Face to Face

Whether they know it or not, every person has encountered Christ moving in their life. Some of us have even been blessed enough to realize it! Reading Mark 5 strikes me with two conflicting views of what happens when people experience an encounter with Jesus. We have the demon-possessed man from Gerasenes, driven to isolation and self-harm by the evil spirits within him. And on the other, a woman, stricken with profuse endless bleeding, seeking healing in a touch of Jesus’s robes.

Both of these people recognize the truth about Jesus, that He alone wields righteous power and authority over evil. Both of these people, in their time, would have been considered ritually unclean, to be cast out and separated from worship and community; the demons Legion, causing their host undue suffering with an affinity to graves & corpses and dangerous behavior, and the woman because of the ritual uncleanliness marked by her unceasing menstruation. I can imagine both of these individuals trudging so long through hopelessness and misery within their afflictions. Yet when face-to-face with Jesus, both have very different reactions. The man’s inner demons show fear and panic; the woman, a desperate hope and trust in the power of drawing close to Christ.

It seems many of us want to come to Christ on our own terms, in our own timeframe. But when Christ moves in you and you become painfully aware of your uncleanness and sin, and have the opportunity to surrender that to God, will you run in terror from the Truth as the Devil’s servants did in the presence of the Lord, or will you do everything in what power you have to experience God’s saving grace as the bleeding woman? Clearly, both these experiences involved recognizing the divine authority Jesus wielded (James 2:19 – “Even the demons believe – and shudder!”). I think even in these stories, we can see allegories of our own possible experiences in being called to face our own unholiness. When the Holy Spirit stirs your heart to recognize and confront your sin, do you accept Jesus’s authority while clinging to hope in your broken self, or with joyous hope for healing and redemption? We know both these people found the same redemption offered to us through Christ.(Ephesians 1:7 – “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace!”)

I wholeheartedly believe God commands all might over illness and death, as I’ve experienced through prayers, witnesses, and much practice & patience. But more so than just physical illness and pain – He wipes clean spiritual uncleanness and sickness. Psalm 30 proclaims “O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me. O Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol; you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.” Or 1 John 1:9 – “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” God sent His only begotten Son to offer Himself up for our forgiveness of sins, and as our bridge to eternity with God; all we need to do is confront, confess, and surrender our sins. When prompted with this decision, will you cling pridefully to your inner demons and flee from redemption as so many people do today, or will you reach out and accept the cleansing power of His blood in your own life?

Casting Shade Through A Seed

Today’s reading is Mark 3 and 4. We focus on Mark 4:30-32.

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

30 And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, 32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

Have you have ever thought about the fact that at the time Jesus lived and the Bible was written, they did not even know the land which most of reading this live in, the United State, even existed? Yet, there are now approximately 205 million Christians in the United States which is the largest population of Christians in any one country in the world and just under 2.4 Billion total Christians in the world. This is not to mention all the Christians who once lived and have now “fallen asleep” as Paul and many of the other New Testament writers says. How do this many people come to faith in a man named Jesus who was born not to kings and queens but to little known Joseph and Mary in the small town of Bethlehem? How did the Kingdom of God grow like the mustard seed Jesus describes? Simple…Jesus poured into His 12 disciples and the Holy Spirit did the rest through them.

My question for you today is the following…who are you pouring into so the Kingdom of God and the Holy Spirit can go to work? Yes, we are called to pour into our spouses and our children and help them know and draw nearer to Jesus, but what about those that don’t have a family member in their life. Or, I was just speaking with a few friends recently about how it’s not always a spouse or parent who can help draw someone closer to Jesus or their life’s directions…it’s often a friend or non-family member mentor. They have heard it too much from them..the same things for years. They need to hear it from a different voice and someone else who they connect with. If you’ve ever coached someone, you may have experienced that you keep suggesting they do X. They don’t do it even though you keep telling them. Then, someone else tells them to do X, and they come to you and say, “You know..I was talking to so and so, and they suggested I do X…I really think I should do that.” (Insert hand over face emoji here)

