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. 

Fun Friday, just for fun!

We all take ourselves a little too serious at times. I thought it would be nice to have a change of pace, so here is a little humorous Bible trivia for your enjoyment.
Q: Who was the greatest financer in the Bible?

A: Noah – he was floating his stock while everybody else was in liquidation.

Q: Who was the greatest female financer in the Bible?

A: Pharaoh’s daughter – she went down to the bank of the Nile and drew out a little prophet.

Q: What kind of man was Boaz before he got married?

A: Ruth-less

Q: What kind of motor vehicles are in the Bible?

A: God drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden in a Fury; David’s Triumph was heard throughout the land; Honda…because the apostles were all in one Accord.

Q: Who was the greatest comedian in the Bible?

A: Samson – he could bring down the house

Q: What is one of the first things Adam and Eve did after being kicked out of the Garden?

A: They raised Cain.

Q: What excuse did Adam give his children as to why they no longer lived in the Garden of Eden?

A: Your mother ate us out of house and home.

Q: Which of God’s people was the most flagrant lawbreaker in all the Bible?

A: Moses – He broke all 10 commandments at once.

Q: Which area of Palestine was especially wealthy?

A: The area around Jordan – the banks were always overflowing.

Q: How do we know that Job visited a chiropractor?

A: In Job 16:12 Job says, “And He has grasped me by the neck and shaken me to pieces.”

Funny.