Friday, November 11, 2016

Standing Strong Through the Storm - PRAY WITH THE PERSECUTED

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. John 15:16

The first request of us from the persecuted church is that we pray for them. And correspondingly, they are usually great models of people of prayer which we can emulate. But we often need to be reminded that they do not ask us only to pray for them but also to pray with them. If we only pray for them, we will pray for their safety and the termination of their persecution. They want us to pray with them which means we will pray for: the advance of the gospel in their land; that they will bear fruit that will last; and for perseverance and fearless courage in the face of suffering.

Pastor Samuel Lamb from Guangzhou, China, has an interesting prayer for severe situations of persecution which expresses his trust in a great God. He prays: “Lord, I rejoice in how You are going to work this out.”

Moses Xie, a Chinese Church leader who spent more than twenty years in jail for his faith, says that when asking visitors to pray for him he is really after three distinct outcomes:

“First, I want them to experience the blessing of prayer for themselves. They will go to God on my behalf, but they will receive a great blessing from being in the presence of God.

Second, I know that as they pray, their burden for the persecuted will increase, and as their burden grows, so their commitment to assisting us in all sorts of other ways will increase also. Prayer alone makes them be the body.

Third, I want them to release more of God’s power into our situation through intercession, since I know that God has bound Himself not to act until we ask.”

Today is a great day to glorify God in our lives and those of the persecuted church.

RESPONSE: Today I will not only pray for the persecuted but I will also pray with the persecuted.

PRAYER: Lord, may my life glorify You today and may I be a lasting fruit bearer who only desires that Your will be done.

Men of the Bible - The Man by the Pool

His work: Since the man by the pool was an invalid, he may have made his living by begging.
His character: His role in the story seems almost entirely passive, perhaps in keeping with his character. He showed evidence neither of faith nor gratitude after the miracle of his healing and even went so far as to give evidence against Jesus to men who were hostile toward Jesus. Sin appears to have played a role in his condition.
His sorrow: To have been paralyzed for nearly forty years.
His triumph: To have been instantly healed.
Key Scriptures: John 5

A Look at the Man

"Do you want to be healed?" 

It was an outrageous question to ask a man who had been paralyzed for thirty-eight years, a man forced to beg for a living.

But there was a reason for the question. Perhaps, in fact, the paralyzed man wasn't happy about the prospect of being healed. Maybe his disability offered a certain kind of security, enabling him at least to make a living as a beggar. His sudden cure would have undermined his many dependencies, his familiar routine, his ingrained view of himself. He would have had to start life all over again.

Or maybe he was offended by Jesus' warning against sin. Perhaps he thought it would do Jesus good to receive his comeuppance at the hands of the religious leaders.

The story of the man by the pool reminds us that displays of God's power are not enough to create faith in a person's heart. Though the man had suffered for many years, he showed no evidence of gratitude and no evidence of belief. We expect him to fall on his knees when he is miraculously healed. But he doesn't. We expect him to show some kind of curiosity about the person who healed him. But he doesn't even ask Jesus his name until their second encounter. We expect him to protect Jesus against his detractors, to be scandalized by their blindness and self-righteousness. Instead, he reports Jesus to men he knew to be hostile toward Jesus.

In Matthew's gospel, Jesus denounces the cities that had witnessed most of his miracles, because the vast majority of people there had failed to repent (Matthew 11:20). His words remind us that, even though miracles are evidence of God's power and compassion, without faith we are still free to reject them, still free to conclude that his offer of mercy is irrelevant or unnecessary.

Though none of us know what went on in the heart of the man who was healed, we are troubled by the way he responded and the way he failed to respond to the miracle he experienced. We may even wonder if by his own choice he finally succeeded in placing himself beyond the reach of God's mercy. Only God knows.

Reflect On: Psalm 86:1–8
Praise God: For his grace, mercy, and the faith to believe.
Offer Thanks: For the blessings of healing and wholeness.
Confess: Any tendency you may have to blame others rather than to admit your own sinfulness and receive Christ’s pardon.
Ask God: To give you courage to stand, face those crippling hurts, and live with freedom and hope.

