How Will You Respond to the Lord?

There is so much going on in my head now that I really can’t focus on what to write about. I do know that I need to spend further time studying about how we respond. When we look around at the news headlines, we see that a persons response is always in question. In those responses, there is always a presumed correct or right response. For example, LeBron James and the Miami Heat are being questioned about their response to their loss on Monday to the Oklahoma City Thunder. In the Trayvon Martin, the responses of Mr. Zimmerman, the Sanford police department, and the Sanford district attorney’s office were all questioned. The implicit belief was that all responded improperly – wrong. When we look at the upcoming presidential election, the campaigns responses of both President Obama and Mitt Romney are all being questioned.

No matter where we are, people are being judged; yet, when it comes to spiritual matters, we are less likely to have such a discriminating voice. Nevertheless, we will be held accountable for our responses to the Lord Jesus Christ. Let’s see what Jesus said about how people responded to Him. PLEASE read this passage. PLEASE question yourself as to whom the response is being assessed. PLEASE read the passage again asking God to speak to you.

Matthew 12:22-37

22 Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. 23 All the people were astonished and said, “Could this be the Son of David?”

24 But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebub, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.”

25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? 27 And if I drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 28 But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.

29 “Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can rob his house.

30 “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters. 31 And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.

33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers,how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36 But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

 I will reserve any statements today. I just wanted you to read the passage and look for how people responded and what Jesus had to say about their response. We know from Christ’s Sacrifice Once for All what the consequence will be at the end, but the passage gives us some insights about that end. Lord willing, I will be back tomorrow with my insights.

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