Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Cheering Stones

Have you ever had such an amazing thing happen that you felt like you would burst if you didn't share it with someone? Maybe the news of a baby on the way, or an engagement, or a job interview that went well, to name a few?

This is what I feel like with my faith. I love Jesus more than anyone or anything else in my entire life. I believe that He alone can fill a spot in my heart that no one else, or nothing else, can. I love Him more and more each day. Sometimes His love for me so overwhelms me, that all I can do is sit and cry and whisper, "Thank You, thank You, thank You", over and over and over.

I was reading in Luke this morning. I was so engrossed in these parables that before I knew it, 2 hours had gone by. I cannot wait to type out the words I read that thrilled me so.

Luke 19:28~40

~~Jesus' Triumphal Entry~~

After telling this story, Jesus went on toward Jerusalem, walking ahead of his disciples. 29 As he came to the towns of Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives, he sent two disciples ahead. 30 "Go into that village over there," he told them. "As you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks, 'Why are you untying that colt?' just say, 'The Lord needs it.'" 32 So they went and found the colt, just as Jesus had said. 33 And sure enough, as they were untying it, the owners asked them, "Why are you untying that colt?" 34 And the disciples simply replied, "The Lord needs it." 35 So they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments over it for him to ride on. 36 As he rode along, the crowds spread out their garments on the road ahead of him. 37 When he reached the place where the road started down the Mount of Olives, all of his followers began to shout and sing as they walked along, praising God for all the wonderful miracles they had seen. 38 "Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in highest heaven!" 39 But some of the Pharisees among the crowd said, "Teacher, rebuke your followers for saying things like that!" 40 He replied, "If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!"

That is EXACTLY what I feel like. I know that there are real problems in today's world. I know that there is uncertainty, illness and things much greater, but I also know that the GREAT I AM is bigger than each one of those needs.

Faith is such a simple thing. Jesus instructs us to have faith like a child. What is faith like a child? Faith, simply defined by Webster's dictionary is, belief and trust in and loyalty to God, firm belief in something for which there is no proof. And your faith in God can change your life and your circumstances. God does NOT make bad things happen to us. But He sure does give us tests and trials. James 1:2~4 says, Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

I cannot sit by and say nothing. If I did, I would burst into cheers, just like those stones that Jesus is talking about. Can you just imagine? All you have to do is cast all your worries and your cares upon Him, just like 1 Peter 5:7 tells us to do. Surrender them to Him today, I promise you that nothing is too small for Him to care about. His word also tells us that if He even cares for the birds of the air, how much greater is His love for us {Matthew 6:26}?

What are you facing today? What do you need to give to Him today? I urge you to just try it~you will be amazed by His love and His care for you.

And if you are wondering what the Scriptures in Luke had to do with all this~the answer is not a thing. Those words just perfectly captured my love for my Savior and the feelings that I often experience about Him. I felt led to share them with you so you would know exactly where I come from when I write about my love for Him.


Shea said...

When are you going to start teaching a class? You really should;you have such great insight and you are very uplifting and encouraging!! I'd be there in a heartbeat. Thanks for sharing!!

all4boys said...

Shea. First, I love you for saying that. You are way too nice. Second, I love the picture of you on here...does this mean you're now a fellow blogger??? :)

I'll help if you need help with sisters call me all the time and I tell them secrets that took me FOREVEH to learn.

Shea said...

what I said is very true. You have a gift for writing but also for teaching. You make ot very plain and simple and also applicable for everyday life.
Yes I have a blog:) I'm not sure about it yet.I did one post and need to go back and do more. Thanks for saying you would help me.I'll probably need it!!

Anders said...

You write: “Those words just perfectly captured my love for my Savior and the feelings that I often experience about Him.”

I recommend you and the reader of this post to do an extensive research of NT and Paul’s doctrines – including the doctrines of “the Savior” - (and learn what the followers of Ribi Yehoshua from Nazareth – the Netzarim - said about Paul and the Church; see the below website) to find about its origin.

Learn more here:

Anders Branderud
Geir Tzedeq, Netzarim

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