“’Dear woman, that’s not our problem,’ Jesus replied. ‘My time has not yet come.’”
I do not understand this conversation between Jesus and his mother. Is she passively asking him to fix this problem because she knows he can? Is Jesus denying to do so, because it isn’t the proper time/place/reason for him to ‘perform’? Does she ignore his concerns/response and rope him into solving the problem anyway, and now he feels obligated?
“Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all our of the Temple. ‘Get these things out of here. Stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace!’”
I see so many similarties of this to the collection and allocations of ‘donations’ in modern churches. Are these institutions using the ‘House of God’ as their personal ‘marketplace’ to obtain profit?
“‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’”
As someone who feels very strongly about the idea of ‘place of worship’ meaning anywhere God is present, I understand Jesus’ command towards destruction of the temple. The emphasis on the material and human-made creations of ‘worship’ echo more towards idolatry than reverence.
“But Jesus didn’t trust them, because he knew all about people. No one needed to tell him about human nature, for he know what was in each person’s heart.”
I wish more people could observe the truth of Jesus’ actions and mirror their own in him. He knew people. He didn’t trust people. Yet he loved them all unconditionally; a strong enough love that he died for us. So if Jesus can love all humans, complete with all of our flaws, why do we chose to harbor so much hate for each other?
“Anyone who is joined to Christ is a new being; the old is gone, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (GNT)
“Now, if anyone is enfolded into Christ, he has become an entirely new person. All that is related to the old order has vanished. Behold, everything is fresh and new.” (TPT)
“The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy. I’ve come to bring you life, life full to overflowing.” John 10:10 (FBV)
When you are in Christ, everything that you said and did (that you really wish you hadn’t) is forgotten by God. Every sinful thought, word and action is forgiven and washed away. You get a fresh start, a clean slate and a whole new chapter in your life. Does this mean you will never, ever, sin again? Sorry, but no. Paul struggled with his sinful nature and you will too. And you will have the enemy trying even harder to bring you down. But you won’t ever be alone. You have the Holy Spirit in you, Jesus praying for you up in Heaven and a mighty Heavenly Father who is watching out for you every minute. And a Heavenly Army if you need them. And God will bring good people into your life who will pray for you and help you on your new journey.
Friend, if you didn’t like the way your life was going and who you were before you came to Jesus, you aren’t that person anymore you don’t need to live that life anymore. You’re new in Christ. “Your sins were red as scarlet, but now they are white as snow. (wool)” (Isaiah 1:18). God is “I Am”. He is not “I Was.” God isn’t interested in your past. He cares about the beautiful new you that He is going to help you become, if you trust Him to change you and guide your life into exciting new paths. All God wants to do is give you the best life that Jesus came to bring you. The life, full to overflowing, that God planned for you long ago, before you were born. Amen! 🙌
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
Majority of churches function the other way around, thinking that by works they should find God, by going to the church every Sunday.
This is not true Christianity this is not Christ, doing good deeds is like breathing it should be natural as that, it is not your salvation. And your faith in God is not even of you, as it is stated of Holy Spirit through Paul, it is a Gift of God . Every good thing you have done is not of you , but of God and if you don’t understand this then seek humbly for God to put it in you heart. True Christianity is being born new through Holy Spirit and Will of God.
People Pleasing (1)
“Fear of man will prove to be a snare.” Pr 29:25 NIV
To ensure victory in battle, King Saul was supposed to wait for Samuel the prophet to come and offer a sacrifice to God. But as the day wore on and the people grew impatient, Saul offered the sacrifice himself. When Samuel demanded to know why, “Saul replied: ‘When I saw…the people…slipping away from me…I…offered the burnt offering.’ Samuel said…‘You have done foolishly…The Lord would have established your kingdom…now your kingdom will not continue’” (1Sa 13:11-14 NRS). Because Saul needed people’s approval, he lost everything.
Speaking truthfully may not be easy or comfortable, but the Bible tells us to do it anyway, like Samuel did. People pleasing is inherently dishonest because you’re telling others what they want to hear, instead of what you need to say. Now, you can’t be rude and insensitive, but you can’t be intimidated either. Because somebody doesn’t want to hear the truth doesn’t negate your responsibility to speak it.
Have you ever felt uneasy about something somebody asked you to do? One of the ways God leads us is through a sense of inner peace. Isaiah says you’ll be “led forth in peace” (Isa 55:12 NIV). And Paul writes, “Pursue…things which make for peace” (Ro 14:19 NKJV). When something doesn’t feel right, speak up. Say, “I don’t have peace about this.” People shouldn’t expect you to proceed until you do, but that rarely happens when others place demands on us.
Jesus told His disciples when someone “will not receive…you nor listen to your message, as you leave…shake the dust…from your feet” (Mt 10:14 AMPC). When somebody’s reaction threatens to stop you from doing what you know is right—it’s time to shake it off and move on.