Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
Regardless of who won the Presidential Election:
The news headlines are just pain worrisome enough. Life has stress.
A wave pushes from one side strongly. A prime parable of stress in life. The disciples were in great wonder and discomfort and yet did not leave Jesus to find a comfortable life. They stayed until they thought it was death. Jesus held forth Love and Healing and Understanding and they were mesmorized.
This is a great study for stress in real life and the way to find peace. Hugely a display of the Grace of God Almighty of the Universe, with reality reaching very,very, very far down to comfort His Creation! His Beloved children adopted from the Branch of Jesus. People fail. Only God redeems. And the massive rewards the Disciple John contemplated ~ as God lavished love upon John ~ for keeping to Jesus. Go John. The 2nd century old age of John has the Church History reporting John stayed heavily involved in the many thoughts about John's Jesus. And ours'. Our Jesus.
So how do we get to the point Jesus calms the storm?
Know the storm, the triggers of stress. And hold tightly to Jesus in Psalm 131 - feel the embrace of Jesus. Ask Him.
so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful scheme
We cannot, shouldn't be like the man by the Pool of Bethesda. Ungrateful.
We cannot be the nine lepers who met God and shrugged like this leper crowd did for Healing from God. Be the one who goes back and won't forget Jesus. No regrets in being grateful to the Lord of All.
How did they hold on? Looking up. Not letting the waves, circumstances and the iffy ness of public opinion block out the Light of God. Gratitude at the Majesty of God. Who lives within. Jesus and Our Abba longs to run to us and be our Homecoming. Priority - God.
Joshua Heard from Father God, who said do not let go of your courage. Hold fast to the real truth of God. You are aware in dealing with the rebellious Children of Israel, as Moses did, Joshua probably reminded himself this Word of God daily. Probably wept with concerns ~as he believed. And remembered. God did Not Promise Joshua a free ride, He said, like Jesus said again, the work God gives mankind is to believe.
Jesus met this head on. Jesus was not going to let go of the father who cried out for his son, "Help my faith, I do believe."
Nicodemus worried. He arrived at Night to See Jesus. Jesus spoke to him very bracingly, with stress Nicodemus had been given to generously with gifts from God and must rise to the responsibility. Jesus was again giving the Joshua talk.
Jesus met parents gasping about their children's dying. Jesus said don't listen to the crowd. Believe God. Follow Jesus. Jesus went so far as to put people aside to get to the heart of the matter. This is the - Heart - Jesus displays. Wonderful, amazing Jesus. Is. For you. Individually.
And when does Jesus shine? In the middle of a Bear Hunt. A 25 foot Grizzly barreling down hunt.
The man at the pool of Bethesda? This man did not even ask to be healed. He had gotten used to his days by "the pool". This walking man was only too vocal to give Jesus over to "The People Who Matter". Yay perks. Jesus told us The Temple wanted to sort out friendship with the world. Raise money. Form lines in the right places. We will constantly battle the "get ahead" mentality and even go so far as "call this God" and really take the profit line.
What does God say about the real work to please God and real work to prosper like Nehemiah? A very real balance effort.
26 “You shall not make idols for yourselves or erect an image or pillar, and you shall not set up a figured stone in your land to bow down to it, for I am the Lord your God. 2 You shall keep my Sabbaths and reverence my sanctuary: I am the Lord.
3 “If you walk in my statutes and observe my commandments and do them, 4 then I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. 5 Your threshing shall last to the time of the grape harvest, and the grape harvest shall last to the time for sowing. And you shall eat your bread to the full and dwell in your land securely. 6 I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid. And I will remove harmful beasts from the land, and the sword shall not go through your land. 7 You shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. 8 Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall chase ten thousand, and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword. 9 I will turn to you and make you fruitful and multiply you and will confirm my covenant with you. 10 You shall eat old store long kept, and you shall clear out the old to make way for the new. 11 I will make my dwelling[a] among you, and my soul shall not abhor you. 12 And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people. 13 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that you should not be their slaves. And I have broken the bars of your yoke and made you walk erect.
