Friday, May 22, 2015

Romans 8:15

15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”

I have not grabbed onto the "Spirit of Slavery" which will make me feel inadequate again, but I have grabbed onto the "Spirit of Adoption" by which I can scream out, "Daddy!" to the Heavenly Father.

Mark 10:23-27

23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!” 24 This amazed them. But Jesus said again, “Dear children, it is very hard to enter the Kingdom of God. 25 In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”

26 The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked.

27 Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.”

The story of a small night time gate in the Middle Eastern towns called the Eye of the Needle is something I have never heard of before, but I like the idea. If I want to pass through the narrow path it is done one at a time, unloaded of all my burdens and on my knees.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mark 10:6-9

6 But ‘God made them male and female’ from the beginning of creation. 7 ‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, 8 and the two are united into one.’ Since they are no longer two but one, 9 let no one split apart what God has joined together.”

God's perfect design even before sin entered the world was for His creation of man and woman to be joined together in a way that they are complete together and that no one should split apart. Guide my marriage Father as these two become one.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Mark 9:2-7

2 Six days later Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up a high mountain to be alone. As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed, 3 and his clothes became dazzling white, far whiter than any earthly bleach could ever make them. 4 Then Elijah and Moses appeared and began talking with Jesus.

5 Peter exclaimed, “Rabbi, it’s wonderful for us to be here! Let’s make three shelters as memorials—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6 He said this because he didn’t really know what else to say, for they were all terrified.

7 Then a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my dearly loved Son. Listen to him.”

Because of the sacrifice of the Father by giving us His Son and Jesus' selfless sacrifice of Himself on the cross, I have been adopted into their kingdom as a son and brother. I look forward to the day when God says to me, "Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!" (Matthew 25:21)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Mark 89:27-29

27 Jesus and his disciples left Galilee and went up to the villages near Caesarea Philippi. As they were walking along, he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”

28 “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say you are one of the other prophets.”

29 Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?”

Peter replied, “You are the Messiah."

Why does Jesus need to ask what people think of Him when He can read thoughts and know the intentions of their hearts? I think Jesus wanted to separate the disciples mob mentality of thinking like everyone else into what they actually believed individually.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Romans 12:2

2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Doing the things that make you look like the rest of the work needs to stop. Completely change who you are by renovating your mind in a way that proves through the way you live what God's desires are - to be good by your nature, to do things that are acceptably pleasing to God and to grow to complete maturity as a child of God.

Mark 8:11-12

11 When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had arrived, they came and started to argue with him. Testing him, they demanded that he show them a miraculous sign from heaven to prove his authority.

12 When he heard this, he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why do these people keep demanding a miraculous sign? I tell you the truth, I will not give this generation any such sign.”

I hear my own prayers to God sounding like these religious leaders some times, demanding that God do something miraculous to help me in my current situation. I have found some of my quiet times filled with arguing my point with God, the unchanging one. “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:8-9)