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Why Do You Serve God

There is only two reasons for serving God. Because you love Him and because you HATE Satan. What are some reasons you serve God?

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Trav, .... You thought you could see their hearts, just as you think you can see mine.
I'm glad I will not be judge by you.
What comes out of the mouth, you cannot take back. ---Mark_V. on 6/17/10

It is what I don't see in your heart that signify's. U don't fill description of brother either.
What GOD allows is not for me to determine.
If Anti-Christs are burned before I was born...I didn't do it. You honor/worship them, I choose not too. I proud to say I don't. Would I burn my possible cousins? No. Can I change it? No. GOD want me honoring and worshipping them? No.
Thats your job in blindness.
Romans 11:28
As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes:
---Trav on 6/18/10


The only reason I serve God, is because I'm endwelled by the Holy Spirit. If I was not, I would be doing so many other things then studying His Word everyday, and speaking for Him. So glory be to God who endwells all genuine believers with His Spirit. Without Him we can do nothing.
---Mark_V. on 6/18/10


I am going to state my claim and then leave it. Do you love Satan? "Where there is hate there is no love", referring to what I wrote, Has people gone nuts? [umbilical]. Even God hates! The world is not aware that there is a devil. The world is just about as stupid as the devil. If the world knew that there is a devil, the world would hate the devil, thus the world would be serving God. This is not the case. Satan comes only to kill, steal, and to destroy, hence, I hate him. To believe there is a devil you must first believe that there is a God. I am not talking head knowledge, I am talking spiritual knowledge, which only a very few have. Amen.++
---catherine on 6/18/10


Serve God by hating Satan? Where there is hate, there is no love.

It is love - true love - that is the only reason to serve God. It is the only word that will get you into heaven. For all the commandments of the old testament and new hangs upon one word - love. It is the ultimate commandment Jesus spoke of. Just as "many know about God, but deny his power" many, if not most, christians know that they should love, but don't know how. Living a christian life is a 24/7 lifestyle, not a once a week pep talk dished out by denominational churches. Do an online KJV bible search for the keywords "love," "one another," "each other," and "comfort" for it is this love that will get you into heaven.
---Steveng on 6/17/10


Trav, my witness of you was always correct. I always believed you thought you could see someone's heart, just like another person in this blogs, when you condemned all the Jews who went to the ovens of Hitler. You thought you could see their hearts, just as you think you can see mine. I do not have to answer to you, but to my Lord and Savior. I'm glad I will not be judge by you. For if it was up to you, I too belong in the ovens of Hitler. Your words about me, do not hurt me. What comes out of the mouth, you cannot take back. By your answers, condemning a brother or sister who doesn't agree with you seems to be your specialty.
---Mark_V. on 6/17/10




There is only two reasons for serving God. Because you love Him and because you HATE Satan. What are some reasons you serve God?

HEAT SENSITIVE
---francis on 6/17/10


Rob, I agree with you. I feel so ashamed of how little I actually do in service for God compared to the sacrifice paid for my salvation. No way we could even start to compare to that gift. But another thing I am grateful for is that He is merciful & understands our heart. So He knows that we feel unworthy & want to please Him. That's what counts. Isn't it great having Father(Abba),God love us that much. That's why I serve Him. Look how kind & giving He is to His children!!!
---Reba on 6/17/10


I serve GOD because He sent HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON TO TAKE MY PLACE ONE THE CROSS AND TO BE THE PERFECT SACRIFICE FOR MY SINS.

No person, including myself WAS WORTHY OF THIS SACRIFICE, BUT THE SACRICE WAS MADE ANYWAY.

In reality, no person including myself CAN EVER REPAY CHRIST FOR WHAT HE DID!
---Rob on 6/16/10


I hope you are not saying it is me who does not believe the prophets, ...---MarkV. on 5/27/10

By your own mouth/posts you confirm. You bear no marks of a sheep. You lie to preserve a false face/ministry. Rend truth, and almost every post you go against or avoid GOD's OT prophets. You are a "mark" of the times,scripturally many more times than 5.
A sly little deceiver..but,not sly enough.
Psalm 27:11
Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of ....
Luke 19:43
For the days shall come upon thee, .....,
---Trav on 6/17/10


I DON'T KNOW!
---catherine on 6/16/10




francis: I think you're right. It would seem that many want a "something-for-nothing" religion. They want a free ticket to heaven and a get-out-of-hell-free card. I can't figure how this translates into "serving" God.
---jerry6593 on 5/28/10


The most popular reasons are
1: Because others appear to be doing the same things and you want to fit in.

