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Saturday, August 27, 2005

28 August 2005, God is a personal God

There is a Strong tendency by all of us, myself included, to take on responsibility equal to the world we live in. This world is a mess. This world was a mess when we came into it, it will be a mess when we leave.

Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein. Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this. For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always. John 12: 3-8

Note that last line, for the poor always ye have with you.

We are not going to solve poverty. The scripture makes it plain we are to help the poor, but we will not solve poverty. The world is not your responsibility.

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. I peter 5: 6-11

Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you. It is not your responsibility to change the world. Humble yourself before God, that is your task; then let him lift you up. Keep it simple, don't worry about everything, just keep getting closer to the living God.

Rejoice evermore.

Pray without ceasing.

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Quench not the Spirit.

Despise not prophesyings.

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

Abstain from all appearance of evil.

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. I Thessalonians 5: 16-24

In everything give thanks. God is big enough to handle your life, give it to him fully. God loves you more than you love yourself, he will not give you more than you can bear. God is smarter and wiser than you are, follow where he leads.

Do not take on burdens that are not yours to assume, cast them on Jesus, he cares for you. God is a personal God to you. Get close and personal with God, do it now. The future and the past do not matter, follow God today, give your cares to Jesus.

In Psalm 119: 105 we have the prescription; one step at a time, stay on course. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Jesus is Lord!