I’m just now reading Pastor Tom’s Christmas sermon,
DID JESUS REALLY COME TO BRING PEACE ON EARTH?.
It focused on Jesus’ mother Mary and really got me thinking. What a price Mary paid to submit to God’s will and plan! Oh that I would have such humility, trust, and submissive spirit! What a crown she must have!
The sermon reminded me of the hymn, “I Gave My Life for Thee”-
The song talks about what Jesus gave up to ransom me and the glory He left in order that I might have eternal life with the triune God. It asks what I’ve given up or left for Jesus. I look at how I’ve lived, and I’m afraid that all too often I’ve clung to my comfort or “walked according to my flesh” instead of according to the Spirit. So I asked for God’s forgiveness and prayed that through the mighty power of His Holy Spirit working in me, He would change me. I asked Him to teach me the humility and sacrificial love of Christ.
Another great sermon by Pastor Tom.
Originally posted on Clear Bible:
Jesus looked at this family of cheats, liars, adulterers; broken by sin, riddled with failures, and said “these are my people.”
In Ephesians 3:14-21, Paul says that he prays for believers “16 that [God] would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height — 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
(New King James Version)
Verse 20 is often quoted in assurance of God’s ability to answer some request. But I’m thinking it applies more to the context in verses 16-19 than I’ve really considered before. God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above—
- Strengthening our inner man through His Spirit
- Christ dwelling in our hearts through faith
- Rooting and grounding us in love so we can comprehend the extent of Christ’s love
- Our knowing from experience His love (which is really beyond understanding)
- Our being filled with all the fullness of God
These were the things Paul prayed for the Ephesians, and it’s a wonderful prayer for us followers of Christ to pray for one another. Paul is saying that all glory belongs to God because He can do all this by His power working in the believers, and He can do far more besides.
Great reflections written by Levi. I also pray that my descendents would learn to love Jesus and His Word and would pray the prayer he quoted from Psalm 119:33-40
Originally posted on Levi's Daily Thoughts:
Today has partially been spent on reflecting of the past. It is something that maybe many of us don’t do often enough. I don’t mean that sad, deeply introspective, guilt ridden type of thinking. I am just speaking of how I might have done things differently if the opportunity allowed me to redo them.
From the start, I must say that I have been truly blessed. The Lord has allowed me to have such a variety in my life. I honestly think that it would require 10 other men’s lives to have as much variety as I have had. From failures, triumphs, family, friends, fun, finances, foods, education, travels, etc. I have had a very full life. At 61 years old I do spend more time reflecting on these things.
Originally posted on God Speaks I Listen:
NIV-”You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
Another great post on “God Speaks…I Listen” by Tanya Nemley. A needed reminder always.
Excellent recommendations of Bible Study tools. Thanks Pastor Tom.
Originally posted on Clear Bible:
Here are some practical resources and tools for understanding the bible better.
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