Girlfriends in God - A Joyful Offense

Today’s Truth

As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated (2 Chronicles 20:22, NIV).

Friend to Friend

They were surrounded, outnumbered. Anyone could see it was only a matter of time.

A “vast army” closed the distance on God’s people. A cloud of dust swirled, kicked up by the boots of a thousand of angry warriors. White with fear, witnesses ran to King Jehoshaphat with warning.

The news no doubt caused parents to pull children closer and whisper about ways of escape. The Bible said even King Jehoshaphat—a warrior himself—was “alarmed.” Even so, rather than rouse his generals and arm his men, Jehoshaphat turned his face to God and prayed.

"'O LORD, God of our fathers, are you not the God who is in heaven? We have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.'" (2 Chronicles 20:6, 12)

For years I’ve marveled at Jehoshaphat’s immediate response in crisis. I’m a “get it done” girl. When faced with a problem, I get right to work, try to fix it, resolve it, and make the problem go away. But pray? Sometimes prayer feels too flimsy for a real life crisis.

Jehoshaphat knew otherwise. The best preparation he could make was of the praying kind. Thus, he called men, women and children to circle up. There wasn't much time, but there was time enough to pray. Food was refused and knees were bent, until God spoke. And He did speak:

"Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s … You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you." (vs. 15, 17)

Face a massive army without a single weapon?


Once again, I marvel. Instead of fighting, God commands His king and people to do nothing. To watch the gathering cloud. And to trust.

So that’s exactly what they did. The next morning, King Jehoshaphat and every last Israelite stood their ground in the face of an attacking enemy. Instead of warriors leading the way, a chorus of worshipers lifted their voices in confidence to their God. Joy was the emotion of the day—not revenge, and certainly not fear. In the end, not a single enemy was left standing.

I'm not sure which vast army you face - perhaps a tough marriage, a struggling child, a chronic illness, or an uncertain future. Panic is understandable in the face of impossibility. It’s tempting to roll up our sleeves and try to warrior our way through our circumstances, I know.

But don’t forget: worship is a weapon far more powerful than a thousand warriors. When faced with overwhelming odds, the best defense is joyful offense.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, I often struggle to trust your deliverance when my circumstances appear impossible. Instead, I try to take matters into my own hands, try to control all the details. Instead, give me the courage and strength to stand in worship, even when I want to run. You are worthy. And more than able!
In Jesus’ Name,

Now It’s Your Turn

Today, when an unexpected circumstance takes you by surprise, simply sing. It doesn’t matter the song, but determine to worship God first before you do anything else.

More from the Girlfriends

Be sure to check out Michele Cushatt’s book, Undone: A Story of Making Peace With An Unexpected Life. Join Michele on her quest to make peace with a complicated life. It is an honest confession of a diagnosis of cancer and the joys and disappointments of motherhood and marriage, ripe with regret over what is and, yet, still hopeful for what could be.

Un Dia a la Vez - Los dos cimientos

Todo el que me oye estas palabras y no las pone en práctica es como un hombre insensato que construyó su casa sobre la arena [...] y esta se derrumbó. Mateo 7:26-27

Hoy terminamos los veintiún días y sé que mi Dios nos ha dado tremendas armas, instrucciones y doctrinas para que seamos felices mediante la obediencia. Si no leíste estos veintiún días, léelos cuando puedas. Hay cosas sencillas y prácticas que nos dejó Dios y que estoy segura que, si las aplicamos, daremos mejores frutos.

Este último llamado de nuestro Padre tiene que ver con lo más importante: La base de todo lo que hacemos, o sea, la estructura que determinará nuestra vida. ¿Dónde vamos a construir? ¿Sobre la arena o sobre la Roca que es Cristo? La vida construida sobre la Roca resistirá cualquier ataque, tormenta y desafío que se presente en nuestro diario vivir.

