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Archive for May, 2015

When people who should love you don’t seem to – learning from Jesus

“You study the scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.”   John 5:39-40

I have so enjoyed being on a teaching team studying the life of Jesus from the harmony of the gospels. As I have studied it has hit me over and over how Jesus dealt with the Jewish leaders and teachers. As the scripture above states from His response to their persecution over healing on the Sabbath, He tells them so much about who He is. Over and over as they resent Him, try to discredit Him, persecute Him and eventually send Him to the cross He continues to share and make clear His deity and purpose and how it is the fulfillment of the many prophecies regarding the Messiah from the Law they considered themselves to be experts in.

Jesus’ love and compassion and the way He gives them the truth but always gives them opportunities to believe amazes me. These are the ones who should have loved Jesus more! They are the ones who had the Word so deeply rooted in their lives they should have immediately recognized who He was. He just didn’t look like what they thought He should. He didn’t do the things they thought He should. Do you have someone in your life like that? Do they miss who you really are because they think or want you to be something else. Are they so critical of who you aren’t that they miss loving you for who you are?

We have an awesome opportunity to grow in knowing God. When we see how He interacts with the Pharisees we can know how to interact with these people in our lives. We can never give up on them or the relationship we have with them. We can listen to their criticism and continue to love them and want them to know who we are. We can be who we are without compromising our spiritual values and purposes. We can search out God’s Word to see what He does with those who don’t love Him or don’t love Him as they should. I confess that is me sometimes! So much of the time I love myself more than Him in actions and deeds.

I am so glad we are on this journey together! I would love to hear what God is showing you about who He is from His Word! Keep on growing in knowing God! Blessings my sweet friends!


God doesn’t want our external disciplines. He wants our hearts!

Hi my sweet friends! As I have been in God’s Word this week, I have been reminded to check my motives and not just be going through the motions when I study and pray. In Psalm 50 God gives us a beautiful picture of who He is and what He wants from us.

  • Vs 1 – He is the Mighty One, God, the Lord and He speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun until it sets.
  • Vs 2 – He shines forth from Zion, perfect in beauty
  • Vs 3 – He comes and will not be silent, fire devours before Him and a tempest rages around Him
  • Vs 4 – He summons the heavens above, and the earth, that He may judge His people
  • Vs 6 – The heavens proclaim His righteousness, for He is a God of justice
  • Vs 7 – If we listen He will speak to us. He tells us what is wrong in our lives. He is our God!
  • Vs 9 -13 – He doesn’t need the animal sacrifices (or today, the external things we do in the way of rules and regulations we or others place on ourselves) Everything belongs to Him already. He doesn’t need anything from us by way of physical things.

So what does God say He wants from us?

“Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High, and call
on me in the day of trouble; 
I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”
Psalm 50:14-15

He just wants us to be thankful for all He has done for us and to follow through on what we agree with Him about. Then He gifts us with wanting us to call on Him in times of trouble so that He can deliver us  We have such an amazing God!!! That we can honor Him, is so humbling to me. The God who spoke the world in place asks only that I be thankful as He works in my life to bring Him honor is beyond comprehension.

I stand in awe of our Mighty God!  The last of that Psalm speaks to the wicked. The “but” in verse 16 tells me He is no longer speaking to His people. I am grateful that through the Lord Jesus’ blood shed for me He sees me as His beloved child. I count that as an awesome privilege and truly an unearned gift of grace. I would love to hear what else He gives you from Psalm 50. Have a blessed day! Give Him your hands of service but first be sure you give Him your heart! Love you guys!!!

When God’s Word is familiar look for a new thing He wants to give you!

Today I was studying Luke 10 for this weeks Sunday School Lesson. As I read through this familiar passage about the Good Samaritan I thought, Lord, let me always see your Word with fresh eyes, let me hear you speak to my heart in any new way you desire. At almost 69 years old and a Bible student for 40 some years I have heard this account and studied it numerous times. I am reminded of the passage in Isaiah 43:19, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” He goes on to say the wild animals honor Him because He provides water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to His people, His chosen, the people He formed for Himself that they might proclaim His praise.

I don’t ever want to miss the new things God may be wanting to do in my life. So what do I see in these scriptures that I could say is new? When I read them with the desire to know more about who God is, this is what I see. From the parable of the Good Samaritan it was Jesus’ patience with this expert in the law who was asking the questions to test Jesus. I am so grateful that my Lord is so patient that He doesn’t just call him on his motives but takes the time to make it so clear to him how to live a godly life. His first letting him show that he did have knowledge of the scriptures probably was much better received than condemnation. And with his second question he took the time to give him a perfect illustration of what it looked like to love your neighbor as yourself. He showed that the Samaritan, enemy of the Jews, showed mercy and was that good neighbor regardless of hatred and years of bad feelings. The new thing He gave me in it was I too have and enemy I had never prayed for. He is Satan the enemy of my soul. Today for the first time ever I prayed he would repent of his evil and evil ways. I do know the end of the story and know that doesn’t happen but it was good for me to do that and to think of others in the world I live in that I may feel shouldn’t receive mercy. I can think of the evil ISIS terrorists who are killing Christians, the murders, rapists, gang members who cause so much evil in my city and world. I need to be praying they will repent and turn from their wicked ways. I know that my Lord Jesus died for their sins as much as He did for mine.

So, get in God’s Word today and see what new thing He might want to show you. Expect Him to always be doing a new thing in your life. Have a great week and spend time with Him each day. May you have new and wondrous treasures to share when we meet again.