Sunday

(GOD speaking) “To the one who comes near me, I will show myself holy; Before all the people, I will show my glory.” (Lev 10:3)

When I was first introduced to GOD, I was beside myself. Shame, anger, bitterness flooded me and I just ‘knew’ that all the stupid and ugly things I’d chosen to do (my sins), wouldn’t let me go through.

I remember the immense sorrow that threatened to carry me off and away into the darkness of even more self pity.

Then what Jesus spoke came true for me: “No one comes to the Father, but he comes through me…!” He appeared. He gently led me. I didn’t understand anything about His blood or sacrifice – I knew only of His Awesome Forgiveness and Love for me.

This is my prayer for you and yours today. X

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Sunday

(Jesus speaking) “This is My commandment, that you love and unselfishly seek the best for one another, just as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)

… ‘just as I have loved you!’

That’s the killer punch. We whine, moan and groan over this command “but Lord, you don’t know what they’re really like! How much they drive us all nuts!!!”

… the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others]… (Gal 5:22)

Holy Spirit, please help me … X

Thursday

GOD spoke to Moses: “Tell Aaron and his sons, This is how you are to bless the People of Israel. Say to them,

GOD bless you and keep you, GOD smile on you and gift you, GOD look you full in the face and make you prosper.

In so doing, they will place my name on the People of Israel— I will confirm it by blessing them.” (Num 6:22)

Thank you Jesus for bringing me every blessing of GOD. Everything I’ll ever need is in you. X

Monday

The Life-Light was the real thing: Every person entering Life he brings into Light.

He was in the world, the world was there through him, and yet the world didn’t even notice.

He came to his own people, but they didn’t want him. But whoever did want him, who believed he was who he claimed and would do what he said, He made to be their true selves, their child-of-God selves.

These are the God-begotten, not blood-begotten, not flesh-begotten, not sex-begotten. (John 1:9)

… but whoever does want him, whoever does believe he is who he claims to be ‘and would do what he says, he made to be their true selves – their child-of-God selves.

YOU …! x

Wednesday

And he said, “Lord, I believe [in You and Your word]!”

And he worshiped Him [with reverence and awe]. (John 9:38)

It really doesn’t take a lot … x

Friday

Jesus said, “…Take it from me: Unless a person is born from above, it’s not possible to see what I’m pointing to—to God’s kingdom.” “How can anyone,” said Nicodemus, “be born who has already been born and grown up? You can’t re-enter your mother’s womb and be born again. What are you saying with this ‘born-from-above’ talk?” Jesus said, “You’re not listening. Let me say it again. Unless a person submits to this original creation—the ‘wind-hovering-over-the-water’ creation, the invisible moving the visible, a baptism into a new life—it’s not possible to enter God’s kingdom. When you look at a baby, it’s just that: a body you can look at and touch. But the person who takes shape within is formed by something you can’t see and touch—the Spirit—and becomes a living spirit.

“So don’t be so surprised when I tell you that you have to be ‘born from above’—out of this world, so to speak. You know well enough how the wind blows this way and that. You hear it rustling through the trees, but you have no idea where it comes from or where it’s headed next. That’s the way it is with everyone ‘born from above’ by the wind of God, the Spirit of God.” (John 3:3)

It’s a prerequisite that we can’t avoid to keep. X

Sunday

If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.

If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end.

Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.

When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good. We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love. (1 Cor 13) X