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  • Writer's picture DaRhon Conner, D.R.E.

Give to GOD What's HIS

19 Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. 20 And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? 21 They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's. (Matthew 22:19-21 King James Version).

This passage of scripture gives Jesus’ response to a question posed by the Pharisees who were looking for a way to trap Him in His words. They asked Jesus was it lawful for them to pay taxes to Caesar or not? If He answered no, then He would be rebelling against the ruling Roman authority and subject to arrest. If He answered yes, they would call Him a traitor and enemy to His own people. Either answer He gave would have been a lose lose situation.

Thank GOD that this is Jesus, our Lord and Savior, the Anointed One of GOD in Whom the Holy Spirit dwelt without measure when He walked this earth. There is no tricking our Prophet, High Priest, and King. The answer He gave satisfied all parties, laid the basis for why taxes are paid, and gave the rationale behind it all.

It’s Caesar’s face on the coin, so give him what bears his image. Transactions were conducted using Roman currency, people made their livelihood using the currency, so it was only right to pay taxes on the Roman money used to make a day to day living.

Concerning what belongs to GOD, we find what bears HIS image in the book of Genesis. “26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” (Genesis 1:26a KJV).

We bear the image of GOD, just like the penny reflected the image of Caesar. Jesus said give Caesar the money that bears his image and give GOD the people that bear HIS likeness.

“29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” (Romans 8:29 KJV).

Believers were chosen for this.

Some people belong to the world. They look like the world. They talk and act like the world. They don’t reflect the image of GOD, they reflect satan. Galatians 5:19-21 gives a list of 17 behaviors that are works of the flesh, things like envy, drunkenness, fornication, murder, hatred, and idolatry just to name several.

There are also people who call themselves Christians, but commit some of the above acts. Jesus said that by their fruit we will be able to tell if a person is corrupt or good. (Matthew 7:20). He also qualified that statement in the next verse by saying, “21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21 KJV).

Jesus eradicated all ambiguity with that last statement. Let’s get down to it. Who’s doing GOD’s will and whose not? Give to GOD what’s HIS. If we call ourselves believers and if we say that we are saved, sanctified, and Holy Ghost-filled then GOD rules our lives. I know some people are saying right now that they’ve never claimed to be sanctified and Holy Ghost-filled, but if we call ourselves saved then we have the Holy Ghost. “13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.” (Ephesians 1:13 KJV).

Once we said we believed, and we confessed Christ and were saved, we were marked with the Holy Ghost at that moment. He came to live within us and we began to reflect His character. “22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23 KJV).

Do we look like love, joy, peace, or anger, envy, fornication? Do we look like Jesus, or do we look like satan? Do we bring peace or chaos? Do we rely more on ourselves and others or GOD?

“13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13 KJV).

“6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6 KJV).

“23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 KJV).

“24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.” (Jude 24 KJV).

Those are four of my favorite scriptures because they remind me that it is GOD Who does the work to sanctify us, purify us, working in us so that we want to carry out HIS will and actually do it, but I also understand that we have a part to play.

“23 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.” (Luke 9:23 KJV).

If we bear GOD’s image, if we were made to look like Jesus, then we follow Him. It’s a natural reaction like children following their parents around and wanting to look and act like them. GOD is our Father. We are HIS children. It’s natural for us to want to do the things HE does and operate like HIM. It’s written into our DNA.

It is in this context that Jesus tells us to deny ourselves if we want to follow Him and be like Him. We can’t have it both ways. We can’t be like us and be like Him, because we look like the world without Him, but with Him we reflect GOD and HIS kingdom.

Jesus said the way we follow Him is through self-denial, through taking up our cross daily, the burden of saying no to the flesh and yes to GOD, and doing what He tells us to do. It is a daily work, but the Holy Spirit gives us the ability to do it.

Denying ourselves is looking at the person we used to be and saying that we don’t know them anymore. It is dissociating from whom we used to be. It is like being betrothed then telling the person it’s over. We were married to our former selves, but once we met Christ we became new creations and the marriage to the former self was canceled. Yes, we called it quits with the old us. That’s what denying ourselves looks like.

“13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” (Romans 8:13-14 KJV).

Jesus says it like this. “24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. 25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?” (Luke 9:24-25 KJV).

So, what does all of this mean? If we look like GOD, if we bear GOD’s image, then we are HIS. We belong to HIM. We are to give ourselves to HIM. “19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 KJV).

Our body is no longer ours to corrupt. That part! It has been turned into a temple, a holy place where the Spirit of the LORD resides. Peter reinforces this when he says, “15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:15-16 KJV). And that’s why Jesus said to give GOD what’s HIS. GOD has purpose for us. We house HIS very Spirit in order to do what HE has called us to do. My GOD!

Paul reminds us that we were bought at a very high price. It cost Jesus His life, and GOD had to kill HIS Son, literally a part of HIMSELF in order to redeem us, in order to save us from an eternal hell, and to restore us to our original state of dominion as rulers of this planet made in HIS image, to give us victory over sin and all the works of the enemy through Christ, and to bring GOD’s will to pass on earth as it is in heaven. Sheesh!

Just food for thought, Family. We belong to GOD just like that penny belonged to Caesar and just like dollars belong to the government. Give to the government what belongs to them and give to GOD what’s HIS...that’s us. Be blessed. Depend on GOD. HE can and will do what we think is impossible. We have a job to do. Let’s get to it. Amen (it is so, may it be fulfilled).

“24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” (Jude 24-25 KJV).

How to be Saved

Romans 10: 9-13

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (KJV).

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NLT).

Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” 11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. (MSG).

Romans 5:8

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)

8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)

It is your belief that saves you, family. If you believe, you will speak what you believe and not be ashamed or embarrassed to do so, whether you are alone or among others. Simply talk to GOD. Say aloud to the LORD:

“I confess all my sin known and unknown, and ask You, GOD, to forgive me. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, died for my sins, and rose from the dead. Jesus, come into my heart and make me new in You. Save me, Lord! Jesus, you are Lord. Be Lord over my life. Thank You, GOD for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for making me Your own. Amen.”

You are now saved. You may not feel different or you may. Just know that the internal change is taking place once you uttered that prayer in faith. Day by day, you will begin to be transformed into whom GOD wants and created you to be. You will care more about the things of GOD than your own personal desires, and you will want to share the word of GOD when you have the opportunity. Begin to read your bible daily, and learn about GOD's will for your life. If you are not already a member of a local church, I encourage you to pray and allow GOD to guide you to the right fellowship for you. The pastor will help you grow in your gifts and talents so that you can begin to use them for GOD’s glory, and you and the other members will encourage and help each other along this journey with GOD.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

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