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Friday, August 23, 2013

Doing the right things
Past_lifes_Basics.jpgDoing the right things in an ocean of perfection, on drop of imperfection sullies it all!

We can try to do everything perfectly and fail!

Perhaps that’s why these guys many years ago invite Jesus to their home and then watched him. They wanted to find out how to do things perfectly and tried to set up the perfect environment for him. I’m sure they spent lots of time trying to get everything perfect, having their wives work at getting that house clean, inviting only the guests they thought were correct.

This is how the bible records how it worked out…

Luke 14 One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched. 2 There in front of him was a man suffering from abnormal swelling of his body. 3 Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?” 4 But they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him on his way.

5 Then he asked them, “If one of you has a child or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull it out?” 6 And they had nothing to say.

7 When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: 8 “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. 9 If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. 10 But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. 11 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

12 Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”[1]

Perfection at the human level is not attainable.

The core reason is we cannot see from God’s perspective. We judge wrong!

God says we are all imperfect from his perspective and since he knows all knowledge that will ever be known, even that of the science, philosophy, sociology and theology to come, he must right.

Where does that leave us?

Sinners! i.e. selfish, ignorant and nasty even if we don’t want to be and try our very best not to be.

God knows that and it doesn’t matter.

Jesus knows that and he loved us enough to die for it!

He wants us to be perfect, and knows we cannot do it ourselves.

That’s why he came in and took on the perfectionist task, not us.

Jesus makes up for our inadequacies and because of him, the ocean of soiled perfection is purified and our lives are beautiful, clean and unsullied.

Isn’t that a wonderful thing to start the day with?

[1] NIRV Luke 14
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A quiet place
  Every want to have peace and quiet for a while.

The same happens spiritually. We need our quiet places we can withdraw to when we need rest. Here’s one of them…

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Risk vs. Fear
       Drawings2012.jpg“To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk pain. To try is to risk failure, but risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing”~Anonymous

Fear can incapacitate us can’t it?

Risk catapults us past fear into unknown territory and is scary?

Why risk?

Without risk we do not move forward!

We do not fully experience life.

Life is not easy and anyone who thinks it should be is overprotected or not doing enough to meet the goals of their life.

Living in God’s guidance is rewarding, challenging and hard.

We have to risk to get into the area of faith.

Faith and worthiness go hand in hand.

Once we realize that God considers us worthy, we come to the realization our worthiness is not dependant on ourselves only. Jesus’ death makes us worth and eternal life is for all. We are worthy.Yes! Full understanding of this enables.

In situations where fear is overwhelming, we see light.

The light of the world pushes back the darkness because our worthiness enable faith. In the toughest of life’s challenges we have God’s joy in our hearts. We know he is with us. As we pray we release into our bodies power to do, not only for ourselves, but for others. We drive to improve the world around us.

We push back fear, and faith enables risks to be taken that move the world forward and our lives towards great Godly goals.

Vulnerability to God and others opens up relationships.
Deep relationships provide fulfilment.

God is so good.

Have you released your fears and phobias to Him? You should!

He will give you peace and joy in return.
I know!

Have a great day!
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Monday, August 19, 2013

“Be scared!”, how do I react?
“Hold up... hold on... don't be scared
You'll never change what's been and gone
May your smile... Shine on... Don't be scared
Your destiny may keep you warm.” ~ Oasis

 When a person or people come to us with message that tells us that we should fear something, and because of that, we should change our course of action, what should we do?

Fear of the future can trap us and rob us of life!

Constantly being concerned of the “to come” we may generate anxiety, anger, stomach cramps and nervousness.


Nothing has happened yet and these things all reduce our ability to react correctly when the time does come (if it comes), right?

Why are we so good at damaging ourselves in the present?

Tiring ourselves, pulling ourselves down does little doesn’t it?

How did Jesus react in similar circumstances?

In Luke 13 Jesus hears the following…

Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.

Then a little later this is what happens…

31 At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you.”

Whatever our situation, we normally are not faced with that type of threat are we?

Remember Herod was King of the Jews so it was a bit like the Queen of Britain saying she wants a person killed, or Obalma in the USA saying he wanted a person killed.

 The message is quite clear…”be scared” or “have fear”

 I’m pretty sure I could not have handled that pressure. I think I would have run like Elijah did those many years before when Jezebel was hunting him. (you can read that story in the Old Testament)

Yet what does Jesus do?

His words are powerful!

32 He replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.’ 33 In any case, I must press on today and tomorrow and the next day—for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!

He does not falter in his planning or submit to fear.

He sends a clear message to both those who bring the message and the person threatening him. It’s not a return threat, it’s just a statement of fact’s and intent.

Jesus would not be deviated from his prime task that God had given him. He knew what he was to do, why and was resolved to do that task.

He ignored the statements sent to generate fear and lived fully in the moment.

That’s what we should be doing today. Things may threaten us, try to turn us aside from God’s purpose, but we need to know that God is with us so these things matter very little.

Let’s be strong and simple in our approach. We will not need courage because if we don’t accept the fear, or enemies attempts to unsettle us, we have no need for courage to overcome that unsettling.

 Doing what God wants without deviating from the path gives us strength and purpose.

Let's push aside the ball and chain of fear! I pray today you have that strength and purpose. If you need to find it, prayer and reading the bible helps. Have a wonderful day!

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