Por favor, dejemos la vida trivial. Dejemos de vivir a nuestra manera y de tomar decisiones que distorsionen lo que Dios ya planeó para cada uno de nosotros. Aprendamos de una vez por todas de las equivocaciones y de los golpes que hemos sufrido. Luego, permitamos que nuestro Señor nos dé esos cimientos para ser absolutamente felices en Cristo.

Verse of the Day - November 11, 2016

1 John 2:15-16 (NIV) [ On Not Loving the World ] Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.

Read all of 1 John 2

The Daily Readings for November 11, 2016

Joel 2:28-3:8
Then afterward I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female slaves, in those days, I will pour out my spirit. I will show portents in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD comes. Then everyone who calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved; for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the LORD has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the LORD calls. For then, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat, and I will enter into judgment with them there, on account of my people and my heritage Israel, because they have scattered them among the nations. They have divided my land, and cast lots for my people, and traded boys for prostitutes, and sold girls for wine, and drunk it down. What are you to me, O Tyre and Sidon, and all the regions of Philistia? Are you paying me back for something? If you are paying me back, I will turn your deeds back upon your own heads swiftly and speedily. For you have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried my rich treasures into your temples. You have sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks, removing them far from their own border. But now I will rouse them to leave the places to which you have sold them, and I will turn your deeds back upon your own heads. I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the people of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans, to a nation far away; for the LORD has spoken.

James 1:16-27
Do not be deceived, my beloved. Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. In fulfillment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures. You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God's righteousness. Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act-- they will be blessed in their doing. If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

Luke 16:1-9
Then Jesus said to the disciples, "There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. So he summoned him and said to him, 'What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.' Then the manager said to himself, 'What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.' So, summoning his master's debtors one by one, he asked the first, 'How much do you owe my master?' He answered, 'A hundred jugs of olive oil.' He said to him, 'Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.' Then he asked another, 'And how much do you owe?' He replied, 'A hundred containers of wheat.' He said to him, 'Take your bill and make it eighty.' And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 88 Domine, Deus
1   O LORD, my God, my Savior, by day and night I cry to you.
2   Let my prayer enter into your presence; incline your ear to my lamentation.
3   For I am full of trouble; my life is at the brink of the grave.
4   I am counted among those who go down to the Pit; I have become like one who has no strength;
5   Lost among the dead, like the slain who lie in the grave,
6   Whom you remember no more, for they are cut off from your hand.
7   You have laid me in the depths of the Pit, in dark places, and in the abyss.
8   Your anger weighs upon me heavily, and all your great waves overwhelm me.
9   You have put my friends far from me; you have made me to be abhorred by them; I am in prison and cannot get free.
10   My sight has failed me because of trouble; LORD, I have called upon you daily; I have stretched out my hands to you.
11   Do you work wonders for the dead? will those who have died stand up and give you thanks?
12   Will your loving-kindness be declared in the grave? your faithfulness in the land of destruction?
13   Will your wonders be known in the dark? or your righteousness in the country where all is forgotten?
14   But as for me, O LORD, I cry to you for help; in the morning my prayer comes before you.
15   LORD, why have you rejected me? why have you hidden your face from me?
16   Ever since my youth, I have been wretched and at the point of death; I have borne your terrors with a troubled mind.
17   Your blazing anger has swept over me; your terrors have destroyed me;
18   They surround me all day long like a flood; they encompass me on every side.
19   My friend and my neighbor you have put away from me, and darkness is my only companion.

Evening Psalms

Psalm 91 Qui habitat
1   He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, abides under the shadow of the Almighty.
2   He shall say to the LORD, "You are my refuge and my stronghold, my God in whom I put my trust."
3   He shall deliver you from the snare of the hunter and from the deadly pestilence.
4   He shall cover you with his pinions, and you shall find refuge under his wings; his faithfulness shall be a shield and buckler.
5   You shall not be afraid of any terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day;
6   Of the plague that stalks in the darkness, nor of the sickness that lays waste at mid-day.
7   A thousand shall fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you.
8   Your eyes have only to behold to see the reward of the wicked.
9   Because you have made the LORD your refuge, and the Most High your habitation,
10   There shall no evil happen to you, neither shall any plague come near your dwelling.
11   For he shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.
12   They shall bear you in their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13   You shall tread upon the lion and the adder; you shall trample the young lion and the serpent under your feet.
14   Because he is bound to me in love, therefore will I deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my Name.
15   He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; I am with him in trouble; I will rescue him and bring him to honor.
16   With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation.