My next question is..are you creating enough buffer in your life to pour into someone who needs it? Or are you telling yourself the same things I do either consciously or subconsciously that you don’t have the time or that it will pull you away from the time you need to spend with your spouse or own children? I’ve made all the same excuses. This is Satan whispering in our ear. We must remember that God has given each one of us a story, our own story, that is part of His bigger story, and I believe each of our individual stories are written to help us reach others who it will resonate with for their salvation and His glory. You could be the voice (or really the Holy Spirt) through you that helps them find Jesus or improve their relationship with their spouse, children, or find the purpose and direction they are looking for. This not only effects them..but their friends and future generations of their family who they may then lead to a better life and salvation in Jesus. There are infinite branches that will come off the tree from the seed that is planted as evidenced through Jesus pouring into just 12 individuals in a little area east of the Mediterranean Sea and the number of followers of Jesus over the last 2000 years since and hundreds of generations in different parts of the world.

The phrase “casting shade” does not have a good meaning in our society today because it references stealing someone’s sunshine so to speak. It means taking away from something good they have done. However, in these verses Jesus just doesn’t talk about the Kingdom of God growing like a tree..but also how that tree helps us find shade in a positive way. It is a place for us to dwell and live that helps protect us from the troubles of this world. Not that we won’t have trouble in this world, but that we know where to go and who to go to..our Savior Jesus. And we know that no matter what troubles we face, our true and final home and resting place when we fall asleep is in Heaven.

Who can you help find some shade by investing a little time and planting a seed?

As Jerry McCorkle, the director of Spread Truth Ministries in Bloomington, IL says, “You never know the power of one conversation.”

 

 

 

What Are You Willing To Do?

 

Today’s reading is Mark 2

 

The first story in Mark 2 has become one of my favorites in last 10-20 years. The miracle that Jesus performs in this passage is astounding! Jesus completely reverses terrible physical circumstances in a man’s life. While I am awed by Jesus’ handiwork, the part of this story that challenges me and encourages me isn’t as much about the miracle as it is the faith and tenacity of this man’s friends. Jesus was preaching to a group of people in someone’s house. The house became packed full with people wanting to hear what He had to say. The crowd was spilling outside the door into the yard. While Jesus was preaching four men showed up carrying one of their friends who was paralyzed. When the friends realized they couldn’t get the man to Jesus because of the crowd, they literally pulled some tiles off of the roof so they could make a hole in the ceiling of the house and lowered the man on his mat right down in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith, Jesus forgave the man’s sins and after a discussion with the teachers of religious law, He told the paralyzed man, “ Stand up, pick up your mat and go home”. The man jumped up, grabbed his mat, and walked through the stunned onlookers. Jesus changed the rest of this guy’s life by healing him.

This paralyzed man’s friends were willing to carry him to the place that Jesus was speaking. The passage doesn’t tell us the distance that they had to travel to get to the house but let’s be honest here, carrying the weight of a man on rug seems precarious at best and the thought of offering that for even a city block makes my back hurt. Next, when they realize that they couldn’t walk him right up to Jesus because of the crowd, they devise a plan to get their friend the help that they believe he needs most. They are willing to climb up on the roof, damage some guy’s house, hook up ropes to the rug and lower their friend down to Jesus. Don’t you wish you could have been privy to the conversation that hatched that plan? These friends cared about this guy enough to inconvenience themselves, make some physical sacrifices, risk financial cost in damaging the homeowners roof, and give of their time to make this miracle possible for their friend. Makes me wonder what we are willing to do to get those we care about to Jesus.

Several years ago I did a Beth Moore study on the book of Luke. This same story is told in Luke 5, and Beth’s comments on this scenario are what developed my love for this story. I’ve already covered the literal implications for us to consider as we look at what this man’s friends were willing to do to help him get to Jesus, but in the Luke Study, Beth talked about how this story translates for us since we don’t physically have Jesus present. She stated that sometimes the way we can best help those we care about is to “put them on mat” of prayer and “carry them to Jesus”. The concept that stuck with me most from this study is that we can “carry others to Jesus” without their consent or agreement. We have the freedom to set anyone we choose on that mat and carry them in prayer to the One who we know can help them the most. This is powerful! As a young mom I clung to the idea of putting my kids on the mat and sometimes “dragging” them to Jesus when I didn’t know what else to do to help them change their hearts. Since I was gifted this concept or word picture, I have told God in prayer, more times that I can count that I am “putting ______ on the mat, and bringing them to You”.  Can your mind be relieved of worry for someone you are concerned about? Are you at a loss for tangible ways to help someone you care about? Are you beyond your abilities in helping or too far away to help a loved one? We have the option to put anyone we want to on that mat and carry them to Jesus.

