I LOVE those moments when you are reading in your devotional and the verses from the day before comes to together in your mind and you understand it so much more. Yesterday I was reading about "the Rich man" Luke 18: 18-30. Then today it was about "Zaccheus the Tax Collector" Luke 19: 1-10. Both were rich and had personal time with Jesus Christ. However, the Rich man wanted so much to go to Heaven & wanted to know how.
Luke 18:22 " When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasures in Heaven. Then come, follow me." 23-When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth." In Mark 10: 22 "At this the man's face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth."
Without being asked Zaccheus responds to Jesus this way: Luke 19:8- "But Zaccheus stood up and said to the Lord, 'Look, Lord! Here and now I give half my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount." 9- Jesus said to him, 'Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10- For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost."
From Beth Moore Devotional: "Jesus the One and Only"
"Salvation was not impossible for either one of those rich men. The difference was that one saw how much he had to lose. The other saw how much he had to gain. Christ did not ask Zaccheus to sell everything he had and give to the poor. Maybe because once he regarded Christ as life's true Treasure, his wealth didn't mean nearly as much to him----which I believe is probably God's primary point to the rich."
This by far has been the best way to put it! How much you'd lose ? How much you'd gain ?
Psalm 34:18 "The Lord is near the brokenhearted; He saves those crushed in spirit."
He has not left my side this week! I've had a few,...well more than a few times just this week my spirit seems to have been struggling and crushed.
I read this last night while trying to find something inspiring to post. I would have posted it last night but I didn't want to post two and God's comforting word's are always the best. This is written by Corrie Ten Boom. It's what I think our Heavenly Father tells us daily if we would just listen.
And so seated next to my father in the train compartment, I suddenly asked, "Father, what is sexsin?"
He turned to look at me, as he always did when answering a question, but to my surprise he said nothing. At last he stood up, lifted his traveling case off the floor and set it on the floor.
Will you carry it off the train, Corrie?" he said.
I stood up and tugged at it. It was crammed with the watches and spare parts he had purchased that morning.
It's too heavy," I said.
Yes," he said, "and it would be a pretty poor father who would ask his little girl to carry such a load. It's the same way, Corrie, with knowledge. Some knowledge is too heavy for children. When you are older and stronger, you can bear it. For now you must trust me to carry it for you.”
― Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place
In my Bible study tonight, It was over causing others to sin & forgiveness. It was a very good Bible study but I think God is wanting to expand my knowledge even further this week with the rest of the weeks devotionals so I found another set of verses I wanted to share :0) ! 1- "Since then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.2- Set your minds on the things above, not on earthly things.3- For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.4- When Christ, who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory." Colossians 3: 1-4
These verses really help me when dealing with daily ups and downs. Just to close my eyes and see fellow believers and me appearing with Christ in glory calms me. To know my life is hidden, that the devil might try to tempt me, make me feel anxiety and depression at times but he can't get my life because Christ has hidden it and placed it out of the devil's reach is awesome!
I'm thrilled that in doing my Bible study tonight, I have a few things to share. I was getting a little down because this weeks Bible study by Beth Moore, "Jesus the One and Only" was a little harder for me to take in and process. However, it might have been because I tried a few times to sit in the living room while the kids were still up reading and understanding what I was reading with the lovely sounds of 4 year old twins and their older (9yr old) sister crying and fussing because they want so much to play with her but she's just not feeling the same all the time. The other 3 are peacefully doing what a pre teen & 2 teenager do best....socializing thru text or computer quietly :0) . Yes, I will admit the three younger ones are somewhat like their momma & the 2 boys are somewhat like their dad.....Heidi....is a bit like both of Jon and me although she's our exchange student and came from another mother & father and country :0)! Tonight in my Bible Study it started with a Bible Verse from Luke 13:34 "O, Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!" This is one of those verses where I need no noise in the house to understand so I waited until bedtime to finish tonight's study and I asked Jon for help! Of course it only took me reading it to him one time for him to explain it to me. It lead me to read Psalm 91. Where I found comfort once again :0) !
Psalm 91: 1-4 1: He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadows of the Almighty. 2: I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." 3: Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence. 4: He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. (skip to) 14: "Because he loves me," says the Lord, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. 15: He will call upon me, and I will answer Him; I will be with him and honor him. 16: With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation."
Beth Moore ends it with a neat way to start your morning and I'm going to try it!
"I presently jump out of bed with one primary plan of attack for the day: ducking under the sheltering wing of the Most High so the enemy will have to get through Him to get to me."
We are so protected if we can just open up to his will, not ours. Stand in the shadows of the cross because the judgment that we should have received, Christ received instead
I like to grab a verse from the devotional I do that catches my heart but tonight I couldn't really decided. I always try to read all the inspirational message on the side of the pages as well. I found this one to share instead of the verses I read tonight. I find it to be true and comforting to me at times of stress and hard times.
"A life of faith isn't about being happy and popular, but about aligning ourselves with Jesus. Picture Jesus carrying each stress in your life to the cross, one by one, as each thought of a personal or family conflict comes to your mind. Finally, picture yourself being baptized---dying with Jesus, then rising to walk in newness of life."
Deut 7:6 "For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be His people, His treasured possession."
For where His treasure is, His Heart is also! (Beth Moore)
This makes me smile inside and out!
Beth Moore Devotional:"We were created by God to be inhabited by His Spirit. We were not created to be empty. The vacuum in every human life doe not yearn to be fixed. It yearns to be filled. God can deliver us from a terribly oppressive stronghold and we can truly clean up our lives and put them in order, but if we don't fill the void with Him, we are terribly susceptible to relapse"
Philippians 3:7: "But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8: What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9: and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith
in Christ, the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith."
"Satan is strong, but Christ is far stronger. Victory is not determined as much by what we've been delivered from (ex: any form of abuse, addiction, etc.) as by what we've been delivered too (Jesus Christ Lord)."
John 15:12-17 12:" My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13: Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. 14: You are my friends, if you do what I command. 15: I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16: You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit---fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 17: This is my command: Love each other."
Just a small part of what was in my devotional with Beth Moore tonight :0). It's so comforting to know we aren't just followers of Jesus but in his eyes, his friend.
Just wanted to share something I read last night in my Beth Moore Devotional, "Jesus the One & Only" She got this from Oswald Chamder's book, "My Utmost For His Highest." "The great enemy of the life of faith in God is not sin, but the good which is not good enough. The good is always the enemy of the best."
What are you thoughts about this?