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What’s all the yelling about?

“But with loud shouts they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed.  So Pilate decided to grant their demand.”  Luke 23:23-24.

Being loud and insistent carried the day.

Shame on them, but wait, how often am I loud and insistent?

I live in a world where interactions happen.  He said.  She said.

Sometimes the interactions get loud.  Sometimes there is insistence involved.

In the story within today’s two verses, the loud insistence was misguided.  Those behaving this way were part of getting an innocent man crucified.  I know, it was part of God’s plan in that instance.

When I am loud and insistent, I run the risk of behaving as the accusers of Jesus did.  What if I’m wrong?  Will my voice’s volume, and my insistence, lead to a misguided result?

There is Scripture that tells me that “a soft answer turns away wrath.”  In an emergency, my loud voice is necessary.  Insistence may be required too.  Otherwise, I need “soft” and “reasonable.” Easy for me to write.  Hard for me to live out.

The older I get the more “right” I am!  Sadly, the other “older” people in my life are also getting more “right.”  What could go wrong?  Plenty!

I must be filled with the Holy Spirit and talk accordingly.  Every word I use must be a gift from God to someone else.

I recall rough conversations and I assure myself that the Holy Spirit was not pleased by what He heard, in fact, He was grieved.  I MUST NOT grieve the Holy Spirit.  I want Him running me.

Conclusion: My words must be Spirit-saturated.

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He’ll take care of the rest

“But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves.  For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.”  Luke 21:14-15.

Trouble is going to come.

How I face it will be closely connected to my relationship to God.

Jesus is offering to make the troubled future go as smoothly as possible.  My part is to trust Him.

Day after day, in my recent meditations, I am being sent directly and indirectly to my absolute need to be connected to Him without ceasing.

It has been a struggle for me to maintain an ongoing relationship with God.  Too many distractions.  In the scurry to relocate, there is a flood of “to-do’s” running through my head.

All this busyness has lessened my ability to concentrate on God, and I’m unhappy about that.  What brings me to my senses are incidents.  Why did I do that?  I shouldn’t have said that.  On and on it goes.

A great blessing brought me to my “senses” yesterday.  A plumbing issue on Sunday necessitated a call to our plumber.  Note that this was Sunday.  The call was in the late afternoon.  My thinking was that I could get to the head of his list for work he would do starting Monday.  (I had forgotten that Monday was a holiday!)  Anyhow, I called and got on his answering machine.  Next thing I knew he texted me for specifics.  Long story short: He came over and fixed our problem on a Sunday night.  My wife could do laundry.  All was right with the world!  You talk about God being good.  A Sunday evening visit on a holiday weekend?  Only God could have arranged such a thing.  It was certainly more than I could have hoped for.

Conclusion: My mind must be filled with God if I am to face what the future brings in a Godly way.

 

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Strong desire required

“He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd.  So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.”  Luke 19:3-4.

I admire Zacchaeus.

This guy wanted something and took on the obstacles to get what he wanted.

I need his determination.

I regularly state that I want to know God better, and it’s true.  It’s the step beyond the initial desire that draws me to Zacchaeus.  He didn’t let obstacles hinder his desire to see Jesus.

We are currently in transition, moving from a summer place to a rest-of-the-year place.  There’s packing/unpacking as well as cleaning and sorting.  Great busyness for us.

It is too easy to minimize my separate time with God.  I am too busy.  I am too tired.  The excuses pile up. BUT when I become too busy for special time with Him, I head into the zone where I am unmindful of Him for extended hours.  What will often alert me to my waywardness will be a godless minor/major incident.

Zacchaeus overcame an obstacle to see Jesus.  I MUST see obstacles as potentially driving me away from Him and act accordingly.

Conclusion: I must stay close to Him no matter what obstacles come along.

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Stay after it

“So what makes you think God won’t step in and work justice for his chosen people, who continue to cry out for help?  Won’t he stick up for them?  I assure you he will.  He will not drag his feet.  But how much of that kind of persistent faith will the Son of Man find on the earth when he returns?” Luke 18:6-8 (The Message)

Our concern and our persistence are related.

