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
Jesus came down the mountain with the cheers of the crowd still ringing in his ears. Then a leper appeared and went to his knees before Jesus, praying, “Master, if you want to, you can heal my body.”
Jesus reached out and touched him, saying, “I want to. Be clean.” Then and there, all signs of the leprosy were gone.
Jesus said, “Don’t talk about this all over town. Just quietly present your healed body to the priest, along with the appropriate expressions of thanks to God. Your cleansed and grateful life, not your words, will bear witness to what I have done.” (Mat 8:1)
This last statement just jumped right out at me … “your cleansed and grateful life, not your words, will bear witness to what (Jesus) has done.”
Lord, please help me to constantly live a clean and perennially fresh and grateful life. I want to be non judgemental and content in You. Let the life I live that’s ‘fully’ with You and indwelt by Your Holy Spirit, bear witness to what You have done in and for me – so much that it draws a hunger and thirst for You from others. Help me Lord to detract from me and my ‘needs’ and point the way in love towards You – my true Friend. Amen! X
Every time your name comes up in my prayers, I say, “Oh, thank you, God!” I keep hearing of the love and faith you have for the Master Jesus, which brims over to other believers. And I keep praying that this faith we hold in common keeps showing up in the good things we do, and that people recognize Christ in all of it.
Friend, you have no idea how good your love makes me feel… (Philemon 1:4)
I hope that we’ve all been encouraged by a special ‘someone’ who seems to know when we’re going through the la la of life and either calls, texts or writes just when we seem to need help the most.
Thank You Lord for blessing me with a ‘Jesus with skin on’ that loves me and I can grab hold of whenever I need You. Amen! X
Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am. (Phil 4:13)
All Glory to our Awesome Father God. He who never quits on me. He who’s always available. He who listens when I moan and whine, yet never interrupts. He who’s there when I screw up, but doesn’t say “I told you so!” He who’s modelled true parenthood to me and blessed me with Grace – even when I wouldn’t have given it myself… He who’s shown me what love really means.
All Glory to my beautiful Father God. He who makes me who I am. X
Watch this: God’s eye is on those who respect him, the ones who are looking for his love. He’s ready to come to their rescue in bad times; in lean times he keeps body and soul together.
We’re depending on GOD; he’s everything we need. What’s more, our hearts brim with joy since we’ve taken for our own his holy name. Love us, GOD, with all you’ve got— that’s what we’re depending on. (Psalm 33:16)
(1) a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.
(2) due regard for the feelings, wishes, or rights of others.
I got hung up on what ‘respect’ really means and came to the conclusion that our Papà God is Truly Worthy of ALL … ! X