In John 10:10 Jesus promises His followers abundant life. This blog is about my life as His follower.
Monday, March 18, 2013
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This morning I felt impressed to do something different during my morning time with God so I read this God tube devotional.
The focus of the devotional was on the story from Luke 24:13 - 35. That's the one where 3 days after Jesus' crucifixion 2 of His followers are walking along the road to Emmaus bummed. Not many days prior they'd fallen in love with Jesus, knew He was a prophet and had even started believing He was the Messiah. But then he was crucified and some of the women had gone to His tomb that very morning and said His body was not there. As these two sad men were walking along Jesus had appeared to them, but they did not recognize Him. Jesus explained the scriptures about the Messiah's need to suffer these things. The two invited Him into their home (I'm always blown away with that culture - inviting strangers into your house?!) They were having dinner together and when He broke bread they recognized Him. As soon as they recognized Him, He vanished. As they discussed the whole event together they spoke about how their hearts burned within them when He was explaining the scriptures to them.
The author of the devotional made the point that "Their eyes were dim, but if they had only
paid attention, their hearts would have shown them the truth. Sometimes,
our blind eyes need to listen to our fire-lit heart". The devotional author then points to Ephesians 1:15-23:
For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,16
I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.17
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,19
and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength,20
which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,21
far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.22
And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,
which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. (NIV)
I've adored this passage in Ephesians for a long time. Felt especially connected to pray this passage over my oldest son for the past few years. Today I looked at it for me. Today I prayed that the eyes of my heart would be enlightened.
I'm just grateful to God for His goodness to me and want to live my life following after Him. I've been blessed with 3 awesome sons and in July of 2005 I remarried. My husband truly knows me and still loves me - how much more blessed could I be!
I'll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness, the taste of ashes, the poison I've swallowed. I remember it all—oh, how well I remember— the feeling of hitting the bottom. But there's one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope: God's loyal love couldn't have run out, his merciful love couldn't have dried up. They're created new every morning. How great your faithfulness!
I'm sticking with God (I say it over and over). He's all I've got left. God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It's a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God. It's a good thing when you're young to stick it out through the hard times. When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don't ask questions: Wait for hope to appear. Don't run from trouble. Take it full-face. The "worst" is never the worst.
You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Perceptive words spread knowledge; fools are hollow—there's nothing to them. GOD can't stand pious poses, but he delights in genuine prayers. A life frittered away disgusts GOD; he loves those who run straight for the finish line.
So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover's life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God.