As He Said

I am afraid of many things.  So many, in fact, I don’t know how to start.  Some are dumb, some are very real.  The real estate market is one.  It’s crazy! We all know it.  When is it going to crash?  That’s what I am afraid of.  How about cancer?  The Doctor said she got it all, but what if it comes back?  I am afraid of that too!  Every day, I think about what I am afraid of.  Not until I read Matthew 28 today, did I realize the root of my fear.  It is not what I am afraid of that is the problem, it is why I am afraid.

From today’s reading in Matthew 28, we join the two Marys visiting Jesus’ grave.  Upon their arrival, they are greeted by the angel that is now in charge of the tomb.  Knowing the terror that he could trigger, the angel quickly interceded saying, “do not be afraid.”  Then comes the reminder.  “He is not here, for He has risen.  As he said.”

Look a little closer at that last sentence.  “As he said.”  It is easy to miss.  The angel was not telling them something they didn’t already know.  In fact, Jesus had been telling them all along.  Remember in Matthew 16?  Jesus tells the disciples that he will go away and suffer many things.  But, he assures him, “I will rise again on the 3rd day” (Matt 16:21).  So, what were the Mary’s afraid of?  A scary angel, for sure.  But don’t you think they were also afraid of an empty grave?  Those are the whats.  But, remember, the better question is why.

Why were the Marys afraid?  The root of their anxiety is belief.  Or, more accurately, they were afraid because of their unbelief.  Their gut reaction is that Jesus was a lie.  He died and now he is gone.  Not just the man, but their hope was gone.  It makes sense, of course.  There were no witnesses to see Jesus leave the grave and we humans must make sense of it so we do what we do best.  Make up a story that makes sense to us.

Thankfully, the angel quickly led them back to Jesus’ promises. “As he said.”

He said…. that he would die, and rise again (Matt 16:21).

He said…. That he will never leave or forsake you (Deut 31:6-8)

He said… He will work all things for our good (Romans 8:28)

He said…. That he will complete us (2 Tim 3:17)

He said…. That we shall inherit the land (Psalm 37:9)

He said…. That he will always be with us (Matt 28:20)

It does my soul well to remember the things God says. Now, I am not afraid.

 

The Murder of our Savior – The Courage to Love Others

Mathew 27, in my opinion, is the most impactful and riveting chapter in the Bible.  The Bible is composed of sixty-six books, written by 40 men, over a period of 1500 years.  Every prophet, every vision, and nearly every parable that was taught was leading up to this moment.   The death of Christ, God’s Son, our Savior.

I cannot help but focus on the manner in which our Savior was convicted of crimes He did not commit and was sentenced to a horrible death by people who had no evidence of Him doing anything wrong.  Jesus was murdered because the Jewish leaders in charge felt threatened by Him.

Here is a riveting part of Christ’s death.  In Matthew 24, verse 23, Pilate said “Why, what evil has he done?”  What was in Pilate’s heart at that moment?  Why was he asking this question? More on that in a moment.

Verse 24 goes on to state “When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a tumult was rising, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, ‘I am innocent of the blood of this just person. You see to it.’”  Verse 25 goes on to say the people answered, “His blood be on us and on our children.”

There are hundreds of people who contributed to the murder of Jesus.  The Sanhedrin, consisting of chief priests and elders, Judas, bystanders at the trial, the false witnesses who testified against Jesus, and the guards.  Even Pilate’s wife contributed to Jesus’ conviction as she told Pilate “Have nothing to do with that just Man, for I have suffered many things today in a dream because of Him.”  All contributed and supported the crucifixion of the Son of God.  But, one man could have stopped it.  Pontius Pilate.

When are those moments in life when we need to stand for something and have courage?