I can declare my concern up front but if that concern doesn’t result in some persistent action, then how big really was my concern?

God wants us to petition Him persistently.  He loves to hear from us!  He knows what we know, why then should I persistently petition Him?  It’s for my good.  It forces me to realize that God is the One who can get things done.  By persistently petitioning Him, I am recognizing that fact.  Anything else that I might petition to is a counterfeit god.

I have family members who aren’t believers, as far as I know.  They cannot spend eternity in Hell.  I must pray for them with a passion that recognizes their neediness as well as God’s ability to do something about it.

Conclusion: I must persistently approach Him with my concerns.

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Oh, my Word!

“It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law.”  Luke 16:17.

The greatest book ever written!

It is new every morning or whenever you read it.

It can comfort.  It can instruct.  The ways it can impact are limitless.

I am finding His Word to be timely. Yesterday was the day a verse about praising God (Psalm 147:1) was part of my reading. “It is pleasant and fitting to praise the Lord.”  There was great reason yesterday in my household to praise God.

His Word is “living.”  I read it each day to find a spot that speaks directly to me.  It has not failed to work for me.

Today the certainty of His Word is assured.  What a comfort!  What a blessing!

I was thinking about how easily available His Word is.  What if I lose/forget my Bible?  No problem with extras on hand and copies online.  It, like God, is always in my midst.

I suspect that many are overwhelmed by the Bible.  Where do you start?  What about the hard-to-figure sections?

My initial approach was to read it from end to end to see what was in there.  There were tough patches but there were more-than-enough places where I could understand and learn from.

I am now reading UNTIL I find a place that hits me.  I never know how far that will take me in the assigned passage.  So far, I have not gone far before something is “living” for me.  Today I am reminded of the greatness of His Word.  Boy, do I know that to be true!

Conclusion: His Word is awesome.

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Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Ford

“There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.  What you said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.”  Luke 12:2-3.

Someone is not telling the truth.  And we humans may never know which one.

BUT God knows.  He is omnipresent.  He doesn’t miss a thing.

What I’ve said/thought/done will be revealed on Judgment Day.

One of the two mentioned in the title aren’t worried……..yet.  The liar assumes that he/she has gotten away with something.  But he/she hasn’t.  God knows.

Telling one lie often goes forward into a trail of them.  I “never” touched my sisters.  They cried/screamed just to get me in trouble!  At least that’s the way I remembered/told it.  Lies.

I must ALWAYS remember that God is ALWAYS where I am.  He doesn’t step out.  He doesn’t fall asleep.  He’s with me.  Since this is true, I MUST behave accordingly.  In fact, I must behave that way so much that it becomes the natural way I behave.

I ran into trouble today in the car.  The conversation got heated.  Unkind words were exchanged.  Did I forget that God was in the car with us?  Sure sounded like that.  I got away with nothing.  There is not “getting away” with anything when God is omnipresent. The truth of what I did was that I damaged my relationship with both God and the passenger.

I must live as if God is in my midst, BECAUSE He is!!

Conclusion: God is where I am right now and will be present wherever I go.  I must live accordingly.

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Sent ahead

“After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.”  Luke 10:1.

I never read this verse all the way through until today.

I always got the “sent out” part and how those sent out were to act.

Today I noticed in the first verse that the appointed 72 were sent ahead to places He would be going to.

They were part of the preliminary group.  The Main Event would follow.

I try to apply what I read.  What’s here for me?

I must be prepared and willing to serve God.

I am certainly “sent” to represent Him where I am.  That would be true of every believer.  One commentator said that “there’s no unemployment in Christianity.”  We all have something to do for Him.

Jesus is going to return to earth.  He has put me here to prepare my part of the earth for His return.

How do I do that?  I must be in union with Him.  I must be mindful of Him.  I must be willing to “prepare the way” for His return by spreading the Good News in any way I can.

I must not over-estimate/under-estimate the results.  He will be with me.

Am I willing/able to be “sent?”

“Conclusion: I am on earth ahead of His return.  Am I acting like a “sent out” one?

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