29 And he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. 30 As soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves and know that the summer is already near. 31 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all has taken place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
34 “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
37 And every day he was teaching in the temple, but at night he went out and lodged on the mount called Olivet. 38 And early in the morning all the people came to him in the temple to hear him.
Jesus loves things that grow. Jesus is botanical. Many of His talks are about vineyards. I like that about Jesus.
A fig that comes into leaf - is sturdy. Is the shape of a fig leaf. There isn't hesitancy - This is no dab, drab leaf. This is a FIG.
Jesus is not just talking about the end of the world.
Jesus is talking about the process of aging.
Ho hum another day another dollar. One foot in front of the next. Be practical. Be sturdy. Be an adult. Be diligent.
And suddenly we have lost the joy and wonder of the change of seasons.
Bogged down. Not taking steps to see Joy and Goodness. Ecclesiastes has a very memorable passage about being bogged down in age. Telling us clearly we had better invest in trusting and raising up the family into the generation of our children's children. Being interested in them and the new steps of life. Asking the relationship to be interested one generation to the next. Involving the energy of those children when the old people are old.
My great-great grandfather was extremely interested in discussing his ideas and books with his grand children. He was known to sit up late, late, late into the night getting so pleased with the conversation - discovering the sun was coming up as they continued to sit on the stairs. This memory is cherished sixty years after he has gone Home. It's crucial to involve your grandchildren in what you do.
What do we do with this godly advice from Ecclesiastes?
However they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.
This is true hope, faith and Love.
And he said, “Behold, I am making a covenant. Before all your people I will do marvels, such as have not been created in all the earth or in any nation. And all the people among whom you are shall see the work of the Lord, for it is an awesome thing that I will do with you.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator
He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit
Redemption and confession to God who Loves - Yes.
The tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
God is Good. He alone is without flaw.
7 In Jesus we have redemption through his blood,
the forgiveness of our trespasses,
according to the riches of his grace,
which he lavished upon us,
in all wisdom and insight
making known to us the mystery of his will,
according to his purpose,
which he set forth in Christ
as a plan for the fullness of time,
to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
1 Corinthians 6:20
For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
2 Timothy 2:15
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy-
2 Peter 1
3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Stand firm, and you will win life.
Romans 12 I read today outlines steps of Renewal. To see this with intentionality.
1. Calls us to test what is acceptable to God. Give Him true spiritual worship. The will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
2. The Grace to allow others to function differently in the Body of Christ. Not to be too impressed with our selves. Being Cheerful. Doing Mercy.
2. Letting Love be Genuine. Show honor and pray. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
3.Never repay with evil. As it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Overcome evil with good.
The Renewal of a Mind - is being pleasing to God. People rarely grovel to God in the Bible. Hannah was thought to be drunk. God wants us to be His Beloved Child. God does not shame us - God wants us to find the Fruit of the Spirit.
Look up to see God. And see what delights Him.
God desires mercy over sacrifice. Because Jesus gave us His Life as a gift. A free gift. To look to Him to please Him. A relationship. God longs for Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-control.
Father Help me daily, to be these aspects of You. In Jesus. Amen.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves †
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.