The Intent of This Blog

This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Will Jesus Take My Stuff?

“Leaders can let you fail, and yet not let you be a failure.” - General Stanley McCrystal

I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! - Psalm 27:14 (A Psalm of David)

Stubborn: “having or showing dogged determination not to change one's attitude or position on something, esp. in spite of good arguments or reasons to do so” - New Oxford American Dictionary

“And when those who were around Him saw what would follow, they said, ‘Lord, shall we strike with the sword?’ And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus said, ‘No more of this!’ And He touched his ear and healed him.” - Luke 22:49-51 How must that servant of the high priest felt? Put yourself in his position. You come out with a mob, led by Judas one of twelve disciples, to finally arrest this Jesus whom you think is a false prophet and a traitor, you get your ear chopped off, then Jesus heals it on the spot. Who’s side are you gonna be on? How intrenched is this mob that they ignore a miracle in order to kill someone they think is going to take their power and or authority? It’s easy to look back on this event, and many other events in the Bible, and see the actors as pure foolish. But if we’re honest with ourselves, how often do we do the same things? We want miracles without the allegiance. We want to be saved but hold all the power. We want God’s power to act in our lives and we want to keep Him invisible at the same time. Make no mistake, Jesus will take your power. God will demand allegiance. Jesus came to save us all, but so often we deny His presence. What are you willing to give up to be one of His followers? An ear? A clean conscious? Control? And what will it take for Him to win us over? How many miracles will we deny or forget about? Having trouble remembering a miracle? Take a breath. There’s your miracle for the second. “That’s just air,” you might be saying. “I chose to breath it in,” you might be thinking. And you’re right, but who made the air, who made the lungs you’re breathing with, who created and sustains all life? And when’s the last time we thanked God for His miracles in our lives? The last time you prayed for something and got it, did you say thank you? I know I’ve forgotten, I’ve let miracles slip by unnoticed, I’ve left God hanging without a simple thanks. We’re all a little like that mob come to arrest our Savior. He heals us and it’s back to the cross for you Jesus. Thank you very much. There’s a greater life to be had. A life where Jesus takes all our stuff and makes it priceless. A life of appreciation for Him. With Him the birds chirp just for our enjoyment. With Him the rain puts out the forest fires. With Him life is a blessing to be shared. Jesus’ followers mourned His crucifixion, but how they enjoyed that Sunday morning when the tomb was empty! What side are we on? The side of miracles, or a life of coincidences, luck, and misfortune? Not everything will go our way. But we can take the advice of King David and “Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage, wait for the LORD!” - Psalm 27:14b Like I said, Jesus will take our stuff, but He has a reward that is more valuable than anything we could ever imagine. We may fail, but with Him we will never be a failure. We may lose, but we will never be a loser. Wait for the LORD! And see the miracles for our benefit. Wait for the LORD!

Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,

Jake

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