Way back in the day, those who “failed” to become a rabbi went and worked menial jobs - meaning fishermen and the like. But Jesus comes along and QUALIFIES THE UNQUALIFIED. He gives true purpose! He gave a message that has echoed through the ages. The essence being, love. That’s the difference: unmerited & real love that COMPLETES and does not destroy… they call the “teachings” of rabbi’s ‘yoke’. Jesus claimed his yoke is easy and his burden is light! There’s no catch here. No rules to abide by. Just a radical love that changes you forever! #renewed #startover #change #different
When I witnessed other Christians day-in-day-out, sinning like it was nothing. This was confusing, because what I read in the Bible and what God - at some point - revealed to me, that this casual ‘sinning business’ was opposite to what Jesus preached. Compared to what He taught, I was being taught that it was okay. And I also witnessed harsh judgement upon others; when someone did something wrong, everyone knew and everyone silently shut them out. BUT LOOK! Jesus said,
"It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
Why can’t we spread this message? That there is a God out there who loves us? Why can’t we get close and personal with others and plant that seed of faith and forgiveness? Why can’t be the ONE person who invites a friend/family member to church? Why don’t we stand in the gap for someone? Or moreso, ANYONE that God may direct us to? Let’s make a stand of love.
I always worry that maybe this week I won’t have enough money… And especially in the coming months, starting to learn a new kind of responsibility, paying rent etc. I have that anxious feeling that studying fulltime whilst jobless will be difficult. Then I hear that still small voice, “I provide for your every need. Why worry?”.
“Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” —Colossians 3: 2, NASB
God… changes man by changing the mind. And how does it happen? By… considering the glory of Christ…
To behold him is to become like him. As Christ dominates your thoughts, he changes you from one degree of glory to another until— hang on!— you are ready to live with him.
Heaven is the land of the sinless minds… Absolute trust. No fear or anger. Shame and second-guessing are practices of a prior life. Heaven will be wonderful, not because the streets are gold, but because our thoughts will be pure.
So what are you waiting on? Give him your best thoughts, and see if he doesn’t change your mind.
So, a workmate asked about my faith tonight… It’s funny how God plans everything. Such questions have me falling in love with my Creator and Saviour. I realize how He has saved me and what He’s saved me from… I’m going to continue to pray for my workplace. Join me! :) Introduce Jesus to those in need TODAY!
For some reason, it hurts so much to “let go” of any thoughts or desires that only benefit me and no one else. I think it’s because very quickly, my mind forms a security blanket of all the things I can “control”. So if I want a certain item or if I want a certain situation to begin/stop, I dwell on it - in a sense - and forget that some of those things are not pleasing to my God, my heavenly Father. I forget that letting go and denying myself is so integral to this walk with Jesus. I forget that this relationship is so much more HIGHER than any relationship I’ll ever have in my life. Like, in my head, I KNOW that my desires are nothing compared to what my heart truly wants; I want to be all for God; I want my whole being to be wrapped up in His love and gracious plan. My soul longs to be in line with His heart. And perhaps I’m “hurting” internally because my flesh/thoughts are fighting what my soul wants. This hunger for what’s right and this thirst for a future dedicated and devoted to Him… that’s what I want. I’m letting go, again. It feels so refreshing… God is good!!
Forget your own perceptions. Forget what people have told you. Forget what you’ve seen and heard and forget what you’ve done. Get to know Jesus yourself. Stop listening to everyone; stop wondering and just DO IT. Google a topic you’ve been thinking about and add “bible” or “bible verse” at the end. I’m not kidding. Actually do it. Somehow, somewhere, God will speak to you! Whether you believe it or not, He is waiting for your curiousity to spark a flame. A flame that will set your heart and life ablaze! Following Christ isn’t about rules and regulations. It’s about truly experiencing His love and grace - changing your heart. Following Christ is a daily thing, not an action you do when you’re at church or just at youth group. Like, seriously! Grab/buy/find a Bible and just start reading. Get to know the God who can both bring forth life and wipe everyone out. Get to know the God who loves you so much more than anyone ever can! Get to know the God who already know you; your every mistake and your every happy moment.