I am sharing this from Enduring Word bible study on Mark 16. Spurgeon’s comments concerning anyone (many of us 🙋♀️) that can identify with Peter really touches my heart and reminded me exactly how it felt when I knew God was calling me back. If this is you now…come on back home. Your sins are pardoned. Come and be free.
“Set your hearts on things above.” Life can feel so heavy, right? All the worries and stresses, but God’s word says…set your hearts on things above where Christ is because when He returns we will also return with Him in glory. We already know that we win. Evil will someday end.
“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature”…”Rid yourselves of all such things” Remove them from YOU, from YOUR lips. His word does not say to remove them from the world. It does not say to remove them from someone else. That is HIS job. You go to work with God on removing those things from YOUR life. Don’t judge and condemn others. Let your life be an example of what Jesus can do. They will want what you have and you will have your chance to tell them the goodness of Jesus.
“Bear with each other”…”Forgive as the Lord forgave you”…”And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity” Love!!! We must love each other above all other commandments. When you love then everything else falls into place. Love God first and foremost, learn who He is by having a true relationship with Him, and pray for healing from all of your hurt and pain so you can learn to love as He does. He loves immediatley, unconditionally, and graciously. Show your fellow man a little mercy. We are all in this life together. Maybe in different seasons, different backgrounds, and different circumstances. But loved and created by the same loving God, saved by the same Jesus, and ministered to by the same Holy Spirit.
It is not our conduct that gets us into heaven. Jesus does that. It is our salvation in Jesus that starts the change in our conduct. So, although our conduct does not give us our place in heaven; the continual change of our conduct is evidence of our salvation and Jesus within us.
“If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.”
1 John 1:6
I love this excerpt from To Kill a Mockingbird, but these days I would replace head with heart. Not everyone who comes at you has a problem with you. Many times the problem is within themselves and when you choose not to fight but to love like Jesus then you start to make a difference. You plant a seed in their heart and you give yourself freedom. Freedom from drama, anger, and regret of words you said. Replacing a habit of fighting back with a habit of love will allow God to move more in your life and others. Stop looking at how much they hurt “me” and look for how much they have been hurt. When you walk in strong confidence with God and allow Him to declare your value then what others say doesn’t sting so hard. And when it does sting, you know where to take it so you can release it quick and get back to your Father’s business.
Have you ever thought about how many years Jesus had of waiting that were not recorded in the bible? We learn of His life like they do in the movies. This great event happens (His birth), cut ahead to about 12 years old and we get a little snippit of His life when he was ready to get the ball rolling (Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” Luke 2:49), and then on to adulthood with His teachings of the New Covenant along with His greatest sacrifice of all. So, what else happened. With all this “cut to the chase”, what was going on the rest of the time? We don’t know what happened but we do know those many years did happen. For Jesus, that time didn’t go by like the flip of the page. He lived it. In real time. I can imagine it was a long time of waiting with its own ordinary business to endure. He knew who He was that whole time and knew what He was here to do. Yet, He waited and He grew. So, when you feel you are in a long, long season of waiting on the LORD…remember that Jesus had that season, too. Take His example and grow in the waiting so you will be ready when the time comes. We all have a purpose. Every season has purpose. It all goes hand in hand.
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
“Im not gonna claim that!” Yet it happens anyway. “Don’t put that out in the universe!” Yet it wouldn’t have mattered whether you voiced it or not. “Pray with bold faith!” Well, you did and it didn’t come to pass like you wanted it to. Yes, God calls us to pray to Him. But why, if its God’s will be done anyway, why even bother praying? So, what’s the point? The point is attitude. The point is perspective. The point is hope. God wants us in constant conversation with Him so we always remember He is there. So we always remember that yes, it is God’s will in all things, which is great because God’s will is not to harm but to prosper us. Every tear will be wiped clean and every challenge is just a season. Some longer than others. Why do we pray? Why do we think of all things positive? So we keep a positive attitude along the way. So our perspective is on God and how much we can trust Him. That bad thing didnt happen to you because you “put it out to the universe”. It just happened. And sometimes we won’t know why on this side of heaven. That good thing didn’t pass you by, or your loved one didn’t die because you didn’t pray bold enough. It just happened that way. It just did. But praying boldly gave you hope. It kept you connected to the One that loves you and knows what is best for you. And that loved one that died anyway…they just went home, and their going to be right there when it is your turn to go home, too. Take the pressure off yourself. God already has your life planned out. Do what he commands in prayer so you protect your attitude and perspective and hope. There are times God will answer a prayer very specific to how you prayed it, but just because He doesn’t answer them all that way doesn’t mean He isn’t listening. Prayer is a powerful, life giving act. It shows obedience. But most of all, it shows where your heart truly is and creates a relationship with your Father. He wants to hear you admit to it all. He wants every question, every doubt, and every plea. He has not forsaken you. Whatever you are going through may not feel good but trust that HE is good…all the time. Even when it hurts. Even when it didn’t go the way you wanted. This too, shall pass. Pass through it in prayer.
This is part of the prophesy of Jesus, written hundreds of years before He came. Two sentences stick out to me. “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.” And “a man of suffering, familiar with pain” He was not sent here in the name of beauty. He was never meant for that. His looks and stature in life were never what was important. He was sent here with a purpose and He lived for that alone. He was always meant to take all the pain of sin and bear it so that someday we will no longer feel it. We may suffer for a little while but joy comes in the morning! (Psalm 30:5) Some sweet day we will rest in the true beauty of our Lord who understands our pain. Just look at how He was rejected and eventually “pierced for our transgressions”. These actions were prophesied long before they happened! Jesus always knew. He was never surprised by the actions that took place, yet He came here anyway. He isnt surprised by your actions either, yet He sent you here anyway. You are here for a purpose. Maybe you dont feel you have great beauty that attracts others to you. Maybe you strive for that. You dont have to. Maybe you feel that you suffer great pains and no one could possibly understand. There is a Man that does understand every bit of it, and He is a Man that promised to turn all bad to good if you will just give it to Him(Romans 8:28). “By his wounds, we are healed” Resurrect what Jesus has put inside of you. We all have purpose. My prayer is that we all see that, understand it, and live for that purpose alone. In Christ name, Amen
Jesus, thank you that altough Your spirit was in agony over what was about to come, You did it anyway. You could have called angels to be at Your side at anytime, but You stayed the course not just for the people of that day, not just for your disciples, but for ME…for all of us. I thank You Jesus not only for Your sacrifice and torture You went thru for us, but for this night when You could have changed Your mind…when You were filled with such dread of what was on its way….when even your disciples couldnt stay awake in prayer with You and You was on Your own. Jesus, THANK YOU!! This is why I want every waking moment to be Yours. Lord I thank You for this life You have given me. Thank You that when I fall short, Your grace covers me because You stayed the course this very night. In Christ name, Amen
Life is but an earthly walk
to my heavenly home above.
A winding road that crosses paths
with all the ones I love.
At times the stretch before me
may seem clear and full of light.
At times the fear has darkened my way
and I stumble through the night.
Though this way seems long and varied
to the place I am to go.
I continue on my way, all the while,
making peace with friend and foe.
Some trails feel ever so lonely
but no matter where I roam.
My travels have a companion.
I asked Jesus to walk me home.