Walk Towards Easter . 13.
However, no one knows the day or the hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows. And since you don’t know when they will happen, stay alert and keep watch.
Q. Are you ready for the return of Jesus ? How should this expectation impact on your life ?
If I were to be totally honest, the thought skipped through my mind, albeit briefly ,……” But I still have so much I want to do ! ” Upon realisation of my selfishness, I corrected my wrong thinking with another fleeting thought. ” But God , I still have so much I want to do for you !”
So I pondered on these musings of my mind for a time…….. I do want Jesus to return, I am waiting expectantly. And I am ready .
We are told to stay alert and keep watch because we do not know when all this will come to pass . So we have to keep on living our lives and following after God’s plan . It’s okay to have dreams and aspirations. God has placed them within us. He does have things He wants us to do.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19
Jesus tells us in the parable of the Three Servants ( Matthew 25:14) that He expects us to use the gifts and talents He has given us, not to hide them away. Not to just sit and wait idly for His return.
” To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given , and they will have an abundance. ” Matthew 25:29
Yes, I’m ready and I am going to live expectantly, on the edge, following His leading and calling on my life, using my gifts and talents for His glory, all the while waiting and watching.
How about you?
Walk Towards Easter. 9.
When they arrived back in Jerusalem, Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the merchants and their customers. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the stalls of those selling doves, and He stopped everyone from bringing in merchandise. Mark 11:15-16
Q. What offended Jesus? How might you offend Jesus?
” My Temple will be called a place of prayer for all nations, but you have turned it into a den of thieves.” Mark 11:17
Why was Jesus so angry? It wasn’t simply the fact that they had turned the Temple into a market place, that was bad enough. He refers to it as a den of thieves. The merchants were profiteering from the people, they were dishonestly trading. In other words, they were ripping their customers off ! This was supposed to be a place where worshipers came to worship, seek God , pray and learn His ways. To fellowship with one another, a place where all should be treated with love and respect.
Could it be that in our own places of worship we offend Jesus? Are we dishonest, do we miss represent Him? Do we really love , do we really forgive, do we serve for His purpose or our own gain? Do we walk our talk?
Jesus wants us to be authentic, the real deal. No showmanship , just raw honesty and a genuine love.
A place of prayer for all………let us be the ones to welcome all who enter into His House with a sincere and earnest representation of Jesus……Love.
Walk Towards Easter . 7
When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus from Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout out, ” Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” “Be quiet!” some of the people yelled at him. But he only shouted louder,” Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Q. What does the blind man see about Jesus ? What stops you from throwing yourself at the mercy of Jesus?
Have you heard the saying ” Going on blind faith?” When you go ahead and trust, not knowing what’s ahead or how it will turn out, you just know that all will be well.
Bartimaeus couldn’t see Jesus , but he KNEW who He was. He wasn’t concerned with how he looked or sounded to others , shouting at the top of his voice. In fact the more they tried to stop him from pursuing Jesus , the more adamant and persistent he became in his quest. He could have listened to his peers, sat quietly and blended into the crowd, but he chose blind faith. A faith that propelled him through his circumstance, defying the pressure of the throng that surrounded him , to seek out the One he KNEW could and would heal him.
Oh that we would have a blind faith!
What is that stops us from surrendering to Jesus? Is it our pride, are we too concerned with what others may think ? Is it fear, are we worried that He may not answer our request? Do we feel unworthy of the asking? Do we doubt that He hears ? Or do we place more substance in the natural, rather than the Supernatural ?
Jesus said ” Your faith has healed you.” Imagine if we were to throw ourselves at His feet, in blind faith!
And then we followed Jesus down the road. Mark 10:52
MIA The last 4 days as I been away at a ladies conference Colour 2013, in Sydney Australia.An amazing few days filled with , love , laughter and friendship but most importantly God’s Spirit. So….I shall be catching up with the Series, Walk Towards Easter over the next few days and hopefully a piece on my time at Conference. God Bless Lxx
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Wishing you all a Christmas filled with love, laughter and friendship, but most of all God’s love and peace.