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Positioning Yourself to See JESUS!

6 Feb
In the book of Luke (chapter 19 verses 1-10), we find 
the story of Zacchaeus, a wealthy Tax collector who had 
an urgent desire to see Jesus.  Zacchaeus was short, and
couldn't see above the crowd. Unperturbed by his stature, 
Zacchaeus ran past the crowd and climbed into a tree and 
positioned himself to see Jesus pass by.

Jesus looked up and told Zacchaeus to come down,"for today 
I am coming to your house". Zacchaeus quickly climbed down 
and happily received Jesus. Immediately the crowd began to 
complain, "Jesus is going to be a guest in the house of a 
sinner". Neither Jesus nor Zacchaeus bothered to address 
the crowd's protests. 

Zacchaeus was transformed. He was no longer gripped by 
greed. In fact, during his time with The Lord, Zacchaeus 
decided to give half of his goods to the poor and to restore 
four times the amount he had unjustly taken from others. 
Yes, climbing a tree to see Jesus had definitely proved to 
be rewarding. 

Like Zacchaeus some of us want to see Jesus today. But the 
crowd, the crowd of social media activities, the crowd of 
responsibilities associated with daily living, the crowd, 
of ..?... is blocking our view. And yes, the crowd may 
complain if you disengage yourself away from it's lure. 
But will you be like Zacchaeus and position yourself above
the crowd? He did not allow his physical limitation, nor 
the crowd to block his view. Even sins related to the 
greed involved in his job as a tax collector did not 
prevent Zacchaeus from doing what was necessary to see 
Jesus. Nothing could stop Zacchaeus.

The question is, do you want to see Jesus? Are you 
desperate about seeing Jesus? If your answer is yes - stop! 
Climb above the crowd. Climb above the obstacles. 
Climb above your failures and above your sins (by the way,
all of us have sinned). Spend some time praying, reading 
the Bible, and/or listening to worship music. 
You'll find, just as Zacchaeus did, that Jesus wants to 
spend time with you. And like Zacchaeus, hopefully you'll
be changed forever!

 

Help!

17 Aug

The bible (Mark 12:1-2) tells of an incident in which a 
paralyzed man was brought to Jesus to be healed. When 
the four men carrying the lame one arrived on the scene, 
they found that they couldn't get to the door of the 
house where Jesus was because of the large crowd. 
These audacious men took it upon themselves to break 
through the roof and lower the lame man' s cot down to 
Jesus. When Jesus saw the four men's faith, 
he healed the lame man.  

Although the Bible doesn't tell us what the relationships
were between the four helpers and the sick men, we know 
that the men significantly impacted the lame man's life. 

They performed a deed for the man that he could not do for 
himself. They brought him to the Healer. Although the men 
were challenged by the crowd during the process of helping, 
they did not give up.

Do you know someone whose life has been placed on hold by
their circumstances? They can not move due to the weight of
their problems. You may just be one of the people that 
will be used to help them get to Jesus. The Bible tells us 
that one plants, one waters, but its God who gives the 
increase (I Corinthians 3:6-8).

May The Lord open your heart to sense, your eyes to see, 
and your ears to hear the people that He has already placed 
around you that are in need of your help in order to get to 
the Healer (Jesus). Don't give up just because the task is 
difficult. Destroy the roof (the hindrance) with prayers and 
supplications,and with thanksgiving to The Lord for what He's
about to do through your faith (Philippians 4:6,) With your 
help,someone is about to be healed!