A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

Traditionally, we observe these events in the life of Christ on Passion Week:  His triumphal entry, His last supper, His death, burial and resurrection.  What is Easter all about?  We serve a RISEN SAVIOR!  God raised Christ from the dead on the 3rd day – and He sits at God’s right hand.  There’s something else that happened before Christ ascended to Heaven…  He left us the greatest gift – His Holy Spirit – the comforter and our guide through this crazy life.

The Holy Spirit of God is filled with goodness and wisdom.  God wants us to be kind and quick to forgive one another.  It’s only with His help that we can do these things.

We are loved by God – and are to be loving and kind to one another.  As we rely on God’s Holy Spirit to help us, we can accomplish so much as we plant seeds along the way.  It’s so nice to make friends with like-minded believers, knowing that no matter what, you can go back to the fact that you both have God’s Holy Spirit and can work anything out as you rely on Him for guidance and direction.

It’s nearly impossible to talk about God’s Holy Spirit without mentioning the fruits of His Spirit:

Does that mean that we will be perfect?  Um…  nope.  Does it mean that we can love perfectly?  Well, as we live by God’s precepts that certainly could and should happen.  If we will lean fully on God’s Holy Spirit, we can have some beautiful attitudes and be a blessing to others.  We want the fruits of the Spirit to be clear in our lives.  God’s more than happy to reveal to us how that can happen.

If you could imagine a pyramid in your mind – sort of like the food pyramid (which seems to be changing with every diet that comes along).  The good thing about this pyramid is that it never changes.

God’s Holy Spirit is at the TOP of the pyramid.  No surprise there.  At the other two corners are you and another person – any person you come in contact with.  God’s Spirit gives love, comfort, power, peace, wisdom and the ability to control things like temper.  Because He’s given us these things, we are able to share them with others in our lives, with evidence of the fruits showing through in the process.

Remember that the Lord did not leave us here as orphans to figure out how to live.  He has everything we need to live an abundant life…  if we’ll just ask Him to help us.  🙂

 

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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MUSTARD SEED SIZE FAITH

I reluctantly admit I remember the 1965 ad! Why would that slogan stay in my mind all these years? Who knows? When it comes to faith in God, the same can be said… A LITTLE DAB ‘ILL DO YA!

All you need is faith the size of a tiny mustard seed to move big mountains!

And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and, kneeling before him, said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is ban epileptic and he suffers terribly. For often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him.” And Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.” And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was healed instantly. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 14:17-20

If there was ever an encouraging WORD for Christians, this is it! If we have the POWER of God’s Holy Spirit living in us, there is literally nothing we can’t do in His Name!

And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. – Luke 17:6

If it’s important enough to mention TWICE in scripture, then maybe we need to pay attention to it. ❤

THANKS LIVING DAY 17

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PRAYER OF PEACE

Awe…  that’s how children learn Bible verses.  A soft answer turneth away wrath.  I know, nobody says turneth anymore – ok, in my lifetime they never did, but I was raised memorizing the King James version.

In my life there are two very important lessons I have learned. The first is, it is not WHAT you are doing that matters, but with WHOM you do it. If I didn’t have faith that God would see me through, I’d simply go mad. My faith gives me the ability to look ahead with confidence in my future.

I have also learned that I cannot control anyone but myself. One of the fruits of the Spirit is self-control. While storms rage it is my desire to find the eye of the storm, huddle down with Jesus and wait for the storm to pass. Lately it seems to be back-to-back bad weather, but with each one I gain more courage and strength. Don’t get me wrong, I do not want another storm to come along, but if (rather when) it does, I know what to do.

God is the One who can control others, but it’s up to the person to seek His way. If they don’t choose to react to bad weather with a calm resolve, there’s not a thing I can do about it. I am responsible for my response and reaction. I pray that my actions serve as an example and that others might learn from them and act likewise, but it doesn’t seem to be happening – at least not yet.

So today I thank God that I have learned how to weather a storm or two in my life. Fully trusting and relying on Him to work things out is best. Getting emotional and worked up just raises my already high blood pressure! Who needs that? :-/