How much is our usefulness to God dependent on our own faith and spiritual sensitivity? How about the God sized breakthroughs? When Jesus went back home and into the familiar synagogue, there was very little faith present. As a result, Jesus did very few miracles there.
To this same group of people he makes the point, “There were many widows, yet Elijah was not sent to any of them; but to a widow in Zarephath” and “Many in Israel had leprosy, yet not one of them was cleansed, only Naaman”.
I believe much is on us to position ourselves as a proven faithful servant. God used this story this morning, as the never ending “follow me”, to draw me to himself. He is a gracious God.
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I am the worst. My wife is the best. She never misses a card. I rarely have one to give. I don’t dislike special days; it’s more that I like making some days special and they just don’t ordinarily fall on the days already laid out. Maybe as I approach a special day, I start seeing it as a formality. I don’t like formalities. Yet when I get the card my wife picked for me, I like it and regret that I didn’t take the time to do the same for her.
I did the same thing this past weekend. Only this time it was Jesus’ special day. I blew right by all the Good Friday posts – formality. I blew by most of the Easter Sunday posts. But later that day it hit me what I had done.
This morning, though a little late, I made an ordinary day special. As I was writing my thoughts, I remembered a couple things I had read recently. In 1 Kings 13 a man of God, after his mission, set out to return the way God told him to return. He turned down an offer to do otherwise. While he was on his way, another man of God caught up with him and made him a similar offer. The original man of God accepted this time. He started well but he didn’t finish well. It cost him his life.
This morning I thought of it in relation to Jesus. He not only started well but He finished well. In my opinion, the most pivotal point in human history is the point recorded in John 12 where Jesus decided to finish well. He was struggling. John is the only one that records it. I can’t improve on how Jesus put it. John couldn’t either evidently. He used Jesus’ very words.
“Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!” John 12:27
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Where are we In the Course of Time? Are we on the outer edges of the time the Bible refers to where the antichrist runs the world? Are we seeing the formation of that rise in power with ISIS? Has God put us in such a stupor that we are paving the way for it to flourish? Are we seeing the beginning of that time of which the Bible says we will be forced to accept a number in submission to that power (which results in a denial of Christ) to be able to buy and sell?
Either Satan has deceived them into believing they are doing God a favor and God is waiting on us to stop them, or God has stirred them and put us in such a stupor that we have no will to stop them. There is really only one way to know for sure. If Satan is behind it, they can be defeated. If we are on the outskirts of the end of times, we may remain in our stupor. But my prayer is that we will be stirred into action—swift and decisive action. If God is with us, we will win. If not . . . we can assume the curtain has been drawn.
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We bought gifts this weekend for our 3 granddaughters. They won’t receive them for awhile. In fact they don’t even know that we have them. It made me wonder how many gifts my heavenly Father has for me that I, at this time, know nothing about.
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