Isaiah 4:1 And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.

2: Don't want to go to the lake of fire:
Proverbs 15:24 The way of life [is] above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.
---francis on 5/27/10


JackB: I'm sorry that my reply has taken so long. Many of my posts have not been printed lately, especially when I mention the Ten Commandments.

I think we are close to agreement. The Law - specifically the Ten Commandments - is the mirror by which we detect sin in our lives. When we see this sin, we run to Jesus and ask His forgiveness. He pays the penalty for our sin (the death sentence) with His blood and cleanses us from it. He also gives us grace to resist the temptation to continue in sin. One day, in the judgement, we will be judged by the standard of this same Ten Commandment Law. Why then should so many Christians claim that the Ten Commandments are no longer relevant to them?
---jerry6593 on 5/27/10


Trav, you said you never know, yet you said it was ok to burn those millions of Jews in ovens, that seemed ok to you as you backed it up with scripture out of context.
You said,
This is true. I never know....for a while. Heart & Scripture reveal. Or rejection of. Would one of GOD's found sheep go against scriptural witnesses/prophets? No. Do GOD's sheep attack....when pointed to greener grass? No."
I hope you are not saying it is me who does not believe the prophets, because I do believe in them, it is you I do not believe. And yes, one of God's sheep has the right to tell another when he is wrong if he is. And you my friend are wrong. No one deserves being burn alive in ovens, not even you.
---MarkV. on 5/27/10


Trav,
"Ezekiel 34:11
For thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out"
It is God who seeks them out not you. You think you know who they are but you do not know their hearts.
---MarkV. on 5/25/10

This is true. I never know....for a while. Heart & Scripture reveal. Or rejection of. Would one of GOD's found sheep go against scriptural witnesses/prophets? No. Do GOD's sheep attack....when pointed to greener grass? No.
Always see written laws at work in the sheep's heart at some point. Heb8:10.
1 John 4:1
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
---Trav on 5/26/10


Trav, you want others to explain it because you do not know it yourself with all that talk you give and all the sarcasism. You gave with your opinion two passages, the first,
"Jeremiah 23:1
Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD."

you should take its advice for you do not know what you are saying since you do not only scatter the sheep, you believe it is ok to burn them alive. The second,
"Ezekiel 34:11
For thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out"

It is God who seeks them out not you. You think you know who they are but you do not know their hearts.
---MarkV. on 5/25/10


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This whole lost sheep thing is easily explained, ---micha9344 on 5/19/10

Sure is taking a long time for an easy explain. Have you lost your Sheep?

Google Sheep. So you'll know what to look for, shepherd boy.

Jeremiah 23:1
Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD.
Ezekiel 34:11
For thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.
---Trav on 5/24/10


You seem to be confusing those two, either putting them with Judah or counting them in with the lost.
Anyways, This whole lost sheep thing is easily explained, ---micha9344 on 5/19/10

Explain on o knowledgable one. At minimum we know you will use several prophetical witnesses, to support your New Covenant revelation.

Confusion? GOD's divorce...clarifys, who,why,when,where and how.
---Trav on 5/21/10


When I first came to the knowledge of Christ, I was just glad he died for me so I would not have to go to hell. As I came to know Christ through obedience to his word, I serve him because His Word is True. Obeying the word of God, practice living it is the only way you can truly come to love him and want to serve him. Taste and see that the Lord is good.
---Tiffany on 5/20/10


