As I was reading the Gospel of Mark, I noticed it was filled with miracles…one right after the other. Then I thought of all the controversy and the lack of them in our churches and our lives. Doesn’t seem like there’s much Glory on us…Wonder what it would take to get a taste of that again…maybe being with the Master…intimately…like He wants. There’s something about His Love we don’t understand, because if we really knew how much He did, we would never want to be away from him..doing it on our own. Looks like that’s key…finding and resting in His Love. Really knowing what Jesus did on this earth, and for us individually, is a lifelong pursuit of the greatest God Thing there is.
Where is our place? Where do we fit in? It says somewhere (I know where. I challenge you to find it.) that we all are one body, with many parts, each of us fitted together to create a good working unit. That sounds like there is a Plan, one that allows us the freedom to be who we are, but still be a part of something greater than us. The Creator of the Universe is perfect and has a perfect place for us!! Isn’t that comforting, compelling and exciting!! Might be a good idea to get to know Him, and then find out what He has for you. But how do I know Him…I’m such a worm, not really worthy to enter into His Presence. Well, he provided a Way for all of us to do that. Yes, no matter who we are, what we have done; He includes all of us. In fact, more than anything, He wants us to come to Him, and get what we need. I challenge you to discover Him and His Way!!!
Where is “There” anyway…Heaven, Nirvana. I really don’t care what one calls it, the point is, everyone knows and wants to get there. The issue is how??? How about “living a good life?” That might do it, but one never knows, and who ever lived a good life?” There’s only one person who even came close…So the might and the good life are out. How about following “your path.” Who picked the path..you did of course. Isn’t there something about deception not known until someone else reveals it to us. Could be my path is inherently deceptive. If everyone’s path is right for them…and we must accept it as it is, that kinds plays with our mind when we think about murders and pedophiles, doesn’t it. They have an awful strange God, one that they probably made up. Could it be we have made ours up too? So the good life and our path thing doesn’t seem to work. There must be A path, and there must be a Way to get there in spite of not living a good life. Seems like God’s going to have to have a Plan, only one of them, and He must have created something/someone to clean us up so we can “get there.” I challenge you to find it/Him!!
I recently began reading this month’s devotional from Inspiration Ministries, and mined some “Gold” (God Things) from it. First of all…God has a purpose for me…really…wonder what it is?? Well if we wonder how to get a more exciting life; might be something to check into. Can start by Discovering the Grand Adventure! It’s as though He’s standing there with His arms held out to you, just waiting for you to stop, get quiet and rest in His Presence. Doesn’t sound like much “work” to me. Can our testimony be that we believed and obeyed God. Lives will be touched and changed forever because of our obedience! Whatever He asks of us, will be given when we need it…for His Glory,,,and our reward.
May the Lord bless you and keep you, and may He make His face shine upon you, and give you Peace.
I read a devotional the other day, and the same idea in one this morning. The first one said, “Forgive the past until it is no longer there.”Wow, could that ever happen? Could I ever be a “man with no past.” (Is there a movie about that, Clint Eastwood, maybe…anyway) The one today said, forgive the past until it has no power over you anymore. Well that’s maybe more “realistic.” Everyone has a past, right, but maybe if we didn’t have one, it couldn’t come back to haunt us. You know our sins are as far as east is from the west and He doesn’t remember them. (That’s in the Bible.) So if the Creator of the Universe chooses not to remember them, we shouldn’t either. I been spoken over recently, and they said that I am rejecting myself and my immune system is turning itself on itself (me.) Hmm, could that be my past, or its unforgiveness? Another lady sang to me, “Why don’t you give everything to Me, and I will take it and bring you Everything you need, not everything you want. There is a great destiny for you.” Don’t how that can happen unless the power of the past is broken! But hurry, the Change is coming soon.
I’m in Galatians again…the end of chapter 3 and beginning of chapter 4, where Paul talks about Freedom! How many times have we heard this…that we can be free….of our addictions, besetting sins (the ones we constantly struggle with), and constant temptations. It seems so far away…that release we desire. Paul talks about being freed from the Law, no division in the Body and being sons and daughters of the Most High!! Sounds pretty good! Now how does it all work…practically. No I’m not going to give you 5 steps or 3 ways…I’m just going to say, intimate relationship with the Father…yielding to His Voice….and waiting on Him. Waiting not for a few minutes during devotions or meditating for a awhile before you go to sleep, but truly being in a marriage with Him. Spend time with Him today! Wait to hear Him speak, all day long, while you work, but mostly wait in silence. He will revel Himself when we are ready. He’s coming soon you know!
It says in the Amplified Version in Galations 1:1, O you poor and silly and thoughtless and unreflecting and senseless Galatians. Is this a good description of me/us? Where am I poor…in spirit, in the flesh, financially. How silly are my thoughts regarding His Provision in my life? How about thoughtless…never thinking about Him except for when I go to church, or my 5 min devotional, or the 15 min it takes to write this blog. Unnreflecting…do I reflect on how much God has blessed me…how good Life in Him is…where I have to change. Senseless….am I aware of how awesome God is, the deeper things He wants to draw me into…the miracles He has for me to perform to show the Glory of His Presence!!
I was reading a devotional last before going to bed. It was from a missionary in Haiti, who went thru the devastation of the earthquake there. His faith was shaken when he saw his congregation utterly decimated. He was honest when he said that he talked to God about it. They had a great conversation, mostly him telling God about his doubts of His love and where was it thru this trial. I wonder what happens to us when we encounter rough times. Is our faith shaken? Do we “go on strike’ in our relationship with Him? Do we withdraw, or do we draw closer? Do we say “why God” or do we read the end of Proverbs and say “I don’t know Your Ways, but I do trust You to bring me through, just as you always have, and even if you don’t, I will never quit in my faith.” What does God reward?…Faith… even in the most “un-understandable” of times, for who else is there to turn to….
Lots of good/God things in Proverbs. Just reading this morning about how you try to tell/change a fool and it’s “foolhardy.” It doesn’t work. Wonder how many times God or people have spoken into my life, but I rejected the counsel.Does that make me a fool. Guess So. How about you??
In Jeremiah, he is saying that the evilness will recompensed. That means they will get theirs….So what makes us think that we will get away with “it,” that we will go “unpunished?” Do we think we are good enough, and Everyone will overlook our faults, our deep dark secrets? Hardly, we beat our self up knowing them. How much more does our Creator know about them. It doesn’t mean He beats us up. God is the one who saves us from them. It’s called Love.