“Papa, Father, you can—can’t you?—get me out of this. Take this cup away from me. But please, not what I want—what do you want?” (Mark 14:36)
I just sat staring at Jesus’s words this morning! The thing is – Jesus had a great relationship with his father and he knew he would respond positively.
Likewise Paul did to when he was struggling and wanted rid of a problem situation and GOD responded:
“My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen… (2 Cor 12:9)
Lord, please help me to trust you enough to honour you. Amen. X
Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle…
… Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody. (Rom 12:9)
Just when you begin to feel secure, you read another scripture and realisation dawns again that you need Jesus and His help daily – hourly – every minute! X
Don’t grieve God. Don’t break his heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself. Don’t take such a gift for granted. (Eph 4:30)
But how, we say? By putting our faith in the world and it’s ways. Believing in karma, rather than Grace. Hoping for our luck to turn, instead of turning our face back to our Papà and hearing what he says we should do.
“Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches.” (Rev 3:6). X
(Jesus speaking) “… my purpose is not to get your vote, and not to appeal to mere human testimony. I’m speaking to you this way so that you will be saved. (John 5:34)
The tantrums I’ve had … the dummies I’ve lost by spitting them out and the toys I’ve ruined by throwing them out of my pram when I couldn’t get my own way – when I didn’t get what I wanted!
The people who I’ve hurt, and all because I wanted ‘my own way!’
Jesus sensed that his disciples were having a hard time with this and said, “Does this throw you completely? … The Spirit can make life. Sheer muscle and willpower don’t make anything happen.
Every word I’ve spoken to you is a Spirit-word, and so it is life-making. But some of you are resisting, refusing to have any part in this.” … “This is why I told you earlier that no one is capable of coming to me on his own. You get to me only as a gift from the Father.” (John 6:61)
Father, help me to hang on to your Truths, your Love, your Son. X
(Jesus speaking) “If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion.
There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body.
Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.” (Mat 6:25)
‘Careless‘ in the care of GOD…! That’s what I want to be Lord. Enough said. X
Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you. (Gal 5:1)
I awake to your awesome presence, your incredible face next to mine. You haven’t had need of sleep and I find you’re as fresh and smiling as when I said good night.
As you reach out to gently move away a lock of hair from my sleep worn face I instantly remember that you were also in my dreams! It was you that helped me when I was struggling over there – wherever ‘there‘ was!
I’m smiling broadly as memories flood back and my heart is bursting open as I say: “Good morning Papà, I love you …” X
… a religion scholar stood up with a question to test Jesus. “Teacher, what do I need to do to get eternal life?”
He answered, “What’s written in God’s Law? How do you interpret it?”
He said, “That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle and intelligence—and that you love your neighbor as well as you do yourself.”
“Good answer!” said Jesus. “Do it and you’ll live.” (Luke 10:25)
(Jesus speaking) … This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. (John 15:11). X