Luke 13:31-35

Luke 13:31-35

I'm going to continue to do my Father's work. I'm going to continue to spread the love that my Father had for me. I'm going to be bold. I'm going to step out. I'm not going to run away.If you are trying to impress God, guess what? Stop. It’s not going to happen. It doesn’t work. God is not impressed with our efforts. God loves us already. He doesn’t want us performing for Him. If we do things, He wants it to be done because we love Him, and we know He loves us. When we help other, it needs to be done because we love Him, and we know He loves us, not because we are performing for Him…

Do you realize that if God has called you, you do not need to be afraid of this world? It is not the world that controls your destiny. It is not the world that controls what you’re about. It is not the world that tells you how to live your life. It is God’s Holy Spirit that tells us how to live and how to die and when to die…

Don’t fear death. It’s going to come. You know what we need to be afraid of is that we have not made every effort to know the One Who loves us; that we’ve made every effort to share that love with others to enter through the narrow door…

No one can prevent you from living for God… Your life and your destiny are in God’s hands…

We’re all alive, right? That means you have time to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with somebody. You have time to share the love of God with somebody. You have today. You have tomorrow. You have the number of days that God has given you, and those days are controlled by Him… I better get busy and open my mouth and tell people, “Jesus loves you…”

Only you and the power of God’s Holy Spirit can control what you do…

We do not have to be sidetracked by the world, though we are often sidetracked by the world. We are offered this and offered that, and we allow money to rule everything, and then wonder why we get so afraid when someone starts talking about death…

I’m going to continue to do my Father’s work. I’m going to continue to spread the love that my Father had for me. I’m going to be bold. I’m going to step out. I’m not going to run away. This is what Jesus is saying. This is the example that Jesus is laying out for us, and then was even willing to love and mourn for those who would take His life…

He desires for us to see His love. He desires for us to understand what our salvation is and how we come to it. And He desires for us to see the vastness of all that He’s created and then know that, in the midst of all that He’s created, He loves you, and He loves me. And we don’t have to be afraid. My destiny is not in the hands of this world. My destiny is not in the hands of a president that rules over this nation. My destiny is not in the hands of anybody in this world. My life is in the hands of God alone. My life and all that I am belongs to God, and no man can take that away…

I’m going to serve God with all that there is inside of me, and guess what is inside of me? God’s Holy Spirit. We have everything we need to continue on. We are not walking with empty shells, but when we’ve asked Jesus to come into our life He gives us His Holy Spirit to make it possible to move forward…

It should not be a mystery to us that people will hate us because we love Jesus. It should not be a mystery to us that people will do mean things to us because we love Jesus. It should not be a mystery. But so often we live our lives as though, when the bad things happen, when the persecution comes, we live our lives as though it shouldn’t be happening this way. Well, it should be. It happened to Jesus and it will happen to us, but we don’t have to fear it, and in fact, we can mourn for those who are bringing the persecution, and we can love them. We can be a part of their lives.

Dave Elkins

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