One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see. John 9:18-41 They wanted to remind him of his past. They wanted to convince him that this blessing of sight was a trick, perhaps even short-lived. But the man born blind wouldn’t let that keep him from believing that his sight was nothing short of a miracle by someone whom even the authorities had no answer. Clarity isn’t always easy to come by and there is more stimuli in the world now than at anytime previous. Whether we are born blind or become blind, out of love, what we know is that whatever is now behind us does not affect God’s desire for us to see. Keep looking forward.
…unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees…. Matthew 5:17-20 While speaking to a TriYoga instructor I was fascinated to learn that the fundamental movements expands awareness which allows energy to flow. Regardless of how advanced you become, the movements encourage the practitioner to go deeper. The commandments given by God are our fundamental starting point. To know and follow them, is a very good thing, but ultimately they should also encourage us to go deeper. To achieve the knowledge of the scribes and the Pharisees is a tall order. However, I believe that the sincere fundamental basics of the commandments; God’s love for us and how we love one another, should encourage us to go deeper. Regardless of how much you know, we are called to respect the dignity – the state or quality of being worthy – of every human being. There is much to be accomplished in this life. Yet this one thing to be accomplished – Sincerity and Love, still manages to elude. In our journey through this kingdom, the winds will blow and the waves will roll. As we go deeper in our knowledge of God’s sincerity and love through Christ, know that we rise above the even greatest of storms.
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“As the Lord of hosts lives,… I will surely show myself to him (King Ahab) today. 1Kings 18:1-19 After three years, upon Elijah’a return from Zarepath, he meets Obadiah. When asked to go back to the king with the message that Elijah has returned, Obadiah, wants nothing to do with it for fear of his own life. Elijah assures him that this day was not about Obadiah’s life, he would have to trust God and deliver the message. Fear hinders courage in the best of us. Yet, walking in Christ isn’t about walking in courage. In spite of our fears, it’s about walking in faith of the knowledge of a God that keeps promises. For the God that is at work in Elijah is the same God at work in us (Philippians 2:12-30).
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized them as companions of Jesus (Acts 4:8-13). In this passage, the writer of this book raises a question for me. Of those who heard and were amazed by these uneducated and ordinary men, Peter and John, and then recognized them as companions of Jesus; did they raise Peter and John up or did they bring Jesus down? The answer I believe depends on our answer to another question; “Who do you say Jesus is?” (Matthew 16:13-19), and subsequently who we believe our selves to be and how we believe God sees us.