Psalm 92 Bonum est confiteri
1   It is a good thing to give thanks to the LORD, and to sing praises to your Name, O Most High;
2   To tell of your loving-kindness early in the morning and of your faithfulness in the night season;
3   On the psaltery, and on the lyre, and to the melody of the harp.
4   For you have made me glad by your acts, O LORD; and I shout for joy because of the works of your hands.
5   LORD, how great are your works! your thoughts are very deep.
6   The dullard does not know, nor does the fool understand, that though the wicked grow like weeds, and all the workers of iniquity flourish,
7   They flourish only to be destroyed for ever; but you, O LORD, are exalted for evermore.
8   For lo, your enemies, O LORD, lo, your enemies shall perish, and all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.
9   But my horn you have exalted like the horns of wild bulls; I am anointed with fresh oil.
10   My eyes also gloat over my enemies, and my ears rejoice to hear the doom of the wicked who rise up against me.
11   The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, and shall spread abroad like a cedar of Lebanon.
12   Those who are planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God;
13   They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be green and succulent;
14   That they may show how upright the LORD is, my Rock, in whom there is no fault.

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The Daily Meditation for November 11, 2016

From Forward Day By Day
Written by Richelle Thompson

James 1:19-20 (NRSV) You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness.

Sure, James was writing to the Jewish Christians in the Diaspora, but he might as well have been sending a missive to parents of teens. The sleepless nights of caring for a baby, the crazed days of chasing a toddler…those we were prepared for. The whiplash emotions of a teenager? Not so much.

Those of us who are in the midst of raising teenagers would do well to heed these words from James: to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slower still to anger. We might find that if we can abide by these words from James, it becomes as if our ears are on a pulley line to our hearts: When we open ears to hear, the heart opens too. It is a good lesson as we move through the parenting of challenging, independent, and precious teens—and an even more important one for our journey of faith.

James calls the early church—and all of us today—to hear what God is saying to us. To be changed and transformed so that we, as children of God, might be brought into nearer relationship with God the Father.

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Our Daily Bread - Seeing Well

Read: John 15:12–17 | Bible in a Year: Jeremiah 50; Hebrews 8

You are my friends if you do what I command. John 15:14

Raleigh looks like a powerful dog—he is large and muscular and has a thick coat of fur. And he weighs over 100 pounds! Despite his appearance, Raleigh connects well with people. His owner takes him to nursing homes and hospitals to bring people a smile.

Once, a four-year-old girl spotted Raleigh across a room. She wanted to pet him, but was afraid to get close. Eventually, her curiosity overcame her sense of caution and she spent several minutes talking to him and petting him. She discovered that he is a gentle creature, even though he is powerful.

The combination of these qualities reminds me of what we read about Jesus in the New Testament. Jesus was approachable—He welcomed little children (Matt. 19:13–15). He was kind to an adulterous woman in a desperate situation (John 8:1–11). Compassion motivated Him to teach crowds (Mark 6:34). At the same time, Jesus’s power was astounding. Heads turned and jaws dropped as He subdued demons, calmed violent storms, and resurrected dead people! (Mark 1:21–34; 4:35–41; John 11).

The way we see Jesus determines how we relate to Him. If we focus only on His power, we may treat Him with the detached worship we’d give a comic book superhero. Yet, if we overemphasize His kindness, we risk treating Him too casually. The truth is that Jesus is both at once—great enough to deserve our obedience yet humble enough to call us friends.

Jesus, thank You for the privilege of knowing You. I acknowledge Your gentle power. I worship You as the Son of God—full of grace and glory.

What we think of Jesus shows in how we relate with Him.

