Online Christian Fellowship
(The Church in the Web)
Theme: Conflicting Realities: ‘The Acceptable Realities.’
Text: Gen. 22:7-13; Joshua 24:14-25.
If you have been following our discourse here, you’ll realize we have been talking about the above topic, Conflicting Realities; examining it from various contexts: making a decision, in danger, and when in lack, sickness, and promotion.
In the last lesson, we briefly looked at a different topic, ‘The Battle of Engedi.’ In all of those teaching, we were examining the realities that come to play when we are making a decision to be who we are; Believers, in certain cases.
It would appear as a reality the decision we make viewed from a worldly rational perspective, just as they would appear to be real if we consider those same decisions applying a spiritual understanding.
In today’s lesson, which is a conclusion of the conflicting series, we will look at what then is an acceptable reality on the plethora of conflicting realities we encounter as we make a decision in our everyday activities as believers, though living in a worldly environment, know that those decision manifest in every sphere of our life.
- An Open Choice: Joshua 24:14-18.
From the day the Israelites were delivered from the land of Egypt, to the death of Moses, and to the point they took possession of the Promised Land, they had faced various conflicting situations in their relationship with God.
Joshua was saddled with the responsibility of leading them to achieve this fit; the possession of the Promised Land. Now, he was stricken with age and decided to call them together to layout the ordinances and statutes of God, based on what He had promised Moses.
His action was what any father would do with his children in the twilight of his life; calling them together to explain their life journey in the hand of the Almighty God, and asking them that supreme question in verse 15; this has become a watchword for believers today.
“And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, chose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.’
This is the same question the Lord is asking us today as we have seen the decision the characters in the Bible we have studied from the beginning of this series made, and the outcome of those decisions. What is the reality that is acceptable to you as true believers?
- Evidence of Choosing the Acceptable Reality: John 13:13-35.
In the above text, Jesus, the Master, and Captain of the Christian Pilgrimage explained what He expects and needs from His disciples. Verses 33-35… “Little children, I shall be with you a little while longer. You will seek me: and as I said to the Jews, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’ So now I say to you. New commandments I give to you love one another: as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
“By this, all will know that you are My disciples if you have love for one another.”
In Mark 16:15-16, he gave another instruction that we should go out into the world and preach the gospel. This commandment was also reported in the book of Matthew 28: 18-20 and emphasized in John 21: 15-17.
- God Will Provide: Gen. 22:18; Mark. 16:17-18; Phil. 4:19.
In our dire situation, in our conflicting situations, if we accept the Lord, walk in his ways and obey His instruction even as He provided a lamb for the burnt offering for Abraham. He will always provide a way for us; he will always be with us, Matt. 28:20. At the end, we will be willing and ready to say, as Paul declared in;
2Tim.4:7-8… “I have fought a good fight…laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge shall give at the day, and not to me only, but unto all of them that loves His appearing.”
Which is your Acceptable Reality?