Sunday, June 24, 2007

When My End is Near-Heb.11.22

The other day I was reading Heb.11.22 - By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions about his bones.
I was struck by the phrase, “when his end was near” and the things about which he spoke…the exodus and the instructions of his bones.
It made me wonder about what I will speak when my end is near. What do I want to make sure is said before I depart from this earth?
1. Keep growing in your love relationship and intimacy with our great God and heavenly Father…
• Matt.22.36-40 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.
2. Never stop loving and being conformed to the image of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ
• Romans 8.29 - For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son…
3. Live in the power and strength and encouragement of the Holy Spirit
• Gal.5.16-18 - So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. 17 For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.
4. Never stop delighting in and meditating on the Scriptures, the Word of God
• Psalm 1.1-3 - Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
5. Always take the low place and trust God to exalt you in His time and way
• Luke 14.7-11 - When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: 8 “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. 9 If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this man your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. 10 But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all your fellow guests. 11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
6. Stay in relationship with people…both insiders and outsiders
• Matt.22.39-40 - And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
7. Know who you are and who you aren’t…know your D-E-S-I-G-N
• Psalm 139.13-17 - For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
8. Keep living by faith in God and all of His promises and not by sight
• Heb.11.6
9. Keep short accounts with God and people…never stop repenting and/or forgiving
• Acts 24.16
10. Be sure to transfer everything over to the Lord…no rights = no anger
• Phil.2.4-6
11. Journal…your story is a part of “HIS story”…pass on to the next generation
• Psalm 73

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