Lift The Yoke

Lift The Yoke

Matthew 11:28-30

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

This verse follows the verses that I wrote about in a previous post, These Things Are For Children.   In that post I wrote about the Kingdom of God being in our hearts, and how the world comes along and fills our hearts with worldly things.  We then allow these things to push out the Kingdom of God.  Once this is done we burden ourselves with worldly desires and these burdens wear us down.  Sometimes the burdens don’t allow us to realize the Kingdom of God was in our hearts and it is really still there if we just make the room for it.  Tragically, sometimes they wear us down to the point of denying the existence of God. Continue reading

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit

Romans 8:5

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.

This verse caught my attention when I read it.  What made me stop and write it down was the paradigm shift I had when I read it.

I originally thought this verse to mean you think and act according to worldly wants and desires and you pay the price.  You think and act of God and you are saved.

I still believe that, but this time I saw an affirmation of my belief in the simplicity of life and God.  I saw the simplicity of getting your relationship with God and in doing so you are filled with the energy, the will, the Holy Spirit of God. Continue reading

These Things Are For Children

These Things Are For Children

Matthew 11:25

At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children;

Jesus was preaching to the crowd that gathered to hear the discussion he was having with the disciples of John the Baptist.  Christ was condemning the cities that had failed to repent even after having witnessed the works of Christ.

I would assume the cities that Christ was referring to in the earlier verses, considered themselves to be an epicenter of intellect and enlightenment.  But Christ is telling them they will pay the price for their arrogance, stiff necks and harden hearts.  This is just as the great prophets of the Old Testament had preached to metropolises of their time.

After denouncing these worldly centers, Christ then speaks the words in verse 25. Continue reading

Expectations of False Gods

Expectations of False Gods

Isaiah 51:7-8

On a high and lofty mountain
    you have set your bed,
    and there you went up to offer sacrifice.
Behind the door and the doorpost
    you have set up your memorial;
for, deserting me, you have uncovered your bed,
    you have gone up to it,
    you have made it wide;
and you have made a covenant for yourself with them,
    you have loved their bed,
    you have looked on nakedness.

Isaiah starts Chapter 51 of his book with this verse:

Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the Lord….

Isaiah prophesied about the pending destruction of Judah and the Jews being carried off into captivity by the king of Babylon.  Those captured and enslaved will be the lucky ones, the others are set to be destroyed by pestilence, famine and the sword. Continue reading

Iron On Iron

Iron On Iron

Proverbs 27:17

Iron sharpens iron,
    and one man sharpens another.

Today I’ll depart from the New Testament and go back to the Old Testament.

One day while on my way to a gig, as I was driving through a section of town on the same road I use at least once a week, I noticed a banner.  It was strung to a fence that was protecting an old hotel that was being refurbished.  Part of the sign had the general contractor’s name, phone number, website, logo, etc.  That was on the left side of the sign.  On the right side was the verse from Proverbs that I referenced at the beginning of this piece.

Now maybe I noticed the verse because I was stopped at a red light, but I don’t believe that was the first time the light stopped me at that intersection.  I know they hadn’t just put up the sign because I remembered the contractor’s name and logo on the sign.  Something on that day made me look at the sign and read the verse. Continue reading

The Importance Of Humility

The Importance Of Humility

Deuteronomy 8:17:18

Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’ You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

This is part of Moses’s speech to Israel as they are about to pass into the land of Jordan after wandering in the wilderness for forty years.

Moses and God are reminding the Israelites and us of the importance of humility. Continue reading

We Played But You Didn’t Dance

We Played But You Didn’t Dance

Matthew 11:16-19

“But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their playmates, 

 “‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
    we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”

Originally I thought these verses should be cut in half, with verses sixteen and seventeen being one post and then eighteen and nineteen being another.  But after reviewing all four verses, I realized they are meant to be as one.

Jesus is addressing a crowd, after confirming to the disciples of John the Baptist that Jesus is the Messiah, the one sent by God. Continue reading