Rejoice in Faith

Rejoice in Faith

Luke 10:19-20

Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.  Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.

In the beginning of Luke, Chapter 10, we read about Christ appointing 72 followers to go to the towns that Christ is about to visit.  I guess they were like an advance team, sent to let the citizens know what was coming and to give them a glimpse into the Kingdom of God. Continue reading

Bear The Yoke

Bear The Yoke

Lamentations 3:28-30

Let him sit alone in silence,
    for the Lord has laid it on him.
Let him bury his face in the dust—
    there may yet be hope.
Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him,

    and let him be filled with disgrace.

This post is a follow-up to my post, Waiting For You.  In that post I wrote about verses 25 through 27 which precede the above verses.  I wrote about the long, never-ending journey of seeking the Lord, and how you find the Lord bit by bit each day.  The Lord is always there waiting for us to find God.  The post also referenced, “bearing the yoke” of consequences of your decisions, particularly your bad decisions.  It is better to suffer and learn in your youth when you have time to recover. Continue reading

If It Feels Good…

If It Feels Good…

Luke 7:23

And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.

I made a note about this verse because being offended seems to be such a big deal these days.  Everyone is offended by something.

First I thought I should make sure I understand what offend means, so I looked it up on Merriam-Webster.

Offend as an intransitive verb means:

  1. To transgress the moral or divine law
  2. To violate law or rule; do wrong
  3. To cause difficulty, discomfort or injury
  4. To cause dislike, anger or vexation

Offend as a transitive verb means:

  1. Violate, transgress
  2. To cause pain
  3. To cause a person or group to feel hurt, angry or upset by something said or done.

Let me preface the rest of what I am going to write with this.  You choose to be offended.  What anyone does or says is not offensive.  You decide if it is offense and then you act on that.  It is your decision and you are responsible for your actions. Continue reading

We Abandon God

We Abandon God

Lamentations 3:31-33

For the Lord will not
    cast off forever,
but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion
    according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
for he does not afflict from his heart
    or grieve the children of men.

I have previously written about Lamentations, Chapter 3, verses 25 through 27.  In that post I wrote about seeking God and the consequences of your actions.  I then followed that post by writing about verses 28 through 30, which was about taking the responsibility for the consequences of your actions and then learning from those consequences.

Now today I want to write about the three verses at the beginning of this post, Lamentations, Chapter 3, verses 31 through 33. Continue reading

The Beatitudes and The Woes – Balance

The Beatitudes and The Woes – Balance

Luke 6:20-26

And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said:

“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.

“Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.

“Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.

“Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.

“But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.

“Woe to you who are full now, for you shall be hungry.

“Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.

“Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.

I’ve known that the first half of these verses were called “The Beatitudes”, but never really knew the definition of the word “beatitude”.  So I looked it up. Continue reading

Express Yourself

Express Yourself

Jeremiah 31:4

Again I will build you, and you shall be built,
    O virgin Israel!
Again you shall adorn yourself with tambourines
    and shall go forth in the dance of the merrymakers.

Jeremiah 31:12-13

They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion,
    and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the Lord,
over the grain, the wine, and the oil,
    and over the young of the flock and the herd;
their life shall be like a watered garden,
    and they shall languish no more.
 Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance,
    and the young men and the old shall be merry.
I will turn their mourning into joy;
    I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.

This post isn’t very long.  All I want to do is site some more examples of how making and listening to music is referenced in the Bible for expressing emotions, mainly joy and celebration. Continue reading

Where Is Your Treasure?

Where Is Your Treasure?

Luke 12:34

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

This is such a simple and profound statement.

If you read verses 22 through 24 of Luke Chapter 12, you will see that Christ is telling his Disciples, and all of us, that God provides us with everything we need to survive.  Christ starts with verses 22 and 23:

And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on.  For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Continue reading