Wednesday, August 10, 2011
John 6:7 Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, for everyone to receive a little.”
Now we have to look back at the verses before to see what it going on here. Jesus was testing Phillip by asking what they were going to do about the crowd, Phillip did what most of us would, answered to the best of his ability. He forgot to think about Who he was standing in front of. So many times I believe that God speaks to us through others, asking if we have have faith to get a job done, and we just look literally at what is in front of us, and not the whole picture with Jesus' arms wrapped around the scene. We need to realize that anything is possible with God, and there are times that He choses to use us and we need to look to Him. We need to get our eyes off of what is in front of us and look at the whole pictures. God wants to do great things, and it's high time that we believe that He wants to use us to do it! Listen for your question to come, and think about your answer before giving it - look and see the potential for God to show off!
Psalm 117:1 Praise the LORD, all nations; Laud Him, all peoples!
Never have I taken the time to look up the word Laud until now:
laud /lɔd/ Show Spelled[lawd] Show IPA
verb (used with object)
1. to praise; extol.
2. a song or hymn of praise.
3. lauds, ( used with a singular or plural verb ) Ecclesiastical . a canonical hour, marked especially by psalms of praise, usually recited with matins.
So after seeing it is pronounced lawd - I have memories of hearing people saying "Lawd, lawd" and never realized what it meant. A form of expression that is given back to God is what I am seeing in this!
It can't get much simpler that this! Praise the Lord - it's given to us so many times in the Bible and it's clear why. Because it isn't just natural for us to give Him praise all the time, we do need to be constantly reminded so that it will be burned in our heart until we just do it! When we as individuals are doing it, then nations will do it. It's just scary that right now our nations are in an uproar and they do not have their eyes on God. Our prayer needs to be focused on the nations right now. London is burning the town down, our government is too busy fighting among themselves in trying to make themselves look good, that they have forgotten who they are suppose to be looking after! Out leaders don't go to God for their answers that is clear!
It's time to refocus and get our Praise back on!
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
What stands out to me the most is "By the will of God". I don't think we really think about this often. It wasn't our choosing to follow Christ, yes we did make that choice to follow, but it was Christ that compelled us to come. He chose us first. We should be so honored, thankful and blessed to realize that He could have said - no he/she is not worthy! But He didn't, He said I choose you! I want you to serve me and show others that you serve me too.
Thinking about this should make us realize even more how important a job we have as a Christian. We have been called to be his disciple, to represent Jesus. Do we truly think about this as we go out into the world? I think that at times we do, but it's not a constant thing on our mind as it should be. I am the first to admit that I fail Him daily!!! Staying in His word is a reminder, but as you can see, I have not been doing what I should for me and for you and Him. All I can say is forgive me and pray for me! We have a journey and I want to be more like Jesus today than yesterday and even more like Him tomorrow. Pray for me and I will pray for you.
Monday, August 1, 2011
Psalm 9:20 Put them in fear, O LORD; Let the nations know that they are but men. Selah.
Sometimes you have to wonder if our leaders of our nation realize that they are just men. They set themselves up as gods and think that they are to be worshipped, they go against everything that God has made sacred and they seem to represent everything that God is not. Our prayers should be that God will convict these men for their corruptible stances that they have made, that He will speak to them in ways that can't even imagine and make Himself known to them, that He will draw them to Him, so that they may be saved, and if they are saved, that they will repent and choose to serve God and not themselves. Pray for our leaders and our nation. Until we are united, this could all get ugly.