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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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Today!

“Seems like all I could see was the struggle
Haunted by ghosts that lived in my past
Bound up in shackles of all my failures
Wondering how long is this gonna last
Then You look at this prisoner and say to me “son
Stop fighting a fight it’s already been won

I am redeemed, you set me free
So I’ll shake off these heavy chains
Wipe away every stain, now I’m not who I used to be
I am redeemed”

- Excerpt from the song I Am Redeemed by Big Daddy Weave

He (Jesus) entered Jericho and was passing through. And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was about to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” So he hurried and came down and received Him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” - Luke 19:1-10

Orgulous: “proud, haughty” - Merriam-Webster Dictionary

How much time do we spend fighting for our salvation? And how much of that fight comes with repentance in our hearts? Every time we mess up, do we start our process of salvation all over again? Zacchaeus didn’t do anything to be saved except seek out Jesus. Then Jesus came to his house for dinner and took care of business. Are we letting Jesus take care of business in our lives? Or are we trying to take care of our own business then invite Jesus over to brag about what we’ve done. Jesus isn’t interested in what we’ve done. Whether good or bad. Jesus knows that we’ve all done some messed up stuff. Jesus is interested in our hearts. Could you imagine going to a doctor simply to explain to them that you have no negative symptoms and you’re perfectly healthy? That sounds like a big waste of time. But how often do we do that with Jesus? Instead of seeking out His healing, we seek out His approval. Forgetting that with His healing we already have it. There is one difference between Zacchaeus and ourselves however. Jesus is continually coming down our street. We don’t have to fight a crowd to get to Him. He’s at our door asking to come in. It doesn’t matter that we’ve been hoarding a bunch of junk for the past twenty or thirty years. He’s wants to come in and make it all disappear. All we have to do is open the door. For many of you, you’ve heard all this before. Many I’m sure have already received Him. But maybe you haven’t. Maybe you don’t care. Maybe you’ve never cared in the past but now there’s something drawing you. The Bible says, “Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.” - Hebrews 4:7b  
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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