Before I begin…I want to tell you I gave away all but three Beth Moore books today to the church.
I did, because God has been pushing me to go on a deeper level with Him, and in order for that to happen, I have to be humble, and submit to His authority in all areas of my life.
(I feel like I should add here that Beth Moore is amazing, and its not that I was being tempted in anyway because of her books, its not what I am saying at all…I am just saying to go on a deeper level with God doing things the way you’ve always done them…is never a good thing, and for me I was more so collecting a library of books, instead of just reading the ONE book that she got all her wisdom from…I would think if you asked her personally, she would tell you that the ultimate goal in her books…is to lead people to study the Word for themselves. So I think she would be proud too;)…)
How I am doing with that…well, I have two areas down, two major ones actually, now a couple more.
I know its one day at a time though, and God isn’t asking me to give up the world cold turkey, just little things here are there, to drawer me close to Him.
In the bible, Luke 4; Jesus goes through the temptation of the devil.
Something that my Pastor clued in on which really got me today, was that our trials are external issues(they happen outside of us, beyond our control), while a temptation is a trial, or issue that comes from inside of us, as it states in
” Life by the Spirit
16So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. 17For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. 18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.
19The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
And the thing about the temptation…the reason Jesus was able to get out of it, when the devil used scripture to try to trick Him…was because He loved God genuinely, and BELIEVED in the WORD.
I just had to put that tidbit I learned from church today…below our my thoughts from this morning:)
My thoughts this morning, bring me to think of a man, an extraordinary man born from an ordinary woman. He breathed life into the world, in his same very breath. His heart was always full of tears, and love for His people. He would share his generosity, and kindness to even the wicked. He judged them not, and looked down on them not. He prayed in tears for their salvation, even at His last hour.
I can picture Him passing by, the cross scraping His back as He tried with everything He had to grasp onto to it, so it would not fall. He carried more on His back then His own burdens, and the blood that sweat through His skin would later come to define a nation. He did this out of LOVE. He did this to fulfil the promise of His Father…Although this promise was not as easy to take in, as the rainbow in the sky like with Noah.
I would have given anything to help Him hold onto the cross, it brings me to tears to even think back.
He died for me, and I wonder if I would have died for Him. If I would have carried the cross, if I would have even ever taken on the scars. If I would have ever even taken on the journey.
I wonder if there were any, who after He passed by…gathered cloth, and wiped the blood clean
from the ground. I wonder if there were people who came in the middle of the night, and kneeled down at the cross, and prayed to God for wisdom and direction…I wonder if they asked for forgiveness.
It was only the disciples that knew the plan…I wonder if there were any others who caught on,
And on the day He was crucified, if they prayed to God away from the crowd.
Can you picture the scene? We know it from stories, but there has to be details missing.
What do you think if you were there to see it, happened completely?