If God Be God, Serve Him

People sometimes say “I’m a self made man” or “I can do my own thing”, but
Psalms 100:3 says “know you that the Lord Yahweh, He is God, it is He that has
made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture”.  

Many times through out the Bible mankind would find themselves “doing what was
right in their own eyes”, and was then compelled to make a choice who they would
serve.  

Joshua after they had crossed over Jordan and divided the land that God had
promised His people; tells them “now therefore fear (reverence) the Lord Yahweh
and serve Him in sincerity and in truth and put away the gods which your fathers
served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt, and serve you the Lord
Yahweh.  And if it seem evil to you to serve the Lord Yahweh, choose you this day
whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the
other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell, but as
for me and my house, we will serve the Lord Yahweh.  And the people answered
and said, God forbid that we should forsake the Lord Yahweh to serve other gods.  
For the Lord Yahweh our God, He it is that brought us up and our fathers out of
the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which did those great signs in
our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went; and among all the
people through whom we passed.  And the Lord Yahweh drove out from before us
all the people, even the Amorites which dwelled in the land, therefore will we also
serve the Lord Yahweh for He is our God” (Joshua 24:14-18).  But it was short
lived, the Bible says “and Israel served the Lord Yahweh all the days of Joshua,
and all the days of the elders that over lived Joshua, and which had known all the
works of the Lord Yahweh that He had done for Israel” verse 31.

By the time King Ahab and Jezebel ruled over Israel, the people were worshipping
and serving Baal, but Elijah got a word from the Lord Yahweh, and he went to king
Ahab and told him that it would not rain until I tell you, and it didn’t rain for three
and a half years.  Again the word of the Lord Yahweh came to Elijah saying “go
show yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain upon the earth” (I Kings 18:1).  Elijah
showed himself to Ahab and then told Israel to gather all Israel to mount Carmel,
and the prophets of Baal.  And Elijah came to all the people and said “How long will
you hesitate between two opinions?  If the Lord Yahweh be God, follow Him; but if
Baal, then follow him, and the people answered him not a word.  He told the
prophets of Baal to offer a sacrifice to their god, and that he would offer a sacrifice
to the Lord Yahweh and told them to “call you on the name of your gods, and I will
call on the name of the Lord Yahweh, and the God that answers by fire, let Hi be
God.  And all the people answered and said, it is well spoken” (I King 18:24).  The
prophets of Baal called on their god and nothing happened, and then Elijah called
on the Lord Yahweh and even after pouring water over the sacrifice and filling a
trench with water, “then the fire of the Lord Yahweh fell, and consumed the burned
sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust and licked up the water that
was in the trench.  And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and they
said.  The Lord Yahweh, He is the God; the Lord Yahweh, He is the God” (verse
39).

God’s rule and authority as Lord rests ultimately upon His creation and ownership
of all things and people (Psalms 24:1-2) “the earth is the Lord Yahweh’s and the
fullness thereof, the world, and they that dwell therein.  For He has founded it upon
the seas, and established it upon the floods”.

The prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel among others, continued over and
over again to warn the people and to get the people to put away their strange
gods.  They went into captivity and He would deliver them and for a short time they
would serve the Lord Yahweh, but not for long.

God promised to take the stony heart out of His people and put a new heart within
them (Ezekiel 11:19) “and I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within
you, and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of
flesh”.  This was fulfilled by the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Serving God is letting your will die, and submitting to His will for your life. Jesus is
our example; in the garden of Gethsemane He submitted His will to the Father, He
said “O My Father, if this cup may not pas away from Me, except I drink it, Your will
be done” (Matthew 26:42).

Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had, (Philippians 2:5-9) “though
He was God, He did not demand and cling to His rights as God.  he made Himself
nothing; He took the humble position of a slave ad appeared in human form.  And
in human form He obediently humbled Himself even further by dying a criminal’s
death on the cross.  Because of this, God raised Him up to the heights of heaven
and gave Him a name that is above every other name”.  

