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Thought and Prayer for Saturday, September 30, 2017

Saturday, September 30, 2017

September 30, 2017 FOLLOW JESUS

Babies learn to follow at an early age. They first follow with their eyes and then with their feet as they begin to walk. When they grow older, they begin to follow with their actions. We all know children will quickly repeat what they see and hear. But what about as we grow into adulthood? We tend to follow the crowd. We tend to follow where our emotions and desires lead us. But don’t we know better? Don’t we know our emotions and desires lead us down the wrong path? Haven’t we experienced enough pain to know focusing on following the ways of the world or focusing on self leads to dead ends?

If we want to truly live a life that was meant for us to live, we need to follow Jesus. If we don’t know how, we need to go to Him and He will help us. We need to have a conversation with Him, get into His word and turn from our sins. He is ready and waiting on us to follow Him. It’s never too late to stop following the wrong path and start following Jesus.

SCRIPTURE:
John 14:6 “Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.’” (NLT)

ACTION STEPS:
1. List some wrong paths you have followed.
2. Write down those who are still on the wrong path.
3. Pray for them and for you to stay focused on Jesus.
4. Know following Jesus is the only way to knowing God and eternal life.

PRAYER:
Dear Lord, we know the only right way to go is Your way. We know the only true path to follow is Your path. Help us today, Lord, to focus on what it is You want us to do. We want to stop following the ways of the world. We want to stop following our own selfish desires. We want to follow You and go in the direction You created us to go. Show us Your way, today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

REMEMBER:
We can truly follow God’s ways when we choose to keep our eyes on Him.

Hebrews 12:2 “We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.” (NLT)

We are simply spiritual beings living in a body given to us by God. When our spirit follows the Holy Spirit, He will lead us in the right direction.

Ephesians 5:25 “Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.” (NLT)

We should know it is right to follow Jesus but it is difficult as well. We can prepare by studying and applying God’s word to our lives.

FOCUS:
Matthew 10:22 “And all nations will hate you because you are my followers. But everyone who endures to the end will be saved.” (NLT)

When we choose to follow Jesus, we are making the best choice of our lives.
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