April 27 / Proverbs 27 / Matthew 27


Proverbs 27:4

Anger is cruel and destroys like a flood, but no one can put up with jealousy!

Anger is awful. Truly. It does cruel things. But it can be cooled.

Jealousy, wanting desperately to possess what someone else has, envy of one’s prosperity, desire for revenge for an affront–this will kill you. It. Will. Kill. You. This does not cool, but must be surgically removed by the Spirit of God.

If you are harboring any jealousy right now, beware! Repent of it immediately, or else face its ugly consequences, which are much more cruel than mere human anger I suspect, for it is an eroding of your soul, an eating away of your very self.

Matthew 27:54

When the army officer [centurion] and the soldiers [those with Him] guarding Jesus saw this earthquake and everything else that happened, they were very frightened [filled with awe] and said, “He really was the Son of God!” [EXB]

This scene moves me greatly.

Do you ever want so badly for your life to show others that God is obviously with you and at work in you? That what is happening in and around you is unquestioningly beyond your power?

I do.

How do we get there?

I believe a major missing ingredient in many of us today is the removal of all hindrances to following Him. We have so many competitors with God in our lives that we do not have a clear signal. Even tho we follow Him, we leave obstructions in our lives that block His power to some degree or another. We love many things more than God, and it shows by our use of time and money.

What if we got serious and laser focused on God and shed all distractions and encumbrances? What do you think would happen? Anything? Clarity? Power? Healing?

Perhaps we do not have a clear transmission with Him because of all the crap we keep up with that will mean nothing in the new heavens and new earth….

The other missing ingredient I see is faith-filled, persistent prayer that is specific. See Luke 11:5-13.

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