Proverbs / 8:22-31
- How romantic… Jesus is playing like a Child on the floor (the surface of the earth) with his birthday gift (the entire human race) – which he loves. I remember getting a red Tonka fire engine truck for Christmas one year. My Parents sat back in our humble home on their humble couch with their cups of coffee and watched me play with the truck with smiles on their faces. Man, I loved that truck. Life’s twists and turns, ups and downs, triumphs and failures distract us from this way of thinking. God is smiling from his Couch (Heaven) while his Son (Jesus) is loving on his gifts (us). What was your favorite gift that you received as a boy? Do we really remember that God is not just watching over our shoulder, but is also smiling at us as His “delight”? To His Son’s “delight”?
Psalms 8:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
When I behold your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which you set in place — What is man that you should be mindful of him, or the son of man that you should care for him? R. You have made him little less than the angels, and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him rule over the works of your hands, putting all things under his feet: R. All sheep and oxen, yes, and the beasts of the field, The birds of the air, the fishes of the sea, and whatever swims the paths of the seas. R.
- There is power in the name of Jesus. As it says in Philippians 2:10 (KJV), “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth”. 7eventh Time Down has a very powerful song playing on the radio right now called, “Just Say Jesus” – here is the chorus: “When you don’t know what to say; Just say Jesus; There is power in the name; The name of Jesus If the words won’t come cause you’re too afraid to pray; Just say Jesus.” Too often, the world gets in the way of our prayer, among most other things. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, you can always just say “Jesus” and things will instantly get better. In a crowded room where silence is golden, just think “Jesus”. Say or think it again, and again, and again…… Demons ran from Jesus. The litmus test for a demon is if they cannot proclaim that Jesus is God then you know who they are. Do we cry out to Jesus? Are we so caught-up in our religious prayer traditions that we are missing out on the simplest, quickest, best fix? What is keeping us from saying Jesus?
- What a treat for me this week; this is my favorite Bible passage. I love it so much, that I have “Romans 5:3-5” stitched in the back of my Jesus Fish baseball cap. We are justified and have access to Eternal life for nothing more than believing in God and his Son Jesus. Something so simple, yet, at times, so hard – remember, simple doesn’t equal easy. In the movie, “Do You Believe?“, the Pastor (played by Ted McGinley) gets asked, “Do you believe in the cross of Jesus Christ?” to which he replies “Yes”. The man then asks him, “So, what are you going to do about it?” This goes back to the Book of St. James where we are reminded that “faith without works is dead.” We cannot stop at Faith alone – it’s our starting point to something so much deeper and infinitely better. We must endure afflictions to build our character to have unwavering hope – and hope doesn’t disappoint, because it’s from the Holy Spirit. I don’t like telling people, “Don’t get your hopes up.” Like Bob tells us that he corrects his Kids when they use the word “hate”; I correct my Kids when they say this one about hope. What afflictions are we enduring right now? What are we hoping for? What’s stopping us from keeping our hopes up?
Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; to God who is, who was, and who is to come. R.
- He is coming again. We’re playing out the final prophesy of the Bible right now. God is, Jesus came, and the end is coming. Rather than see that as an apocalyptic nightmare to fear, do we see it as a new beginning? For us, our Families, our Friends, for everyone, for the earth, for Heaven?
- Secrets are a funny thing. Sometimes they’re fun to be a part of; other times they’re just a horrible mess. Regardless, Jesus foretells in the Gospel of the secrets (we call them Mysteries) that he will share soon with his Disciples. Can you imagine their trepidation and anxiety in hearing them? What’s Jesus holding back? He’s telling His Disciples that He will tell them Truth via His Holy Spirit. I make it a point with my Kids to always tell the truth, but this Truth is different. It’s Eternal. What are we not being honest about in our lives? What secrets do we need to share in order to confess them and release them from our Souls?