Seeking Jesus First - May 5, 2023

Seeking Jesus First - May 5, 2023
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“Let” - Part One

LET is an imperative verb which is used extensively as a command for us to follow. It puts us in charge of the decision, but it doesn’t leave any room for guessing as to which decision the speaker desires us to make. Over the next few days…

We will look at a collection of these “Let” Scriptures in The New Testament. They are loosely categorized each day to flow in a general direction.

LET your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16, NKJV)

Jesus tells His listeners to “LET your light shine” for other to see. In a direct translation, it says, “LET shine the light of you” so that people will see the good that God is doing in you and give Him thanks, worship, glory and praise. Your life becomes an extension of a good God working in the earth. Your good works reflect the will of God and the manifestation of heaven on earth.

Who is wise and understanding among you? LET him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.” (James 3:13, NKJV)

God is interested in our conduct and conversation. If we have wisdom and understanding, our conduct and conversation will reflect that. Our words actions will be based upon faith so they will be unwavering, but they will be done in such a way as to extend the compassion and love of God to those around us.

But LET your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.” (Matthew 5:37, NKJV)

God desires us to be people of integrity. This comes as no surprise from someone WHO CANNOT LIE. We are partakers of His divine nature. As we mature, we become more like Him.

But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But LET your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,” lest you fall into judgment. Is anyone among you suffering? LET him pray. Is anyone cheerful? LET him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? LET him call for the elders of the church, and LET them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.” (James 5:12–15, NKJV)

As people of integrity, we LET our light shine. We pray when we suffer and we praise when we  are cheerful. And we always give thanks and rejoice - even while we are suffering and praying. We can give thanks and rejoice while we are suffering and praying because God is not a man that He should lie.

We just stand on the Word of God as a firm and sure foundation. We believe what He has said. We trust the character and words of Jesus and Our Father in Heaven. Then we do what He says. We start praying and giving thanks. We make all of our requests with thanksgiving because God always keeps His word. When He speaks, He reveals His will.

If you are sick, call for the elders of the church and ask them to pray for you while anointing you with oil. Their prayer of faith will heal you and if you have sinned you will be forgiven.

It seems easier to believe that our sins are forgiven than it is to believe that we are healed. We believe our sins are forgiven because God said it. We believe we are healed because God said it. Condemnation and guilt do not get a voice in our forgiveness and pain and symptoms do not get a voice in our healing. God said it and that settles it so I believe it.