© 2016 Our Daily Bread Ministries

Nuestro Pan Diario - Ver bien

Leer: Juan 15:12-17 | La Biblia en un año: Hebreos 8

Vosotros sois mis amigos, si hacéis lo que yo os mando ( Juan 15:14).

Ringo parece un perro fuerte; grande, musculoso, con pelo grueso, ¡y pesa más de 45 kilos! Aun así, su dueño lo lleva a hogares de ancianos y a hospitales para hacerlos sonreír.

Una vez, una niña de cuatro años lo vio y quiso acariciarlo, pero tenía miedo de acercarse. Al final, su curiosidad superó su temor, y pasó un rato hablándole y tocándolo. Así descubrió que, aunque era fuerte, también era manso.

Esta combinación de cualidades me recuerda lo que dice el Nuevo Testamento sobre Jesús: era accesible, ya que recibía a los niños (Mateo 19:13-15); fue amable con una desesperada mujer adúltera (Juan 8:1-11); y tuvo compasión al enseñar a las multitudes (Marcos 6:34). Al mismo tiempo, su poder era asombroso: ¡la gente miraba boquiabierta cuando Él echó demonios, calmó tormentas y resucitó muertos! (Marcos 1:21-34; 4:35-41; Juan 11).

Nuestra manera de ver a Jesús determina cómo nos relacionamos con Él. Si nos enfocamos solo en su poder, podemos adorarlo de manera distante, como si fuera un superhéroe de historietas. O, si exageramos en cuanto a su bondad, corremos el riesgo de ser irrespetuosos. Lo cierto es que Jesús combina ambas cosas: es lo suficientemente grande como para que lo obedezcamos y humilde como para llamarnos amigos.

Señor, gracias por ser como eres y por conocerte.

Nuestra manera de relacionarnos con Cristo muestra lo que pensamos de Él.

© 2016 Ministerios Nuestro Pan Diario

Unser Täglich Brot - Richtig sehen

Lesen: Johannes 15,12-17 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: Jeremia 50; Hebräer 8

Ihr seid meine Freunde, wenn ihr tut, was ich gebiete. Johannes 15,14

Raleigh ist ein großer, kräftiger Hund mit dickem Fell und wiegt fast 50 Kilo! Doch er kommt gut mit Menschen zurecht. Sein Besitzer geht mit ihm in Pflegeheime und Krankenhäuser, um die Menschen zum Lächeln zu bringen.

Einmal sah ein vierjähriges Mädchen ihn schon von weitem. Sie wollte ihn streicheln, hatte aber Angst, ihm zu nahe zu kommen. Schließlich überwog die Neugier alle Bedenken und sie entdeckte, dass er trotz seiner Kraft ein sanftmütiges Wesen hatte.

Raleigh erinnert mich an das, was wir im Neuen Testament von Jesus lesen. Jesus war nahbar—er hieß kleine Kinder willkommen (Matth. 19,13-15). Er war freundlich zu einer frisch ertappten Ehebrecherin (Joh. 8,1-11). Mitleid ließ ihn zu der Menge predigen (Mark. 6,34). Doch gleichzeitig verfügte er über erstaunliche Kraft. Köpfe drehten sich und Münder standen offen, wenn er Dämonen austrieb, Stürme stillte und Tote auferweckte! (Mark. 1,21-34; 4,35-41; Joh. 11).

Wie wir Jesus sehen, entscheidet darüber, wie wir mit ihm umgehen. Sehen wir nur seine Kraft, bringen wir ihm vielleicht distanzierte Bewunderung entgegen wie dem Superhelden aus einem Comicheft. Betonen wir vor allem seine Freundlichkeit, sehen wir in ihm womöglich nur den Kumpel. Aber Jesus ist beides—so groß, dass er unseren Gehorsam verdient, und demütig genug, um uns Freunde zu nennen.

Herr, hab Dank, dass ich dich kennen darf. Du bist sanft und mächtig. Ich bete dich an als den Sohn Gottes—voller Gnade und Herrlichkeit.

Was wir von Jesus denken, zeigt sich daran, wie wir ihm begegnen.

