I have a thought-provoking question.
I say thought-provoking because I believe it’s worth thinking about for several reasons – although I’m not necessarily looking for an answer.
I don’t know if the question can even be correctly answered on this side of life. That’s because there may not be a book, chapter and verse for it. And if there is, I must honestly say it’s not an obvious section of scripture to me. I have my ideas, but they’re only my ideas.
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“Yes, the teaching that I ask you to accept is easy. The load I give you to carry is light.”
Matthew 11.30 ERV
Jesus contrasted his Way with the heavy loads of legalism imposed by the Pharisees, Mt 12.1-8. While his teaching reaches even the motivations of the heart, it still is far easier than impossible task of earning salvation.
If it is so easy, why is the way so narrow? Mt 7.13-14.
#Way #Jesus #VOTD
David is rightly known as an author who expressed his need for God in times of desperation. But to describe God as a crutch in David’s life wouldn’t be fair. God was not David’s crutch. God was David’s life.
In good times, the credit and adoration of David belonged to God. Whether taking on enemy giants or thinking about the little blessings of life, God was at the forefront of David’s life. Numerous psalms and scripture references show this to be true.
At home, David had Jesse by his side. In Saul’s house he had Jonathan. As a spiritual counselor he had Samuel. On the battlefield he had his three nephews, Joab, Abishai and Asahel. But when it came to walking through the valley of the shadow of death, there was only one individual who could keep him company (Psalm 23:4).
We may receive a lot of support from others throughout our life, but when it comes to the end of day there will only be one that seeks to offer help in life as well as comfort in death.
Are we walking with this shepherd today? (John 10:11, 27-28)
“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”” (John 11:25-26 NKJV)
“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” (James 1:12)
Endure temptation, reveal your faith, continue in your love for the Lord and get a crown.
Is this a maybe? Is this a probably? No, it’s an open guarantee!
The crown of victory is a crown of promise. And in case you haven’t noticed, God has a tendency to keep his word. Keeping the faith is our answer.
Keeping ourself from temptation is wise. Overcoming temptation is vital. Temptation is a trial that requires strength, perseverance and a willingness to undergo something unpleasant to the soul. Concerning the unpleasantness, the body may contradict the desire of the soul, but that is what makes it a challenge. This is why the humanity – and priesthood – of Jesus is so encouraging (Hebrews 4:15-16). Wisdom looks for God’s help.
A victory crown for a victorious people from a Lord who gained our victory (1 Corinthians 15:57). That’s a promising thought … and so is the eternal crown that will be experienced in Heaven by overcoming the short-lived temptation on Earth.
“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV)
“Above his head they put the charge against him, which read: ‘This is Jesus, the king of the Jews.'”
The crimes of crucified criminals were posted on their crosses. Jesus’ charge was intended as an insult to the Jews.
Jesus is King, Lord, and Savior, of Jews and Gentiles. The charge written above his cross was too modest.
#VOTD #crucifixion #Jesus
“Then I looked, and here was the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with him were one hundred and forty-four thousand, who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.”
Among the great figures of Revelation is Jesus as the Lamb, not only as sacrifice, but as Leader of his people and the heavenly armies.
With him are the chosen people who bear his name and character. What are they like?
#VOTD #Jesus #victory
“For judgment I have come into this world, so that those who do not see may gain their sight, and the ones who see may become blind.”
Jesus’ statement is his last word to the formerly blind man whom he healed.
In what ways are people blind to Jesus?
#VOTD #understanding #Jesus