Friday, March 15, 2013

Temptation



I've always wondered why Jesus did not rebuke Satan at the first temptation in the wilderness  Could He have? Of course, because later on Jesus had the authority to cast him out of many people. I think it may be because He knew this was His test to prepare Him for His ministry and His death. Since the Spirit led Him into the wilderness, Jesus must have known this was His proving ground, the opportunity chosen by God to prove Jesus's character, that He was who He said He was, to show Jesus that He could overcome the enemy here and one day on the Cross. I have the feeling Jesus was submitted to His Father so completely that He willingly put Himself in God's hands and would stay there and endure whatever until God released Him by sending Satan away  It says, "When the devil finished tempting Jesus..." (why was he finished? b/c he didn't get anywhere or b/c that was all God allowed?) "he left Him until the next opportunity came..." was that next opportunity in the garden before His crucifixion? (just like in the garden of Eden when he tempted Eve
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

LGLO

Love others as I have loved you...John 14:12

... graciously
...unconditionally
...speaking truth in love
...use healing words
...offer forgiveness in the same measure as I have forgiven you
...be gentle, humble, kind to others even when they turn their backs on you - just as you've turned and walked away from Me and yet I have never left you or forsaken you...
...always responding like I do when you draw near to Me, not clinging or begging you to come but inviting you.
Follow My lead for My yoke is easy and My burden is light. Watch how I do it - learn the unforced rhythms of grace. Keep company with Me and you will love others as i have loved you, lavishly, extravagantly.

The way up is down in My Kingdom but the result is overflowing joy. You can never out give Me, for what you sow, you will reap... if you sow generosity, you will reap generosity... if you sow love, you will reap love. The measure with which you give out of love for Me, will be given back more than you could ever dream or imagine.

Father, I cannot love like this in my own strength, but as i rely on You, I can do as You wish from a heart overflowing with gratefulness for Your lavish love for me.  Thank You that you call me to love humbly and walk intimately with You. What a privilege  what a joy. May Your love for me and in me overflow onto all I encounter.

Friday, March 01, 2013

S eek God first above all else
I magine God-Jesus-Holy Spirit in a personal relationship with you. Talk AND Listen.
M editate on His Word: written in the Bible AND His personal words to just you.
P ractice His Presence: ask"Where did I see God in my day today?"
L ive in the Moment: Savor each moment, it's the only one you have.
E ucharisteo: Thankfulness always precedes the miracle.