Humbling ourselves as Christ did, obediently doing what God wants (Romans 6:12-
14) “let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in the
lusts thereof.  Neither yield you your members as instruments of unrighteousness
to sin; but yield yourselves to God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your
members an instruments of righteousness to God.  For sin shall not have dominion
over you; for you are not under the law, but under grace”.  Instead, give
yourselves completely to God, and use your whole body as a tool to do what is
right.  We are to submit ourselves to Christ and remain pure.

God has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the
kingdom of His dear Son (Colossians 1:13).  Many call Jesus their Savior, but have
not received Him as their Lord.  Jesus being our Lord means He has rule over us (I
Corinthians 11:3) “but I would have you know that the head of every man is Christ,
and the head of the woman is the man, and the head of Christ is God”.  If Jesus
honored His Father, we should honor Him.

Jesus said “He that has My commandments and keeps them, he it is that loves Me,
and he that loves Me shall be loved of My Father and I will love him, and will
manifest Myself to him.  If a man love Me, he will keep My words, and My Father will
love him, and We will come to him, and make Our abode with him” (John 14:
21,23).  The good news is the He sent the Spirit as our helper we can be led by the
Spirit of God in all that we do.  The Spirit of God transforms our motives for
serving.  Jesus is the King of kings, and Lord of lords, we are the kings that He is
King of.  

Jesus said to them “why call you Me, Lord Lord and do not the things which I say.  
Whosoever comes to Me, and hears My says, and does them, I will show you to
whom he is like.  He is like a man which built an house and dig deep, and laid the
foundation on a rock, and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon
that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded upon a rock.  But he that
hears, and does not, is like a man that without a foundation built a house upon the
earth, against which the stream did beat vehemently and immediately it fell, and
the run of that house was great” (Luke 6:46-49).

He also warned “many will say to Me, in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not
prophesied in Your name, and in Your name have cast out devils, and in Your
name done many wonderful works.  And then will I profess to them, I never knew
you, depart from Me, you that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:22-23).  

Jesus told us how to serve God, He said “if any man will come after Me, let him
deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me” (Matthew 16:24).  Examine
yourself to see if you are following Jesus.

He said “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul,
and with all your mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second
is like it.  You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39).   Forgive
those that hurt you (Matthew 6:14-15) “for if you forgive men their trespasses, your
heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you forgive not men their trespasses,
neither will your Father forgive your trespasses”.  Remember that you were a
prodigal son once, and that the blood of Jesus has the power to cleanse all sin.  
Jesus’ last command was to “go you into all the world, and preach the gospel to
every creature.  He that believes and is baptized shall be saved, but he that
believes nor shall be dammed” (Mark 16:15-16, also in Matthew 28:18-20).

We are also told to pray for all men (I Timothy 2:1-4) “I exhort therefore, that first of
all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all
men.  For kings, and for all that are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and
peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.  For this is good and acceptable in the
sight of God our Savior.  Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the
knowledge of the truth”.

Many believers think that because we are saved by grace, we can do whatever we
want to, but Romans 6:16 says “know you not that to whom you yield yourselves
servants to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey, whether of sin to death,
or of obedience to righteousness”.  Again in Galatians 6:7-8 says “be not
deceived, God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap.  
For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to
the Sprit, shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting”.  

James tells us “But He gives more grace; wherefore He says, God resists the
proud, but gives grace to the humble.  Submit yourselves therefore to God.  Resist
the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you
(James 4:6-8a).

God tells you to do these things that will keep you out of the hands of the devil
(Ephesians 4:26-29) “be you angry, and sin not; let not the sun go down upon your
wrath.   Neither give place to the devil.  Let him that stole, steal no more, but rather
let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to
give to him that needs.  Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth,
but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace to the
hearers”.

Let us practice our submission to God, by going to Him and asking Him what He
would have us to do?  Instead of going to Him and telling Him what we are going to
do.   

Study by:  Harriet Bond
Date: February 3, 2009
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