MAY 25 - Proverbs 25 and Luke 14:31-33

MAY 25 - PROVERBS 25:2 and LUKE 14:31-33
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"It is the glory of God to conceal a thing; but the honor of kings is to search out a matter."
Proverbs 25:2
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The Strategic King
"Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassador, and desireth conditions of peace? So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple."
Luke 14:31-33
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Illustration with 25 - Create a head in the top of the #2 and utilize it's base as a kneeling posture; make an arm extension holding a book or in prayer (pondering King) and add a "Hmm..." beside his head. Between the #'s 2 and 5 place the multiplication sign and after the #5 = 10 (10,000 & recall the 20,000). This illustration brings to mind our need to study and search out spiritual matters as they are placed before us, with a consideration to effective strategy and expectation of an involved cost.
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Christ's "call" on our lives imposes a cost.
Consider the 12 disciples and characters throughout the Bible who were called into relationship with God and what was required of them:
Abraham, Moses, Peter, Paul, Esther, Ruth, Anna, Simeon, Joseph, Mary, etc.
Without exception, each individual's life was dramatically changed as they surrendered themselves to the Lordship of Christ.
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If we are "closed" to the consideration of Christ altering our preconceived plans for our future, we place ourselves at great risk in losing the primary purpose of our existance.
Fleshly temporal dreams, desires, and goals are no match to the eternal ones that Christ has "for" us.
It is only in fulfilling His will for our lives ... that our lives find true fulfillment.
Let us, this moment, give thought and consideration to what it means to be a follower of Christ once again.
In earnest contemplation and on our knees, let us evaluate like the wise king, whether our pursuits are marked with the provision Christ has determined for us or whether we are living lives independent of Him.
Are we prepared for the day of battle or so engrossed in our earthly lives that we're too busy to see what we've already lost?
Ought we not to call our great and holy Ambassador in and inquire of His plans for our lives  ... and then adjust accordingly?
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."
Jeremiah 29:11
Offer this moment and your future to Christ.
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Days have been lived in negligence of Your best made plans for our lives, Lord. How futile life becomes and how centrally focused on "self" we become without You.
Would You redirect, restructure, and realign us with Your will through Your word, Father?
Would You, once again, restore to us the joy of our salvation?
Grant us wisdom into the next step we take and give us a "sure word" for the direction You would have us to go and then help us to take it.
Thy will be done.
Amen.
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THREE SUGGESTIONS
1) Compose a list of 6 Bible characters and record the changes that were made in each life as a result of a life-changing encounter with Christ.
2) Record "your" name and record what changes have occured in your life as a result of your relationship with Christ.
3) What is the next step Christ is asking you to take ... and what will it cost you?