Pontius Pilate is arguably one of the most known names in the history of the world.  He is remembered, for eternity, for the horrible crucifixion he allowed.   But yet, the Bible inferred he had questions about Jesus’ guilt.  He seemed to have doubts but did not have the courage, in the moment, to stand up for Jesus and save Him from the mob.

The courage to stand up for our own opinion can be difficult. To rid ourselves of the ease to “follow the herd,” because it seems like the popular or easy thing to do, can be a difficult proposition.  We need to focus on what feelings control us in the moments of decision, when we have to make a choice.  We should not allow ourselves to go along with negative feelings of envy, jealousy, the feeling of “getting attention,” or perhaps the sense of anger or rage against others.

The most fascinating aspect of Matthew 27 to me is that Jesus died to save the exact people that murdered Him.  He took the beatings, the spitting, the ridicule, the torture and the unfathomable pain to provide the salvation for believers to spend eternity in Heaven.

What is on my heart today is that if Jesus had the courage to make the sacrifice He did at His crucifixion, I should be able to muster the courage to love and appreciate people when it might not seem popular.  Loving or supporting others might not seem accepted at the time, but in the end, could have a massive impact on someone’s life.  We never know when our support will mean the most.

Jesus commanded, before His death, in John 13:34-35.

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.

By loving others, we show our love for Jesus.

Influence

Matt 26 

Who influences you? Does their influence come from God? Mary, sister of Martha and Lazarus, anointed Jesus‘s body with an ointment worth a year‘s wages for an average worker. She obviously did not care what others thought, she just cared about worshiping God. That’s a strong influence to follow. John 12:4 tells us it was Judas who openly criticized Mary and influenced other disciples who also criticized her, suggesting the oil should have been sold and the money given to the poor. That sounds honorable, but as we know, Judas was a thief. He held the money purse of the donations given for Jesus‘s ministry. The proceeds of the oil would have given him more money to steal. He was able to deceive and influence the disciples in what seemed like a positive way but wasn’t.

One negative or positive attitude can influence many. Sometimes a negative attitude sounds positive or even noble. Which attitude do I influence others with? Who am I being influenced by? Knowing God‘s word/truth helps me to identify the true influence of others, does it honor God or their own selfish agenda?

Jesus predicts his betrayal and death to his disciples who don’t want to hear His truth. Jesus let them know that they will all abandon him, Peter immediately professes he will never leave Jesus even if he must die with Jesus. In Luke 22:31-32 Jesus says to Peter that he has prayed for Peter, that his faith would not fail, he knew Peter would stumble and fall but Peter’s faith would not fail. When we stumble and fall, we must stay strong in our faith, get back up and encourage others around us to stay strong in their faith in all circumstances.

V41 Jesus says, “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak”. Jesus is praying for us as we read in Hebrews 7:25, He is aware of our humanness and knows we need His intercession.

Peter professed that he would never leave Jesus despite what the others may do, there was a tint of arrogance but also true sincerity. After hearing Peter‘s profession, the other disciples also said they would do the same. Peters’ faith influenced the other disciples in a way that would not honor what Jesus’s mission was, even though it seemed noble. Peter failed to stay awake in the garden and pray with Jesus. When Peter drew his sword to defend Jesus, he was showing great courage proving the sincerity in the words he spoke when he professed, he would even die with Jesus. Jesus admonished him for his actions and Peter ran away like the others. What were his feelings at this point?

Peter kept stumbling yet he continued getting up and staying strong in his faith. He was the only disciple who had the courage to follow the guards and Jesus. After denying that he knew Jesus 3 times, even cursing in his 3rd denial, Peter remembered Jesus‘s words and he went outside and wept bitterly. We see Peter in his humanness fail, fail, fail and yet we continue to see his true sincerity. His sincere faith continues to strengthen him  to get up and encourage others to stay strong in their faith as his influence helped build Christ’s church.

Unfortunately, fear dictates what I do or do not do in my life. Fear often keeps me from doing the things that I should. I pray every morning that God gives me sincere courage to do the things I am supposed to do today. I stumble often, I do not always get back up as quickly as I should. My faith is strong, but is it as strong as Peter’s?