Friend, neighbor, or sheep? as if they are mutually exclusive from one another.
We can't be a combination or even the totality thereof?
How about you, trav, expound upon Benjamin and Levi. You seem to be confusing those two, either putting them with Judah or counting them in with the lost.
Anyways, This whole lost sheep thing is easily explained, yet, the blog seems to be about serving God, Love being the greater, faith and hope coming into the mix, fear may get you by, but has no foundation and assurance, all thrugh Christ without a doubt.
John 15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
Mat 25:33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left
---micha9344 on 5/19/10


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You live in the past, the Old Testament, I prefer to live in the now, the New Testament. This is the times of the Church. Not the time of Jews.
---MarkV. on 5/19/10

I live/point to full-fillment of the two Old/New. Heb 8:8/Jer 31:31.
Posting for who Christ posted for.
Matthew 15:24
But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
(It was a big House, Judah was not lost and one of 12parts)
Luke 15:6
And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost.

Now, the choice is:friend,neighbor or sheep. But,contrary/opposed/jealous you just won't tolerate sheep hunting.
---Trav on 5/19/10


Trav, our discussion ended when I ignored your statements since they make no sense at all. ---MarkV. on 5/19/10

You are not going to change what GOD has set in motion by denial. Would you knowingly go against GOD's writings? No. Be pretty hard now...knowing...thay you may not know.
John 5:39
Search the scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
(There was no New Covenant letters/scripture at this time this was spoken)
2 Timothy 3:16
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
---Trav on 5/19/10


Trav, our discussion ended when I ignored your statements since they make no sense at all. That is when they ended. You live in the past, the Old Testament, I prefer to live in the now, the New Testament. This is the times of the Church. Not the time of the Jews.
---MarkV. on 5/19/10


Look, I believe my discussion with you is at an end. I will move on to someone I can understand what they are saying, even if I do not believe in it.
---MarkV. on 5/18/10

Our "discussing", ended when you choose to ignore foundations of scripture. What is edifying about discussing denom/doctrine that denies 3/4 of scipture? Nothing. What is truth...if not verified by prophets?
Israel-Judah? Isaiah 62:2
And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name.

---Trav on 5/19/10


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because we are created to do so
---sam on 5/18/10


Trav, after all that talk, you never gave your point? You posted and posted with no point, no explanation of what you are saying, its like as if you are quoting and guoting and no where do I see the body of Christ, the Church mentioned, only Israel. What is your argument? That only Isralites get saved? That only the elect get saved, That both the elect and all Israel? That only a few? That some deserve death? That Israel will lead all others in the next life as I heard someone mention before?
Look, I believe my discussion with you is at an end. I will move on to someone I can understand what they are saying, even if I do not believe in it.
---MarkV. on 5/18/10


Trav, you quote Scripture with no context again to answer.
---MarkV. on 5/17/10

Context: the parts of a written or spoken statement that precede or follow a specific word or passage, usually influencing its meaning or effect:

Establishing from our visits that it is not "Context" you want, but opinion/argument. Context scripturally witnessed is past opinion.
I posted words that establish the foundation of scriptural context. From foundational scripture.
Is better if you find scripture witnessed Context....or don't. It's scripture speaking, not Trav. Argue with GOD or prophets, if you don't like or understand. I did. He and they won.
---Trav on 5/18/10


Jerry it seems you misunderstand me a lot of times when I type. Maybe we just dont click for some reason idk.

Gods law and God are good.
Obedience to the law is a good thing. To have eternal life it was a required thing.
God gave us the law to prove to us were are condemned.

We blew it.

Jesus fulfilled the law and died in our place and was raised from the dead.

That means we go from HAVING to obey the law, to WANTING to obey the law because see how AWESOME God is for rescuing us when He didnt have to!!

