30 days after Passover…

My friends, God has made us these promises. So we should stay away from everything that keeps our bodies and spirits from being clean. We should honor God and try to be completely like him.–2 Corinthians 7:1

The Lord’s question for me on Sunday was, “Who do you say that I am?” I’ve delved as much as I could about this phrase and I know its in the gospels, Mark 8:29, Mathew 16:15 & Luke 9:20. My struggles in the last few months have been to do His will. Trying to be holy while making sacrifices and maintain a prayerful heart. The last few weeks though the Lord has been getting my attention that I am trying to do these things in my own power. Which in turn shows that I truly don’t trust or have faith in Him. I’ve felt so beat down with trying to do His will that I would become impatient, angry, annoyed and irritable. But this is the first time I truly delved in deeper. I knew that we are not saved by works but are made children of good works once we accept Jesus into our hearts. But then I read John 6:29-Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.” Jesus speaking to a crowd that was part of the 5,000 fed earlier. It’s just part of humanity for most people to want to return the favor when someone gives to you. I give myself and I suppose my heart wasn’t in total surrender to Jesus. Plus, I know myself and I can’t trust myself that when the tough gets going I will have the strength to keep going. Those are the days that I will need to grab the hem of Jesus’ robe. This is what I mean when we’re so used to operating in our own power. So it makes sense that Jesus is teaching me about the suffering and sacrifice on my part and that I will only be able to go on following Him with His power. And, what do you know the lessons on the radio have been all about when I get in the car. That once we believe, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in our hearts, but many don’t realize that for the empowering of the Holy Spirit to work in our lives we need to obey. Another sore spot for us. We are so used to fulfilling what WE want. The title of one of the pastors book on the radio is “I want more”(by Dr. Robert Jeffress) and that’s essentially where I’m at.
May we have hearts that are willing to be made obedient and God willing, the gift of obedience, in Jesus name. Amen

There were a couple other messages from the radio and Still Small Voice (message for May 8, 2017) had a song about the road to Emmaus(Luke 24). What has stuck out about everything I’ve read and finally a few radio lessons on air this week was the fact that Jesus suffering and dying on the cross for the world’s sin and rising on the third day, eternally living on the right side of God the Father is a solid truth, not an emotional truth of my personal experience. No matter how often I’ve read this in church it is something I needed to hear and take in. I can see how the disciples presume and cannot see beyond earthly capabilities of our God. So finally Jesus reveals to His disciples the full understanding of what they were witnesses to. Jesus is strengthening my belief, faith and hope of what He has promised me and all who believe. The post subject is 30 days after Passover. Going to trust that Jesus will empower the Holy Spirit in me while I walk in this refreshing of faith, hope and belief. May we have the courage and boldness to actually take the step, in Jesus name, Amen.
“King of the World” by Natalie Grant.
I tried to fit you in the walls inside my mind
I try to keep you safely inbetween the lines
I try to put you in the box that I’ve designed
I try to pull you down so we are eye to eye

When did I forget that you’ve always been the king of the world?
I try to take life back right out of the hands of the king of the world
How could I make you so small
When you’re the one who holds it all
When did I forget that you’ve always been the king of the world

Just a whisper of your voice can tame the seas
So who am I to try to take the lead
Still I run ahead and think I’m strong enough
When you’re the one who made me from the dust

When did I forget that you’ve always been the king of the world?
I try to take life back right out of the hands of the king of the world
How could I make you so small
When you’re the one who holds it all
When did I forget that you’ve always been the king of the world

Ohhhh, you set it all in motion
Every single moment
You brought it all to be
And you’re holding on to me

When did I forget that you’ve always been the king of the world?
I try to take life back right out of the hands of the king of the world
How could I make you so small
When you’re the one who holds it all
When did I forget you’ve always been the king of the world
You will always be the king of the world

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