“His Abide” – His Reflection

Painting by Brandi Ramirez with graphic Image of Jesus

“For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror.  For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.”
James 1: 23-24

I look in a mirror
What do I see?
I want to see Jesus
Instead of me.

I may talk about running
Or want to run
But I’ll never be a runner
Until I run.

I may talk about Jesus
And want to know Him
But I’ll never reflect His Image
Until I practice His Word

The Word goes in and cleans house
The Word goes in and puts everything in Order
The Word makes windows so I can see out
And others can see in
Then they see Jesus abiding in me.

Question:  If a man goes to college to study engineering but never uses it as his occupation, would you consider him an engineer? And if one who knows the word of God but doesn’t practice it, would you consider a Christian, and follower of Jesus Christ? Luke 6:46

Prayer: Lord, let us not just be hearers of your Word but Doers as well, so we can see Jesus. In Jesus Name, Amen.

What’s your reflection, concerning this, please let us hear from you?

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“His Abide” -The Fragrance of His Anointing

John 12: 1-8

Six days before the Passover, Jesus and His disciples were invited to Lazarus, Mary and Martha’s home for dinner.  Martha served. Lazarus, whom Jesus raised from the dead, was reclining with Him at the table. While this was occurring, Mary took a pound of expensive ointment from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair.

It was customary for a servant to wash the feet of their guests when entering the home and before eating or partaking of the meal.  Later, Jesus was to wash the feet of His disciples before the Passover meal to model how they were to serve one another.  While Martha was serving the meal, Mary was serving Jesus, proclaiming His death , honoring Him with this memorial.  Mary loved Jesus and while the fragrance of this act filled the room, Mary took from herself her hair to wipe His feet; a part of herself she gave, and a part of Him she took away with the anointing remaining in her hair.

How close do we want to get to Jesus; close enough to have someone say- “She’s/He’s been with Jesus” with the anointing of His fragrance, His presence in our life.

CR – John 13:5, Acts 4:13

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The Milk, Bread, Manna and Meat

Word in Context: John 6
Word in Focus: John 6:53

The Bread of Life

“So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.” John 6:53 ESV

 

What a radical statement Jesus made concerning Himself. Yet, He was demonstrating how we would need to feed upon Him- the Word if we were to have eternal life.
(John 1: 1-51, John 1:14). The Word was the manna, and then made bread, coming down from heaven to meet our spiritual needs. So hard was it for many to comprehend, that only eleven remained, and when asked if they too would leave, “Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”
John 6: 60-71

When Jesus fed the five thousand, there was enough bread and fish distributed to feed everyone. So much so, twelve baskets of bread was left over. In that crowd was represented every age, gender, and cognitive level. Yet the same bread that He blessed was the same bread that fed all. John 6: 1-15

At eleven years old I understood the gospel and was saved. And at Pentecost, everyone heard the word of God in their own language. So this is what I am saying. God has made His Word palpable and comprehensible for all mankind at every stage. He speaks in every language the same message which delivers us from the bondage of sin and sets us free. Matthew 19:14, Acts 2:6

Recently, I visited an assisted living facility where the elderly were in every physical and mental state. But what I observed, was their attentiveness when I spoke about God’s Word. They got it!  I didn’t have to reduce it to any cognitive level or make it desirable beyond what it says.  The word is delicious, to those who are hungry. As they were listening, they were tasting to see that the Lord, “He is good, and were satisfied.”
Psalm 34:8

I have a six year old great grand-daughter who has understood the Word since four years of age. For it is the Holy Spirit which gives comprehension. Otherwise, the Word would only be understood by scholars and we would be dependent on them. To the unbeliever the Word brings conviction, and to the believer the Word when applied causes growth in their faith.
Ephesians 4: 11-16, John 16: 7-11, Matthew 19:14

The Word says that we need that no man teach us who have faith; we have the Holy Spirit. Why would God make it that way? His Word is understood by all who seek Him and interpreted spiritually for everyone who is born again.
1 John 2:27, 1 Corinthians 2: 1-16, John 3: 1-13

The Lord does not spoon feed us, but as much as we gather, we will bake. He gives the Word, and when we apply it to our life it has the power to meet our every need. But we need to be hungry for this spiritual bread.

So, instead of depending on reading someone’s devotional, or following many teachings, why not read the Word for yourself, and see what God has to say. You will discover how He wants to open up the scriptures to you, if you are hungry enough to know Him and want to know His ways. Luke 24:32, 1 John 2:27

CR- Hebrews 5: 13-14, 1 Peter 2:2,

Resource: What was Manna?
Bible Resources: biblia.com biblehub.com
Bible Translation: ESV

Prayer
Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you that it was your desire not to reveal these things to the wise but to babes. I love your Word. Your Word is Truth. Your Word is Life.  In Jesus Name, Amen. Matthew 11:25

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