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From John 18

For a while I have been disturbed by the left’s use of the word “illegitimate”. Designed to chip away at Trump’s and his supporter’s confidence, somebody coined the word and everyone who has something negative to say about him will somehow use that word. There’s a lot of hateful intolerance coming from the same people who for years have been pushing for “tolerance”.

I don’t think it would bother me as much, if people were expressing their own opinions; but as it is they are all just following the lead of a few.

With that being on my mind lately, I noticed something similar in my reading this morning. When Jesus went before Pilate, Pilate asked Him if He was the King of the Jews. Jesus’ response . . . “Is that your own idea, or did others talk to you about me?”

Pour Your Heart Out

It is good when we pour our hearts out to God. It is especially good when He pours out His heart to us.

From John 17: Love Motivated

Have you ever had something that you just couldn’t wait to show your closest friends? Jesus did.

“I want those you have given me to be with me where I am and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.”

 

A fitting poem from a while back:

 

The Streets He Walked 

 

The streets He walked were made of gold;

stepped down to dirt and stone.

That we might one day be with Him,

left angels round the throne.

 

The light of heaven came to us

with truth to light our way.

To any who believed in Him,

with Him they’d ever stay.

 

With Him to walk the streets of gold,

forever in His light;

then we the ones around His throne,

then we our God in sight.

Tested

There comes a point in any test of hardship, where words of encouragement have little meaning. Even the encouraging words from the Lord reach that limit. In the same line where He says, “I will sustain you”, He also says, “I will rescue you”. There comes a point when the only thing that will sustain us is the rescue. 

Though these words from Isaiah are regarding a hardship of punishment, I believe they are fitting, as well, for other hardships. “I WILL NOT ACCUSE FOREVER, nor will I always be angry, FOR THE SPIRIT OF MAN WOULD GROW FAINT BEFORE ME”. 

The Lord knows we have limits. At a point, it is only His help that will actually help. Then and only then will these words have their full impact. “For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back. I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you.” 

There comes a specific time that the Lord, “having tested us in the furnace of affliction”, turns on a dime – it’s not with words, it is with help – and he says, “See, I have taken the cup out of your hand, the cup that made you stagger.” 

For those who hope in Him, He says, “they will not be disappointed”. “By a mere rebuke I dry up the sea, I turn rivers in to a desert.” 

For Your rebuke, we wait.

 

From Revelation 12

Consider how the liberal left is continually attacking Trump. His every move, his every decision is being attacked. Seriously think about it and then consider this: it is a very good representation of how our enemy the devil does us. 

In Revelation he is referred to as “the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night”. It says further, “Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you!” And then the kicker, “Then the dragon was enraged at the women and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring – those who obey God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus”. 

Though some of this may refer to the persecution of the last days, I believe there is some that is fitting to the everyday battle we face each day in our minds. Thoughts that try to convince you that you have disappointed God – that you do not measure up – that God does not love you.  

Fortunately, I have been fortunate to finally work through a lot of those demons, but I am very well aware that many are still, very much, in the fight. Let me assure you from the other side, you are not a disappointment to God and He, with all that is in Him to do so, loves you more than you could ever hope, fathom or dream.

 

From John 3: The First Gift

It makes sense that God would have a heart for people. More than any other thing he created, he both loved and craved the love of people.

He poured his all into Adam and Eve; and eventually they disappointed him. He poured his all into a nation; and over and over they too disappointed him.

And so, still loving and craving to be loved, he opened it to the whole world. He made a way and came personally to tell of it. He brought this Light – this Good News – to the whole world.

“I have paid the price that you might one day be with me. Because of the love I have for you, I have made this way. To anyone in the world who wishes to love me – to know me – know that I love you. Believe in this way that I have made and I will be thrilled.”

 

Light of Men

​From John 1:1-4: In the beginning, Jesus was with God. He was present the day man was made. He was life; and man was made in light of that life–with that life clearly in mind. 

To men (in guy language): the number of cylinders we are hitting on will depend on how observant we are of his life. 

“His life was the light of men.”

PS (I know I’m short, but by observing as much as I do, I am better than I otherwise would be.)