© 2016 Unser Täglich Brot

Хлеб наш насущный - Правильный взгляд

Читать сейчас: Иоанна 15:12-17 | Библия за год: Иеремия 50; 1 Тимофею 1

«Вы – друзья Мои, если исполняете то, что Я заповедую вам». — Иоанна 15:14

Ральф – огромный мускулистый пес с густой шерстью. И весит он немало – больше пятидесяти килограммов. Однако, вопреки грозной внешности, Ральф дружелюбен и охотно знакомится с новыми людьми. Хозяин берет его с собой в приюты и больницы, чтобы порадовать пациентов.

В одном из таких мест Ральфа увидела четырехлетняя девочка. Ей хотелось погладить собаку, но подойти было страшно. Наконец любопытство взяло верх над страхом, и она несколько минут разговаривала со своим новым знакомым и гладила его. Оказалось, он очень ласков, хотя и силен.

Сочетание этих качеств напоминает мне образ Иисуса Христа в Новом Завете. Он был доступен, принимал маленьких детей (Мф. 19:13-15). Он был добр к согрешившей женщине, застигнутой врасплох (Ин. 8:1-11). Сострадание вело Его навстречу толпам (Мк. 6:34). И в то же время Он обладал невообразимой силой. Люди приходили в ужас и изумление, когда Он изгонял бесов, успокаивал бури и воскрешал умерших (Мк. 1:21-34; 4:25-41; Ин. 11).

Наш взгляд на Иисуса Христа определяет наше отношение к Нему. Если мы сосредоточены только на Его силе, то будем испытывать благоговейный трепет и страх. Если же мы уделяем чрезмерное внимание Его доброте, то можем начать относиться к Нему слишком вальяжно. Господь сочетает в Себе то и другое. Он достаточно велик, чтобы повиноваться Ему во всем, но и достаточно смирен, чтобы находиться с Ним в близком общении.

Господь Иисус, благодарю за великую честь знать Тебя. Я признаю Твой кроткий характер и могучую силу. Поклоняюсь Тебе как Божьему Сыну, полному благодати и славы.

То, что мы думаем о Христе, показывает наше отношение к Нему.

© 2016 Ministères NPQ

Notre Pain Quotidien - Bien voir

Lisez : Jean 15.12‑17 | La Bible en un an : Jérémie 50 et Hébreux 8

Vous êtes mes amis, si vous faites ce que je vous commande. (Jean 15.14)

Il se dégage de Raleigh une impression de grande force. Ce gros chien musclé au pelage épais pèse plus de 45 kilos ! Malgré son apparence, Raleigh se fait aimer des gens. Son maître l’amène dans des maisons de santé et des hôpitaux pour mettre un sourire aux lèvres des malades.

Un jour, une fillette de quatre ans a vu Raleigh de loin et a voulu le caresser, mais redoutait de s’en approcher. Sa curiosité ayant eu raison de son sens de la prudence, elle a fini par lui parler et le caresser plusieurs minutes, découvrant ainsi en lui une gentille créature malgré sa grande force.

Cette combinaison de qualités rappelle Jésus. Il était d’un abord facile, accueillant même les petits enfants (MT 19.13‑15). Il a usé de gentillesse envers une femme adultère au désespoir (JN 8.1‑11). Par compassion, il enseignait ses voies aux foules (MC 6.34). En même temps, sa puissance laissait pantois. Lorsqu’il imposait sa domination aux démons, qu’il apaisait de violentes tempêtes et qu’il ressuscitait des morts, les témoins de ses miracles en restaient bouche bée (MC 1.21‑34 ; 4.35‑41 ; JN 11) !

Notre perception de Jésus nous dicte notre relation avec lui. Si nous ne nous concentrons que sur sa puissance, nous risquons de lui vouer la sorte d’adoration distante que susciterait un super héros de bédé. Par contre, si nous nous attachons trop à sa bonté, nous risquons de le traiter avec sans-gêne. Jésus est donc à la fois assez grand pour mériter notre obéissance et assez humble pour nous appeler amis.

Notre perception de Jésus transparaît dans notre relation avec lui.

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