Glory Seed Devotional, 2018.04.05

Glory Seed Devotional’s 2018 Experiencing Jesus, the Prelude to Life

When adversaries go wild…

Shalom!

“I will keep watch for you, my strength, because God is my stronghold. My faithful God will come to meet me; God will let me look down on my adversaries.” (Psalm 59:9–10)

“We have met the enemy and he is us!” I am sure you’ve heard that before, if you don’t mind I am going to modify it slightly, “We have met the ADVERSARY and he is IN us!” It wasn’t that long ago I believed the first one but over the past several month’s I have discovered that it is what is inside me that presents its self to me as an adversary. Yet in the spirit of the verses above in Psalm 59 a deeper understanding develops before my eyes, “We have met the adversary and in Jesus he is no longer an adversary!”

Paul writing to the people in Rome (and to us) wrote about what happens to our adversary when Jesus lives in our hearts. “For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be rendered powerless so that we may no longer be enslaved to sin, since a person who has died is freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him, because we know that Christ, having been raised from the dead, will not die again. Death no longer rules over him. For the death he died, he died to sin once for all time; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So, you too consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 6:6–11)

For a deeper understanding insert your adversaries in the place of sin, “…that we may no longer to enslaved to our adversaries…” just as the death of a loved one lingers in our memories so will our adversaries, however they become living witnesses of the Loving Compassion of Jesus who died that we may have life and have it abundantly. Perhaps you’re wondering how can someone like me with pulmonary fibrosis be living a life of abundance? After all its slowly squeezing the life out of me, however abundance of life is not based on health, wealth, or any THING else, it’s simply based on the Glory of God Jesus and the Holy Spirt instills within us.

Adversaries gone wild become umbilical cords connecting us to the source of abundant life, Jesus Christ!

Father God, into Your Hands I entrust my spirit!

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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Glory Seed Devotional, 2018.04.04

Glory Seed Devotional’s 2018 Experiencing Jesus, the Prelude to Life

Easter in the rearview mirror…

Shalom!

“For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

With Easter 2018 now in the history books let’s take the time and get quiet and reflect not only on Easter 2018 but our lives as well. We’ll remember and experience the best of times and the worst of times and everything in between. Of all the scenes we’ll experience do not miss the one where Jesus is saying, “Because I Loved you so much I gave my life for your salvation!”

I often think about our concept of a suffering experienced in the Light of Jesus as becoming a Blessing. If that is the case, then did Jesus really suffer on our behalf, or was He sitting us up for a Blessing. I am not suggesting the biblical accounts of the emotional, mental, and physical pain He experienced is somehow wrong, that he never experienced them. What I am suggesting is there are times when suffering does is somehow mysteriously at the Hands of God become a Blessing. I am also suggesting because of Jesus’ unconditional Love for us He embraced them like ships in high seas heading into the wind. The bible reports this way…

"Listen," He said, "we’re going up to Jerusalem, where the Son of Man will be betrayed to the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. They will sentence Him to die. Then they will hand Him over to the Romans to be mocked, flogged with a whip, and crucified. But on the third day He will be raised from the dead." (Matthew 20:18-19)

Jesus knew what was going to happen to Him, He knew the agony, the pain, and humiliation He would experience but unlike Jonah Jesus said, “We’re going up to Jerusalem!” As we reflect on our lives we’ll discover during those “dark and stormy nights” when we suffered pain of some sort were Blessings. I remember while battling Myasthenia Gravis an elderly man stood in a worship service and asked God to heal me, immediately I prayed in return, “Not now God, please I am growing spiritually.” It would be years later before it went into remission.

There is one word I associate with the Passion Week, a word we are taught and encouraged to never do and that is surrender. Jesus surrendered His life not only for us but also to us. Jesus ENDURED the emotional, mental, and physical pain associated with His death on the Cross that we might have life and have it abundantly.

Father God, into Your Hands I entrust my spirit!

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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