Archive for November, 2009

A Moment to Teach

In Deuteronomy chapter 11, it talks about how God commands us to teach our children about Him and His love for us.  Verse 19 tells us how we can do that, “You shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up.”

This morning I had a great opportunity to do that.   Byron has started drinking protein shakes for breakfast, so I’ve been teaching him how to make them with the blender.   This morning, I was watching as he did it by himself.   He used all the right ingredients, with all the correct measurements, but when he turned on the blender – nothing happened.   He looked at me with a “what now?” look on his face.  After checking things out we discovered that the blender wasn’t plugged in – there was no power.   Ah, a wonderful moment to teach……..

I shared with Byron, that’s how we are sometimes.   We can say all the right things and do all the right things, but if we’re not “plugged into God”, it doesn’t matter.  John 15:5, says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”   Of course then came the fun part of explaining to a 9-year-old how to be “plugged into God”.   It’s really very simple, it involves reading God’s Word daily, talking to God in prayer, and listening to Him when He speaks to us.   I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to spend my day not plugged into God’s awesome power!

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The True Miracle

In Bible Study Fellowship this year, we are studying the book of John.   In John there are wonderful stories of Jesus performing amazing miracles!   From healing people (blind, sick, lame…), to feeding 5,000 people with just 5 loaves and 2 small fish, to walking on water, even raising people from the dead, and many more!   Sometimes in my life (especially if I’m struggling with something), I tend to ask, “Jesus, where’s MY miracle?”   “It’s wonderful that you did all those things back then, but what are you doing for ME today”???

Then I was reminded of the verse later in John 20:30-31 “Jesus did many other miraculous signs….. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”    Luke 19:10 tells us that, “Jesus came to seek and to save the lost”.   His purpose on earth (then and now), is not to give us miracles and make everything better (although sometimes He does), but it’s to show us who He is, so that we may believe, and have ever lasting life with him.    What better miracle/gift could there be!!!

 A friend of mine posted on FB this week, “God is not after my comfort, but He’s after my heart!”

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