Posts Tagged ‘Luke 9’

“Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how.” ~~Jesus

April 23, 2013 1 comment

We are mistaken to think that suffering is something to be avoided. Jesus challenges us to embrace it. That is what He did. That is how He lived. He can show us how. He is our model for how to do it.

This is stunning as it requires that we change our minds about what is good for us and what isn’t. It challenges us to depend on God completely for everything.

“Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how.” ~~Jesus (The Message John 9:25)

Who is my healer?

Jesus is my healer. He heals my heart and that is always so important. He heals my soul and my connection with Him. And He heals my body. That is it and all there is to it.

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. (Psalm 23:1-3).

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. (Psalm 147:3)

Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise. (Jeremiah 17:14)

But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. (Malachi 4:2)

He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing. (Luke 9:11)

“And life is urgent: Announce God’s kingdom!” ~~Jesus

September 2, 2012 1 comment

Jesus challenges us to live life urgently. He doesn’t have a “plan B” for us. We are His plan. We must deliver the message of how it works in God’s world (Kingdom). We must be “all in” for Jesus. He will accept nothing less. He is clear about that.

It is way too easy to let the concerns of this world outweigh the urgency of His world. Jesus knows that is a danger.

So let’s put this in context. A man wanted to be a disciple. Jesus said to him, “Come follow me.” The man said, “Certainly, but first excuse me for a couple of days, please. I have to make arrangements for my father’s funeral.” Seems reasonable to all of us I’m sure. Not to Jesus. He refused and challenged him to decide what was more important, a funeral or following Jesus.

Jesus challenges us to go all in for Him.

“And life is urgent: Announce God’s kingdom!” ~~Jesus (Luke 9:60 The Message) 

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“Don’t load yourselves up with equipment.” ~~Jesus

Jesus has powerful but simple things He wants us to do. We don’t need a lot of equipment to complete His mission today. He will supply us everything we need. He does His work through us. We are the equipment.

This is hard to keep in mind. In our world, we think the more we have, the better the buildings, the better off we are. In God’s World (Kingdom), He doesn’t need our equipment. He is God. He can do anything and takes pleasure in turning water in wine. I think it may even amuse Him to confound us. Just saying!!

“Don’t load yourselves up with equipment.” ~~Jesus (Luke 9 The Message)

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“Self-help is no help at all.” ~~Jesus

God knows us. He knows that we miss His goal for our lives.

Jesus challenges us to face up to the fact that “we can’t fix ourselves”. He can transform us into new creatures. He shows us how to be born a second time to a new life.

Jesus came to show us the way. Jesus is the way. Jesus is the truth. He alone is life.

There is no “self-help”. There is only “God-help”. May I live that way today.

“Self-help is no help at all.” ~~Jesus (Luke 9:25 The Message)

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“Keep it simple; you are the equipment.” ~~Jesus

June 10, 2012 1 comment

Jesus challenges us to not get wrapped up in all “stuff” that keeps us from fulfilling His mission for us. He sent His 12 disciples out to proclaim the good news of God’s World (Kingdom). He told them to not take any equipment with them.

In God’s World, we are the equipment that He uses to reach others. He is radically transforming our lives and that is what people see. People are longing to see the power of God, not the paltry equipment of the failed churches that we build.

We must keep it simple and not forget what transforms us all. It is Jesus not the buildings.

“Keep it simple; you are the equipment.” ~~Jesus (Luke 9:3 The Message)

“You’re not in the driver’s seat—I am.” ~~Jesus

Jesus challenges us to live life with Him in charge. Now that is tough because we all like to be in control. We may pretend we don’t but we know it is true. Jesus knows it is true. We can’t fake it with Him. He knows us down to our core.

So … He looks us in the eye, pauses and says …

“You’re not in the driver’s seat—I am.” ~~Jesus (Luke 9:24 The Message)

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“Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead.” ~~Jesus

What does it mean to be a part of the Kingdom of God? It is hard for us to understand the role of a King. It means that Jesus is in charge.

Jesus challenges us to know and act like he is in charge. Why? Because He is.

“Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead.” ~~Jesus (Luke 9:23 The Message)

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“You feed them.” ~~Jesus

Jesus challenges us. It had been a long day. It was beginning to get late. His disciples came to him and said to Jesus, “Dismiss the crowd so they can go to the farms or villages around here and get a room for the night and a bite to eat. We’re out in the middle of nowhere.” You feed them, he challenged them. They came to him with a problem and a simple solution. They knew they couldn’t feed them because there were close to 5,000 men and there was no food. No one was prepared to be there so long with Jesus.

They also should have known that God can provide food when there is none. They had been around Jesus long enough to know this. Our faithless solutions don’t allow God to shine through.

And so … Jesus challenges us to seek God first, don’t depend on our own solutions even when we have one and let Him shine through.

“You feed them,” Jesus said. (Luke 9:13)

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