That however does not mean we wont let him down and mess up by breaking it. I have to ask for his forgiveness every day.
---JackB on 5/18/10


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Love means obedience. Its that simple.
---larry on 5/17/10


How about why I keep following after Jesus? [1] I do it for God, [2] I do it for myself, and number [3] I do it for others. At first when I got a hold of this I left out the third one, however, straight from God's own lips came the third one. It seemed like I read in the New Testament, Paul was giving something similar to this. Can someone help me find this. I don't have a clue where to start, not even in the concordance.
---catherine on 5/17/10


Because I am suppose to. I am SAVED, to glorify God.
---catherine on 5/17/10


Trav, you quote Scripture with no context again to answer.
---MarkV. on 5/17/10


Here is you some context. Chew away.
Moses, Jeremiah, Hosea,Ezekiel etc. These are prophets. Start with easy chew context,words like Everlasting.
Connect/establish with Precepts.
Psalm 119:104
Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.
Psalm 105:10
And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant:
Ezekiel 16:60
Nevertheless I will remember my covenant with thee in the days of thy youth, and I will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant.
---Trav on 5/17/10


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Trav, you quote Scripture with no context again to answer. Did the prophets tell you it was ok for all those millions of Jews to get murdered by been burned in the ovens by the orders of Hitler? If those are the prophets you are talking about then I am beginning to understand you.
---MarkV. on 5/17/10


The prophets never told me ......
---MarkV. on 5/15/10

Now that is a true statement. The prophets witness have no influence on you or your doctrine I've noted. Other than make you confused or angry. Kinda dangerous to go against them, but a choice I'm sure you've debated much in your non prophet church.
Matthew 5:17
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
Luke 16:31
And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
---Trav on 5/17/10


JackB: Is God pleased with the service of deliberate disobedience? Were your parents? I fully agree that salvation is a free gift of grace, and that our works cannot earn our salvation. But once we've accepted that gift and begin our walk with Christ, what then? Do we do the work of Satan by continuing in the sins from which Jesus saved us? Or do we then take the path of obedience out of love for Him?

Satan tempts you to sin. Can not Christ give you power to overcome sin? Is Satan more powerful than God?
---jerry6593 on 5/17/10


When we realize that we have been forgiven in CHrist and have a place reserved in heaven for us, we will LOVE God for what He has done for us.

Serving God out of fear of death is doomed to failure. Its a life full or anxiety, stress, guilt and condemnation. Fear is a tool of satan.

Serving God because we no longer have to fear death leads to a life of faith in his promises, peace, sorrow for sin and conviction.

The power of sin is in the law and the fear of death keeps us in bondage to sin. Christ fulfilled the law and conquered death for us.

Be thankful to God and serve Him in love. You are safe in Christ.
---JackB on 5/15/10


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Trav, you got that wrong, not an angel, but a child of God. Not perfect but striving to be perfect. Not judgmental as to who goes to heaven or not, but doing my best to live a life for Christ.
I already had my discussions with you and got nowhere, since you throw the scraps at the Church. But give the whole meat to Israel. Lucky for us Christians that God decided to save us who are Gentiles. If you had it your way we would get nothing.
Yet in all this you were happy that the Jews died in ovens of a monster like Hitler, I tried to figure that out and couldn't. The prophets never told me it was ok to kill all those people, I heard it from you.
---MarkV. on 5/15/10


I do not mind discussing anything with anyone. I believe I am as polite as anyone else.
---MarkV. on 5/12/10

Just a little angel.

James 1:8
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
2 Peter 3:16
As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
---Trav on 5/14/10


Warwick: Trying to understand what Trav writes is laborious and not at all fruitful.
He's got Jesus married already when the Church is the BRIDE - not the WIFE - of Christ. ----jerry

Fruit is where you find it. Yours is notable in it's special way as well. Horse apples. Chasing a little scripture I post may be laborious for you....but, scripture is for who can chew it.
Reason I reply is your miss-statement above. It was GOD that was married, divorced and promised remarriage. N.Covenant would not be so cloudy for you if you understood the revelance of these facts.
---Trav on 5/14/10


Mark E, those are good points also. Obligation and thanksgiving are two more reasons we should show in this life as Christians.
Loving Christ brings those out of us.
I can remember when I did not love Christ, and never thought about Him at all. Now my day always starts with His Word. Sometimes we are just to busy with our lives to think about Him, but if we did, most of our problems would not be there in the first place.
---MarkV. on 5/14/10


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I can give you two additional reasons to serve God, according to Scripture,

Obligation. Romans 8:12 tell us that we are under obligation to God to live a life not according to the flesh. Obligation is a reason most Christians do not want to hear and many do not agree with. Obligation says that we cannot live anyway we want, we MUST live how God wants us to live.

