Daily Archives: October 6, 2008

Can we talk?

My heart has been heavy for some time, and although I come in and out of it, I come back to the same thing. So many are claiming Christ, and living in defeat.  There is victory in Jesus, and if we are not experiencing it, then guess who  isn’t cooperating??  Jesus did not promise us a life without problems, HE didn’t promise us an easy road to HIM, HE didn’t promise that we would always have some stupid smile on our face. This is NOT our home, we live in a fallen world…

We are not greater than our Master-John 13:16

In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world-John 16:33

But what HE has promised the believer is;

I will finish the work I started in you-Philippians 1:6

I am coming back for you, you are not an orphan without a home-John 14:18

Here is where my heart gets heavy, so many offer so much advice, and yet the crisis of unbelief seems to be a blanket in which to hide and study our pain, we somehow start to worship our own pain…there is something very twisted in that, and not from God.  HE gives us wings to soar over our pain, HE touches and heals the heart, HE loves with an everlasting love, and yet we are caught dwelling on what we can not change, instead of believing HIM that trials and sufferings teach us more about HIM, and also share in HIS sufferings, and still most of us will not be called to die for HIM, yet we wallow in our suffering as if we are called to put out more than HE.  In the words of Mama Beth (Beth Moore), Its time to stop wishing and whining, and start believing and receiving! AMEN!? Amen

When’s the last time your hurt, and disappointment was turned back to HIM, and just allowed HIM to hold you, just comfort you? The sweetest thing to me is when I allow HIM to hold me…HE is never too busy…I don’t have to wait, HE’s already here…and HE has no time constraints…holds us as long as it takes, days to months to years…does it take away the pain of it all, not always…but it does give us the power and strength to look it in the face and rise above it…Thats the promise…as my heart breaks for the hurting…we have no other choice..we need to believe and then recieve.  Praying tonight for your hearts to find healing, and comfort in Christ. And then to just turn around and hide in HIM, feel the waltz, and let HIM hold you as long as it takes.

If you have time listen to this by Natalie Grant- Held, and just close your eyes and waltz with HIM, let HIM hold you and hold you and hold you..experience this..

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Blogging Bible Study – John 12

John chapter 12 has so much in it. As I read the Word, I remember that these are all real people at a real time, doing real things. Don’t forget to check out the other entries this week on this chapter…go here

Mary anoints Jesus (12:1-8)

Marys offering of an expensive oil, was probably her life savings…she gave HIM everything, even at the cost of being unrightfully judged by Judas.  Jesus responded in “Leave her alone”.  This was a time when there was little regard for women, so it wouldn’t have been a necessary thing for HIM to defend what she had done.  HIS point was choosing the better. Being HIM as the better.  How often do we really give HIM everything? Yes we should, but in all honesty…really.. do you?

Pharisees plan to kill Lazarus (12:9-19)

Still amazed…Lazarus is raised from the dead, the people are thrilled, and believing in Jesus. The Pharisees (the teachers of the Holy Writ) are looking to keep their own life..full of authority, and a higher place than the rest, sooo “lets kill Lazarus”.  Didn’t their Law also say ..THou shalt not kill?

Jesus tells of his own death (12:20-36)

Jesus speaks of HIS own death to the disciples, but all they can see is the Glory that is happening, I really don’t think they got it…how could they?  Jesus was speaking of something yet to come, and it didn’t actually fit with what was happening at that time. 

Truimphal Entry/Isaiahs prophesy fullfilled (12:37-43)

Jesus riding on a colt, exactly like Isaiah said it would happen.  The Pharisees also new this, yet to keep their positions of authority they still planned for Jesus death.

Jesus summary of HIS mission (12: 44-50)

Jesus mission was to come and die to save the world (not judge, HIS words will judge), but not to stay dead.  yet another thing that I am sure the disciples did not understand..Jesus gave them warning.  I just wonder if at the time of HIS death although fear over took them, if they pondered these things HE said…just thinking out loud.

Verses that jumped out at me..(Holman Christian Standard)

25The one who loves his life will lose it,£ and the one who hates£ his life£ in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me. Where I am, there My servant£ also will be.£ If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor£ him.

31Now is the judgment of this world.£ Now the ruler of this world£ will be cast out.£ 32As for Me, if I am lifted up£ from the earth I will draw all ëpeopleû to Myself.”

35Jesus answered, “The light will be with you only a little longer. Walk while you have the light so that darkness doesn’t overtake you. The one who walks in darkness doesn’t know where he’s going. 36While you have the light, believe in the light so that you may become sons of light.”

 

44Then Jesus cried out, “The one who believes in Me£ believes not in Me, but in Him who sent Me. 45And the one who sees Me sees Him£ who sent Me. 46I have come as a light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me would not remain in darkness. 47If anyone hears My words and doesn’t keep£ them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world£ but to save the world.£ 48The one who rejects Me£ and doesn’t accept My sayings has this as his judge:£ the word I have spoken will judge him on the last day.£ 49For I have not spoken on My own, but the Father£ Himself who sent Me has given Me a command as to what I should say and what I should speak. 50I know that His command is eternal life.£ So the things that I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me.”£

 

 

 

 

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