What Did You Eat a Month Ago from Today?

He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaves do not wither. Psalm 1:3

Have you ever had the feeling that sometimes the sermons you hear and what you read goes in one ear and out the other? And those of us who are growing older each minute (all of us!) have that feeling even more so. Some
times you can’t even remember the sermon from that same morning!

I have one question to ask: can you tell me what you had to eat on the second Thursday of last month? Odd question, you say, but bear with me. Why can’t you remember what you had to eat? Does it matter why you can’t remember? If you’re still here today, you probably had something nourishing to eat. The important thing is, you ate and were filled and nourished. You get through another week or two.

Scripture is like that. I don’t remember what I had to eat a month ago but I did get nourishment from it and moved on. So, go easy on yourself when you can’t remember the finer points of a sermon or a teaching. Take it in and let God help you nourish it.

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Over and Over Again

But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:2

There is a great wisdom in the adage inscribed in many Bibles: This Book will keep you from the Devil or the Devil will keep you away from this book. Someone showed me that in his Bible even before I became a Christian. At the time, I thought it curious at best. I really didn’t know what it meant.

Now, twenty five years removed from that situation, I can say the adage is as fresh now as it was then. The main idea behind it and the idea of today’s verse is to saturate yourself with the Word of God.

Know it.

Memorize it.

Feed on it.

Snack on it.

Read it right before you rest your eyes at night.

Read it at the height of your day.

Get it into your system.

Meditate on it.

Quote it out loud.

Pray it.

Write it in letters.

Memorize entire chapters.

Repeat it over and over again.

Then, in heavy and burdensome times, God will bring those verses to the forefront of your mind. For your benefit so that He gets the Glory!

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Who Do You Hang Around?

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. Psalm 1:1

I’ll admit it: it’s difficult not to take the advice and counsel from those who have lived in the world longer than I have. We all want to gain an advantage on the next guy or the next project or the next job in this life. It’s a highly competitive world in a very tight economy.

I think the true meaning of this first verse is deeper than that. There are certain people in this world who do not have your best interests at heart. They would seek to destroy you and tear you down any way they can. Sometimes they mean to; other times it’s just who they are. When it comes to your spiritual growth and satisfaction, we need to avoid them.

Who are these people? They are well-meaning friends who want to go out drinking and carousing with you. They could be parents of your children’s friends who constantly criticize and berate their mates. They could even be Bible-believing Christians who find fault in everybody and everything. Jesus himself walked among these types of people (and worse) but he didn’t hang around them regularly.

I guess the bottom line to this first verse is this: who are you getting your marching orders from?

The next few verses should shed some light on who we should be getting them from.

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Supreme Good Samaritan

A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road…So, too, a Levite…But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was. Luke 10:25-37

The parable of the Good Samaritan always give my chills. Why, you ask? I’m too much like the priest and Levite. Let me explain. Jesus told this story to reveal our own hypocrisies. We say we’re more like the Samaritan but for the most part are like the other two. Our stated enemies of the United States are Iran and North Korea. I cannot picture myself stooping down to help someone like President Ahmadinajad if he were hurting alongside the road. My first reaction would be to take him out! And then to pay for further care in case I don’t return? No way.

But isn’t that the point of this entire passage? Have we become so politically insensitive and myopic that we are not able to see truth when it hits us in the face? Someone like that doesn’t deserve our help. Exactly.

We, too, were sworn enemies of God. Then God reached down to us by sending Jesus. He could have ignored us or zapped us from Planet Earth. But he didn’t. In fact, he took it several steps further by taking care of us when we hurt.

He’s the Supreme Good Samaritan.

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Hostess to the Mostest

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat a the Lord’s feet listening to what he said….Mary has chosen what is better and it will not be taken away from her. Luke 10:38-42

Much has been said about this passage of Scripture. Martha was busy; Mary sat quietly at Jesus’ feet. What’s often missing is the reality that it was Martha who had invited Jesus into the house in the first place, and she gets a bad rap for being a busybody!

It has got to be intimidating inviting the Son of God into your home for tea. It’s no wonder that she went to and fro cleaning and serving and playing hostess. Wouldn’t you? No one has ever condemned her for being a poor hostess, only that she forgot to pay attention to the most important person in the world. Her sister was seated at His feet while Martha rushed around.

Still, I give Martha a lot of credit for inviting a perfect stranger into her home.

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