20 JANUARY 2019 HUMBLE PERSISTENCE And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; But whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. Mark 8:34-35 (KJV)  We have a personal invitation to come to Jesus with all our needs.There is even a promise attached  if we accept. Jesus is pleased with humble persistence in making our requests. In Scripture we see  that the help available is to any who call on His name it is not restricted to race or nation but is  dependent on our faith. When we have a vision of God’s great storehouse of blessings and then see  Satan’s influence in this wicked world, it behoves us to come to the throne of grace, persistently  imploring God to help us as Hebrews 4:16 says:  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of  grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.  The same Jesus who walked the borders of Tyre and Sidon and Palestine is with us in spirit today.  Jesus cannot be hid. His love shines forth to a lost world, inviting all men to come to Him. The  whole Bible speaks of the greatness of God, creator and ruler of the universe. Everything is under  His command, but to men He has given the power of choice. Jesus helps us upon request. When  Jesus walked this earth, there was no temptation He could not overcome, no sickness He could not  heal, no storm He could not calm, no crowd He could not feed, no prayers He could not answer,  and no heart He could not mend. His power has not diminished!  Man is a dependant being, born  in sin and insufficient of him. God endowed man with a heart and mind that can be permeated  with faith in Him. This faith will make the difference between victory or defeat, peace or storm,  salvation or destruction, and heaven or hell. There are many examples in the gospels that show how faith worked in the people Jesus  ministered to. See how faith worked in the life of the Syrophoenician woman, a woman from a  heathen nation going to the Jewish Messiah. She was not ashamed to bring the workings of Satan  to light. She was ready to accept her unworthiness and that she was not of God’s chosen people.  Yet she persisted in her request.  Are we ready to present ourselves to God just as we are?   Humility will not hide anything or make any false pretence. We lay our all on the altar to come to  God, not because our request deserves to be answered but because He has invited us to come to  Him. When faith is alive in our hearts, we will say with the disciples, “Lord, to whom shall we go?  Thou hast the words of eternal life” (John 6:68). Faith is not a symbol of achievement but an act of  reaching out to God. When we have faith with humility, our relationship with Jesus will never be broken. As we see the  world growing darker, do we pray more often?  Jesus brings opposites into focus: life and death,  gain and loss, the world and the glory of God. We cannot gain something without a cost. The soul  is eternal and will either enjoy the blessings of God eternally or suffer the wrath of God eternally.   The grace of God in our hearts enables us to bear the cross as He calls us to and to endure rebuff,  accusation, ridicule, slander, and opposition.  When our utter helplessness in the face of our  pressing, utmost need causes us to humbly and persistently cry to God, He will hear us and  answer our petition.  God’s grace gives us the power to place our love on Jesus and the gospel.   The decision is yours. Why not make it today? The Lord’s return is imminent.    Courtesy of Gospel Publishers, Moundridge Kansas
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