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Other May, I Cannot

Daniel 1:8 Life is a series of choices. We make our decisions and our decisions turn around and make us. Many of us are who we are today because of decisions and choices we made years ago. Choices! Decisions! Which way to go? And so the the road of life comes to a fork. Which one will I follow? Daniel a young teenager has been torn away from his family in Jerusalem and is now faced with a decision whether to obey God or king Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel could have just gone along, after all they were a long way from home, who was going to know the difference. And besides “God understands it’s only food. ”But Daniel” “purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Verse 8 says that he “purposed in his heart”. The NIV version says “But Daniel resolved ...” And yet Another translation says he “made up his mind.” Everything else flows from this. That is, he made up his own mind. Daniel already decided in his heart that he is not going to do things the worldly way. He already decided in his heart he is going to walk by faith and rely on God. The Babylonians could change everything his diet, his location, his education, his language, even his name but they couldn’t change his heart. Why? If I may suggest to you, His heart belonged to God. See When your heart truly belongs to God, you can go anywhere and face any situation and you’ll be okay. You can even live in Babylon and do just fine because your body is in Babylon but your heart is in heaven. Daniel drew a line in the sand and said “This Far and No Farther”

The world has changed since Daniel’s day, but God has not changed. God’s Word has not changed. The world still tries to seduce us. So make up your mind right now that by God’s grace, when those moments come, you will purpose in your heart not to defile yourself. Years ago, I heard a little phrase that has helped me more than once. When faced with a hard moral choice: “Others may, I cannot.” You don’t have to decide for anyone else, but you do have to decide for you. So the question for all of us is, Where is your heart? Does it truly belong to God? Or is your heart fixed on the things of this earth?

Donald Garcia, Assistant Pastor, CCNH

 

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Touched by Jesus?

Jesus Cleanses a Leper Matthew 8.1-4

1 When he came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. 2 And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” 3 And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.”And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4 And Jesus said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a proof to them.” (ESV

V2 And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.”
So this man had an incurable disease and he knew only Jesus could help him.

  • Our own sins make us like this man - like the leper are we willing to confess and cry out for help?
  • Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” how about us today will we be willing to cry out “Lord make us clean”.
    • Notice as well the leper says “if you will” to often we presume to know the will of God when if we’d only pray to the Lord “your will be done” and learn to be content with His answer.

V3 And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
Friends Jesus response to us is always immediate!

  • It's the touch of the master that makes us clean and fit for His work. He told Peter in John 13.5 He must wash him in order for him to be made clean.

At the touch of Jesus the leper was made clean and at the touch of Jesus we are made clean.

There has to be shedding of blood and there must be a substitution made on behalf of the one to be healed/delivered from the sickness.  Jesus has done both at Calvary with a touch the leper was made clean, with a touch He made Peter clean [Jn 13.5] and with a touch He makes all toady clean who would cry out in their time of need to be made clean.

When was the last time you cried out for a touch from the master to be made clean fit to do His work.

Pastor J

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