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God’s Approval over Man’s | Kimi Miller
S~ For they loved human praise more than the praise of God. Genesis 22:2 (NLT)
O~ The Jewish leaders who believed in Jesus would not admit it for fear the Pharisees would expel them from the synagogue.
A~ This is a dangerous place to be; to fear man – to want to please man – more than You. When I desire man’s approval over Yours, that is my reward – earthly and fleeting. But Your rewards are eternal. When my heart seeks Your approval above everyone else’s, my reward is found in heaven – everlasting.
You allow me to encounter situations where my faith is tested – where I must decide which is more important – what man has to say, or what You have to say. You do this, to purify my heart; to test and stretch my faith so that You and I can have a real and authentic relationship. You don’t do this to see if I can be trusted – You do it to show You can be trusted, and that You are faithful.
P~ May my heart motive always be to please You first. Amen
Father, glorify Your Name! | guest post
S~ 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, 28a (NIV)
O~ Jesus is speaking about the emotions and actions as He approaches His death on the cross.
A~ My church’s mission is to live and love like Jesus. Jesus is my highest mentor and Who I look to often pattern my life. Well, at least He should be. Here, Jesus response to taking on the sins of every human ever born with this response, “Father, glorify Your Name!”
Over the last several months I’ve praying, ‘Jesus save me from this! Jesus, I can’t handle this difficult relationship. Jesus, I’ve got nothing to get out of this mess I’ve created.’ While these prayers have been honest and real, I’m wondering if the next step in my journey is to say, “Father, glorify Your Name!”
Those difficult relationships and hard spots in life haven’t seemed to go away since I started following Jesus. So, when my heart is troubled the next time; (probably in two hours or tomorrow), maybe I can partner with Jesus and say, “Father, glorify Your Name in this!”
P~ Abba, thank You! You never want me disengaged with life, letting Jesus do everything (even though He really does.) You desire me being engaged with the people around me, being obedient, and seeking Your glory in ALL situations, especially when my heart is troubled. I love You!
A New Picture | Kelley Deases
S~ But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself. John 12:32 (NIV)
O~ God’s plan for the salvation of the world is, in one sense, beautiful in its simplicity but yet on another, so profound and complex. How does God Himself become a mere mortal, born to a woman as a baby, walk this earth without sin, and give up his life to a brutal death on a cross as a sacrifice for all the sins mankind committed previously, at that time and for all time into the future? Oh, I accept it, believe it and know it to be true. But wow! How can it be?!
A~ Today’s verse inspired a new revelation in my heart and mind. I now have this mental picture of Jesus coming out of the ground and rising to the heavens to take His rightful place and, as with a magnetic pull, bringing human souls along with Him. And in some unexplainable way only God could orchestrate, this image spans over all time and over the whole world. This picture of Jesus lifted out of the earth and into the sky and our ascension with Him as we are drawn to Him, I believe this image will stay with me always.
P~ Thank You, Lord, for revealing the truth of Your resurrection in a new way to me today.
Lights Shine Bright | Joni Tyner
S~ Jesus replied, My light will shine for you just a little longer. Walk in the light while you can, so the darkness will not overtake you. John 12:35 (NLT)
O~ Jesus is the Light of the World. He illuminates our pathway for truth. His light will always overcome darkness. (evil). Can I get a AMEN to this?
A~ This scripture reminds me of a song I used to sing in Sunday school, “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.” Jesus is reminding us that walking in the light (His way, His will) will always triumph over darkness. We are instructed to be “light” to this world. I love this Toby Mac and Hollyn song I heard at Zumba. What a great way to shine His light to people who may not know Him. Here are a couple of lyrics.
Lights in the city might be more than pretty, pretty
That freaky shine might be more than meets the eye
Anytime you see that sparkle in the dark you might look deeper, deeper–It might be more than simply theatre.
Yo, that smile might be joy that’s connected to the spirit
The spirit might be contagious if you dare, you dare come near it .
Sparkle as the light reflects we writin’ pay it forward checks
P~ Dear Lord, I pray you give me energy to be full of joy and light when life circumstances bring me down. Please help me to “sparkle in the dark” and use my smile to connect others to Your Spirit. I Love You.
p.s. Thanks Jesus for the blessing of music. It is a great tool to bridge conversations to people who may not know You.
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