"Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God."
The Jews at the time of Jesus had something more in common with 14th century than we have today. When William the Conqueror fell off the ship and on to land - his troops were horrified. Surely this would be their death - William fallen. And William the Conqueror knowing mankind of 1000 A.D. grabbed two hands of dirt, stood, yelling boldly "* Not so,' said he ; by the glory of God 1 swear that by this act I have seized England with two hands and this is delivered unto me!" Causing the troops to congratulate themselves on being with the future William the Conqueror of England.
In the prior millenniums God was at work - everywhere.
And someone favored with money - would want a place that charitable giving would find acclaim. Jesus told of the Tower falling and killing eighteen people where their blood mingled with the sacrifices and said this was not due to sin. Prosperity is for the good and hardship for the evil.
A rather MIB lifestyle. One year prosperity, the next year famine. Happened a lot in the history of Israel.
That rollercoaster of life - most of us can relate to. And when we believe God knows even when a sparrow fall - we have a Father God we can curse or believe. What do we do with the disparity between God knows when a sparrow falls and something like an automobile collision with a loss of a car for two months and no serious injury but it's a hassle and a worry.
This is probably a reminder that all around us is not permanent.
The loss of a stillborn daughter? A dream met and lost. Our permanent treasure is in Eternity. Before I did not have this child - now I will for all days.
When years happen like Theodore Roosevelt who lost the two loves of his life - his adored wife and treasured Mother at almost the exact time. This is a man who survived wasting away as a child without antibiotics, due to hard work and diligent faith. A family who taught him all of his privilege was to grow to make an achievement to offer his life's work to God's Glory. Every day the family thought of what way to give back.
And to find his wife died in childbirth and his mother was gone. No family of his close knit family.
Every day we all get a choice. To be bitter. To sink or swim when we are able. Monet had many deaths of loved ones in his life and when you look at all he desired to do in life - was paint. During those deaths his production dwindled sometimes to nothing for two years and this would be reoccurring in his life.
We live in a generation where surprising death is very surprising.
But we surely understand that allowing the blessings of God to harden us and make us chilly. Is a death. Our culture is not as affluent as it once was and yet we are so blessed.
The Nation is mourned for it's troubles. Humor is still humor but has a bite to it. The news is available all over. But the worst is put forth to seize the amazement and the culture can be saddened by copycat violence.
What is important is this - 1/3 of the population of the world believes Jesus is the Christ of God. And 25% of this population believes we would like to see the renewal, regeneration, anticipation of more of God's wonders on earth.
What we don't record is that in conversation of Christians - You Find The Wonders of God - the change, empower, sustain, encourage and ignite absolute certainty in the Sovereignty of God.
This is today. The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.
Let's pray with true zeal.
Our Abba, You dwell within us.
With the Name of Jesus and His Love, we picture the gates of the Temple as the Gates of Heaven.
We see the New Jerusalem sitting on the Hill. We go through the gates and find the stream of Living Water. We see the beautiful trees the Book of Revelation tells us God has beside His Stream. Following the stream, we see Emerald Light. God's favorite Color. And put ourselves at the foot of God Himself.
Jesus tells us we can boldly have access to our Father God. Feel Him enfold and lift us to Him. Our Father.
We place a hand upon His Chest and tell Him of our cares. He loves us so. He loved us first. He cares of all we tell Father God.
We tell Abba about our loved ones and the people He has given us. We know that He has given His care to this. And delights to know we love one another. This causes Him to rejoice. We lift up our Churches, jobs, neighborhoods, cities and their needs. The Nation to be Strengthened in the Name, care and Love of Jesus. And we give thanks knowing the believing world prays with us.
God is within. God is Sovereign. We will put our faith, hope and Love here with Him. Amen in Jesus.
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