A very powerful scripture from Ephesians Chapter 3 ...
"For this reason I fall on my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth receives its true name. I ask God from the wealth of his glory to give you power through his Spirit to be strong in your inner selves, and I pray that Christ will make his home in your hearts through faith. I pray that you may have your roots and foundation in love, so that you, together with all God's people, may have the power to understand how broad and long, how high and deep, is Christ's love. Yes, may you come to know his love - although it can never be fully known - and so be completely filled with the very nature of God. To Him who by means of his power working in us is able to do so much more than we can ever ask for, or even think of: to God be glory in The Church and in Christ Jesus for all time, forever and ever! Amen." (Eph 3:14-21)
This scripture is so beautiful and rich in its meaning. Each sentence is powerful. We are called in this scripture to "have our roots and foundation in love." To make God our center. It is His Love that we should build a foundation on. He is our rock, and His Love never ends. There is no limit to His Mercy. He is always ready to heal us and ready to help us.
God doesn't abandon His children. He stays with us, and He never leaves. Let's be open to His Holy Spirit so that we may become "strong in our inner selves." Let's open our hearts to Jesus in a new way today and allow Him to "make his home in our hearts." Let's allow the Love of God to fill us and transform us .. to make us New!
God is just a prayer away. Let's turn to Him now, and may He Bless you and everyone near and dear to you.
From the Gospel of Mark ...
"Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and His disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, 'Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!' Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, 'Son of David, have mercy on me!' Jesus stopped and said, 'Call him.' So they called to the blind man, 'Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.' Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. 'What do you want me to do for you?' Jesus asked him. The blind man said, 'Rabbi, I want to see.' 'Go,' said Jesus, 'your faith has healed you.' Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road" (Mark 10:46-52).
In this scripture, Bartimaeus recognizes Jesus. He may be blind but He has the spiritual insight to know that Jesus is The One he should turn to. He begs The Lord, "have mercy on me." He places his hope in Jesus. He trusts Him. He doesn't care what the other people think, He just wants The Lord. He calls out to Him, with humility and great faith. Even amidst a noisy crowd, Jesus hears him and responds to his faith.
Jesus asks a simple yet profound question of Bartimaeus, a question He still asks us today. "What do you want me to do for you?"
In prayer today, let's reflect deeply on the answer to this question in our own lives. Yes, I'm sure there are many things we could say. I myself have a laundry list of things I would love Jesus to do for me, but maybe deep in our hearts we may simply want to "see" Him also. To get to know Him, to believe He is real, and present with us throughout life. We may simply want to know that, like in the case of Bartimaeus, Jesus hears our prayers and will answer them. Or maybe we will have our eyes opened too, and recognize all that Jesus has already done for us. There is no wrong answer here. God knows your heart, and He already loves you, no matter what you say.
Imagine Jesus in front of you, looking at you with love, calling you gently by your name, and saying "What do you want me to do for you?" When we really give this meditation a chance and open our hearts to God, we may be surprised to learn what it is that we really want. Perhaps even our answer will be the same, "Lord, I want to see."
In our own spiritual blindness we have all asked Jesus the question at some point in our lives, "Where are you Lord?" Or perhaps, "Where were you Lord, when I needed you?" There are plenty of moments in our lives when we don't "see" Jesus the way we want to, when we want to. But through the eyes of faith, we can still believe He is there, that He is here now, working in us, and on us. He is shaping us and preparing us. Just as the crowd told Bartimaeus ... "He's calling you." Jesus will also open our eyes to recognize Him and the new life He offers us.
With confidence in God's goodness, let's call out to The Lord in our heart of hearts. With a new spiritual vision let's recognize Jesus as The Light of the world within us. God has a wonderful plan for our lives, and we don't need to see what it is as much as we need to "see" Jesus who will guide us to it. Like Bartimaeus, who after receiving his sight, "followed Jesus along the road", may we also follow Jesus in our own daily walk and allow The Light of Christ to guide our steps, in a New Way, Today.
"I am the vine, you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:5).
“We all have a place in the Kingdom. We are all a part of God's plan in some way and each one of us is called to personal holiness, which means we are called to be the person God wants us to be. We are called to follow the path God has laid out for us, a path that will accomplish His Will and lead us to Him. We are called to be our own unique branch and remain attached to our source, who supports us and gives us everything we need to grow and thrive.”
“We find the strength we need when we stop fighting God and gracefully accept His will for us. When we trust that He knows better. When we stop looking at others and the different gifts God has given them, and start developing and being grateful for the ones He has given us.”
“It doesn't matter how big our glass is, it only matters that it is full. We have a purpose, one that is tied directly to Christ Jesus, The Vine, and as long as we stay connected to Him, we will not wither away.”
These passages are from our book, “Strength For The Weary. Finding Grace in Times of Trial.”
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through Him, and without Him, nothing came to be. What came to be through Him was life, and this life was the light of the human race. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:1-5).
Jesus is The Word of God. Jesus is The Light of The World. Jesus has always been with us, and He always will.
God became man. In the person of Jesus Christ, we hear the voice of God speaking to us. To this very day, His words ring in our hearts, convicting us of wrongdoing, and setting us back on the right road.
His voice fills us with new hope. His teaching may be difficult, but His words are always true. We should pay close attention to everything Jesus says, for it is God Himself who's speaking.
Our Creator Loves us! God came to heal, to save. Jesus is our help. He is The Way, The Truth and The Life, and it’s time to stop looking anywhere else. Jesus alone is the answer. He opens the door to Heaven. Let’s open our hearts to Him.
Let’s pray, in a new way today, to hear the voice of God in our lives and follow Him.
May God Bless you, and everyone near and dear to you, In Jesus' name. Amen.
God’s voice is alive in our hearts. If we’re willing to listen, we’ll receive a new start. Because His message is clear, one of love and of truth, and it opens the soul to a life that is new. God’s Love is a love that heals us, that changes us, that helps us to become the person He created us to be. God’s Love flows out to others, and sets everyone free .. A Love that is waiting for you and for me.
May God's Love completely transform our hearts and minds and make us New!
In Jesus' name.
New Way Today
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