Thanksgiving. Psalm 50:23 tells us that God is honored when we offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving. We should all offer our service with thanksgiving because not one of us was worthy of God's sacrifice for us. We must be grateful of the payment He has made for us.
---Mark_Eaton on 5/13/10


Aka, do not worry about it, it is in the past now. Thanks anyway for apologizing. I was kind of shocked but not really since I get called many things by others who disprove what I say. I like discussing Scripture and do not like very much personal opinion questions because they cause too much strive. There is not enough time to strive when we have such a job to do with God's word. Thanks again
---MarkV. on 5/13/10


MarkV,

First, I have to apologize, and ask for your forgiveness. Some things I said were highly unecessary. This setup does not allow us to resolve our difference the correct way as laid out by Jesus.

I would rather not be public about some things. There are too many enemies, snipers, and fools on this blog site. I do not want to discredit you over my misunderstandings for you are one of the few people here that present the gospel the way it was written as best that you can.

I appreciate your zeal for the Word (which I misunderstood) and your willingness to correct any issue that we might have.

God bless you, MarkV.
---aka_joseph on 5/13/10


Aka #2,
you also said,
You are so blinded by your pride and self-ambition that you cannot see that jerry's question of me was a smokescreen. I answered his question of my affiliation, and he won't answer mine. He might not be a jw, but there is a cultish odor to his meat"
Blind about my pride and self ambition you say, what do you mean by that? I would like to know what you see that I don't, so that I can correct it.
About Jerry, he is not a Jehovah Witness but an SDA, and they do follow E. Whites teachings, some of the same teachings that went to the Jehovah Witnessess. He might have recognized something you said and that is why he ask.
---MarkV. on 5/13/10


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Aka, I do not know where you responses to me came from. I did not disagree with you on anything. I did say Josef gave a good answer, because he did. I did respond to Rod4him, concerning his question about repentance, and even welcomed you to the questions. I am sorry if you are not a Jehovah Witness. I was not sorry if you were. I had no question or disagreement with you. I then answered to the blog question.
So I really do not know why all the negative comments. I am not chasing my tale brother. But you do have a right to say what is in your heart. And you did. I do not mind discussing anything with anyone. I believe I am as polite as anyone else.
---MarkV. on 5/12/10


PS MarkV
josef's answer to me was a good answer. He addressed my question directly which indicates that he read and understood mine. I still do not fully agree with it. Sometimes, it takes a few days. One of your posts helped me realize something that was troubling me. However, you do not give anybody a chance before you have posted three more responses.

You are so blinded by your pride and self-ambition that you cannot see that jerry's question of me was a smokescreen. I answered his question of my affiliation, and he won't answer mine. He might not be a jw, but there is a cultish odor to his meat.
---aka_joseph on 5/12/10


MarkV #4...I am losing count...Here is my original take on this question on 5/2, but you were probably to busy chasing your own tail to see it:

"It is hard not to want to serve the Creator who provided a way to deliver me and be with Him again despite me. Yet, because of me, I find it truly difficult to serve Him well even now.

Thank you, Father, for your provision.
Thank you, Jesus, for your sacrifice to fulfill the provision.
Thank you, Holy Spirit, for your Strength and comfort to sustain the provision in this season. "
---aka_joseph on 5/2/10

A jw that believes in the Trinity?
---aka_joseph on 5/12/10


MarkV,

There it is. That is why I find it difficult to "discuss" anything with you. You do not read others posts thoroughly. I suggest that Christians should google an organization that helps people that were JWs or victims of, called towerwatch. It is a play on words.

However, I have noticed that you are so black-and-white in your own line of thoughts that you do not take the time to read other responses carefully.

You think I am against you, but I am not. If you would stop for a second, read and understand what others are trying to say,and stop being so judgemental, you might realize that you are really saying the same thing...
---aka_joseph on 5/12/10


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MarkV,#2PS josef's answer to me was a good answer. He addressed my question directly which indicates that he read and understood mine. I still do not fully agree with it. Sometimes, it takes a few days. One of your posts helped me realize something that was troubling me. However, you do not give anybody a chance before you have posted three responses.
---aka_joseph on 5/12/10


Aka, so you are a witness. I see you follow the Watchtower teachings. It's better when we know from where someones teachings come from. Welcome to the questions and answers.

