Matthew 13 holds many parables that Jesus spoke to the multitudes. His purpose was to draw those to Him who had ears to hear and eyes to see. I was reading Mt 13 recently and two of the parables about the kingdom of heaven jumped out at me. The first is: “The kingdom of heaven is… Continue reading You are of great value to God!
Isaiah 40:31 “Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new (or renewed) strength…” As I meditated on this idea, I had a hard time putting words to what waiting on the Lord really meant, in a practical sense. It’s a verse we have all heard time and time again and yet, the meaning… Continue reading Wait, wait and more waiting – Is God hearing me?
Psalm 107:20 “He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions (or pits).” Here is a picture of God taking initiative towards those who have fallen into a pit or some other place from which they cannot get out by themselves. “He sent His word” conjures up many images such as… Continue reading God rescues us out of the pit
Psalm 34:4 “I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.” “He/God” answered, not I (as in me), answered. How often do I pray and then feel that I must now go and try to answer my own prayer? He answers too, not that He just listens. There is a sense… Continue reading Fear – God wants to help us!
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much… Continue reading God has finished the work of salvation
“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me…”Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified” takes me to Romans 6 where Paul explains how we are baptized into the death of Christ, united with Christ in the likeness of His death, therefore our old nature was crucified… Continue reading All Jesus did for us on the cross
“But we have this treasure (a deposit, wealth) in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power (where we get the word dynamite) may be of God and not from ourselves.” The same verse in the amplified version – “However, we possess this precious treasure [the divine Light of the Gospel] in [frail, human] vessels… Continue reading Clay Pots – receiving God’s power