Punishment for Disobedience
14 “But if you will not listen to me and will not do all these commandments, 15 if you spurn my statutes, and if your soul abhors my rules, so that you will not do all my commandments, but break my covenant, 16 then I will do this to you: I will visit you with panic, with wasting disease and fever that consume the eyes and make the heart ache. And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. 17 I will set my face against you, and you shall be struck down before your enemies. Those who hate you shall rule over you, and you shall flee when none pursues you. 18 And if in spite of this you will not listen to me, then I will discipline you again sevenfold for your sins, 19 and I will break the pride of your power, and I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze. 20 And your strength shall be spent in vain, for your land shall not yield its increase, and the trees of the land shall not yield their fruit.
21 “Then if you walk contrary to me and will not listen to me, I will continue striking you, sevenfold for your sins. 22 And I will let loose the wild beasts against you, which shall bereave you of your children and destroy your livestock and make you few in number, so that your roads shall be deserted.
23 “And if by this discipline you are not turned to me but walk contrary to me, 24 then I also will walk contrary to you, and I myself will strike you sevenfold for your sins. 25 And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall execute vengeance for the covenant. And if you gather within your cities, I will send pestilence among you, and you shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy. 26 When I break your supply[b] of bread, ten women shall bake your bread in a single oven and shall dole out your bread again by weight, and you shall eat and not be satisfied.
27 “But if in spite of this you will not listen to me, but walk contrary to me, 28 then I will walk contrary to you in fury, and I myself will discipline you sevenfold for your sins.
29 You shall eat the flesh of your sons, and you shall eat the flesh of your daughters.
Divorce from the goodness of God.
Always for the comfort of self.
A fall... far down.
We, as Children of God, long to be tied to the vows we offer for Love. This framework makes safety. Where we trust each other. And God to do His2 promises He gives us to do. We are tied to the Goodness God would make a way for.
And teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you...... And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
We see that God has shown our eyes salvation.
When we live to see the Goodness God - God will work God for those who Love God and He will interweave for goodness. We know that the wicked will fall. When you have lived long enough, you know this to be true, the wicked fall far.
And we will have our hearth to be our comfort. The soul where God does not leave, even when we stress or have difficulties and swim with turbulent life.
Peace be within your walls and security within your towers!
Did Moses have difficult days? You know he did.
Did David have difficult days? You know he did.
Did Paul write of difficult days. You know he did.
1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
1 John 3
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are
18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
19 By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; 20 for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; 22 and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. 24 Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.
And hope does not put us to shame, because
God’s love has been poured into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit
who has been given to us.
What truly keeps us with Jesus? The awe and wonder of His Overwhelming Love.
You Are God of Love.
We lift up our faces to see the Light of Your Face. In God's Love, we find our the process to find Peace. Knowing we will not always dwell with peace. That peace is a process.
We thank God for His direction in His Word to find the process of finding a secure place. Know a process exists - God, You, are going to be the same today as Jesus praying for us in John 17. The way of God, You help when we Need God.
In all seasons, You, God never shunned us in the journey.
We give all our cares to You. You save us. We offer our loving gratitude for the Love You, Father, have for our Loved Ones. For our Churches, Jobs, Neighborhoods, we bless You for hearing our prayers and lifting us up to You.
Bless the Name of Jesus this Presidential Election is OVER. We don't have to hear all the bickering and massively opinionated headlines. We are not being told what to think all over social media. We can look forward to more peace for holy days.
We can Trust in God to make His Will fulfilled. He is Working and will work for us all. Reconciling All Things to Jesus. Amen.
Jesus is GOD.
In this calm, this peace, this is where we can see Jesus making a path where no path is possible. This is where Jesus will walk and show us the Way.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves! †