Here is my take on this question. I believe that we serve God because we love what He has given us, Jesus Christ His Son. And when we were chosen, God showed His love for us, that out of so many people, He had mercy on me. I love Him because He first loved me. Otherwise I would not have that love for Him in my heart. I would still be at enmity against Him. He opened my heart to His wonderful grace when I didn't deserve it.
---MarkV. on 5/12/10


josef, you gave a very good answer to aka joseph. That is what giving your life to Christ is all about. Surrendering yourself.

As for Rod4him question on,
"Donna, I agree with you.
Is it possible to be saved out of fear of hell, rather than for the love of God? What Scripture would support that?"

It is not possible to be saved out of fear of hell. Here is why. There is two kinds of repentance. The first is called "attrition" Attrition is a false or spurious kind of repentance. It involves remorse caused by a fear of punishment or a loss of blessing. Esau exhibited this kind of repentance (Gen. 27:30-46). He was sorry not because he had sinned, but because he had lost his birthright.
---MarkV. on 5/11/10


Rod4him 2:
A child exhibits the same kind of repentance when he does wrong and fears the paddle.
The other repentance is called "Contrition"
Contrition is a genuine repentance. It includes a deep remorse for having offended God. The contrite person openly and fully confesses his sin with no attempt to excuse it or justify it. This acknowledgement of sin is coupled with a willingness to make restitution whenever possible and resolve to turn away from sin. Psa. 51, David exhibits that kind of remores, "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew my steadfast spirit within me" God promises to forgive a contrite Heart.
---MarkV. on 5/11/10


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no, jerry

I have no affiliation with any organization. I urge Christians to read on towerwatch ministries who witness to jws or victims of jws. what organization do you belong to?
---aka_joseph on 5/11/10


aka_joseph:o). I have nothing against service. I serve my fellow man daily as Father inspires, prompts, and empowers me to do so. I have embraced the mindset Jesus exemplified, and as He said, "The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve others".
However the Father has given me to know that He is not worshipped or served by me, through my own power or abilities, as though He needs anything of me. For it is He that "gives to [all] life, breath, and all things."
I am satisfied and honored to be chosen as His vessel, and pleased to honor Him through my service to others. I understand that whatsoever I have done for the least of Father's children, I have done for Him, empowered of Christ.
---josef on 5/11/10


aka_joseph: Are you a JW? Do you read Watchtower?
---jerry6593 on 5/11/10


josef, your replies remind me of another josef on a blog site that I frequented a few years ago. However, your response to this really kind of surprises me.

Eph 3:7 Whereof I was made a minister (servant or attendant), according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.

I do not know why there is a "thing" now against servitude v. son-ship. I am privileged to not only be my Father's adopted son, but to serve Him especially since He adopted me from certain spiritual death.
---aka_joseph on 5/10/10


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"Why Do You Serve God?" I do not. I am not His servant.
I have submitted my will to Him as a son, given to know his Father's business. I place myself in His service by yielding to His promptings, as He provides for my fellow man through me. I am honored, and privileged, to be one to whom He says come, and then draws me, He says go, and then leads me. He has given me to recognize, that it is He who operates in, and through me, and that of myself, I can do no good thing.
---josef on 5/9/10


Some have a "fire escape" religion and serve God out of fear of torture. (This is similar to the pagan concept of an angry god who must be placated with sacrifices.)

Some serve God for a selfish reward. They are primarily concerned about their own salvation - their ticket to heaven. They may even think that because they "got saved", they are entitled to special treatment and can't ever lose their ticket.

