Luke 9:51-56 (KJV)
54. “And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? 55. But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. 56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village”.
In Luke 9:51-56, we read about the samaritans who refused Jesus. In verses 54-56 Jesus teaches James and John something valuable. He taught them the importance of representing God, not defending him. Likewise, God is teaching us, His children to represent him in all situations. There maybe times when we feel the need to stand up for God when someone says they don’t believe in Him or says something hurtful about Him. However, God wants us to respond with love. He doesn’t want us to get angry and lash out, instead he wants us to use the word as a tool of encouragement, to respond with loving words, words the are gentle and words that demonstrates grace and not condemnation. After all, God sent His son into this world to save us and not condemn us. In doing so, we are demonstrating and spreading the love of Christ.
It will take time, love and restraint, but with the Lord’s guidance we can get to the place. -(Tim Gustafson)
In Zachariah 3, we read about what God did for Joshua. He removed his filthy clothing and renewed him in rich garments. Likewise, God wants to do the same for us. He wants to cleanse us of all our sins and make us new again. When we seek the Lord and His forgiveness, He is ready to remove our filthy garments and put on the wardrobe He has reserved for us. (Amy Boucher Pye). It is important that we do this daily. Sometimes we may be walking in sin and not know it. Seek God’s renewal daily, He wants to help us along our journey.
-Our Daily Bread Devotional, Amy Boucher Pye , May 18, 2017
“A seed of God’s love sown today may produce a remarkable harvest”. -David McCasland
In Mathew 13:1-9 Jesus tells the parable of the farmer who sowed his seed that fell on different types of grounds. Although some seeds never grew, the one that fell on “good soil” produced something great. Likewise as children of God when we hear the word and understand it, we know that we must spread it. Plant the seed (the word) on good soil and share the gospel where ever you go. Many people will hear the gospel and refuse but few will allow it to produce harvest.
Doing Things God’s Way
by Joyce Meyer – posted May 11, 2017
I am the Way.…
Many people are hurting so badly, and they are crying out for help. The problem is, they are not willing to receive the help they need from God. No matter how much we may want or need help, we are never going to receive it until we are willing to do things God’s way. In John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am the Way.” What Jesus meant when He said, “I am the Way,” is that He has a certain way of doing things; and if we will submit to His way, everything will work out for us.
But so often we wrestle and struggle with Him, trying to get Him to do things our way. It just won’t work. How many times have people stood in front of me at the altar and told me all kinds of terrible things that are going on in their lives and how badly they are hurting yet they absolutely refuse to do what they are told to do to receive the help they need. Too often people are trying to find some other way to get help rather than by doing things God’s way.
The Bible plainly teaches that if we will learn and act on the Word, God will bless our lives. Let me give you an example. The Bible teaches that we are to live in harmony and peace with others and to forgive those who have done us wrong. If we refuse to do that, what hope do we have of receiving what we need?
I remember how difficult it was for me the first time the Lord told me I had to go to my husband and tell him I was sorry for being rebellious against him. I thought I would die on the spot! I realize that one reason we don’t always do what we are told to do in the Word of God is because it is hard.
If we don’t do what we can do, then God won’t do what we can’t do. If we will do what we can do, God will do what we can’t do. It’s just that simple.
-Joyce Meyer Devotional
Ephesians 6:18 ” Pray and all times”
- Keep an attitude of thanksgiving
- Have total dependence on God
- Turn your thoughts towards God
- Listen to His voice in every situations and at all times
God wants us to live a lifestyle of prayer and He wants to help us through it. He wants us to talk to Him and listen to Him continually, to pray our way through every day with our hearts connected to His and our ears attuned to His voice. Praying as you sense the desire or need to pray. It is the way we can pray continually and stay connected to God in every situation throughout the day. –Joyce Meyer
There is peace in knowing that whatever we do and where ever we go, we go with God who promised never to leave or forsake His followers. – Jennifer Benson Schuldt
And all of us…are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another….
—2 Corinthians 3:18
When God finished all of His creation, including man, He looked at it and said, “It is good!” God intends to work in and through you, so relax and believe that God approves of you!
-Say out loud, “I am God’s beloved child. He approves of me and will finish the good work He started!”