May 7 / Proverbs 7 / Mark 9

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Proverbs 7:2

Obey my commands and you will live.

Jesus said this as well at the end of the Sermon on the Mount when He told them, “Whoever hears these words of Mine and acts on them is like a wise man who built his house on rock. The stormy rains came and the floods rose up, yet that house stood firm in the midst of it.” [my paraphrase]



The words of Jesus and of Scripture must meet with the realities of everyday life to transform us into Him.

Otherwise, what’s the point?

Information gathering?

La de frickin’ da!!!!

Do we not have enough information already???


Now there is something in deficit.

We need God every second. What if we were to remain consciously aware of that fact and ask Him continually for help? Would He help us? Have you ever done this for a day? For an hour? Continually depended on Him?

He wants to change us.

He wants to work in us to stop speaking rudely to our family.

He wants us to stop gossiping and complaining about everything and everybody.

He wants us to no longer live in fear. Of what people think. Of what might happen.

He wants to give us His peace.

He wants His joy to be in us and for it to be full.

He wants our life to be abundant.

We must put into action His words and actively employ His help. I am convinced that most Christians are hugely missing out on the life that really is life that is available to all of us. Right now.

Much seed truly falls on thorny ground as many are distracted by the cares of this world. I love that painting above–Will we focus on God and His beauty, love, and provision? Or will we choose to focus on all the things we don’t like and, henceforth, fail to notice the God of all comfort always with us, hanging ourselves by a noose of our own making (whether metaphorical or literal)?

Surrender to His ways is the only life-giving option for living here in the kingdom now. Jesus showed us what is available now through His very life.

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I refuse to trudge through life in survival mode when new and abundant life is available to me now. As a lady who had a near death experience came back to say, “Life is a gift, not a chore.”

I want to sell all I have in order to buy that field with the priceless treasure in it.

Interact with Jesus about everything today. Discover His peace. Trust Him in every moment no matter how it looks.

Choose belief.

Experience shalom.

Mark 9:50

You are the salt of the earth.

As Christians, we are to enhance the taste of life for those around us.

Do you?

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