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Friday, March 23, 2012

Obedience is saying "Yes Lord"

Luke 9:61, “Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house”
John 14:21, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me”

No matter where Jesus went in the region around the Sea of Galilee during His public ministry, He caused quite a stir.

 But most importantly, the people who had observed Him firsthand...... were moved and motivated to action.

If you read carefully through the New Testament you would find that Jesus often told and spoke in parables to illustrate how people received and responded to His teaching.

In Mark 1:18 we see obedience from the fishermen who followed Jesus.

In Mark 1:27 we see the amazement of people who marveled of His power over demons.

Then in Mark 1:31 we see service from Peter’s mother-in-law who served the Lord.

In Mark 1:45 we see those who saw Jesus in action proclaiming to others what He had done. In Matthew 13:1-9,

His disciples asked, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”

 In reply Jesus quoted the prophet Isaiah, “For the hearts of this people have gown dull. Their ears are hard to hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them” (Matthew 13:15; Isaiah 6:10).

Most parents are very familiar with the words from their children, “I’ll do it in a minute, but first …” As God’s children;
He often receives a similar response from us.

This important truth in the life of Janice is illustrated as follows:

 "I’ll never forget my inner battle one morning, as I was on my knees scrubbing the kitchen floor.

It began with a strong impression from the Lord that I should visit a young mother named Carol.

 So, I decided to do it later that day. “But first I must finish this floor,” I said to myself.

Then the inner prompting began to feel more urgent. “As soon as I finish the floor, I’ll go straight over to Carol’s,” I promised the Lord.

 But deep inside, I knew He meant now, before the floor was finished!

 A real battle of the will took place.
 I admitted that countless opportunities had been lost because of things I wanted to do first.

 Finally I said, “Okay, Lord, I’ll go now!”

When Carol opened her door, she said tearfully, “How did you know I needed you right now”

 I didn’t, but God did, and my surrender to Him played a part in Carol’s eventual surrender to Christ as her Saviour."

In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus taught that some things can wait, which includes half-scrubbed floors and a host of other things; however, a ripe harvest can’t wait!

Are we being obedient to His call for your life?
God chooses to use us, because we are the ones most suited to minister to the people in our arena of influence.

 It is not by chance you/we have the relatives, friends, job, and church family that you/we do.

God led us wherever we are, for a reason.

Pray today that the Lord will begin showing you the destiny He has for you. Ask Him to help you be obedient to His will for your life. Are you willing to serve Him whatever the cost? It is this unswerving obedience and faithful service to the Lord that God richly blesses.
Thank you Mikey.

Bless you,

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Is it an illusion?

I am asking a question......"What is a real person?"

I think a real person is some one who faces up to everything that happens in life and resists
every temptation to escape!

Professional people who work in mental health will say that, one way in which our  mental and
emotional wellbeing can be measured is by "how" we face up to real life and reality.

I suppose I could go one further and say that reality is truth....
good truth and bad truth....ugly truth and pleasant truth....

From one Bible translation it says..."If we refuse to admit we are sinners....then we live in a world of
illusion and truth becomes a stranger to us" or "If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us." (1John 1v 8)

So.....if we refuse to face the truth....... any truth......Biblical truth......something inside us dies!

Of course we could always bury our head in the sand and ignore it all!
But where does that than leave us?

So....what am I?  A realist? or a retreatist.....some one who runs away from life.
One thing is for sure....realists get to places.
Dear Jesus,
Help me to face everything that comes my way and not to "dodge" the issues no matter how threatening they are...Thank You Jesus, Amen
Bless you

Thursday, March 8, 2012

NO Way through!

Sometimes it can be so hard, to face reality, but we cannot escape it!
I know lots and lots of people do "try" to do so, as often as they can, but it is a useless exercise!

Every time we begin a new path that we believe will take us "away"from anything unpleasant,
there is a sign that says  "DEAD END"

But.....what is Reality?

According to my dictionary it is 'what is real'- and- 'the way things are'

So, we can no more escape from reality than we can jump out of our skin, so to speak!
And those who do try to escape, well we know it as 'escapism'

Advertising is a kind of escapism you know....The Island in the sun......that holiday you have always wanted to take.... so....take it NOW!!!....kinda thing?

Now, don't get me wrong....taking a holiday is fine, but, if the reason is to 'escape' from something instead of taking a well earned rest and break....well..... enough said....right?

If we turn to God, we can face reality with confidence and grace.....no matter how 'unpleasant'
that reality might be. We should never fear reality, and if we are whole in God, we won't.
Bless you