DO YOU WANT TO BE HEALED?

There was a man lame for 38 years. He lay beside a pool of water which, when stirred up by an angel, would heal people of afflictions. A person gets into the pool at the time of the agitation, he/she will be miraculously healed.

Jesus comes and asks a basic question, Do you want to be healed (John 5:2-9 ESV)? This is where we scream “Duh!” He has been in this condition for a long time, and he cannot just get up and walk into the pool.

But Jesus is insightful enough to know that people do not want to do what it will take to find healing. Jesus says, Do you want to be healed? Are you serious about your condition, so that you will do whatever it takes?  The correct answer is Yes!

magical-weave-mirror  Are you willing to do whatever it takes to find wholeness?

Seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness, and all these things will be added to you (Matt. 6:33 ESV).

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DO YOU UNDERSTAND?

I just don’t understand it…Shakespeare, Browning, The Bible?
We can read a passage, but not get the meaning of it. Shakespeare wrote in a language that seems foreign to us. Many plays or movies are based on his works, but someone takes that work and makes it more understandable in language we understand.

From Henry IV, Part I,V, i, 28 comes this line: Rebellion lay in his way, and he found it. I met Bob Hostetler who wrote THE BARD AND THE BIBLE-A Shakespeare Devotional. I found that note and information on April 25th, and he clarified it for me in words I understood.

Bible Page   It took someone to come alongside and explain it to me.

Acts 8:26-40 tells a story about Philip being sent by an Angel to meet up with an Ethiopian eunuch who is reading a passage from Isaiah 53:7-8.

Philip says Do you understand what you are reading? The man says How can I, unless someone guides me?

Sometimes it takes a teacher/friend to help us understand the very simple things in life. I spend time studying because I want to learn something new and interesting. And I just might stumble on something of value to my understanding! THE WAY TO WISDOM!

 

 

New Creation….

Differences between what was….and what is now!

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In my life, it is not always easy to move to the new. I am set in I have always done it this way. The other day I was in a store and something happened so the computer/cash register did not work. After a lengthy amount of time, I said, Just get a piece of paper and a pencil, and we can have this done in no time.

I do embrace change, and even challenge myself.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. (II Cor. 5:17-ESV) It is just about that simple, but I must believe that today is a new day, and I am a new creation.old-school-vs-new-school-1

Make a decision today, 2018, not to focus on past things,

but look to the future (today and tomorrow). That can keep you busy for some length of time, and it could impact your life. Life could be very different in a short period of time.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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This is that “new” start. New dreams, new wishes, and a new beginning.

Behold, I am doing a new thing;…I will make a way in the wilderness! Isaiah 43:19

God says there is a beginning and it can be right now! You can spend a lot of time on the past and keep going over and over in your mind, what happened, and what should have happened. The only reason to go back to yesterday, is to see if you could have done something in a different way, with another outcome.

Truthfully, today has enough challenges, so you do not need to go back and rehash the past.

God says there is a way through the wilderness and we can find that way. You must be willing to put God into your plans for today, in order for Him to show you the path ahead. Could it be any worse with Him at the helm of your life?

Trust in Him with all your heart, and not in your own understanding…in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight. Proverbs. 3:5-6

Don’t let anything get in your way or hinder you on your journey. God says so and I believe it!

 

New Beginnings…

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The New Year is right in front of us. As the sun comes up, it brings New Beginnings!

We can look at what is behind us, and if there is something we want to work on this year, we can begin fresh. Thoughts of change are not bad because they help us create new ways of doing something in the future.

We call these changes resolutions, and set them for ourselves at the beginning of a period in which we try again. After a short time, we forget, or lose interest. So let’s begin again at the very beginning of your life…

Psalms 139:13-16 (ESV) (God) You formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother’s womb…I am fearfully and wonderfully made…Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in Your book were written everyone of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them.

Notice that God formed you while you were in your mother’s womb….He knitted together all the pieces into their rightful places for good function. They coordinate with one another and sometimes the various parts have a variety of uses or functions.

You were so special that God took the initiative to work on you…as He saw your unformed substance early on.

And…He wrote in a book all your days. The days of your life in 2018 have been written down in a book before God.

I am so glad that God has chosen to reveal to me…all the days of my life, so that I can find New Beginnings in the year ahead. Just another few hours and you begin anew. You start all over!

THE WAY!

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The way may be dirt and not well traveled, it might be grassy, or stony, or you might have a path that is very well traveled.

There is involved a matter of choice, and your instinct as to which path you travel on in your journey.

Some think there are many paths or ways to get there, but there is only one way, and that means you must understand, and unlock the mystery of THE WAY, AND SEEK IT!

Join me in my journey.

 

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