Meat and Potatoes.. – http://wp.me/p4a6eV-dra
A good and powerful read.
Meat and Potatoes.. – http://wp.me/p4a6eV-dra
A good and powerful read.
Your come to Jesus moment.
Was it a time of trouble and strife? Fear and or depression? Loneliness, financial need, a broken heart, the loss of a loved one?
For me, it was loneliness, I didn’t really feel a part of anything or anyone. I needed comfort, I was brokenhearted.
I needed love, not human love, the true love of God. Agape, love.
How about you?
In my study this am, (I am doing a harmony of the Gospels, comparing the points of view of Mark, Matthew and Luke of the Ministry of Jesus, using Mark as my starting point).
It is interesting to see which details each include, and how they differ.
Silly, I know, but I really never understood they were describing the same instances, from different points of view.
Take in point, the calling of Peter, James and John. In Matthew and Mark they are fishing and leave their nets.
In Luke, we find they were mending their nets, when Jesus borrowed Simon’s boat to use as a platform to teach the crowd.
He spoke of the Kingdom, then, had them fish a certain side of the boat. They had to call James and John to help land their biggest catch ever.
At this point, they left all behind to follow Jesus.
In John, Andrew (a follower of John the Baptist), is the first to discover Jesus and he brings Peter to the Lord.
The account in John, seems out of sync, but it was probably their introduction to Jesus, and the miracle of the catch, that caught them.
It is a truth.
The day you decide to follow Jesus. Is the most successful day, you will ever experience. Spiritually, Physically, Physiologically or Financially.
We become blameless, forgiven, by the covering of His blood.
By His stripes we are/were healed. (Both Spiritually and Physically).
He is our Shepherd, we shall not want, my God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory. (SPIRITUAL, PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL, FINANCIAL,) ALL MY NEEDS.
When we learn to Trust In The Lord, to Walk With The Lord, to Live For The Lord.
Life becomes Exciting, His Provision, Is Precious, His Presence, Indescribable. The Shekinah Glory of God, will visible in our lives, to whatever extent, we give ourselves to Him.
Whether you are at the top or bottom right now today, “Today is the day.” The acceptable day, the most successful day you could experience. The day of Salvation, Forgiveness and Love Devine.
He is knocking at the door of your heart. Open the door invite Him in. Change your future.
The blanket of His love will not just put out the fire, but keep you safe and secure. Amen
“Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,”
Our Lord had died on the cross, been buried, rose again, and showed himself alive, by many infallible proofs.
He appeared to them, many times for forty days, speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:
As He broke bread with them, He “Opened their understanding, that they might understand.”
Isn’t it interesting, not so they would, but they might.
With the Lord, it is all FREEWILL, all whosoever, all our choice, and only our choice.
We are all given a measure of Faith. What we do with it is our choice. Does it lay dormant, unknown and not used?
Or have you learned to build up your most Holy Faith. (See Jude for directions).
All our choice. To believe and receive, to walk in faith or without. We alone decide our fate. He never forces His love on us, we must ask to receive.
We must seek, comfort, peace, joy, healing, power and “understanding“.
The first time understanding is mentioned in the Bible is at the Tower of Babel. The Lord said:
“Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.”
The Lord, God and the Holy Spirit as one, seeing and understanding.
“Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.”
One language. Today, whosoever will, can receive the One language, given to us to communicate with the Lord.
1 Corinthians 14:2
“For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.”
This is our prayer language, it does not need Interpretation. Our Spirit communicates directly to God and “now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
This is not the post I had planned to write. I had no intention of bringing up the Gift of Tongues again.
I am grieving and groaning within….
I am consumed by the “ZEAL OF GOD “ to see His will be done. “To build HIS CHURCH. ”
As the Pharaoh gave the Hebrews, all they needed to build the strongest, most useful, bricks to build His temples, that they would withstand any conditions, from weather or war. Good times and bad.
The Lord gave us all we needed to build His Body. We refuse to add the ingredient that will make it strong, able to withstand weather or war.
We refuse the straw. Like the Hebrews, we have to go find it. Unlike that time, Jesus said wait till you receive. The Holy Spirit, the Lord, Jesus freely gives, all good and perfect gifts.
You are able to understand and proceed. You are charged with building His Temple, His Kingdom, His Church.
You, Whosoever will, have Freewill. Will you accept the gift of God. Use the available tools, and do the will of God?
A man, feeling alone and unloved. Looks for comfort in a bottle, maybe smokes a little weed, pops a pill. What can it hurt?
His life improves. He now understands why people have rejected, ignored and avoided him.
His eyes are opened, his ears hear. Yes, he is sure, this is the truth, finally revealed.
He just needed a little help to give him the confidence, the strength, the ability to shine, to become himself.
He is smarter, faster, better than others, the secrets of the universe are an open book.
He is a God, the master of his world.
He becomes friendly, loved, popular. He is sure, life is better.
It is all a dream. He is in chains, shackles, as he screams and roars, relief is not to be found.
He is lost, he is alone, hopeless.
An older woman, her hands deformed, gnarly, painful to look at, impossible to use.
A Humpback. Her legs and feet, twisted, swollen, almost useless. To walk, and engage with others is to be tortured, humiliated.
She is ashamed of what she looks like, what she has become. What she has done.
Her money gone. Given willingly, to physicians, pharmacists, therapists. Nothing they prescribed has worked.
The rest went to charlatans, quacks and frauds. Always seeking an answer, relief, even rescue.
All the promises of health and peace, comfort and love, of a pain free life. Gone, unrealized, forgotten.
She is lost, alone, hopeless.
Then we have a father, his only daughter, sick, with an incurable decease. Slowly wasting away, her body, confined to her bed, nothing but skin and bones.
Weak, unable to attend to her own needs, fed, clothed, cleaned, by those who love her and who grieve and groan, desiring her return to health.
There is no where to turn, a death sentence has been pronounced, the trial finished, the hammer has sounded. It is over.
He is lost, he is alone, he is without hope.
There is no where for these people to turn.
Their wealth has been spent, their hopes dashed, the future is set in stone. They are not alone.
There are many on this journey, a multitude, countless millions.
Lost, alone, hopeless.
The road they are on, has a name. It is denial, their eventual destination, what they are seeking, is relief.
They are nearing…
They believe the answer is death, the grave.
There they will suffer no more, be at peace, find relief, be released from the problems, pain and troubles of this world.
I have heard it said: “They are in a better place, their suffering is over, they are at peace.”
Really, and you know this how? Are you sure? Is that your final answer?
No hope, hopeless, why?
Meanwhile the church gathers together weekly. Boasting, we have fed hundreds, clothed many, paid the light bills for others.
We have helped all who have come to our door.
We have sent missionaries abroad, financed them, prayed for them.
We are the few, the faithful, the chosen.
Is that it? Have we done enough? Is our job done? Have the scriptures been fulfilled?
Has the world, our city, our neighborhood, our loved ones, heard the answer?
Have we told them the Kingdom of God is at hand? That peace, joy, comfort, mercy and grace is available, affordable, and theirs for the asking?
I have not been faithful, in proclaiming this truth. Have you?
Father, we love You, forgive us. Empower us for Your Service.
Teach us, Show us, Draw us close to You.
Lord, may Your Love be recognized in us. Desired by those we meet. Would touch those in need.
May we be vessels of Your healing, comfort and salvation, to the lost and dying world. A road map that leads, only to You.
Thank You, Lord, that Your mercy is new every morning. You are an Awesome God. Your Love knows no bounds.
(The truth is found in Mark 5)