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Keeping On . . .

I have just a quick little thought on this verse. I think it is important for us to always remember how important it is to keep on asking, seeking and knocking even when we feel like our prayers are not being answered. I like this little poem I found in my bible commentary.

God answers prayers:
Sometimes, when hearts are weak,
He gives the very gifts believers seek;
But often faith must learn a deeper rest,
And trust God’s silence when He does not speak;
For He whose name is love will send the best,
Stars may burn out, nor mountain walls endure,
But God is true, His promise are sure,
He is our strength. – M.G.P.

Krista Jones – 6.29.17

Poem taken from “The Believer’s Bible Commentary” by William MacDonald.


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Emotions

This morning I came across the story of Lazarus which reminded me of something I read in my summer bible study about emotions.

If you recall, Lazarus was the brother of the famous Mary and Martha who were all close friends of Jesus. In John 11 we read the story of Lazarus succumbing to his illness and dying before Jesus arrives to be with him. I don’t want to focus on why Jesus took the time to get to Lazarus and the amazing miracle of resurrecting him. What I want to focus on is what Jesus did when He heard of his dear friend’s death.

 “Jesus wept” (John 11:35).

This emotional response of Jesus is a great reminder that it is okay to feel emotions. I want to share a paragraph from the book I’m reading through with my best friend because it explains it so well, “When I’ve been tempted to condemn myself for how I fell, it has helped to remember that God created us in His image and that part of His image is that we are emotional beings. Feelings aren’t wrong. Even Christ had feelings. He didn’t ‘try not to feel.’ He did not hide His emotions; instead, He took them into His relationship with His Father. He was honest, real, authentic.”

Some emotions are good to follow especially when you feel like they are warning you about danger. But I think our emotions/feelings can take over and we can end up listening to them instead of turning them and allow them to take us down paths we shouldn’t go. I know I’m in the habit of feeling an emotion and running with it without once thinking I need to see what the Bible says about how I’m feeling. My emotions can change from minute to minute depending on the circumstance but God’s Word is true, consistent and never changes.

We are blessed to be loved by a God who understands that we are emotional beings. A God that knows we need His Word to plant our feet upon when our emotions are taking us on a rollercoaster ride. Let us start learning how to get into the habit of taking our emotions to Jesus to see how to better process them before we respond to them.

Krista Jones – 7.23.17

Quote from “Faith Is Not a Feeling: Choosing to Take God at His Word” by Ney Bailey, pg. 33-34.


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Forgiven

 

I came across this quote by A.W. Tower in a book I’m reading and thought I’d share it with you. Sometimes it’s good to remind ourselves that Jesus took away our sins when He died on the cross for us. If you are clinging to the regret of past sins I urge you to lay them at the feet of Jesus. You have been forgiven . . . time to let the past go.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9

Krista Jones – 7.21.17


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Heirs of God

This evening I came across a great quote as I was reading through the next few chapters of the book my cancer support group is going through called, “Your Powerful Prayers: Reaching the Heart of God with a Bold and Humble Faith” by Susie Larson. The chapter was on remembering we are heirs of God. How we often forget that we’re heirs and have this amazing access to our Savior.

The author quoted this several times in this chapter, “In times of despair, we forget that we are heirs. In times of favor, we forget why we are heirs.”

There are times in my life when I feel like I’m the biggest screw up when it comes to living out my faith. I feel like retreating and hiding from the Lord. The thing is, God doesn’t love me any less because I’ve messed up. There is no need to deny myself access to Him because I’ve sinned. In fact, going to Him should be the first thing I do. At other times when life is going along smoothly I tend to start relying upon myself and forget that the Lord has blessed me with the good things that are going on.

My friends, let us stop denying our heritage. If we are in Christ and have a personal relationship with Him than we have full access to Him. Full access to Him when we’ve sinned or messed up. Full access to Him when life is going good. It doesn’t matter where we are in the mountains and valleys of life. God is still walking up and down them with us.

I will end this post with this beautiful verse that says it all, The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:35-36).

Krista Jones – 7-19-17

Quote by Susie Larson, taken from “Your Powerful Prayers: Reaching the Heart of God with a Bold and Humble Faith” pg. 83.


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Ministry Support

This morning I read through Luke 8:1-3, “ Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s household manager, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means.”

My bible study notes say of verse 3, “Jesus and His disciples did not provide for themselves by miracles, but were supported by the service and means of such grateful people as these women.”

When I think of ministry I think of the word “support.” The definition of support is, “To bear the weight of, especially from below.” And “To provide for or maintain, by supplying money or necessities.” I love how the Lord places us all in position where we can serve alongside each other. Not one role is more important than the other because they are all meant to work together to serve God and His Kingdom.

This morning I urge you to think about ways you can serve others. It may be as small as seeing a need and meeting it. Maybe your elderly neighbor needs help in the yard or fixing something around her house. Maybe your pastor needs a team of prayer warriors to pray for him on a daily basis. Maybe your church needs a Sunday school teacher, table leader or more people on the welcome team. Or maybe the Lord is calling you to go into ministry to become a pastor or be sent overseas as a missionary.

Take the time to pray about where the Lord wants you to be. Open your eyes to see the needs around you and then prayerfully step in to meet those needs.

Krista Jones – 6.27.17