Tag Archive | THE WORD

Matthew 13:58 ” And He did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.”

Imagine being in the crowd around Jesus and seeing people being healed and set free…but yet refusing to acknowledge His divinity, showing no confidence in His power, and doubting the promise of eternal life.  No wonder Jesus placed such emphasis on the sin of unbelief.  Unbelief blinds our minds and causes our heart to become calloused.  This lack of faith can hinder even the most righteous Believer at times…but just like the sick child’s father in Mark 9:24, we too can ask Jesus to,” Help me overcome my unbelief.”

Isaiah 43:1 ” Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are Mine.”

You’re not just an acquaintance to God.  You’re not some face He sees in the crowd, and recognizes you as someone He should know… but can’t remember your name.  No, God knows you intimately…He knows you inside and out…He knows every thought you’ve had, every tear you’ve cried, every prayer you’ve prayed.  But most importantly, He knows your name.  For you are that very special to Him.  And in response, what can we say but, “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine.”

Psalm 119:130 ” The unfolding of Your words give light; it gives understanding to the simple.”

If you’re like me, you’ve read a particular passage in the Bible numerous times, when sudden you read it again and it jumps off the page at you…for the Holy Spirit wonderfully  reveals the scripture in a completely different light and with such clarity that it’s like reading it for the very first time.  This unfolding of God’s word is like a light shining in a dark place…it is the lamp for our feet and a light for our path. (Psalm 119:105)  This unfolding of His word,  takes what was once a mystery and makes it known to us…it takes what was once hidden but now is revealed to us.

John 15:12 ” My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”

Jesus loves us with an unconditional love…it has no bounds…no restrictions.  But can we love each other in the same way?  Maybe it can be in what we don’t do  that can show the love of Christ more effectively to those around us.  Instead of yelling in anger and frustration at the kids…we don’t.  Instead of becoming upset and disappointed with a co-worker…we don’t.  Instead of allowing discouragement and despair to break apart our marriage…we don’t.  For sometimes the greatest way to demonstrate God’s love to others… is in what we don’t do.

Matthew 5:44 ” But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…”

Some later manuscripts show this verse as saying, “Bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you.”  Either translation is a tall order to fill. For we are a people who retaliate at the slightest notion that we’ve been wronged.  Taking revenge and repaying evil with evil is touted and even celebrated in today’s social media.  But this verse tells us to do the very opposite.  And our example should be Jesus, who in I Peter 2:23 demonstrates, “When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate, when He suffered, He made no threats.  Instead He entrusted Himself  to Him who judges justly.”  Taking the high road in the face of cruelty may be a clenched fist, gritted teeth type of  grace under pressure, but allowing God to fight your battle is worth it in the end.

I Samuel 25:25 ” May my lord pay no attention to that wicked man Nabal. He is just like his name, his name is Fool, and folly goes with him.”

David and his men were holed up in the Desert of Maon where a wealthy landowner with thousands of sheep and goats pastured his livestock…his name of Nabal.  He was married to a beautiful and intelligent woman named Abigail.  David and his men had protected Nabal’s shepherds and sheep…so when shearing started, his men had come with greetings, looking for favor…but instead, found insults being hurled at them by Nabal.  When David got wind of this, he gathered his men to launch an assault on the household.  Meanwhile, Abigail had been told of her husband’s faux pas and quickly intervened by packing up a large quantity of provisions,  and setting off to intercept David.  When their paths crossed, Abigail was able to very eloquently and diplomatically change David’s mind…and so halting the annihilation of her entire household.

I Chronicles 17:20 ” There is no one like You, O Lord, and there is no God but You, as we have heard with our ears.”

Maybe it’s hearing someone’s answer to pray…maybe it’s a praise report…or maybe it’s hearing that someone you’ve been praying for has finally come to know the Lord.  Whatever it is, joy and thanksgiving almost explodes from us as we listen to others praising and thanking our Heavenly Father.  Sharing God’s miraculous works  is so important to all of us.  For when we share…we all become encouraged and uplifted!