🙂 Today’s Scripture Reading: Ezra 2:1-4:5, 1 Chronicles 3:19b-24 🙂
🙂 Heavenly Father, every time Your people unite great things happen. 🙂
In early autumn, when the Israelites had settled in their towns, all the people assembled in Jerusalem with a unified purpose. Then Jeshua son of Jehozadak joined his fellow priests and Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel with his family in rebuilding the altar of the God of Israel. They wanted to sacrifice burnt offerings on it, as instructed in the Law of Moses, the man of God. —Ezra 3:1-2
Lord, it must break Your heart to see division, discord, and strife among Your children. In my natural mind unity of believers seems like something only reserved for heaven. I’ve been a Christian all my life. It seems with every passing year Christians are becoming more polarized. Today’s Christians have different ideas about EVERYTHING! Some things don’t really matter, but many of our differences are changing our world.
Lord, what do You think about this?
Is this part of the downward spiral pointing to Your return?
What can I do about it?
I feel the number one thing I need to do is to get as close to You as I can. Your Word is very complex. It can easily be manipulated to support any cause. Holy Spirit, without Your direction, coaching, and counsel, I can easily be deceived.
Jesus, You kept Your message very simple. In our day of information overload, we have a tendency to complicate things. Help me to simplify my life and my message. The more information we have the more opportunities we have to disagree.
Lord, one more thing that comes to mind is the power of living a peaceful life.
Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. —Romans 12:18
It’s no wonder the enemy of our soul works tirelessly to steal our peace. Peace unifies! Lord, help me to promote peace instead of discord.
Jesus, I need Your discernment. I need Your wisdom.
In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!
The empty cross,+ the empty grave ,equals salvation
“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he shall not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
The example we set for our children is a primary way we can “train a child up in the way they should go.”
Establishing a solid foundation in the life of a child is paramount. What a child learns in their early years will be their framework for how they view life, God, themselves and others. God calls us to make a holy investment in our children, to train up a child in the way they should go. This includes their emotional, physical and spiritual development. We can see from the example of Samuel that it is never too early to introduce your children to their Heavenly Father. As a young boy, Samuel heard the audible voice of God calling his name. God was no respecter of persons, He did not exclude Samuel from relationship with Him because of his age. In fact, we see in the Gospels Jesus telling the adults, “Let the children come to Me,” don’t shoo them away!
As your children embark on their new school year they may be faced with many trials, pressures and influences. Let’s commit to building a solid foundation like a house built on a rock.
Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed –or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her’” (Luke 10:41-42).Martha’s have gotten a bad rap over the years.
I know. I am one.
It has become a negative description of a busy person. Oh you know. She’s a Martha.
But today, I want to pronounce that Jesus loved Martha too. Yes, he loves those of us who have a hard time sitting still, who prefer being busy to sedentary. Who have a tough time just “being” like the Mary’s in the world.
In John 11, when Jesus received word about the death of Lazarus, the brother of Mary and Martha, Jesus proclaimed Lazarus’ sickness would not end in death but right after, that the Word says, “Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus” (John 11:5).
What? He loved Martha despite her busyness. Despite the fact that she didn’t blow off the household chores, and sit at his feet. He loved her even though she sounded like she was a worrier.Jesus loves the Martha’s of the world.
But, here’s the disclaimer. It doesn’t mean he wants Martha’s to be too busy. We Martha’s have to discipline ourselves to spend time with him. It is still the “better” thing to walk in Mary’s shoes.
Periodically, circumstances will force a Martha-type to sit at Jesus’ feet so she can receive an infusion of teaching.
- It’s important to have compassion for the chronically ill. I have been blessed with great health so God had to put me in a position of ill health (for longer than a week) to understand.
- Life is precious and can be gone in a flash. Healthy one day, sick the next. I know that we need to make each day count for the kingdom.
- I need to rely totally on God for my mental and physical strength. In my weakness he is strong. Good health is a gift.
- I know that God demands total obedience to all his ways, no slip ups! Sometimes our sicknesses can be a wake up call to some form of disobedience in our life. It may be the only way to get our attention, because in our sickness, we may ask God, “Are you mad at me?” or “Show me if there is any sinfulness in me, Oh LORD.”
I will admit, I am a restless Mary, but I always come out better when I sit at Jesus’ feet for a period of time. It doesn’t mean I am not comfortable in my Martha skin. The world needs Martha’s to get things accomplished, and I know God designed me with a heart to reach the masses for him.
So Martha’s, don’t fret. Today, know that you are loved by your maker, who wants you to choose to spend time at his feet. He has some important truths he wants you to learn. (LBW)
“Far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you” (1 Sam. 12:23).
“For I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance” (Philippians 1:19)
“My mouth would encourage you; comfort from my lips would bring you relief” (Job 16:5).
“She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness” (Proverbs 31:26).
“The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil” (Proverbs 15:28).
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1).
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5)
That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. — Titus 2:2 (KJV)
“But God is the God of the waves and the billows, and they are still His when they come over us; and again and again we have proved that the overwhelming thing does not overwhelm. Once more by His interposition deliverance came. We were cast down, but not destroyed.” — Amy Carmichael
James 3:17-18 (NASB) “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”
Matthew 8:26 (NASB) “He *said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm.”
the older women to behave as those who love the Lord should. They must
not gossip about others or be slaves of wine. They must teach what is