The weekend studies were great! Sunday’s was especially touching to me, because I have a dear child that is running from God and, my husband and I have felt at times (during the toughest times) just like the father in Mark 9:22 – – “…If You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” But in vs. 23, “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” And vs. 24 “…and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” I got a wonderful blessing. I called my mother and read it to her and cried some more. I didn’t know if she had read her study yet, so I was blessed again by sharing it with her. I know I’m supposed to be on Monday’s, but I had to encourage you, if you haven’t had time to read yesterday’s you might want to back track. You will be encouraged! (Angie, I think I chased a little rabbit here, but he did come in my yard- hope that was okay.? Sis- I love you the mostest!)
Scripture Text: Luke 9:46-48
In vs.46 the disciples were thinking “who was the greatest?” Kind of sounds elementary doesn’t it? (I’m bigger than you are!) The truth is everyone wants to be well thought of, but to think one is greater in God’s kingdom is different by the worldly standards. Money, fame, glamour, personality, etc… – these are all the world’s qualifications. Holding a child, in vs. 48, Jesus expressed the qualifications of being the greatest. How humbled they must have felt. He read their thoughts. (He’s pretty good at this if you didn’t know, after all, He knows our heart’s intent.)
Comparisons- I’m sure we all have been guilty of this one. Example: (High School Reunion)”I hope I don’t look as old as her.” or “By the size of the rock on her finger, looks like they are the wealthiest.” Maybe at church we say, “I wish I could sing, as good as, her.” Maybe at work we think, “I wonder if the boss knows I work harder than her?” The disciples maybe thought, “Maybe I’m closer to the Master, because after all, He chose me first,” or one of them might have thought, “I’m the greatest disciple, because I read the law three times a day, and give Jesus a place to stay every time He’s in town.” What if they even voiced, “The Master is closer to me, because He sits by me at the table,” or “I should be president of our discipleship club, because I’ve been with Him the longest.” I could go on and on – my mind is really clicking, but Christ does not like this attitude. Before long, if this attitude is not squelched it leads to envy and strife. James 3:16 says: “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.“
Lord, cleanse my every thought. I want to make it in the Pearly Gate and I don’t care if I’m the doorkeeper or the floor sweeper, I just want to make it in. (now sisters, I might have to just write that one down, it kinda rhymed)
In our devotion today, Beth talked about the Lord helping her continually to rid her life of the “self-stuff,” and she named so many: “self-exaltation, self-righteousness, self-will, self-pity, self-absorption”, etc….. Man, she stepped on my toes and sprung my ankle! Allow me to quote along with Beth, Luke 9:23 ….”If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.“
Friends, may your day be blessed and filled with His presence. Come back tomorrow to see what Angie’s going to say about Day 51 and those “Blasted Unbelievers.”
Dear Lord, thank you for this time with you. Thank you for loving us. Allow your Holy Spirit to nudge our heart when our thoughts are not pleasing to you. Forgive us for all the times we have not been in line with you. Truly, we all want to draw closer to you or we wouldn’t be doing this study today. Fill our mind with pure thoughts. Clear the clutter and sweep out the cob webs, and speak to us again. Please show us every area you want us to polish up. We’ve all been busy Father, (it’s the day we live in) but help us steal enough time away with you to hear you whisper to our hearts today. In Christ Jesus’ name- – Amen.
Close your eyes, just for a moment, to pause and listen to what He is saying today ………………..
Keeping the Faith,