FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7
Scripture: Matthew 10:36-39
Matthew 10:36-39 states, “…and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.” The great challenge for the church is to put Jesus above every other pull of life. If we can place Him at the center and consistently walk that way, then while losing our life here, we will find it there. This is so difficult that very few ministers achieve it. One time Jesus appeared to Kenneth Hagin, after he had fallen and broken his elbow. Jesus told him he had not yet entered his first phase of ministry. Hagin protested that he had been ministering for twelve years. Jesus told him that most of those called to ministry never enter the first phase of what God intends. The fear of God hit me when I read that! Fully yielding to God, in our spirit, is prerequisite for the fullness of Who Christ is. Jesus lived it first and then, by the Spirit, said that you and I could follow. If we are willing to go there, then we will see the fullness of that for which we were born and that season is here.