Faith
Wednesday August 8, 2012
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
FAITH COMMENTARY
"Follow Me"

The words that Christ is saying to Peter and Matthew in Matthew 4:19 (KJV) are also words that apply to me:

    And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

“Follow Me” are instructions from Christ and they require that I know what they mean; they ask me if I am included amongst those that Christ calls His Fishers of Men and if I am, John 10:27 (KJV) speaks to me:

    My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

Listening is an art that allows me to hear Him and in Psalm 95:7 (KJV) I observe hearing His voice to be a vehicle placing me in His Hand:
 
    For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,
Hearing His voice places me in His pasture which is where following Him takes me.  This puts me one on one with Him allowing Him to assist me in solving personal problems; John 10:3 (KJV) shows Him personally involved with me and leading me out:
    To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.

Following God leads me close to Him and that leaves no space remaining for problems to fester.  Luke 9:23 (KJV) shows denying myself to be required if I am to follow Him:
 
   And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

Denying myself draws me close to Christ and with Him being so lonesome, He likes it.  Taking up my cross and following Him serves my needs and His by taking me to His world.
Psalm 23:6 (KJV) shows following Christ a necessary ingredient as following Christ is required if I am to be to be with Him in the eternity: 
    Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Following God and joining Him takes away loneliness as well as removing turmoil that confronts me; it makes me the whole person that I desire to be.

The ball is in my court as I ask myself:

Am I sick and tired of Satan being successful when He attempts to steer me in his direction?

Is now the time for me to listen to God as He cries:  “Follow Me”?

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Pastor Billy Johnson can be reached by email at billy@lakeshorebible.info or viewed online at www.lakeshorebible.com