Sunday, April 29, 2012

He Opened Their Eyes

"One Year Bible" New Testament Passage

But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him. Luke 24:16
Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him... Luke 24:31a
And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scripture. Luke 9:45

Walking with Jesus is not a static matter of learning a set of rules or truths and then slavishly following them. Instead it is a dynamic relationship of growth and depth of understanding - of hearing and following the intimate working of the voice of God in Scripture and in the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

There was a season in which the disciples had to walk in darkness. They did not understand, but instead they had to walk in pure trust and faith. Then there came a moment in which their eyes were opened and they saw more clearly WHAT GOD WAS DOING. It was what we might call an "Ah-ha" moment. By the sovereign work of God their eyes were opened.

God delights to lead us in this way. There are seasons in which it seems the path is cloudy - yet we continue to walk. Then, in a moment, God shows us His hand. If we walk with Him through this process, we will grow. And in growing, we will be prepared for the next step in His plan. So, TRUST, WAIT, and allow God to open your eyes - wider and wider.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

They Remembered His Words

"One Year Bible" New Testament Passage
Luke 23:44-24:12

And they remembered His words. Luke 24:8 (NKJV)

This is a very short verse that speaks volumes. Luke 23 and 24 is about the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. It is also about the incredible roller-coaster ride of emotions and experience that unfolded in the lives of His followers.

Obviously, the center of this story is the sufferings of Jesus. But as this drama went forward, the disciples were thrown into confusion. The last verse of chapter 23 and first of chapter 24 tell us the story of a small group of women.

Here's the crux of the story: they were operating from what they saw. They were taking appropriate steps in view of what had happened. They had forgotten the words of Jesus. It is amazing how, in the light of current circumstances, we can so quickly ignore what God has clearly spoken to us. Isn't it amazing how we remember what God said AFTER days of going up and down in our fear, anxiety, and, discouragement.

So HERE'S THE WORD: God has everything under control. He is moving according to His plan. There will be a moment soon when the lights will come on in your heart and you will see, you will remember, "God always told me He would be with me through times like this." He is still on the throne. His word is sure.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

A Glimpse at God's Heart

"One Year Bible" New Testament Passage
Luke 15:1-32

I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance. Luke 15:7 (NKJV)

It is always important when we can get a glimpse of God's heart. It is good to do the will of God. It is fantastic to hear the Word of God. It is beneficial to understand the plans of God. But is of highest value to know the heart of God.

What gives our God the greatest pleasure? What causes heaven to rock with joy? The answer shows us much about God's perspective on our world and our predicament.

Conventional wisdom teaches us that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." According to this perspective, we would rejoice over those who are wise enough and good enough to not need deliverance or restoration. They avoided the pitfalls and walked the straight and narrow.

God sees our world from a completely different point of view. By His estimation, we all are in deepest need of forgiveness and reconciliation. His work in this world is not the gathering and refinement of the holy. His work is a RESCUE MISSION aimed at the dying.

Such redemptive action lies at the heart of our God. It is the heart of Jesus. It is the message of the Cross.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Majesty of God

"One Year Bible" New Testament Passage
Luke 9:28-50

And they were all amazed at the majesty of God... Luke 9:43 (NKJV)

Two things had just occurred: one on the mountain top and one in the town. Both are vital in a full relationship with God. One reaches upward in face-to-face encounter with God. It changes us - transforms us. We commune with eternal things.

The second dimension takes us into powerful ministry to a world full of need. Jesus casts a demon out of a young boy! It is in this dimension that we can see God's power released on earth.

It is when these two "directional ministries" - upward and outward - are taking place that the majesty of our great God causes many to marvel at His goodness.

May it happen in your life today!