And what should I say – Father save me from this hour? John 12:27-36a Despite the fact that we sometimes have to wait, all good things happen at the “right” hour. It’s not necessarily important that we are “fully” prepared for everything that is about to happen because in reality we really don’t know all of what is about to happen. What’s important is that God believes that we are prepared enough. Once we have done everything that could be done up to the point of receiving any gift or blessing, at that hour we must be ready to simply say yes – as we continue to have faith in God who will help us with the rest.
…unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains… John12:20-26 Everyone knows that a cold or flu must run its course. Sometimes we can take things that help shorten the effects of their duration, but it still runs its course. Nonetheless medication is a good way to fight through it until we can give our body the rest it really needs. If at some point we don’t stop and give our body the rest it needs, the situation will get worse before it gets better. Occasionally, this is how we treat life. Sometimes we fight so hard to keep what we have, push through bad situations or environments and turn away from the obvious. What we sometimes need to do is let things go, be still, and turn towards what is not so obvious to others, but to us is quite clear – much like that cold or flu, by God’s grace and favor – this too shall pass. We then emerge strengthened for our journey and again bearing much fruit.
No one is so fierce as to dare to stir it (leviathan) up. Job 40:1; 41:1-11 Even in our most peaceful and harmonic moments, a multitude of forces will stir up. In faith, let our peace and harmony draw us towards a greater force, because against God all other forces are small.
May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ… Galatians 6:14-18 Today we celebrate the cross because we as a church knows what it’s like to journey in faith. We know what it’s like to sacrifice. We know what it’s like to move from death to life. From this day forward, every time we walk through those doors and see that cross on the altar we will thank God because by God’s grace we can boast in our faith. By our faith we believe. By our belief we live today. (Sermon 9/14/14: We Shall Not Boast – Only Believe)
Where can I go from your spirit?
Or where can I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there;
if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.
If I take the wings of the morning
and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me fast.
If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light around me become night’,
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is as bright as the day,
for darkness is as light to you. Psalm 139:7-12
Saturday’s Meditation – Psalm 138
I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
before the gods I sing your praise;
I bow down towards your holy temple
and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness;
for you have exalted your name and your word
On the day I called, you answered me,
you increased my strength of soul.
The dead man came out. John 11:30-44 The body responds to the spirit within. If the spirit is darkness the body remains bound. If the spirit is light the body is free. Unbind him, and let him go.
Lord if you had been there… John 11:17-29 In the heart of those who believe, wherever they are the Spirit of God is there within them.
Those who walk during the day do not stumble… John 11:1-16 Every door that we pass through is open for a reason. The amount of light we perceive depends on the transparency of our heart.
Is it not written… I said you are gods… John 10:31-42 What does it matter what I call myself? What does it matter what you see when when you look at me? Based on your own understanding of who you think I am, and your disbelief, why do you try to limit me and diminish my works? As we are blessed with another day, we are blessed with another opportunity to open our heart and our mind to another newness of life. If our thoughts and works do not change, we will not change. We will not believe that newness of life is possible. We will limit and diminish the self. Yet, we are because of the I AM and remember that God has no limits.