Friday 1/29/10 - All because of Jesus

>> Friday, January 29, 2010

"Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.' I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
Luke 18:10-14

I love this parable. The tax collector was so distraught about his sinful nature. Everyone should be like that. “God, have mercy on me! I am a sinner!” is one of the most powerful things a person can say. You’re admitting that you aren’t worthy, but you’re asking God to have mercy on you and submitting to his power. This is part of true worship, and it should be practiced every day.

Those who heard this asked, "Who then can be saved?" Jesus replied, "What is impossible with men is possible with God."
Luke 18:26-27

I may not be worthy of being saved, but since I admit that, and acknowledge God’s power, I am saved. Jesus died on the cross for me! I’m still a dirty sinner, but since I asked Jesus to save me, God can only see Jesus’ blood, which covers up my sin. I am free! I don’t have to worry about tomorrow because I am wrapped in His love. That, I think, is cause enough for celebration.

It’s all because of Jesus I’m alive!
It’s all because the blood of Jesus Christ
Has covered me and saved this dead man’s life.
It’s all because of Jesus I’m alive!

And I want to be the best I can be for my Jesus.


Thursday 1/28/10 - Prodigal

>> Thursday, January 28, 2010

From a father to his daughter,
My prodigal child, come back to me!
From a sinner to [her] maker
Your prodigal [child] is on [her] knees.
Sweet God please hold on to me…
Hold me the day I try to fly.
From “Play it Again, Sam, You Don’t Have any Feathers” by Manchester Orchestra

Today I read Luke 15, the parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the prodigal son.

I am the prodigal son. How many times have I left my savior behind, saying “I’m safe because God saved me,“ only to do what my sinful nature causes me to do. Every single time, there comes a point where I have nothing left but to cry out for help, and run back to my Father. Every single time, there’s a point where I break, and I come back to him. And every single time I come back, my savior welcomes me with open arms. He celebrates whenever I find my refuge in him. He forgives me, and loves me in spite of my dirty sin. I couldn’t ask for a more perfect love.

This time I don’t want to run away again. I want to stay and grow strong because I’m keeping Jesus right beside me.


Please walk with me every step of the way. Never let me out of your sight. I am nothing without you, and I don’t want to lose myself again. Thank you for breaking me. Thank you for healing me. Thank you for loving me in spite of my humanity. You are holy, great and mighty. The moon and the stars declare who you are. I’m so unworthy, but still you love me. The depths of my heart will sing of how great you are!



Wednesday 1/27/10 - On greed and worry.

>> Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.
Luke 12:15 (NIV)

In worldviews we’ve been studying economics from a Christian standpoint. Looking at the Bible, it is clear that we should use compassion when dealing with money. It is our job to take care of the poor. The Bible urges us to give to those in need, and to forgive peoples’ debts if they will never be able to pay them. We must give without worrying about the future, because God will provide for those who love him.

And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Luke 12:29-34 (NIV)

We have no need to worry about our future, because as long as we are seeking the kingdom of God, he will provide for us.


Tuesday 1/26/10 - I am Last.

>> Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me." But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her."
Luke 10:38-42 (ESV)

I want to be like Martha. Martha was a good woman. She had a servant’s heart. But just having a servant’s heart is not enough.

Serving people is all well and good. In fact, serving people is one of the best ways to show love, in my opinion. But Martha let herself get bogged down with all the work that had to be done and was distracted from what is really important. JESUS was IN her HOUSE!

I want to be like Mary. She didn’t get bogged down with the work she had to do. She sat down at Jesus’ feet and drank in all of his words. Jesus needs to be the most important thing on any Christian’s priority list.

In Matthew 22:37-39, the first thing listed is to love God, and the second thing is to Love your neighbor as yourself.

God is first, People are second, and I am last.


Monday 1/25/10 - My Portion Forever

>> Monday, January 25, 2010

Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and My heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Psalm 73:25-26

Mr. Blair told us to read Psalm 73 today. I love it. It’s a very good picture of me. Sometimes I envy the people who don’t have anyone to live for but themselves. Not everything God tells me to do is pleasant, and they get to be carefree! But then I go and worship Him, and everything falls back into place. I realize that what I have is infinitely greater than what the world can give me. Even if I fail, I still get to live, because God is in me.


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