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Witness or Watcher

12 Sep

Just watching the news is enough to derail one’s peace of mind in exchange for a state of depression. Wars and rumors of wars, disease, famine, political mayhem and natural disasters take center stage as the prophecies of old are fulfilled (Matthew 24).

Seeing these prophecies come alive in our day is astounding. At this point in time, we can become captivated by events and forget about our part in His – story, or history, so to speak.

This is exactly what happened to the disciples. In the book of Acts we find the disciples asking, “Lord, at this time are You going to restore the kingdom to Israel”?

He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (‭‭Acts‬ ‭1:7-8‬ ‭NIV‬‬)

The Lord did not plan for us to be consumed with the times. Indeed, He warned us to be aware of the times. (Revelations 3:10, II Timothy 3:1-7). However, our main focus should be our witness, our profession of faith. We are the proof, the witnesses, that testify that the Lord is real. In our homes, at work, and wherever we go, our lives should say that God is real, and that God is love.

Like the disciples, we too received power to be witnesses.  “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”John‬ ‭1:12‬ ‭KJV‬‬.

The question is, do our lives witness/testify about the Lord? Or have we just become watchers, focused upon constantly checking the times?

A Quest for Humility – I Need Your Help!

29 Aug
For years I've been on a quest for humility. Just when I think
I'm near my destination, I've found that I still had a ways to 
go. Maybe that's because the definition of humility is still 
being written as we live out our lives.

In John 13, the Bible records an example of our Lord's humility 
as He washed the disciples feet. But an enlightening statement 
was made before this event took place. 

Verse 3 tells us that Jesus knew that 1)all things were given 
into his hands, 2) that He was come from God, and 3) went to 
God. After telling us this, the scripture goes on to say that 
Jesus rose up from super, laid aside his garments, took a 
towel, and girded Himself before washing the disciples feet. 

Could it be that knowing 1) that we do have power, 2) that we 
were created in The Lord's image for Him and by Him and 3) 
and knowing our purpose can also empower us to be humble? 
Yes empower us - to be humble!

Instead of worrying about what others think, or about me, me, 
me, wouldn't the world be a better place, if in confidently 
knowing God and ourselves, we began to humbly help others, 
even if it means bending down to do so, as Jesus did. 
Even if it means laying self aside, especially if the person
we're helping doesn't appear to "deserve" help, so to
speak.

Please share your thoughts on the topic of humility.  Looking 
forward to hearing from you!