Let’s think about ourselves in 2 parts: Personality and Nature. Personality being the outer, moldable layers of our soul, while Nature refers to the deeper unchanging forces of our core being. Consider the parable of The Scorpion & The Frog…
The scorpion solicits a ride across the river from the frog. In exchange for the ride he offers to protect the frog. The frog, knowing the deadly nature of scorpions, refuses, saying, Absolutely not! You’re a killer. I’ll get you partway across the stream and you’ll sting me to death. It’s what you do. But the scorpion has developed a charming personality, and becomes convinced that he has risen above his lethal nature, which surprises the frog into changing his mind. The frog agrees to the partnership...
“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” — 1Th. 5:16-18
One thing you can never have too much of is Thanksgiving. God never says, “Enough. You may stop now.” Prayer may be rejected but Thanksgiving is never rejected. Prayer may go unanswered but Thanksgiving is never unanswered. You may pray amiss but you cannot Thank God amiss. I’ve seen wrong prayer but never wrong Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is always right…Thanksgiving is always good....
When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, "Lord, what about this man?" Jesus said to him, "If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!" —John 21:21-22
Many years ago when I was a young "Jesus Freak", we wore out a song that was our anthem, "I Have Decided To Follow Jesus". The 2nd verse was my favorite: "Though none go with me still I will follow. No turning back. No turning back." That sentiment was forged into our spiritual DNA. And it became the minimal requirement for being a follower of Jesus. For there was no such thing as a "Christian" who wasn't entirely a Follower of Jesus...
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 10:41-42
Whirl is a fierce activity around a central emptiness. In Greek mythology King Whirl defeats Zeus, but he cannot replace him. King Whirl makes men temporarily forget their emptiness, but he can never replace or fill it...
And He (Jesus) ordained twelve, that they should be WITH Him, and that He might send them forth to preach...—Mark 3:14
Preposition - A function word that combines with a noun or pronoun or noun phrase to form a prepositional phrase...A word governing a noun or pronoun expressing a relationship to another word.
The word WITH is a preposition. It's a word that shows how we are to be in relationship to Him (Jesus). It combines with the pronoun Him (referring to Jesus) and governs it by showing that we're to be WITH Him. In other words, Jesus came so that we might BE WITH HIM. His primary purpose was not that we would be FOR Him but that we should be WITH Him...
Dear friends, use your most holy faith to grow. Pray with the Holy Spirit’s help. Remain in God’s love as you look for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to give you eternal life. Show mercy to those who have doubts. Save others by snatching them from the fire of hell. Show mercy to others, even though you are afraid that you might be stained by their sinful lives.
Then His mother and His brothers came and, standing outside, they sent word to Him, calling [for] Him. And a crowd was sitting around Him, and they said to Him, Your mother and Your brothers and Your sisters are outside asking for You. And He replied, Who are My mother and My brothers? And looking around on those who sat in a circle about Him, He said, See! Here are My mother and My brothers; For whoever does the things God wills is My brother and sister and mother!
The Christian life is a TRIUMPH. We are called and anointed to glorify our Lord as living stewards of His victory over the world and its Devil.
"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, God’s own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and DISPLAY the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light." — 1Pet. 2:9
Judas and the soldiers arrive in the garden to arrest Jesus..."Jesus fully realized all that was going to happen to him, so he stepped forward to meet them. 'Who are you looking for?' he asked. 'Jesus the Nazarene,' they replied. 'I AM HE,' Jesus said...(and) as Jesus said 'I AM HE,' they all drew back and fell to the ground!" — John 18:4-6
LIGHT (1828 Original Webster's)