The Company We Keep

Lent: Day 8 – Sometimes we just have to work a little harder for the things we want and especially for the things in which we believe. Other times we have to work even harder for someone else we love, who doesn’t believe because they have lost hope, lost their way, or perhaps are simply paralyzed by fear, which keeps them moving forward in their lives. One of the most difficult things to do is to forgive our self for the things we’ve done or the things we believe we have done. The longer we convict our self, the longer it takes for us to believe that anyone else will forgive us. It is at this point in our lives when the people, with whom we have surrounded our selves, become very important. When because of our weakened faith, we are unable to see the blessing God has waiting for us, it is in and through the company we keep that supports and holds us up. Continually, while in our strength, we must discern the company that we keep, so that in our times of weakness we know that God’s presence will still be reached through the strength, prayers and efforts of those surrounding us, who not only believe but also desire to help build our faith on the foundation of Jesus Christ.

Mark 2:1-12 And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and after having dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay.

Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, “Your sins are forgiven”, or to say, “Stand up and take your mat and walk”?

1 Corinthians 2:14-3:15  Those who are unspiritual do not receive the gifts of God’s Spirit, for they are foolishness to them, and they are unable to understand them because they are discerned spiritually. Those who are spiritual discern all things, and they are themselves subject to no one else’s scrutiny.

Bread For Thought: Only One Person

Some of us start out with a huge entourage of friends. As the years grow longer we realize there really is only a few who have hung in there with us today. There is no special cause except that people move away or simply grow in different directions. Somehow, regardless of the path we take there is that one friend who is right there ready to encourage and keep us honest with our self. It really only takes one person to believe in us, which helps us move forward in our journey and is willing to come along for the bumpy ride. That someone believes in you no matter what the situation; stands by you and supports you. We can always go to that person without judgment or expectation of something in return. Most importantly this person will cry when you cry, laugh when you laugh, and rejoice when you rejoice, a true gift. That someone I believe is God in the person of Jesus Christ, that is of course, only if you believe.

Song of Trust And Security; Unbelief Leads Us Astray; The First Sign