My attitude was weighing me down, becoming progressively worse as the week went on. If I am totally honest about it, I have to admit that I was mired in anger, frustration, and stress and really didn’t want to listen to what God wanted me to do about it. [Read more…]
I was pondering that myself the other day after reading a section of scripture in John 13. Verses 16 and 17 say the following:
I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them (NIV, emphasis mine). [Read more…]
“When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to Him, and He drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: ‘He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases.'” Matthew 8:16-17 (Original verse in Isaiah 53:4.)
For our fourth devotion of Holy Week, we are studying the following stanza of the True Lenten Discipline Poem:
FAST from thoughts of illness; FEAST on the healing power of God.
What strikes me about this verse in Matthew is that every kind of infirmity is addressed by Jesus: spiritual, emotional, and physical diseases. We see just as many illnesses and problems in our times as were present in the Bible times–maybe even more. Jesus also wants us to be whole in mind, body, and spirit. That should always be our goal and desire too. [Read more…]
“I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.” Acts 26:17-18 (NIV)
For out third devotion this week, we are looking at stanza three of the poem:
FAST from apparent darkness; FEAST on the reality of God’s light.
In this stanza, we have the contrast between darkness and light, which stands for evil and good or Satan and God. As I was meditating on darkness and light [Read more…]
“To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:28
For our first devotion for Holy Week, we are looking at the beginning stanza of this poem: See here for the complete poem.
FAST from judging others: FEAST on Christ dwelling in me. [Read more…]