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“Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man,” Mark 1:41.
What did the lepers feel when Jesus placed His hand on them to offer them hope and healing? What was it like to feel the warmth of a human touch after years of enduring the stares of those passing by and having them turn away?
I frequently notice others with skin ailments being stared at. Sometimes I wonder if people can put aside their first impressions to get to know the real person that lies within.
While others may see only the obvious, Christ looks at what other people cannot see. He looks at the heart. Through Jesus Christ, we can come to know that we are loved even when we and others think us unlovely.
Is the life you’re living far below your plans and hopes? If so, partner with the giver of life.
When admitting we need Jesus as our Savior, we’re changed. II Corinthians 5:17 says we become new creatures: the old things are passed away and all things are new.
I’ve experienced that life-transformation. Instantly, the doom and gloom of failure left. The pain and weight of worry were replaced by joy, hope and peace.
The reality of being a Christian
Many people stumble because there’s a difference between becoming a new person in Jesus and becoming perfect. We still have to deal with behaviors that reflect the old life. Some people question whether they are “saved” just because they continue to make mistakes. Others judge Christians harshly, expecting them to be perfect.
I was raised to believe in Jesus in a Catholic home. I went to catechism and mass on many Sundays and especially on holidays. I, however, missed out on the part in my spiritual training that taught me how to incorporate Jesus into my everyday decisions and make Him truly Lord of my life.
Then I met a man who was unorthodox (to say the least). He was barefoot. He was wearing cutoff shorts. And, he had longer hair. But, he never failed to mention Jesus in our conversations.
It put me off at first. I mean, I knew Jesus, right? I never talked about Him unless I was drunk and the thought of Jesus never had any affect on any decisions I made – except one.
I became pregnant.
As a result of their disobedience to God’s command, Adam and Eve hid and sewed leaves for coverings to hide their guilt. They were spiritually changed and their intimacy and life with God was forever changed. Rather than running into His presence, they ran away from Him.
We also have coverings and hiding places that filter His voice and shield us from God’s presence. Our defensive mindsets, rationalization, emotions and traditions can keep Him at a distance for fear of what He might see, say and ask us to change.
I recently assigned the youth a task – something seemingly simple, yet is a struggle for many believers on a day-to-day basis. The assignment: to think of one new positive thing for seven days straight. These positive things cannot be how hot they think Justin Beiber is or how awesome their score was in Black Ops. These things must be things of virtue, pure and noble.
The Bible says in Philippians 4:8-9, “Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies” (The Message translation).
Are you capable of finding something positive, of good report and virtuous to focus on when everything around you seems to be falling apart?
The following is a prophetic word given by the Holy Spirit through Gary February 9, 2012.
“Jesus still is the way, the truth and the life. Satan is still the liar; there is no truth in him.”
“The end times are upon us and this there is no doubt. God is about to shake some things loose to get the attention of the church, to wake it up. Anything that can be shaken will be shaken. God is preparing his church to move and live by faith, and to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit who is the Comforter and will lead the church in East Jordan and around the world into all truth.”
“Satan is afraid of what the church will do to his kingdom when it wakes up; this is why he is attacking believers so hard at this time. The gates of hell will not prevail against the church. The presence of God is coming so strong on the church that in our weekly meetings, people will not be able to stand on their feet. They will want to worship, praise, weep and love on Me so much.”
“I’m tired.” That was my confession every day. I would say it every day, many times a day. I would say it to myself and to everyone I talked to and, for some reason, I kept feeling tired.
Thankfully, God opened my eyes to what I was doing. He showed that I was creating the “tired” situation in my life. He reminded me of the scripture in Proverbs 18:21 which says: death and life are in the power of the tongue. I had my powerful tongue working overtime to make me tired.
changing my life
With God’s help, I have changed my habit of speaking those words. Since then, I have been listening to the words I say much more closely. And between my changed confession and the new direction God has given me for my diet, I am full of energy!
Sometimes in the midst of many activities, quietness settles on the inside of me. I feel at peace and totally secure—like the lost sheep must have felt in the arms of the Good Shepherd in Luke 15:3-7 and John 10:11.
But most of each day is filled with duties and distractions. Hurry, clutter and emotions poorly expressed or unexpressed cloud my awareness of God. I slip into the wrong plan. I pray when I should act, or I act when I should pray. I discard a perfectly good plan, or I keep a worthless one, wasting time and vitality.
As a mother of four, I learned early on the need for cleanliness and organization. I’ve always considered cleaning my house as a “good” thing. It is good to take care of the blessing God has given us.
The bible says in Luke 19:17: “Well done thou good and faithful servant, thou has been faithful in little and now I will make you ruler over much.” That has always stood out in my mind. Once I know what God says, I want to obey, right?
Touching hearts through obedience
God wants us to be hospitable to others. How can we minister effectively if our homes or cars are so messy we are embarrassed to have people around? If you let your life go, it doesn’t take long before chaos comes to visit.
“A fool gives full vent to anger, but the wise quietly holds it back.” Proverbs 29:11
I have a problem with other drivers on the road. It seems I always get behind the person who stops on the on-ramp rather than merging with traffic. I also seem to get stuck in the left lane behind the person driving 15 miles per hour. I get angry at the people and tell them how to drive, even though they can’t hear what I say.
On one such occasion while I was driving to work, another driver abruptly stopped in front of me. I grabbed my steering wheel and started yelling at the driver, as I often do. Then the voice of reason in my head spoke up and asked me: “What if that driver is someone you know? And what if they saw your face while you were yelling at them? Is that how you want them to see you?”