If you do not know where to look, try the book of Mark. He is much like many of us, enabling his writings to feel much like an old friend walking with us. Last week, even though I did not post it - we were discussing view points. This was a refresher from studies a few years ago, but new to many of you. Click the link above if you were not with us.
Think about the following:
The writer, like Mark are real people. Things of God do not change, no matter how much time passes. When we do not, or are not "willing" to relate to someone then there is no commonality. We do not have to agree in all ways. However, we do have to be willing to respect the relationship. This is one large factor we are told several truths about by God's word:
- As far as it depends on you, be at peace with everyone.
- Please God not man.
- Be above reproach in all of your ways.
- The Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
- Seek first His kingdom and all else will be added to this.
- and the biggie...All things are common to man.
Sometimes, I think about Christ and all he faced. We are told about the angels which came to him to minister in His time of need. Many times, I think we might want the angels to come to our aid prior to us giving our all to fight the good fight. We focus on our own limited strength and do not open up to stand firm on God's word and let it do the fighting for us. That IS what Christ did. Each time Satan came at his vulnerability, lustful human nature etc, Christ didn't enter a battle. He simply spoke what sustains us - the words that proceed from the mouth of God himself. It sounds so simple, yet our flesh is so incredibly weak when we do not prosper our Spirit - as our soul prospers.
We know we are supposed to seek the Kingdom with all our human strength AND the strength he gives us. Sometimes we forget this and try to go it alone. This is never a good idea, but we have to be EVER MINDFUL of God in order to detect these things. 1 Corinthians verse 20 and 21 state: Where is the wise person? Where is the scholar? Where is the persuasive speaker of our time? Hasn’t God turned the wisdom of the world into nonsense? The world with its wisdom was unable to recognize God in terms of his own wisdom. So God decided to use the nonsense of the Good News we speak to save those who believe.
I have chosen one verse in particular for each of us to lean on today:
In the morning, long before sunrise, Jesus went to a place where he could be alone to pray. Mark 1:35 GWJust because Christ went away from people doesn't mean he was alone. Today, get away from people and alone with our Lord God Almighty it will delight the Spirit and be rest for your soul. I promise! (only because His promises are faithful and true). I hope you Do relate.
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