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Any Thoughts?

I went to look for a Passage. I found it. My prompting was people,  and their pain and sorrow and troubles and anguish and poverty. It’s rampant.  Have you noticed?

I found more than one Scripture addressing destruction but the reason is largely the same.

Hosea 4: (KJV) My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, . . .   source

All our sorrows in this world in one way or another are due to lack of knowledge or the rejection of the knowledge given – perhaps not our own lack or rejection, but somebody’s and in turn it has affected (or perhaps infected) us.

So now what?

And you might say, well, Kathie, that’s not very encouraging. You are right it’s not. But it’s the truth. And what each of us does with the truth we know or refuse to know affects, effects and infects others.  So, again, I ask.

Now what?

James 1: (AMP) If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him. source

Five Senses World

September15, 2019, Sunday School Notes

Ephesians 2:1-10

Our lesson writer entitled this session Resurrected. Wait. This isn’t Resurrection Sunday why a lesson titled Resurrected in the book of Ephesians?

What does it mean to be resurrected?

I often refer to Webster. My favorite is Webster’s 1828 edition.  And that edition told me this:

Resurrection A rising again; chiefly, the revival of the dead of the human race, or their return from the grave, particularly at the general judgment. By the resurrection of Christ we have assurance of the future resurrection of men. 1 Peter 1:3.

 

Creation repeatedly demonstrates resurrection to us. GOD built it in for us to see. Each night when we go to sleep we are picturing death. While we sleep we are dead to this world; we know not what is going on in it, we must be awakened to participate in it.

Each morning we emerge from sleep, even before we open our eyes, our senses kick in and we know we are alive. Each morning we vividly picture resurrection.

Similarly, SPIRITUALLY we once were DEAD.

Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

Colossians 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

Ephesians 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

We were dead to experiencing the HOLY SPIRIT. He was not in us; we were dead even though our body was much alive to our five senses, we lived by them. Then we were quickened as the Scripture states. We were RESURRECTED. In CHRIST JESUS we were made SPIRITUALLY ALIVE. So now we are physically alive and spiritually alive and the war is on! The five senses continue to SCREAM to be in charge and the HOLY SPIRIT quietly urges that we listen to Him. To whom we submit is the degree to which we experience RESURRECTION on a daily basis AND to the degree to which we experience our resurrection is to the degree that we demonstrate GOD to this five senses world we live in.

And that’s what I have so far. Good Intro, I think. 🙂

Then Came John

John the Baptizer. The first prophet on the scene in 400 years. Four Hundred years without a fresh Word from GOD.  Then came John.

In his camel-hair clothing and with a weird diet. But he had a Word and the people came from all over to hear.

At that time Jerusalem was going out to him, and all Judea and all the district around the Jordan;  source

Matthew 3

They were dry and hungry. A famine of The Word had made them ready.

And what was the Word from The LORD? Was it how kind and patient they had been to wait so long? Was it a message to validate their feelings and tell them how marvelous they were?
No.
The Word was REPENT. And they did!

and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins. source

Whatcha make of that?

Still . . . Sooner

This is big to me; big enough that I have been eager to get here to share.

40 But Martha was distracted with much serving; so she approached Yeshua and said, “Master, doesn’t it concern you that my sister has left me to serve alone? Then tell her to help me!” source

Martha was what does it say, distracted? Distracted from what? The MORE important. And while we are observing the more important let us not negate that kitchen detail is a good thing. Let’s face it, meal prep is high on the list of daily workings – obviously, it was too high this day.

But that’s not really what I am eager to share with you.

See Martha’s question? See that she is scolding JESUS? Do you ever do that? Do you ever use a tone with Him like that – even if not with words but perhaps countenance? I have. More times than you need to know.  🙂

Still. That’s not the point I am hoping to make here. See that word following the question? It’s a consequence word. I mean the word THEN follows something else that’s already happened, right? Do you see anything recorded between the question mark (?) and the word then? Neither do I but I am imagining!

Because Martha said THEN I am thinking she saw something. She saw something in JESUS that told her He did care. Why else say THEN? I am thinking she saw great love and compassion in His eyes looking right at her. She knew He cared BUT at that moment perhaps she was still so distracted she still just wanted JESUS to do things HER way. She wanted her situation alleviated. She wanted help,  her way.

I really can’t fault Martha. It often takes me some time to re-focus and breathe in His love, compassion; His perfection in knowing what’s best for me. Sooner or later I relinquish the distraction of ME. Today I shall work on the SOONER. 🙂

How Much

For this last little while I have been thinking about how much; how much time do I have left here. The number of funerals (memorial services) I have attended has increased over the last decade – it comes with the territory – aging.

Truth. I don’t know how much time I have. None of us know for certain. I know I don’t have as much left as I have spent. I know that for sure. I mean I am really confident I shall not still be walking this planet come 2086 — or will I? That is if I take in the account of the millennial reign of my JESUS! Wow! That puts a whole new perspective on this how much time do I have left!

. . .  and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

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