Sometimes I feel like a baseball, I am knocked around, thrown in the dirt, the weight of others falls on me and occasionally I am hit out of play. But I continue to get back in the game because the game is not over yet. I am grateful God has placed Peters in my life who influence and encourage me, helping me find God’s strength. I am also thankful there are younger men who turn to me to find God’s strength. As badly as I need Peters in my life, it is my responsibility to be a Peter to others. Encouraging, strengthening, and sometimes admonishing other men to seek, know and follow God’s truth.

Matthew 25 and Feeling Refreshed

We are nearly three weeks into our USA tour as we visit family and friends. In anticipation of the trip my prayers were focused on “rest”. Recent prayers have transformed to the theme of “feeling refreshed”. Our friends and family have welcomed us with such open arms it is humbling. There have been small intimate gatherings and some parties lasting late into the evening.

While visiting the home of one of our amazing friends, we paused as we saw a rock in their garden inscribed with Proverbs 27:9 (as per the photo). This verse made me feel in that moment that God was speaking to me directly as we felt so blessed by these friends, for their love and kindness. That verse has since been the theme of my trip to the USA; feeling refreshed by sweet friendship, family, old friends, and brothers and sisters in Christ.

Self-reflection questions:

  1. Do I intentionally invest in others to refresh them?
  2. Am I refreshing to be around? Do I sweeten the souls of others in every interaction?
  3. Do I actively giving thanks to God and to the “friend” for sweet friendships, for the refreshing of my soul?
  4. Do I let friends know how much they mean to me, that they are an answer to prayer?

Today’s reading is Matthew 25 and I felt some tie-in with the following verse:

And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ (Matthew 25:40)

While most of the time recently has been with friends and family, this verse speaks to me about loving those beyond our “safe zone”, and how refreshed the unloved feel when they are given love. We are to love not only those whom we know well, but also the marginalized; those whom society does not love nor accept. We are to love the poor, the homeless, the mentally ill, those in prison, the sinner, the offender, our enemies and those who persecute us.

Jesus said we are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14a). Let us believe his words and act now; giving love, bringing joy, refreshing souls, in the name of Jesus.

Get Ready

Today’s reading:  Matthew 24

A global pandemic, the busiest hurricane/wildfire season on record, political divisions and racial tensions made 2020 a year like no other.  It was so crazy, the word “unprecedented” became over used.  With each awful development, I heard more “chatter” about whether the end times were upon us.  In our scripture for today, Matthew 24, Jesus was talking to his disciples about the end times – foretelling what is going to happen in advance of Jesus’ return or “the second coming”.

You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.  Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.  All these are the beginning of birth pains (Matthew 24:6-8).

Does this sounds a little like 2020?  I’ll admit it did to me when I read it this week.  At least until I got to verse 36.

But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father (Matthew 24:36).

If no ones knows the day or the hour, including Jesus himself, is it reasonable to think it would be that easy for us to figure out?  We are not that smart.  Why then would we waste our time?  Rather than evaluating the “signs” and trying to predict what’s next, or worse yet, spending our time worrying about it, we should be focused on getting ready.

Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come…So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him (Matthew 24:42, 44).

In previous posts, I’ve mentioned that in Gallup’s Strengths Finder 2.0 my top strength is Achiever – I like to get stuff done.  My second and third strengths are Futuristic and Strategic – I am inspired by what could be and have a knack for coming up with alternative ways to move forward.  When I think about Matthew 24:42 and 44, I am energized about how glorious Jesus’ return will be.  But my mind quickly turns to thinking about what I need to be doing so that I’m ready when he gets here – what is my path to get from here to there.  The answer is pretty easy to come up with – I need to be following Jesus Christ and transforming my life to look like his.

That is much easier said than done, of course, so how do we break this bold goal into smaller, more consumable chunks on which we can make progress?  As I thought about this a little more, my mind went to the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7).  These chapters are probably Jesus’ most complete description of what the life of a Chrisfollower should look like.  Starting with the Beatitudes (qualities that describe Christfollowers) and moving on to topics like murder, adultery, divorce, giving, prayer, worry, judging, etc, Jesus provides a playbook for how we should think about, act, and react when faced with various topics and challenges in life.  If you are like me, energized about the future when Jesus comes to take us home, yet want to make sure you are prepared for his arrival, spend some time studying the sermon on the mount and let it guide your choices.

