What Do You Have To Say Of Positive Impact?
Good Morning Friends,
This world is all I have ever known and yet something about it seems a little off kilter. Maybe it is hearing and seeing the words and actions that divide us when I am pretty sure we were designed to be in unity. Think this through. Some people cannot hear and yet may have something to share that is unique and unspoiled on how they experience God and the Gospel. There is a void of the divine in the world that needs to be opened to heaven. In imitation of God we desire to speak and proclaim things into existence, but we must do so with discernment. What Do You Have To Say Of Positive Impact?
Scripture: Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. They were astounded beyond measure, saying, “He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”
Mark 7:31-37 (NRSV)
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.'” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die; for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves. They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” He said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent tricked me, and I ate.”
Genesis 3:1-13 (NRSV)
Message: Today we have a miracle of Jesus and a passage from Genesis, that amazing first book of the Bible that tracks the experience of life beginning with creation and the sad reality of the fall but ends with the reconciliation of a family and a burial of a patriarch. The book is a journey that takes us from our birth through life to the reality of death and the hope of reconciliation. I hope you get a Holy Spirit experience in reading the scripture. For me it engages the memories and senses of my mind in a way so that it might be renewed and reconnected to the world in a way to glorify God. Yes, life is messed up, but it does not have to be. Become opened to experience it as a journey where we learn to walk, all over again, with the God we were created to walk with. And the longer we are in relationship with God—the better life gets. We need to obey the path of wisdom and learn to love God as we respond to this love poured out through Jesus Christ. Friends, there is only one good faith and sometimes we can get in God’s way is we try to substitute our own. Friends, sometimes we are to back off and sometimes to step in. Only if we really love will we know.
And So, have hope. The longer we are in relationship with God the better life gets. God created us to be in a trust relationship with the Divine and in a love relationship with one another. There is no need to fear but there is a need to be strategic, for trust must be partnered with the Spirit filled insight of obedience guided by love.
Pray a prayer of silence that opens the mind and releases healing and the ability to hear and witness in new ways the message of Jesus. Pray our actions bring a little of heaven to earth. Pray our actions glorify God. Pray the meditations of our hearts and the words of our mouth honor God. Pray we walk like we believe in something greater than ourselves.
Pray we are open to God’s healing. Pray we are open to God’s way of salvation. Pray we not play favorites but extend love to those who need it most. Pray we seek and knock so the way will be opened. Pray we have the right state of mind. Pray we live in the moment of all moments as an infinite happiness that wants nothing. Pray we not mistake the world’s ways for the goodness of God. Pray therefor our faith is alive and filled with actions that nudge others closer to a closer walk with God. Pray
we overcome our brokenness.