Thursday, March 30, 2017

Lord, Take My Hand Mar.30

Lord, Take My Hand

Mark 8:23: “So He (Jesus) took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town . . . “
Why didn’t Jesus heal the man immediately?

Perhaps the blind man needed an opportunity for his faith to be jogged and he needed the privacy of a personal time with Jesus.
Often, we are spiritually blind when we are in our comfortable circumstances. Jesus may need to take us by the hand and lead us to a place of healing.

Anything that untangles us from the world, a crisis, a loss, a change may become a Godly act of mercy.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Duplicity of Dishonesty Mar.23

Duplicity of Dishonesty

         Every day, we are pressed on the path of recalculation and renegotiation. Who do we trust? Everything and everyone become suspect. We feel the need to answer every question. No longer can we be free in spontaneous response because it may be viewed as wrong and disagree with the crowd. We have become trapped in our own misdirected intentions.

We must find James 1:5, “If any of you needs wisdom to know what you should do, you should ask God, and he will give it to you . . .” [GWT].

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Out of God's Will Mar.9

Out of God’s Will
A person outside of God’s will makes only one of three choices:
1)  Become a victim or turn into an aggressor.
2)  Live in fear or grow indifference and aloofness.
3)  Enter a weak submission of values or force control on others.

None of these operate on forgiveness.  [Col.3:13]

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Return Home Mar. 2

Return Home
When the first Adam sinned, God confronts him and asks for an explanation. [Gen.3:8-11]. Then, in a sense, humanity must leave their true home.
When the second Adam [Jesus] is asked by Pilate was he King of the Jews? [Lk.23:3], Jesus says, it is as you say. Then, Herod questions Jesus with many questions [Lk.23:9] and Jesus answers in silence. The silence response implies Jesus is saying “You guys are blinded. I am what I am.”

From these examples, it appears God changed His information strategy. Once in Old Testament, He wanted and demanded answers why people did what they did. In the New Testament, He doesn’t demand but beckons, sometime in silence, allowing free will, to see Jesus as He is and come home.