March 24 / Proverbs 24 / John 15

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Proverbs 24:19-20

Don’t be agitated by evildoers, and don’t envy the wicked. For the evil have no future; the lamp of the wicked will be put out.

People seem to thrive on worry.

I constantly overhear fretting over the president, mayor, governor, family, terrorists…

Is it really worth devoting so much fruitless negative energy?

And by negative energy, I mean whining.

Pray about it, get involved in the solution, or shut your mouth. Really. Let us not be the Christians bitching about everything out there. Rather, may we be love-filled joy starters, praying, acting, with few words and great love.

Focusing on our loving relationship with God will give us less time and energy left over to complain about everything. After our own transformation, our energy will start to flow in a direction where it matters and become a catalyst for genuine transformation of the world beginning with the healing of those around us.

Let us not forget that God’s plan for the healing of the nations is His followers. That is us. And we will only do this thru connecting to Him, our power Source. Our Everything.

John 15:5

“Apart from Me, you can do nothing.”

Jesus said He did nothing apart from the Father.

When will we learn that we can do nothing apart from Jesus?

How much do you rely on Jesus day to day?

A new world opens up when you do. When you become a co-laborer with Christ. I have seen such pure awesomeness when I choose to trust Christ to work with me and do the things I cannot do on my own. When, abiding in Him, I sincerely trust Him to do what I ask in His name. This must be experienced, and when it is, it is a paradigm-shifter. You not only cognitively realize, but you experientially feel, that this. Is. Real.

John 15:21

“..they don’t know the One who sent Me.”

After belief, I can think of nothing more important than knowing God. Knowing Jesus. Knowing the Holy Spirit.

“This is eternal life, to know You the one true God, and the One You sent, Jesus Christ.” -Jesus [John 17:3]

We judge from afar those whom we do not know.

But the people closest to us, whom we know inside and out and love dearly, we defend and stand by….no matter what.

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