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Mark 7:8 ” You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.”

The Pharisees and Teachers of the Law had watched the disciples of Jesus eating without first washing their hands…a real defilement of tradition in their eyes!  So they confronted Jesus in what they believed to be a breaking of the Law.  To answer them, Jesus quoted Isaiah 29:13, “These people honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me.  They worship Me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.”  For anytime the Good News of the Gospel is pushed aside for man-made rules, our focus changes from Jesus to religion.  But remember, religion in and of itself will never save us.  Nor will man-made traditions and teachings ever get us to heaven.  It’s only by the blood of Jesus that we are saved…not any rule.

Exodus 4:13 ” O my Lord, please send by the hand of whomever else You may send.”

God had gotten Moses’s attention with a burning bush.  But when God spoke to him out of it…Moses still wouldn’t believe Him.  In their short conversation, Moses objected five times, giving excuse after excuse of why he wasn’t the person to deliver the Hebrew children out of Egypt.  Here in verse 13, we find Moses still hesitating…asking God, “Isn’t there somebody else you can send?”  When we have no self-confidence, self-esteem, or self-worth it’s difficult, if not almost impossible, to see in ourselves what God sees in us.  For God sees our potential and we need to be brave enough to trust Him.

Judges 17:6 ” In those days Israel had no King; everyone did as he saw fit.”

This verse is repeated several times in Judges…the Jews had no ruler, instead everyone did what they thought was right, just, and pleasing to them.  But we know the definition of “doing as one sees fit” can mean a hundred things to a hundred people.  So what we see here was a form of anarchy…a absence of governmental rule and authority in the country.  And what we also see was growing confusion and disorder among God’s people.

Isaiah 32:8 ” But the noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds he stands.”

When we allow the wise counsel of the Holy Spirit to direct and guide our decisions…our decisions will be excellent ones.  When we listen to that still small voice rather than  blurting out the first thing that comes to mind…our words will be timely and principled.  When our plans align with God’s plans for us…we can stand firm with integrity and strength, knowing we are right where God wants us…in the center of His Will.

Psalm 123:2 ” As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of the maid look to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till He shows us His mercy.”

We are your servants, O Lord, and we look to You in total reliance.  In Your hands is the power and strength we lack…in Your hands is grace and mercy.  We will  keep our eyes fixed on You, Lord…for only in You can we fully put our trust.  You are our Rock and support in time of need…our confidence is in You.  Amen.

Acts 17:25 ” And He is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything, because He Himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.”

If you’re still inhaling and exhaling oxygen…God’s not done with you!  If you still have a physical earthly existence…you’re not too far gone for God to work a miracle in your life!  For as long as we have breath, we have hope…and as long as we have hope, we can put our faith in God who can work the impossible.

I Samuel 23:16 ” And Saul’s son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God.”

Over a lifetime, you’ll probably be able to count those special Christian friends on just one hand.  But there’ll be one person, one very unique friendship that will stick out in your mind.  A bond between the two of you that defies time, miles, and blood…a brother or sister in the Lord, that you know beyond a shadow of a doubt, will be there for you, no matter what.  Jonathan and David had that type of relationship…a connection that David called, “wonderful, a love more wonderful than that of women.” (II Samuel 1:25-26)  If you haven’t reached out to this special person in a while, I urge you to do it today…if nothing more than to just thank them for their friendship, and celebrate the love you have for each other in Christ.