Category: Realization

Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up.

John 3:14 (NIV)

One of the most amazing things to me when I read my Bible is that God will sometimes bring other issues to mind. This is, of course, the work of the Holy Spirit. For years I have thought about the relationship of the Cross in the life of the Christian. I have heard songs about the Cross; its power to heal, deliver and set free. I have heard people say things such as, “Take it to the Cross” and I have wondered. Has the Cross become something of an idol to people?

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As a Christian who lives in the United States, I’m not likely to think much about being persecuted for my beliefs. I take things like reading my Bible and praying in public for granted. When I go to church I’m going to a big white building that is clearly a Christian church. I can wear my t-shirt that says, “I love Jesus” and not be afraid when someone asks me about it. I talk about things like being the light of the world and wanting people to know Christ through me. I want people to see Christ in me. Like Peter and the other apostles, I’m ready to die for my faith. Or am I?

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“I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.”

John 21:3 (NIV)

All of us come from somewhere. Whether or not your past is a place that you’d like to return to it is still your past. I’ve often wondered why people stay in difficult situations. I’ve had a never give up or surrender attitude most of my life. A certain stubbornness that has believed that everything could be fixed, no matter how broken it was. I’m not sure why I have had this attitude but I can say that it’s kept me in some situations longer than what was required. What I’ve realized is those difficult situations can become something we consider “normal” despite how twisted they may be. Because we fear that which we do not know, we cling to what we do know.

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Therefore this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘Jehonadab son of Rekab will never fail to have a descendant to serve me.’”

Jeremiah 35:19 (NIV)

As I’m reading through Jeremiah this year I’m really enjoying myself. Each day when I come to read I’m excited for what the Lord might bring to me and I’m thankful to be able to share it with you. My daily devotions have become like the best Bible study ever, every day! I always appreciate your comments and hope that you are learning as much as I am.

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