…for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night (1 Thessalonians 5:).

Get Ready!

 

 

Matthew 23

Today’s reading is Matthew 23. This chapter is Jesus last address to the Pharisees. He had responded to all of their questions  and he took this opportunity to expose their corruption, hypocrisy, and rebellion against God to the disciples and the multitudes. In the beginning of the chapter Jesus did give the Pharisees credit for knowing the scriptures but that is the only positive thing he had to say about them. Beyond accepting their knowledge of the scriptures, Jesus advised the people not to follow their example in anything. The Pharisees were more concerned about their outward appearance and keeping the law then loving those around them. They followed the letter of the law while ignoring its true intent. All the while, they hated Jesus because He challenged their proud attitudes and dishonorable motives.  He didn’t follow all of their rules and traditions. He was not what they were expecting. They tried many times to get Jesus to stumble with their questions but it was futile. Jesus was the only one that could truly stand up to them and their hypocrisy.

The Pharisees needed a savior but they rejected Him. They were so stuck in their way of thinking and their position that they didn’t see Jesus for who He was (and is). Even though they knew the scriptures and all the prophecy they still rejected Him and ultimately had him crucified. Jesus knew this would happen and it was his opportunity to share with the multitudes that there was a problem. The Pharisees were not the ones to follow because they were sinful and missing the point all together. The point was that Jesus was the Messiah and was in their presence!

There are still “Pharisees” among us today. People that are so tied to the rules and traditions that they forget to care for the heart of those in their midst. Sometimes, I am that person. I can be hypocritical, judgmental, overly concerned about outward appearances, and a blind guide to those around me. I am sinful. We are all sinful. The good news is that Jesus knows this about each of us. He came into the world to save us from our sin and not to condemn us. And He doesn’t want us to stay in our sin. He accepts and loves us as sinners, but wants us to change to be more like Him as we mature in a relationship with Him. He is the ultimate change maker. The Pharisees in the Bible were already long gone but there is hope for us!

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world but in order that the world might be saved through him.

 

 

You’re invited…what are you wearing?

Today’s Reading: Matthew 22

v 1-14 The Kingdom of heaven is like…

The more I’ve reflected on our wedding, the more memories jog my mind.  The details that were put into everything.  From invitations selection to music played to the food and cake served.  What an amazing day.  This summer Jennifer and I celebrated our 12th anniversary.  I know I don’t say it or recognize enough the masterpiece our Lord created in my wife and our three wonderful children Jackson, Marshall, and Gianna, but I know they truly are.

The parable that Jesus shares in Matthew 22 talks about a wedding that various groups are invited to. Everyone in town was invited to, yet people refused and paid no attention to the invite for one reason or another.  For those who finally came, some didn’t come dressed for such an occasion.   There is always some thought that gets put into your outfit when attending a wedding.  For me, this parable makes me reflect on what I’m wearing.  What d do I put on each day in the presence of the Lord? What are my actions as a preparation for a wedding feast in Heaven? People like to pretend that our choices or actions don’t matter much in our modern-day world, but this parable shows that it isn’t true.

God’s invitation from Him is not a light matter. We are accepting or rejecting this once-in-a-lifetime invite. Our answer matters.  Our actions matter. Our dress matters.

What are you wearing?

Ephesians 4:20- 24  20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Every morning we all wake up and get dressed for the day. Am I clothed in Humility?

1 Peter 5:5 and be clothed in humility…

I’m grateful for His mercies He has shown me for the moments when my character lacks, and actions don’t represent Him. Lamentations 3:22-23 says Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

You are invited.  Do you accept? As we prepare now for His Kingdom, are there any garments that you are missing? Am I truly dressed and ready, or do I think I am?

Psalm 139:23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.

Lord,  I pray that my actions and words represent godliness in all I do.  In my sinful human moments, help me to repent and seek you.  Father, I know the Kingdom you have invited us to is bigger and better than anything the world has to offer.  Help me each day to know this truth and share it with others.  Amen