November 1 Psalms 121; Mark 9,10

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Help, I need someone…  Help, not just anyone… | Kelley DeAses

S~ [W]here does my help come from?  My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.  Ps. 121:1b-2 (NIV)

O~ The psalmist here reminds us that, ultimately, our only source of help for navigating the ins and outs of life on earth is The One who created it.  The One who created us.

A~ In his book, Threshold, Paul Covert pens these words:  “Bible reading gives us the mind of a supernatural God; meditation helps us sound the depth of God and apply His truth to our lives; prayer seems to activate His power to flow through us and over us.” (pp. 17-18)  God has really been using Pastor Covert’s message, his personal chat with my husband and me, and now his book to awaken fresh perspective in me on the need to pray and the power it unleashes when we invite God into our situation. I confess I have gotten a bit stale and rote and less than expectant in my personal prayer life.  In the face of a challenge or decision, I would just as soon try to grit it out, think it out, or just do the best I could muster.  But even as I write these words, the fallacy in my approach becomes glaringly obvious.  The best I can do in my own limited and short-sighted capacity does not begin to measure up to what God can bring to my circumstance and relationships.  After all, the “Maker of heaven and earth” sees the full panoply, is aware of the big picture, and has the power to do what must be done!

P~ Father, I confess I too often turn elsewhere for my help.  Forgive me my lack of faith, which doubts You can or would care to help.  The truth is You love me, You bid me “Come,” and You long to answer if I would only ask.

My Own, Personal Jesus Moments | Michelle Myers

S~ Jesus said, ‘You people have no faith.  How long must I stay with you?  How long must I put up with you?  Bring the boy to me. Mark 9:19 (NCV)

O~ Jesus was frustrated with the disciples.

A~ My younger daughter and I were sitting in the van, waiting for my older daughter to get out of school when I read this scripture.  I immediately started laughing, because I could hear Jesus in me, when I get frustrated with my kids.

My daughter asked what I was laughing at, so I read her the scripture.  She let out a soft chuckle and said, “It sounds like you”.  And, as we laughed together at what I would say,

“You girls don’t listen.”

“How many times do I have to tell you?”

“How many times do I have to go through this with you?”

“I will just do it myself.”

I was so thankful for the moment.  The moment when I could laugh with my daughter, at myself, having my Jesus moments.  And, I took comfort in knowing that Jesus, too, knew and understood my frustration.  And, I am sure He got a better understanding of it, a few versus down, when the disciples were bickering over who was the greatest. 🙂

P~ Thank you God for my children.  Thank you God for restoring the joy and laughter in our family.  As someone who grew up in an atmosphere of constant seriousness, rigidness, and control, I know the importance of cultivating an atmosphere of joy and laughter…even if I get frustrated sometimes.  I want my kids to see our home as a warm, welcoming, and safe place to be, so they will want to come back, long after they have a choice in the matter.  Please help us ALL see what truly is important in the day to day struggles and frustrations of life.

Who Gets the Glory? | Susan Aken

S~ They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the road?’ But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest. Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, ‘Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.’ Mark 9:33-35 (NIV)

…Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other. Mark 9:50b (NIV)

Jesus called them together and said, ‘You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be a slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’ Mark 10:42-45 (NIV)

O~ These two chapters contain several conversations Jesus had with His disciples. In chapter 9, He finds the disciples arguing about which of them was the greatest (after Jesus just told them of His coming death). Perhaps Peter, James and John are feeling a little “special” after being the ones to see the transfiguration? In any case, Jesus teaches them that anyone who wants to be first must be last. He teaches them other truths and ends with ‘be at peace with each other.’ Later, Jesus again tells them of His upcoming suffering, death and resurrection. Then, James and John come to Him to request that they be seated at His right and left hand in glory! The others are indignant and Jesus once again teaches that to be great, each must be a servant of all.

A~ I think the disciples were having a hard time “getting” what Jesus was trying to teach them. I think I also have just as much difficulty with this lesson. The American culture promotes competition, winning, being the greatest and being number one. I would say this is highly valued in our culture. I don’t think our culture values humility so much. Sometimes I think it is even looked down on as a weakness. But Jesus says that the focus of a Christian should be to serve others and to be last not first. I struggle with wanting to be recognized and praised. I find myself wanting my church to be the “greatest”. I often want to be first in line, to win the prize or be the ‘best’ at what I do. But all of that puts the focus on me. I think Jesus was teaching that when our focus is on our Father in heaven, then we would want Him to be praised. We will want Him to be glorified even in our weakness. It is all about Him. Being the slave of all is not what most of us strive for. I am not even sure I know how to do that. But I want my life to give Him glory. I don’t want to be seeking how I can be the ‘greatest’ but how my life can show that He is the Greatest.

P~ Father, I can’t do this in my strength. I confess that in my flesh, I want to be the greatest. In my flesh, I want to be recognized and praised. But in my spirit, I want my life to glorify you. I want to be willing to be the servant of all. Please let your will be done in my life. Glorify your name in me. Lord, please let any good others see in my life and any good I do only bring glory to you. I pray that I will not receive praise but that others would see you at work in me and give you praise.

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