Luke 6:37-49

Luke 6:37-49

Guys, pay attention to who you're learning from. Don't just go out and listen to every philosophy that's on the market. Pay attention to what's being taught. Is it bringing you to a place of seeing your need to draw closer to Jesus?We don’t like some of these verses because it means that we, then, have to reevaluate our lives, but the verses are there. And the one thing I promised the Lord many years ago when He called me to be a pastor was that, even if I didn’t like the verse, I would not eliminate the verse or try to change the verse. And sometimes, now, I eat those words. I regret having made that promise, because it’s made me evaluate my heart and my life, and I hope it would do the same for all of us in the room today: make us evaluate who we are.

Because Jesus doesn’t want us to be better people. Jesus wants us to be perfect people. And He knows we can’t be perfect in and of ourselves, and He knows what He’s laying out here is impossible for us to do. He knows that we can not love our enemies, and He knows that we can not forgive the debts against us, and He knows that we can not go without judging when people are doing things around us… But even though He knows that we can not live this life that He is laying out, I think He made a promise to His Father before He came. That even if they didn’t like it and He didn’t like it, He was going to give the Word the way it needed to be given, whether we like it or not, because this is the life He wants us to live. This is the life that we need to have, and these are the Words that we need to hear. Do not judge. Love your enemy. Bless those who curse you. I mean, these are concepts that are way beyond us most of the time…

It’s very important that we evaluate our hearts often, and we keep short accounts, and that we not judge. We let God be the Judge, because in letting God be the Judge, then He sees the truth. He knows the hearts of men, and He judges that that comes from the heart. He doesn’t judge that that’s outward that we see. He knows the motives behind everything that’s done…

Do you want love in good measure? Do you want friendship in good measure? Do you want, when you have need, to have that need met in good measure? Do you want to be forgiven, when you blow it, in good measure? Then these are the things that we need to do, because the measure that we use is the measure that it will be given back to us. When we allow for the petty things that happen around us to hurt us and cause us to judge and withdraw from each other, then that’s what’s going to happen to us. That’s the measure that’s going to be measured out to us. Jesus does not want for us to be given the measure of condemnation that we deserve. That’s why He came, so that we would not have to be filled up with judgement and condemnation. But He wants us to know that there is forgiveness in abundance for us, and there is love in abundance for us. But in order to receive that love and that forgiveness, we need to love and forgive…

But I want God’s love, and I want God’s love in good measure. And I want your love, and I want your love in good measure. I want to have friendships, and I want to have those friendships in good measure. So I better be about loving and being a friend. I better be about forgiving, and then I will see these things poured out into my lap…

Guys, pay attention to who you’re learning from. Don’t just go out and listen to every philosophy that’s on the market. Pay attention to what’s being taught. Is it bringing you to a place of seeing your need to draw closer to Jesus? To have His Spirit cleanse you? And that your goodness is found only in Him, not in yourself?… When we follow blindly, and we lead blindly, we fall into a pit…

Do you want to know how you can know you’re a believer? When the torrents come, when the trials of life hit you between the eyes, and the first thing that comes to your mind is, “Lord, I will trust You. This may be rough, this may be hard, but I will trust You.” And it doesn’t mean that you’re not going to be shaken. It does not mean you’re not going to be hit in the face with a cold bucket of water. It doesn’t mean you’re not going to be tried. But it’s where you laid your foundation that proves your salvation. That proves your relationship to God, that when you’re challenged, you stand through it…

You will be tested. You will be tried. You will be challenged. It may not be today, it may not be this week, but this life will challenge you. God’s enemy will challenge you. Your flesh will challenge you. And what is it you have to hold onto? God’s Word. What has He said? When challenges come, even if I don’t like His Word — such as last week — it doesn’t matter whether I can justify myself or not. What matters is what does God’s Word say? And am I willing to obey it? And if I’m willing to obey it, then my feet are firmly planted…

Jesus knows our hearts. He knows what’s stored up in our hearts. And it doesn’t take long for what’s in your heart to overflow from your mouth. People will know, you will know, and God already knows.

Dave Elkins

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