GET NOTHING, except He gives it to us. Therefore, whatever the Master requests, the word "No" isn't even in our vocabulary. To say "No" is to deny the Master of something He wants. The Master alone knows what's best for His bondservant and for one to say "No" is to put yourself above the Master, because you know better than the Master? You pull that stunt, with no Repentance, you're a walking dead man. Even "common sense" shows this. Argue against your boss at work and what he wants and see how long you stay on the job. Christ has EVERY phase, EVERY aspect, and EVERY trial of your life Perfectly worked out for you to Grow in CHRISTLIKENESS, and you dare say "No" to Him? More specifically, if you deny knowing Christ before men, this means you fear men and what men can do to you MORE than you fear Christ and what He WILL do to you. To Deny Christ as your Lord and Saviour is to Eternally die, to solidly Acknowledge Christ as being your Lord and Saviour is to Live FOR Him no matter what, even in the face of wicked men and their evil doings. At its worst, pain is but for a moment. Then it's Christ FOREVER. Your response to Knowing Christ will quickly show you, and the world around you, if you will, Be Blessed.