Saturday 2/13/10 - John 20-21

>> Saturday, February 13, 2010

MY SAVIOR DEFEATED DEATH!

Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
John 20:29


Thomas doubted the other disciples’ word that they had seen Jesus after his resurrection, and said he would not believe unless he saw Jesus with his own eyes. I wish I could have the opportunity to see and touch Jesus after he rose from the dead... or even before, for that matter. It would be truly amazing... but I can’t. But I am blessed nonetheless, because I have believed without seeing. Praise the Lord, oh my soul, praise the Lord!

Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.”
John 21:20-22


It doesn’t matter about other people, and what they choose or do no not choose. I must continue to follow Jesus.

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Thursday 2/11/10 - Crazy Love

>> Thursday, February 11, 2010

I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:17b-19

God’s love is immeasurable, like the infinity of space. It is crazy, like an ocean storm, pulling you under. I am drowning in his love, and I like it! When I realize just how beautiful he is, I don’t see anything else. I don’t deserve it, but he gives it to me through his amazing grace. There’s bound to be some trouble in anyone’s life, but God still loves.

Bad things still happen. If there were no evil in the world, that would mean that God controlled everything. I’m not saying he couldn’t control everything if he wanted to, but that’s just not the way love works. We have free will, and every evil happens because someone chooses to do something. What gives God pleasure is when someone chooses to submit themselves to the wonderful raging ocean of his love.

This, I believe, is the true meaning of worship: letting go of this life, and submitting to God’s love; drowning in His love, and enjoying it.

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Wednesday 2/10/10 - Serving in Love

>> Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Just some verses that hit me today:

It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.
John 13:1


Jesus then proceeded to wash his disciples’ feet. He took the lowest position because he loved them.

When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”
John 13:12-17


Jesus set an example for all Christians, especially leaders. We should not, because we are put in a position of leadership, take all the glory for ourselves. Rather, we must be servant leaders, serving those beneath us out of love. The same goes for Christians who are not in positions of leadership:

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
John 13:34

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Tuesday 2/9/10 - Fear

>> Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved praise from men more than praise from God.
John 12:42-43


It’s really easy to keep quiet just because you’re afraid of what people will say about what you think or believe. I know because I struggle with this pretty much every day. I don’t want to be that way.

Dear God,
Fill me and make me bold enough to talk about you and live my life for you without fear.
Amen.

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Monday 2/8/10 - Longing

>> Monday, February 8, 2010

Yesterday I was crying in church because God used the preacher and his words to remind me yet again to what my life should be pointed. Is my first and strongest desire to know my God? My friend asked me what was wrong. Nothing is wrong. Things are finally beginning to be right!

I’m longing. Longing for my Jesus. I want to know more! I can’t get enough. God is breaking me and showing me his love. His perfect love, the only true love. I can never be bored of God, because there’s always more to know.

I’m pursuing my Savior. I want to know more. I want to be drawn ever closer. I want to dance with my Savior. I want to love like my Savior. I’m pursuing him so he can fill me to overflowing. What does it look like to be overflowing with the Spirit? I want to look like that.

Satan is trying his hardest to distract me with my humanity. He’s making it easy for me to lose hope. But I won’t fall for his tricks. Jesus is with me.

Father,
You are so perfect! You are bigger than the problems of this world. You are the greatest love the world has ever known. You work things to your glory; whatever evil comes, you change it, and use it for good. You are more powerful than anything I can ever dream. There is no word that completely sums you up. You are limitless! You are all these things, and yet you love me, one of six billion seemingly insignificant beings. I am one of six billion, but you love me. Thank you that I am significant to you!

Now I’m crying out to you. I need to learn to love and be loved in return. You’re the only true love. Draw me close. Fill me up, because I desperately need more of you. I’m longing for more of you. I’m chasing you because you are perfect. Take this child of yours and play my life your way. Mold me. Use me. Make me your masterpiece.

Show me the next step. Hold my hand and give me strength for whatever lies ahead. Use me for your glory.
Amen.

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