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A Good Burn 6.16.21
They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?”
There is something wonderful that happens when we truly turn to Christ in faith: the Bible comes alive! Suddenly (it seems) the words of Scripture seem to jump off the page and speak to the deepest part of our soul. It is where the Lord speaks to us most clearly.
What a great gift God has given to us in His Word! His words will burn in your heart. They will become a flame that warms your spirit even in the toughest times. They will guide you, inform you, and inspire you. Yes, understanding comes gradually, but what you do understand changes you forever.
There is only one catch to all of this . . . you have to open the Bible and read it! Start with the gospels (always a good idea to get to know Jesus) and begin your love affair with the Bible. Come to it with a heart willing to follow and you will soon understand what the men on the road to Emmaus were talking about.
A Wasted Visit 6.15.21You will never have to look for the grave of Jesus. The angels asked why are you looking for the living among the dead? He is not here, He has risen!
The resurrection of Jesus separates Him from every other religious leader. Because He has risen, we know what He says is true. He is able to save us completely if we will trust and follow Him.
Jesus is NOT a guy who was simply martyred for his beliefs. He is the Son of God who gave His life for us and rose again opening the door of Heaven to all who embrace Him. He is a one-of-a-kind Savior. We are given the honor to serve Him, Do not take that honor lightly.
- This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all. But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. (1 Timothy 1:15–16). Paul reminds us that Christ came into the world to save SINNERS. That doesn't seem significant until you look around and see the many people who sound like Christ came into the world to save the good people. (According to the Bible, there are NO good people). As we embrace this truth it results in at least three things. First, it brings humility into our lives. We realize anew that we are given a gift. We have not earned salvation! Jesus earned it for us! Second, we will stop looking past people. There are some people we believe are outside the reach of the gospel (wrongly). We dismiss them because of the sin in their lives. Christ came for these very people! Jesus said He came for the lost. Finally, when we realize Christ came for sinners . . . and we are sinners . . . then we will stop celebrating what good people we are, and begin truly worshipping the Lord. We will glorify HIS name rather than point to our lives, our ministry, our church. He deserves the glory for our salvation because we are sinners He has snatched from the fire! Praise His Name!
The Prayer of Faith 6.12.21
“Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
This is the most faith-filled prayer a person can pray . . . if you mean it. This isn't about piety, it is about truly trusting the Lord.
There are times when life is hard. We want the problems to go away. We know the Lord can heal, restore, and change circumstances. We ask boldly for God to do what we want Him to do. This is how Jesus prayed.
However, Jesus adds the words, "Yet, not my will, but yours be done." In these times of prayer, we must recognize that we don't see all the moving pieces. God may be doing something in us or through us that we cannot perceive. The prayer for God's will to be done is in essence saying, "Lord, I know that anything you are doing is far better than what I want. If your purposes are different than mine, I submit to Your will."
This is not an easy prayer to pray sincerely. It is giving up our right to direct our lives. It is surrendering to a wisdom greater than ours. It is a willingness to go where He leads . . . even if it is different from what we have chosen for ourselves. It is a prayer of faith.
New Eyes 6.12.21
While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people dropping their gifts in the collection box. Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small coins.
“I tell you the truth,” Jesus said, “this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them. For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.” Luke 21:1–4.
We spend a good deal of time focusing on the wrong things. We look at a person's appearance rather than at their heart. We look at profits rather than at quality. We look at popularity rather than character. We focus on degrees rather than wisdom.
This is what happened at the temple. The disciples may have marveled at the amount of money some people were giving. Jesus saw past the amount. He knew those people were giving out of "their surplus" while the woman gave all she had.
Let's work on seeing others through the eyes of Jesus. Let's look deeper. See the progress some have made in their faith even if they do not know what you know. Look at their faithfulness rather than their appearance. Look at how they use their money rather than looking at how much money they have.
If you do this, you will be surprised at what you see. You will see God's love manifest in the diversity of those whom you previously overlooked. And you will be grateful you don't look past them any longer.
None Greater 6.11.21
For the LORD is a great God,
a great King above all gods.
He holds in his hands the depths of the earth
and the mightiest mountains.
The sea belongs to him, for he made it.
His hands formed the dry land, too.
Read and ponder these words slowly. Reflect on how great and powerful God is. There is no one over Him, there is nothing that happens that is beyond His control.
Two things. Isn't it great that we can know this God because of Jesus? Those who are "born of the spirit" (John 3) become part of His family. Those who obey and follow bring Him delight. Don't miss the blessing that is ours in knowing Him personally.
Second, when you ponder the greatness of God you should conclude that no matter what your problem, trial, hardship . . . the Lord can resolve, use, or even bless it. We don't always see it but this much is true: No matter what you are going through . . . He's got this! He's got you.
Counting the Days 6.10.21
So teach us to number our days
that we may get a heart of wisdom.
We spend too much of our lives waiting for that day when we will "get serious in our walk with Christ" or spend time with our family, or even do what we always dreamed of doing. How many live their lives just waiting to retire?
We don't know how much time we have. This much is sure: we have less time and less energy to do what we keep putting off doing than we think we will have.
We must live wisely all our days, making the most of every opportunity. Some of the saddest words are these: "What might have been." Today is the day to squeeze every bit of juice out of the day. Don't waste any of it.