But, I think that the true motivation for serving Him is because of who He is and what He has done for us. When recognize Him as our Creator, Father and Redeemer, we will gladly serve Him out of Love, and the reward and punishment realities will seem less important than the need to please Him.
---jerry6593 on 5/9/10


Well, I have another one>>>If I do, I get to live. If I don't, I get to die.
---catherine on 5/5/10


He is my Father.
---Eloy on 5/5/10


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Why do we sever God? The answer is very clear we serve him out of love or out of fear. We love and want to sever him because he has sent his son to save us from the powers of Satan sin and death. Or we serve him out of fear of what hell will hold for us if we do not. We who have read the bible know that there are consequences and punishments for going agents Gods. When we serve God we are doing what we were made to do. We were made to love the lord "Love the lord and him only shall thou serve" That is why he made us everything else we do is a waist of breath.
---Julie on 5/4/10


Donna, I agree with you.
Is it possible to be saved out of fear of hell, rather than for the love of God? What Scripture would support that?
---Rod4Him on 5/3/10

Rod, I about fell off my chair - a man agrees with me. Thank you Lord. (kidding of course).

Rod, I don't know if it is possible and I don't know a scripture that does support that...do you? P.S. it didn't work for Judas, did it? It didn't work for satan either, did it? He didn't serve God out of fear, he was full of pride and rebellion.
---Donna5535 on 5/4/10


Acts 10:34-35 "Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him."
Fear alone accomplishes nothing,
James 2:19: "Thou believest that there is one God, thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.", for the devils work not what is righteous out of a good heart and a clear concience.
---Nana on 5/4/10


Donna, I agree with you.

In addition, your thoughts gave me a thought. Is it possible to be saved out of fear of hell, rather than for the love of God? What Scripture would support that?
---Rod4Him on 5/3/10


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I serve Him out of love...but I bet some are serving him because they simply don't want to go to hell.....
---Donna5535 on 5/3/10


well if you arent serving God,then you are serving satan.
---tom2 on 5/2/10


It is hard not to want to serve the Creator who provided a way to deliver me and be with Him again despite me. Yet, because of me, I find it truly difficult to serve Him well even now.

Thank you, Father, for your provision.
Thank you, Jesus, for your sacrifice to fulfill the provision.
Thank you, Holy Spirit, for your Strength and comfort to sustain the provision in this season.
---aka_joseph on 5/2/10


Speaking for myself. I, yet not I but the
Spirit within serve God by following the prompts and bidding of the KJV Word by the Spirit in the grace of the gospel and cross of Jesus.
---eddie on 5/1/10


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We serve God by a follow of the bidding of the KJV Word because we can by the Spirit in the grace of the cross and because God hates sin that much.
---eddie on 5/1/10


2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises,dearly beloved,let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit,perfecting holiness in the fear of God. John 3:36 He that believes on the son has everlasting life,and he who believes not the son shall not see life,but the wrath of God abides. I serve God because my Mama taught me to love him and that love grows stonger every year. I also have wisdom to fear God with respect for the power of who he is,and realize his wrath comes on the disobedient. I also love the supernatural relationship I have with God through the Holy Ghost he placed within me. I adore him and praise him for not just all he has done for me starting with Christ but that he wanted me for fellowship with him.
---Darlene_1 on 5/1/10


Serving God because it's the only Right thing to do. He provides many benefits & there is promises for His chosen.

There is promises for those that do not serve God & I sure don't want No part of those promises.
---Lawrence on 5/1/10


God is love,God is truth,God is all that is good,God is light,not serving him means you live in darkness,without truth,without love.
---tom2 on 5/1/10


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I serve YHWH because he chose me to be a member of his family with Christ as my brother. He forgave all of my sins and give me his Grace.

Because if this, I try to do his desires in a corrupt world.

I was purchased for a price from my former family to b e in His family and in doing so I am a new person and among the luckiest of mankind. Any repentance or works is a result of salvation and not a condition for it.
---Friendly_Blogger on 5/1/10


You'll never love God so much until He saves you.
---catherine on 5/1/10


God is my spiritual father,Jesus my brother, & the king. I serve him out of love, & being accepted into his family it is required that I do what I can for his kingdom ,by helping others disciple & learn about Gods word. required meaning if I donot do it,then what does that show my father, that I do not care? Of course I do so I'm humbly serving him, not to score points because we can't ,but because he gave us life & an opportunity to be with him forever.Why pass that up?
---candice on 5/1/10


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