If you were to ask five different people (who would be candid) about whom Jesus is, you would likely get five different answers. However, each answer is unique to each individual’s personal experience or relationship with him. I dare say it is easier to determine what Jesus is not than to assume to know all that He is. Take some time to think about who he is to you. As we embark on this journey through the gospels let’s pay special attention to the attributes that characterize our Lord and Savior. Here’s a good start going through the book of Matthew four chapters per part exploring what the bible has to say about Jesus. Take the challenge one part per week. Study the chapters for the week then after reading all four chapters at least twice then watch the video. **Pause** on the Question slide and answer for yourself before continuing.
1.GTTGMW1 – Liv4Christ4ever has begun an awesome series entitled “Going Through The Gospels” (GTTG) that focuses on how we are to live a “Christ-like” life. Just as pro-athletes must practice regularly to excel, we too must practice our walk, daily, which leads to a far greater reward; paying special attention to the attributes that characterize our Lord and Savior. Are you obedient as Christ was obedient to Father? Or are you focused on sacrificing instead? Jesus says If you love me keep my commandments.
2.GTTGMW2 – In this second installment to Liv4Christ4ever’s series “Going Through The Gospels” (GTTG) Jesus gives his “Sermon on the Mount” which further illuminates who He is and what He wants for true believers. Every dictate reveals a matter of one’s heart. For if the heart is right, we will certainly live a righteous life. The question for you is, “Are you following the ‘letter’ of the law or the ‘spirit’ of the law?. For the spirit makes the law of no affect. PDF
3.GTTGMW3 – Installment three of the “Going Through The Gospels” (GTTG) brings up a very pertinent point that many saints fail to focus on and that is one of discernment. As Liv4Christ4ever points out very succinctly, the Word constantly warns us to be able to discern what/who’s spirit we are following. For we, as willing servants of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, should only desire to follow Him. Unfortunately, many of us allow the enemy to lead us astray by catering to our fleshly desires, giving no thought to God’s will for our lives. What have you allowed yourself to be deceived by in lieu of God’s will? PDF
4. GTTGMW4 – “How did you receive God’s Word?” As Liv4Christ4ever quotes from the Gospel of Mathew 13:20-22 in his “Going Through The Gospels” (GTTG) series, two types of people were the focus; one that received the seed (Word) amongst stony places and is full of joy upon hearing but has no roots. Alas, once a trial beckons he is as the soul in James 1:6(b) “…For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.” The second received the Word as one among thorns or a thicket that chokes out that which is alien to his “normal” environment and once he begans to re-focus on the things of the world, is drawn back in. An excellent analogy to this is when Jesus commanded Peter to walk on the water. As long as he kept his eyes on Jesus all was well, “But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.” – Matt 14:30. So ask yourself, “What’s your focus?”
5. GTTGMW5 – Liv4Christ4ever touches on quite a few topics in this installment to his series “Going Through The Gospels” (GTTG). From learning of and staying within the boundaries set for us by God Almighty, the granting of mercy in lieu of fairness and finally culminating in what it means to have a “mountaintop experience” with Christ. I, for one, thank God each and every day that I did not have to go to the cross for my sins yet I still ask myself why I have not done all I can to show my profound gratitude. …and still He favors me with His mercy and grace; “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.” – Psalm 23:6. Then there is the inevitable “mountaintop experience” which, if we are in Christ, have or will eventually have. As explained by Liv4Christ4ever it is a culmination of being taken from faith to faith (“For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written…” – Rom 1:17(a)) and glory to glory, (“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” – 2Cor 3:18). It’s not a question of “if” it will happen to the believers, simply “when”.
6. GTTGMW6 – “…O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” – Matt 26:39(b). The mark of a true leader is in learning how to be and then being a true follower. Jesus demonstrates these qualities at Gethsemane where his relationship with his father becomes crystal clear. Leadership is not based upon what one likes rather, what is best. Thus, in the same vein, who’s mentoring you for leadership, God or Mammon?
7. GTTGMW7 – The final installment of Liv4Christ4ever’s series, “Going Through The Gospels” (GTTG) brings it all home. First you must know Jesus for yourself (“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” – 2Tim 2:15). To do this, know that the world will constantly attempt to distract and seduce you with the desires of the flesh. Herein you must: “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” – 1 Thes 5:21; knowing that which is good comes only from God. “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” 1Cor 15:58. Amen.