Leap of Faith

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Sometimes I want to know more.  I want to be able to make the right decisions for my life.  I don’t want to go outside of the will of God and find myself flailing about in the midst of consequences I actually bring upon myself.  I want more than anything to stay within the pathway He sets before me.  And while I want one thing, I have to accept the fact that what I want may not be the best choice for me or for others.  Ultimately, I want God’s best.  I take seriously the larger decisions in my life.  I think everything I do works together with God’s plan to build up His kingdom and grow me spiritually.  I have various folks in my life who influence my thinking, but sometimes they just add to my confusion.

For this world’s wisdom is foolishness with God, for it is written, He lays hold of the wise in their own craftiness.  And again, The Lord knows the thoughts and reasonings of the wise and recognizes how futile they are.  1 Corinthians 3:19-20.

Futile.  We try to reason everything out and the more we reason, the more we seek another’s counsel, the less we know and the more muddled our thoughts become.  That is when I retreat.  I actually stop talking to people about my quandary, my crossroad.  I sit quietly before the Lord and ask Him for His wisdom.  I rest until I have a clear answer.  That can be daunting.  Sometimes the answer seems totally out of sync with anything I’ve been advised.  I don’t know about you, but most times God leads me to act, not on logic, but on faith.  The leap may be frightening.  I tend to argue with God in these times, just like Moses saying he couldn’t speak before Pharoah.  So God gives him Aaron to go along and help him.  Sometimes I think all the things God used to make Pharoah let Israel go, was to show Moses the power of God’s might.  I relate well to old Moses.  But that is because I take my eyes off God and put them on myself.  Moses was more concerned with his inadequacy than God’s adequacy.  Logic sees as far as one can see before the jump; faith sees God at the end of the jump.  From that vantage point, we catapult with courage, knowing He provides a safe landing.

In His Grip,

Mary

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Jesus, backed into a corner….never!

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The woman caught in adultery had no idea that being caught and brought to Jesus to be condemned would turn out so beautifully for her.  She had no idea Jesus would remove the death sentence on her life….It is true, if she hadn’t committed the offense to begin with, she wouldn’t have been in such a horrific position in the first place.  True.  But how often have you and I found ourselves in things that were our own doing?

But God!!

Yes, her accusers used this woman’s life as a pawn in efforts to slam Jesus….I’m certain the woman, as well as her accusers were in shock when it was all said and done.  I can imagine the verbal blasting she received on the way to Jesus.

And when they arrived, they knew they’d backed Jesus into a corner! (Or so they believed).

I am thankful for this account….because its a beautiful reminder that Jesus is truly able to change anything….even a situation that seems like a slam dunk for the enemy.  The woman’s life was changed for the better!!  Who would have thought at the beginning of the situation that the woman would be set free and sent on her way, with the words go and sin no more!

Jesus, backed into a corner….never!

John 8:1-11
 
1 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. 2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down , and taught them. 3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, 4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery , in the very act. 5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned : but what sayest thou? 6 This they said , tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. 7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself , and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. 8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. 9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had lifted up himself , and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? 11 She said , No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go , and sin no more. 

A Devotional…

thRead Proverbs 11

//  Scripture:  Proverbs 11:14

Without wise leadership, a nation falls: there is safety in having many advisers.

//  Observation:

A good leader needs and uses wise advisers.  One persons perspective and understanding is severely limited.  He or she may not have all the facts or maybe blinded by bias, emotions or wrong impressions.  To be a wise leader at home, at church, or at work, seek the counsel of others and be open to their advice.  Then, after considering the facts make your decision.

//  Application:

How well do you take other people’s advice?

Do you give wise advice?

We would love to hear from you…please leave us a comment.

//  Prayer:

Lord, I pray that when I give advice to others I seek You first.  I never want to give false or bad advice to others, especially in a Biblical matter.  I also want to learn to be more open in receiving advice from others.  Surround me with people who care enough about me to pour into me and love me.  Help me to be that very person to others as well.  In Jesus Precious and Holy Name I pray.  Amen.

A Devotional…

thRead Proverbs 15

//  Scripture:  Proverbs 15:28

The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking.  The mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words.

//  Observation:

The godly weigh their answers, the wicked don’t think before speaking because they do not care about the effects of their words.  It is important to have something to say, but equally or even more so important to think about it first.

//  Application:

Do you pour out your thoughts without concern or their impact?

We would love to hear from you…

//  Prayer:

Lord, words destroy and tear holes in souls.  Please hold my tongue and make me think before I speak.  I don’t want to destroy, I want to encourage and build up for Your Glory.  Lord, teach me to think before I speak.  In Jesus Precious and Holy Name I pray.  Amen.

A Devotional…

Read II Samuel chapters 1 and 2th-2

//  Scripture:  II Sam 1:17

Then David composed a funeral song for Saul and Jonathan.

//  Observation:

Saul had caused much trouble for David, but when he died, David composed a song in memory of the King and his son.  David had every reason to hate Saul, but he chose not to.  Instead he chose to look at the good Saul had done and to ignore the times when Saul attacked him.  It takes courage to lay aside hatred and hurt and to respect the positive side of another person, especially an enemy.

//  Application:

How well do you lay aside hatred of another person, even and enemy and see the good in them?

How about someone who has hurt you…can you do it then?

We would love to discuss your answers, leave us a comment.

//  Prayer:

Lord this is so hard for me to do, but I know Your Word tells me to love my enemies.  Teach me to have a heart change and see the good in all people, even the ones that hurt me. I want a strong courage like this that can only come from You Lord.  Teach me Your Ways Lord, not my own.  In Jesus Precious and Holy Name I pray.  Amen.

A Devotional…

thRead Judges Chapter 2-3

// Scripture:  Judges 2:17

Yet Israel did not listen to the Judges but prostituted themselves by worshiping other gods.  How quickly they turned away from the path of their ancestors, who walked in obedience to the Lord’s commands.

// Observation:

Throughout this period of history, Israel went through several cycles

1)  Rebelling against God

2)  Being over run by enemy nations

3)  Being delivered by God

4)  Remaining loyal to God under the Judge

5)  Again forgetting God when the Judge died

We tend to follow this same cycle.  Remain loyal to God as long as we are near those who are devoted to Him.  But when we are on our own, the pressure to be drawn away from God increases.

Determine to be faithful to God despite the difficult situations you encounter.  Recognize the importance of maintaining contact with other believers.

// Application:

Have you experience this in your own walk?

What did you do to draw back to God’s presence?

We would love for you to share…it could help many who are going through this right now.

// Prayer:

Lord, I pray for each woman who may be going through this very thing right now.  I pray that she will recognize it in her and I pray You will give her the strength to get back in fellowship, but more importantly close to You again.  Draw her near Father and help her to feel You right now.  Wrap Your Loving arms around her and heal any pain she maybe feeling.  I pray other believers will see her struggles and surround her in love…a kind of Love that only You can provide.  Lord open all our eyes to see people who are falling away and need a nudge and some love.  We want to reach out.  In Jesus Precious and Holy Name I pray. Amen.