“Instead of trying to figure out how close we are to the end, why don’t we spend our time preparing people for their end by introducing them to the one whose return will signal the end.”
Great post by Dave Peever.
Ever wondered about that?
But why not?
Why not them instead of a younger couple somewhere who had been waiting just 5 or 10 years?
God had His reasons. But as we can also notice, Elizabeth and Zechariah were tried, tested, and found to be true by God. They were consistent both in prayer and in service.
Think of it: “…your prayer has been heard…”
Zechariah had probably served as a priest all his life. So, if anyone understood the gravity of the instructions that were given for baby John, he did. He and his wife would have all the love you could expect to find in elderly folk – all that raw, pure love – without any of the compromise and the lure of the modern-day life. They would be loving enough yet also old-fashioned enough to understand instructions like “… no wine and no strong drink…”
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.
You know, it’s amazing how God sometimes goes out of His way to make things happen for us.
Zechariah was afraid, no doubt, when the angel Gabriel showed up in the temple. I wonder what kinds of thoughts flashed through his mind in that instant, and how many. I am almost certain that one of those thoughts may have been that he would not make it out of the temple alive. I wonder if there was an awkward pause in that moment – if Gabriel observed him for a second before proceeding with his message – or if he made an appearance and just dived in. Whatever the case, Gabriel reassured him: “…Do not be afraid…”
The next thing Gabriel says surprises me somewhat, maybe because I somehow got excited too quickly and skipped ahead too fast in the reading. But, yes, coming back to this verse really surprised me.
…Do not be afraid… your prayer has been heard…
Hold on a minute. “Your prayer has been heard?” Continue reading Disrupt… (II): Your prayer has been heard
Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.
Miracles are for disrupting the status quo. I like to think of it as God’s way of having fun. God loves to do the impossible. I’ve seen it many times, both in Scripture and in my personal life.
Now, we humans love having our minds blown – but not always the way God does it. Sometimes, His methods make us leap for joy; at other times, we have to sit and wonder what He is doing. Yes, we literally have to keep shut and let Him be God. Continue reading Disrupt my world: Zechariah
Just wanted to share this lovely post by my friend at Bliz…Speaks. Everyone, stop by her blog and show some love!
Life always throws at us a fair share of challenges. My first instinct when I’m faced with any form of challenge is to try to get out of it but there are those storms we must go through and battles we must fight.
James 1:2-4 (MSG)
2Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides.3You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors.4 So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.
…..You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors.
Not every challenge is here to break us…most times the challenges lead us to great victories. They indeed stretch us, giving strength and courage beyond…
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Reblogged. Awesome post by Cavelle, please visit her blog at A Christian In Bloom and show some love!
Have you ever had the urge to reach out to someone you don’t know but feared that if you did that person would tell you to take a hike or perhaps even think you were crazy?
How many times have you had the opportunity to be a light in someone’s life but just couldn’t bring yourself to go there?
Many times, we miss the opportunities God puts in front of us simply because we are fearful of the outcome. We claim to trust God but when he puts us to the test, we run away with our tail between our legs.
This is normal in some ways I think. We are human after all. In the age of social media there can be instant backlash for standing up for something or someone you believe in.
Especially if it goes against the flavor of the week.
Serving God is not a…
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Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him, and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities—Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons, and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who provided for Him from their substance.
Mary Magdalene was delivered from seven demons. Seven.
What are your demons? Bring them to Jesus, He’s got this!