March 22, 2016
But the news about Him was spreading even farther, and large crowds were gathering to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness (""deserted place"") and pray. (Luke 5:15-16)
Everything about the lifestyle of Jesus should be studied and sacred to us. For He not only came to show us the Father, but also to show us what a man, rightly related to the Father, must be and do.
THE UNUSUAL PRACTICE
Jesus was drawing crowds, which is explainable. But what is not explainable is His practice to ""often slip away to the deserted place and pray."" Most leaders of such fame would milk the crowd moments. A famous leader would tell us of his busyness and admit he had very little time to get away. But not Jesus.
There were moments when he simply slipped through the watching crowd and retired. This was so common for him that we can rightly say it was the deliberate habit of his life.
Why would Christ not squeeze the moments of his fame? Even his own brothers questioned him about this. But Jesus was not enamored by the crowds. He went to them because He loved people and He wanted to “seek and save” that which was lost.
But, His one desire was to do the will of the Father. And He knew that He could not do God's will if He did not know God's will. He knew He would have no Divine power without Divine connection and no Divine direction without Divine communion.
And, you have to believe, if you know Him well, that these moments and hours in God's presence were the most cherished of His earthly life. That He went to the wilderness because he loved His Father and longed for communion with Him. Quietness in the Father’s presence was the goal, to simply be with the One He loved.
Every reason He had for seclusion should be our reasons. The man who is always available and seeking the limelight is not the One we should follow. Follow the man (and be the man) who often slips away to pray. For this man will have something from God to tell you when the crowds appear.
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February 26, 2020
February 24, 2020
We have our golden calves. Power, pleasure, materialism are three big ones. We bow before them, doing anything to get them. They become idols that we worship. Stone gods that we bow before. And God has the same reaction.
When will we learn? There is ONE GOD! There is only one who can deliver us. Only one from whom every good and perfect gift originates. One Creator of all that is, including the very cells of our bodies. One God we should look to and one God we should worship and serve.
February 22, 2020
Does God have a task for you to do? Most assuredly He does. Then He will put the calling, empowering, and skill necessary to accomplish His work in and through you. This sufficiency is true for the smallest, daily tasks and the greatest endeavors. You need not fear. Look to Him and all the sufficiency you need will be provided. You will be able to say with Paul, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
In this way, God’s miraculous work gets done and all the glory goes entirely to the One who equipped you for the task.