Today in my reading, I was studying the forgiveness our Savior gives freely to us all. In John 19:33, after Jesus declared that, “It is finished”, the roman soldiers came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Little did those soldiers know that they were fulfilling prophesy in Exodus 12. What is so profound and symbolic to us here is that in the marrow of the bones the blood is produced. When the bone is broken the blood cannot be produced nor can it flow freely. This is a message to us all…there is an endless supply of blood to wash away our sin. Jesus paid the ultimate price for you! “It is finished”…already done! What a glorious thought…the blood continues to flow and wash away our sin…sin that separates us from our Lord. He loves us so much that He made a way to continually draw us to Him. You can rest today in the unlimited forgiveness provided by your Heavenly Father. Hallelujah!
Today in my reading, I stumbled across Luke 5:2. This is the chapter when Jesus first approaches Peter to follow Him and become one of the 12. This verse says, “And he saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fisherman, who were washing their nets”.
As I studied this verse further, I learned when fisherman return from sea after fishing with nets all day, they must first wash the nets with FRESH water and stretch them. I also learned that if this process was not followed consistently that the nets would rot and new nets must be found and used.
As I read this I was astounded at how the Lord chooses to communicate to us through Scripture. It is not a mistake that the fisherman were called to be followers of Christ. Every word that God speaks in Scripture is useful to the building of our faith. The washing water and stretching of the nets can quickly relate to our lives. We must be continually washed with the water of the Word and stretched by the Spirit if we are to remain useful. If we dont remain in the Word and stretched by the Spirit then why would the Lord use us? When the Lord wants to use someone for His glory or for Kingdom purpose, He doesn’t chose the one who is rotting or brittle. He touches the one who has been washed in the water of the Word and who is stretched and disciplined. When Jesus chose Peter, He was faithfully washing and stretching his nets for the next fishing trip. Little did Peter know that this principal would be parallel in his spiritual walk to come and would minister to us today. I dont know about you, but I want to be useful for the building of the Kingdom of God! Time to get to washing and stretching those nets!
Today I stumbled across a website of a pastor that I heard speak on Sunday over Christmas break in West Virginia. His name is Wayne Cordeiro. As I sat listening to him speak, I was incredibly challenged by his words. He proceeded to tell us that we needed to stop relying on the church to feed us. He gave the example of parents feeding their babies while they were too young to do it themselves. He continued on by saying that the only way to not grow hungry spiritually is to begin feeding yourself. Dont continue to sit around waiting on the church to do it for you. WOW, how many of us sit around complaining of just this very thing?
In Amos 8:11 it is clear that there will be a great famine. “The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign Lord, “when I will send a famine through the land- not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord. I dont know about you, but I believe we are experiencing a great famine NOW. If we don’t see this, how many of us will be victim to this famine? Its time to begin taking our spiritual nutrition into our own hands. We are the only ones that can be responsible for our growth and daily spiritual well being. There is one thing that we can trust in and that is the Word of God. It is terrible to think that we will all remember to feed ourselves food today. We will remember to drink water when we are thirsty, and we will remember to take care of meaningless tasks much more quickly than we will our souls for eternity’s purpose. I pray that today, everyone reading this will join me in with this challenge. FEED YOURSELVES! Dont wait around for someone else to do it for you…its time to GROW UP!
Wayne Cordeiro is the pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship in Honolulu, Hawaii. Visit his website at www.lifejournal.cc today. His life journal is great! Forget reading authored devotions everyday…create your own. It is amazing to look back over the year and see what God is speaking to you. He promises in His word that He will speak, guide and lead if we will only seek Him.
Well, today marks the anniversary day of when my dad had his heartattack that would eventually claim his life on December 31st. I have mixed feelings about this day. I know that Satan would want me to dwell on the fact that it would be all about just Surviving Christmas this year, but the Heavenly Father would choose to show us as a family that He continues to BALANCE all things in tragedy. This year has been full of many emotions. There has been lots of crying, remembering, and just plain getting mad about it.
Through all the grief though, God has been faithful. He continues to let me know everyday that he is still on the throne and that He desires to see my family through it all. I don’t feel that anything our Lord does is a mistake or at the very least is not well thought out. It is no accident that this is the time of year that He took dad home to be with Him. So during this Christmas I will CHOOSE to know that He is God. That he sent his Son into this world just to DIE…have you ever thought of that. He sent his Son into the world just to DIE. So it is for us, He thought enough of you and I that He chose to place us in this world for His glory and “just to die”, so that he could spend eternity with us. This Christmas is about celebrating the fact that this had come full circle for my dad. It too will one day become reality for us all…a day we should only long to experience! Merry Christmas!!!
Today I am just sitting here in the office amazed at how big and all powerful our God really is. I was listening to a song today that had the phrase in it, “What do I know of You, who spoke me into motion”. What a thought. We were set into motion just by our Abba Father speaking it out as so. I absolutely hate how busy with the things of today,I can become. I fail to remember just how big our Father really and truly is. I have found myself today, confessing this as sin in my life before Him. Father forgive me for not being Amazed by you more often.
Do you ever find yourself saying, “Well, I dont feel like I am hearing from God”. “He hasnt spoken to me in I don’t know when”. Today while driving to work, I heard someone on the radio addressing this very thought. What they said spoke so profoundly to me. They began to say that God has written a whole book on what He is trying to speak to us…when is the last time you went to read it and share time with Him? How many times do we try to just put God on our list of “to-do’s”. How many times do we finish our devotional time and think, “Good well that is done for the day”. Our God is crying out for a relationship with us. He is as real as our spouses, children and friends in which we can find plenty of time to spend. God has so much He wants to share with us. It’s all in His word. He may not call you directly on the phone or text you a quick message, but He is patiently awaiting our time. If God in all His mercy decided that we were worth it to send His only son to die on a cross for us, why in the world can we not share our lives and time with Him?
I have been guilty of just doing my devotions to get through them, to be able to say, “It’s done, now onto the next thing”. I think God wants more from us. We cannot possibly get all God has to offer us if we are reading the latest Christian book, or soaking that sermon up from Sunday. The Lord wants us to simply read HIS BOOK and talk to Him. Do we love Him even though we dont see him? And even though we don’t see Him, do we believe in Him? If this is true, then according to 1Peter 1:8, we should have an INEXPRESSIBLE and glorious joy, because you just cannot find the words to describe it to someone. Do we feel this way? Is our relationship with the Lord so sweet to us that it is hard for us to explain to someone else? I am challenged this week just to be still before the God who holds this whole universe in place and to wait expectantly for that inexpressible joy that only He can give.
Today is a first of many to come. Micah left at 5:00 am for Williamsburg, Virginia on an overnight field trip with his 8th grade class. As a mother, these things just remind me of how big he is getting and just how time is slipping through my hands. Sometimes I sit and think, “surely he is not that old, because surely I am not old enough to have a 13 year old”, then reality sets in.
Being the first of many trips away from mom and dad, I decided to text him this morning during his bus ride to VA. My text, being rather lengthy (asking if he was having fun and needing details to put my heart as ease) was replied by him with a “YEP”. So I thought surely he wants to discuss this trip more in depth with me, so I replied to the “YEP” text and waited for his reply. The next reply was a resounding, “K”. Why in the world do we spend money on cell phones and texting plans to get not just one word answers, but better yet, one letter answers.
So in short, those of you reading this blog today, please pray for this momma of a 13 year old boy. With each year he grows, my grip is slowly letting go. This process we call parenting can be harder than most think!