I have just finished my last CD and lesson on "Jesus the One and Only" by Beth Moore. Reflecting back at the past two to three weeks, it's been a struggle to read, hear and feel with my heart what Jesus went through for me and for everyone else. The beatings he suffered.....Why so brutal ? Not too much to share uplifting about what Jesus paid for our lives. As I struggled to pick up my book and read through another days devotional and more horrible actions against our Savior, it leaves us with the promise of God's Spirit in our soul if we are willing to ask for it. When Jesus appeared to the Disciples after his resurrection he tells them: Luke 24: 44: He said to them, "This is what I told you while I was still with you. Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms." 45: Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.
2 Corinthians 4-7-9: 7: But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8: We are hard-pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9: persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
The knowledge and the power in our lives comes from the one an only, God! Just remember when you start to doubt your worth to God on simple task such as praying out loud in Sunday School, leading Children church one Sunday morning or doing something bigger as stepping up to give your testimony to the youth or church, God hides his treasures in ordinary vessels to show that the powers are his, not ours. Believe in him and trust in him!
Everytime I pick up my Bible to do my devotional I pray to learn a neat new fact that I hadn't known before or that God would shed light on a fact he wants me to know. Well, this past week I came across this in my Beth Moore Bible Study:
What three symbolic foods were to be eaten during every observance of the Passover meal ?
Lamb, Bitter herbs & bread without yeast.
Ok, we know what the lamb is symbolic of, Jesus Christ.
Some might know what the bread without yeast symbolizes but I wasn't too sure. So, I looked it up in the Bible. 1 Corinthians 5:6-8
6-"Your boasting is not good. Don't you know that a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough? 7- Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast----as you really are. For Christ our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed. 8- Therefore let us keep the Festival not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth."
What I really found interesting was the symbolism of bitter herb.
This is straight out of Beth Moore "Jesus the One and Only."
'The bitter herbs symbolized the bitterness of the suffering memorialized in the Passover observance: the bitterness of slavery, the bitterness of death, and the bitterness of an innocent lams' substitution. The herbs, eaten intermittently during the meal, would intentionally bring tears to their eyes as a reminder of the associated grief.
Malachi 4:2 "But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out & leap like calves released from the stable."
I don't think I posted this one yet but I read it last week when my week was a tid bit rough. Just taking a few minutes to close my eyes and picturing the sun rising up in the morning, feeling the warmth of it touching my face and restoring my mind to face another day with the Lord by my side was very uplifting!
I came across this in my Bible this morning and wanted to share it with ya'll. I really needed to find this today and hopes that it helps someone else as much as it made things clearer for me!
"The Christian life is not a matter of doing great things for God. That's religion. Christianity is doing great things with God. That's the life of Jesus Christ in us. How can we adopt a spirit of "looking up to Heaven" as we go through our day? Some Christian traditions have created symbols for this purpose (a crucifix, a cross worn around the neck, a painting of a Biblical scene, and so on). If you were to create a symbol that would remind you of your dependence on God, what would it be? Where would you put it? What are some other things you could do to maintain an attitude of consistently "looking up to Heaven"?
Mine is a Bible verse I put at the bottom of my work email to make me double check what I just wrote. It's Proverbs 15:1 "A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger."
There are times when after I sent an email out, I see that I could choose my words better. I'm a work in progress, most definitely!
"Jesus the One and Only" Beth Moore
'When circumstances suddenly seem out of our control, our reactions may define the nature of our relationship with Christ.'
I read that almost a week ago and I wanted to slide down a little in my chair! It hit home with me and the past two weeks! As I was trying to get into the last two sections of my devotional, I just couldn't get into it. It is going into Christ last days on earth and all the suffering he endured for us. It had not been the pick me up of the last 8 sections. And just like he always does, Christ gives me a Bible Verse that warms my soul!!!
Malachi 4:2- "But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall."
I got this out of my Bible as well that goes with this scripture:
'Darkness in the Bible often symbolizes earthly like full of evil, ignorance, pain, and death. God promises to invade this world with righteousness as the sun invades the night, driving the darkness away. Other text clarify that this image represents the Messiah, whose coming will be celebrated like the dawn, often pictured as the wings of the sun. As a bird's wings offer protection, God's 'wings' will bring healing to His Children, who will never again fear the wicked.'
The neat thing about God's wings is that they are available as soon as you open up your eyes to see, ears to hear and heart to feel his presence in your life!
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