Proving, Not Just Professing

This morning as I was awakened by a telephone call where someone needed prayerful support, I was instantly reminded of my prayer yesterday.  My prayer is always to do good daily and be  always willing to turn to God immediately.  While I was thinking along these lines, I was led to Matthew 20:30 which reads “Behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, ‘Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David.'”  This took place while Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem where He was met with betrayal, condemnation and crucifixion, but He stops to heal them.

After reading this, I became so aware that rather than turn people away, He gladly and lovingly received them, no matter what was going on.    Shouldn’t I do the same?

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It is not Punishment

So often when we experience discomfort, whether it be financial, physical or relationship; we think it is punishment.  I Kings 17:18 reads, “And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God?  Art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son?”  Then in John 9:2,3 it reads, ” Who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?  Jesus responds, “Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.”

This belief is apparent today as it was in Biblical times, when actually, any challenge we experience is to learn more about God and our relationship to Him.  God is not a punishing God, but a loving One.  Today, I will practice seeing His Love everywhere!

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Temple Called Beautiful

One of the stories we studied this past week was the one of Peter and John seeing the man lame from his birth at the gate of the Temple called Beautiful, found in Acts 3: 1-9.  This morning at church our soloist sang “Peter and John” which was written by Mindy Jostyn and Jacob Brackman.  The first verse follows:

“With eyes to the ground and a held-out palm

Asking for pity, begging for alms, a desolate cripple from his birth, no reason for hope, no sense of worth.  Who should he see but Peter and John at the door of the temple, where upon he cried, ‘Hey, have you got any change to spare?’

Peter stopped him cold with a powerful stare.

Now do you believe this story?  I do with all my mind.  What was true that day is true today.  I, too, have been that blind.”

How very often have we experiences challenges and think “money” is the answer.  Are if we are in pain, think if the pain would just go away, we would be fine.  Shouldn’t we just quieten our thoughts, turn to God and listen for the still, small voice which always contains directions!  This solo just bought this alive for me today!

The second verse was

“Peter and John came to his side.  Peter smiled and said, ‘Look me in the eye.  We don’t have a farthing, a dime, or a sou but what we have, we give to you.’  They helped him to rise, told him he could stand.  ‘In the name of Jesus, walk like a man.’  His ankles grew firm and though he shook, he took the first steps he ever took.

Now do you believe this story?  I do, with all my heart.  What was true that day is true today. I too will rise and walk.”

Into the temple marched all three, the beggar beside himself with glee.  Dancing and leaping and praising the Lord while the congregation was completely floored.  No do you believe this story?  I do, with all my soul.  What was true that day is true today.  I, too, will be made whole.”

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Healing of the Blind Man

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is from John 9 about the healing of the blind man.  Sometimes when I am praying about a difficulty in my life, the first thing I want to do is to consider what I have done wrong.  By studying this story, I soon realize this is not punishment but is revealing more about God and my relationship to Him.  John 9:3 states, “Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents; but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.”

Today, I will listen even more closely to what God is telling me and I can rest assured it is Good.

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