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"Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize?...Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly;" 2 Cor 9:24-26

Waiting? What is He Thinking?

Posted by Emma on August 27, 2010 | Filed under: Analogies,Christianity

“He is healed and he knows where to find the answers, why is he stalling, waiting? Why doesn’t he search him down at once and get the answers? Why does he let other things get in the way? I wouldn’t do that, I would go at once.” Such were the thoughts that went through my brain a few weeks ago as I pondered a book I was reading. The book was Yesterday Framed in Today by Isabella Alden. In this book, she speculated what it would have been like if Jesus had come to America at the turn of the twentieth century. It follows the story of a young man, David, who is lame. The figure representing Jesus (she never calls this figure by any name) heals him. David knows that this man is sent by God and has answers to many questions he is now asking. Yet he waits weeks before seeking this man out. David lets the cares of this life interfere and keep him from finding the answers to how he should live and whether this man is the Messiah.

It was at this point I had the thoughts I previously stated. I put myself in David’s position and thought that I would have gone at once to follow the man who healed me. I would have been grateful to him and let nothing stop me from seeking him. Then I realized I am very much like David. I have been healed, not from some physical illness but from a spiritual one. Jesus saved me from my sin and the eternal punishment I deserve. I know he has the answers to all of life’s questions, yet very often I let things get in the way and delay to seek Him out. Jesus should have first place in my life and come before any other concerns but frequently He gets second place and the cares of this life the first. This is not right and I know I need to change it. Jesus should always be first and foremost. I am very grateful to Him, I am indebted to Him. I want to follow Him wholly. It is a daily battle to die to self and live for Jesus. I intent to fight that battle with the help of the Lord. In my own strength I cannot do it. “…the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 20:41 “…for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5 However, if God does it I cannot fail. “ I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippains 4:13

Wait no longer! Seek Christ today! Put Him first!

Childlike Faith

Posted by Emma on April 30, 2010 | Filed under: Analogies,Christianity,Daily Thought,Perspective,Picture Perfect


Children and adults have different perspectives on things. I think dandelions show this difference. Kids like dandelions. They find them fun to play with, pretty to pick, and nice to wear. Adults do not typically like dandelions. They find dandelions a nuisance and a weed to be removed. I think sometimes it is a shame that adults cannot like dandelions. They have lost that childlike pleasure. Losing childlike pleasure is not the end of the world, but losing childlike faith might be. The difference in views on dandelions just begins to show the differences between adults and children. One of the biggest difference might be their faith. Children have a lot better faith than adults have. We must all have childlike faith. Jesus says in Matthew 18:3-4 “Verily, I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little children, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Blossoms

Posted by Emma on April 29, 2010 | Filed under: Analogies,Christianity,Daily Thought,Picture Perfect


Blossoms are beautiful but if they did not produce fruit they would not fulfill their purpose. We can be beautiful, we can look good outwardly, but if we do not bring forth the fruit of the Spirit we do not begin to fulfill our purpose. Blossom in the Lord and produce His fruit.

Proud as a Peacock

Posted by Emma on | Filed under: Analogies,Christianity,Daily Thought,Picture Perfect


“Proud as a peacock,” is a common saying. It is little wonder when you look at these elegant birds strutting about. If beauty mattered they would have every right to be proud, but the Bible says, “Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.” Proverbs 31:30. Fearing the Lord is what matters, not beauty. So do not be like a peacock and be proud of your looks. When you are showing off your beauty, people see you. When you are fearing the Lord, people see Him. Let God live in you and you will be truly beautiful.

Spring!

Posted by Emma on April 27, 2010 | Filed under: Analogies,Christianity,Daily Thought,Picture Perfect


The trees around here are just starting to blossom. It is exciting to watch spring come in, new life growing, and everything starting to bloom. It is even more exciting to watch God work in someone’s life as they become a new creature and blossom as they grow into the image of Christ.


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