Friday, November 1, 2013

Consider: Who Jesus Is RJD Nov. 2004

Journal Entry January 16, 2013
“Jesus asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?’ They replied, ‘Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ ‘But what you?’ he asked. ‘Who do you think I am?’” Matthew 16:13-15
From the responses the followers gave Jesus, the people thought of Him as a reincarnated Jeremiah, a reborn Elijah, and even John the Baptist.
               Jesus asked the question of the disciples in a more personal way. “But, what about you? Who do you say I am?”
               Simon Peter responds with a defining thought, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
               Jesus’ question is one that speaks to us on a regular basis. What about you? Who do you say I am?”
               If, in our devotional times, we deal with the question as Simon Peter did, we receive rewards from heaven. If, however, we respond with, “Oh, he’s a good guy.” “Oh, he’s someone my parents spoke of.” “Oh he’s someone I call on when I am in trouble.” We miss the whole point of experiencing Christ. We dilute His message; we could even be guilty of ignoring His reason for coming to earth.
               I need to focus more on His being the Son of the living God.

UPDATE: As we strive to live for Jesus, we need to recognize who He is. Living for Him has become more difficult as time draws closer for His return. I constantly try to remember whose I am and whom I am to emulate.  When I slip and do something not to Jesus’ liking, I have to immediately seek forgiveness from Him.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Why God is So Special


“So, do not fear, for I am with you;

Do not be dismayed, for I am your God  
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

Although my topic this month has been on peace, we have times when peace eludes us and we have times of despair. We begin to doubt our faith and God’s hand on our life. We lose our peace.

When times are tough, and we feel defeated, God is there with us. When we feel alone, we are not; He is right there with us. All we have to do is call out to Him and lean against His arms of love. Some of my dearest friends in this world are facing a very difficult time right now.

One of my favorite gospel songs is “God on the Mountain” God is God in the bad times; that’s when He is the dearest to me. Another one is “When the Storm Passes By” Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Your hand, keep me safe until the storm passes by.”

I posted two YouTube videos that mean a lot to me and to some very special friends on my Facebook page. I then did a share on one of the daughters’ page. Shortly after I posted the first one, a mutual friend left a comment that she was praying for them.

God does bring us through times of hardship, times of distress, and times of intense sadness He promised he’d never leave us nor forsake us. All we have to do is trust Him.

I would appreciate prayers for my friends. Just ask God to  be especially close to 'Quiet Spirit's friends.' He knows the people and their hearts as well as their need.

God of the mountain

'Til the Storm Passes By

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