February 22, 2024
Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ,
Jesus said "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit." (St. John 12:24)
It abideth alone
Jesus died on the cross of calvary, was taken off the cross and placed in a tomb, but on the third day He arose from the dead. After forty days, He ascended back into Heaven giving hope to all that believe in Him, eternal life and resurrection hope.
"Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?" (St. John 11:25-26)
Because Jesus died and arose again, He brought forth much fruit.
Except a corn of wheat fall into the
ground and die, it abideth alone
"Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. (Matthew 16:24-25)
1. Except a life die to self, there will be no decision.
a. Decision to realize there is a need for salvation.
b. Decision to realize there is a need for a changed life.
c. Decision to realize there is a need for the Lord's leading in one's life.
2. Except a life die to self, there will be no devotion.
a. Devotion, willing to live for God.
b. Devotion, desiring to seek after God.
c. Devotion, to fulfill God's calling in one's life.
3. Except a life die to self, there will be no direction toward the things of God.
a. Direction to live for the glory of God.
b. Direction to live willing to wait on God.
c. Direction to live wanting to be instructed by the Word of God.
4. Except a life die to self, there will be no dedication.
a. Dedication of one's life to the needs of the work of God.
b. Dedication of one's life to respond to open doors of opportunity.
c. Dedication of one's life to see God's provisions He has provided.
It abideth alone
1. Have you picked up your cross to follow Jesus?
2. Have you died to self and allowed Jesus to be Lord of your life?
3. Our daily life will reveal oneself.
"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." (Galatians 6:9)