January 29, 2018 Exodus 1; Psalm 88; John 19:1-27

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Fear God, Be Bold | Kim Chipman

S~ The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. Exodus 1:17 (NIV)

O~ The Israelites are still in slaved in Egypt. The king sees that the Israelites are “exceedingly fruitful” and he becomes afraid they will take over. He orders all male babies to be killed. He instructs the midwives to do this when they assist with a birth. The midwives wouldn’t do it, though. They feared God more than the king and obeyed Him.

A~ I think in my mind I would say that I absolutely respect (fear) You more than any person, but honestly as I read this today I’m not so sure that’s true. I want it to be true, but I’m not sure it is. As a Hebrew woman the king of Egypt would have incredible power over you. They defied what the king told them to do, though, and obeyed what God asked them to do.

I think of the people we see around the world today that are martyred for You. They boldly stand in their beliefs and are beheaded and/or tortured for it. Would I do that? Seriously, my life is pretty comfy. I don’t sacrifice anything to follow You really. I reap copious benefits without much sacrifice.

The desire of my heart is to honor You above all things. If I’m honest with myself I’m not that bold, really. I’m inspired by these Hebrew midwives. They honored You in a situation that could have cost them mightily. Help me to be bold for You. Not shrink back into a comfortable place for self preservation.

P~ Thank You for helping me see this in my heart today. Please help me to live boldly for You. You are SO WORTHY! I love You!

 

Make the Decision Before the Choice! | Joni Tyner

S~ Take him yourselves and crucify him,”  Pilate said. “I find him not guilty.”  John 19:6  (NLT)

v. 4—but understand clearly that I find him not guilty.

v. 12–Then Pilate tried to release him, but the Jewish leaders shouted-

John 18:38—“He is not guilty of any crime.”

finally…

Then Pilate turned Jesus over to them to be crucified.- v 16

O~ These scriptures seem to indicate that Pilate tried several times to tell the Jewish leaders that Jesus should not be crucified.  He was a very powerful man who had authority.  He let others influence his decisions—even when he knew it wasn’t right.

A~ I always feel sad when I read about Jesus being tried and crucified.  It’s my Lord!  He didn’t deserve any of it—yet I know that this is what the Father required for all of us to have eternal life.  What I saw today was the struggle Pilate had to do the right thing. He was negatively influenced by others.  We call this peer pressure!!   He knew what to do yet STILL did the wrong thing.

I read recently in a newsletter from  “Intentional Living” that we need to make the decision before we need to make the choice.   So, we need to decide NOT to do something before we even are given the opportunity to choose.  I have decided I will not speed before I get into my car.  I will not leave the mall with items I haven’t paid for.  I will not  flirt and engage in personal conversations with the opposite sex.   On and on, we need to make the decision what we are going to do BEFORE the actual situation  is in front of us.

P~ Dear Lord, I don’t have any shortage of knowing what I’m suppose to do, I need the Holy Spirit to help me live out my convictions.  I am weak and have issues with follow through.  I don’t want to act like Pilate.  I want to be found faithful in doing what I talk about.   I love You!!

Who’s the Boss? | Kelley Deases

S~ Don’t you realize I have the power to either free you or crucify you? John 19:10b (NIV)

O~ This question was posed by Pontius Pilate, a mere mortal though he had been given the position of Roman governor, to Jesus Christ, whom Pilate may have seen as a delusional heretic but was actually God Himself. The inquiry, while on some level factual, borders on the ridiculous in light of the truth of the scene playing out.

A~ This got me thinking what ridiculous claims I make, even implicitly by my actions and attitudes, in the face of an Almighty God. “You know, I’ve got a really busy schedule with work deadlines, household chores and the family’s activities calendar, so I don’t think I’ll have the time to hear from You today, Lord.” “I really want to move in this direction/take on this new thing, so I won’t bother to seek Your wisdom about it. I’ll just ask Your blessing (or forgiveness) later.”

P~ Father, Reading these words uttered by Pilate brings into convictingly clear focus how I, at times, fail to respect Your authority and acknowledge the magnitude of who You are.

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