Monday, December 2, 2013

Choose The Good Part And Profit

Isaiah 48:17  - .. “I am the Lord your God, who teaches u 2 profit, who leads u by the way u should go.

God instructs us for our own benefit. He wants us 2 profit in every area of our lives — health, finances, career, marriage and family relationships. The Bible says that it is God who teaches us 2 profit. And it is He who leads us in the way that we should go.

God always has our best interests at heart. We only have 2 sit at His feet, listen 2 His Word and just have fresh, daily communion with Him, and He will make our way prosperous.

But we are constantly bombarded with things 2 do every day, like sending the kids 2 school, attending a business meeting or making a sales presentation. Likewise, in church, there are just as many important things 2 attend 2 — ministering 2 the needy, reaching out 2 the lost and healing the sick. But u know what? All these things will be taken care of when we sit at Jesus’ feet and listen 2 His Word.

What was the Lord’s response 2 Martha’s complaint that her sister was sitting at His feet and listening 2 Him, instead of helping her with the many tasks? “Martha, Martha, u are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41–42)

Yet, many of us are like Martha. We worry about many things. And we are so busy that we have no time 2 sit at Jesus’ feet 2 listen 2 His Word and enjoy communion with Him. When we fail 2 draw from Him, we end up running on our own strength, and relying on our own flesh and wisdom 2 get things done. Listen, u can never have a plan that is better than God’s!

My friend, do u want 2b led by God’s wisdom and timing in your decision-making? Then, make it a point 2 choose the good part like Mary did. Spend time with Jesus, open your Bible and say, “Lord, speak 2 me.” You will find that your heavenly Father takes care of your troubles, and teaches and leads u 2 profit!

Rest N Receive Your Miracle

Hebrews 4:9 - There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.

In the healing of the paralyzed man at the pool of Bethesda (John 5:1–16), Jesus knew that for 38 years, the man had been flat on his back, unable 2 do anything for himself or others, no matter how hard he struggled.

In the case of the woman oppressed with a spirit of infirmity (Luke 13:10–13), Jesus knew that the woman had been bowed over for 18 years. And in that condition, she saw very little that was beautiful in life, only the dusty ground, dirty sandals and bruised feet.

What about the man with a withered hand? (Luke 6:6–10) Jesus knew from His carpenter days how a useless hand could have easily given the man a very poor sense of self-worth.

I believe that all three of them must have struggled for so long 2 get back on their feet, 2 try 2 lift themselves up, 2 attempt 2 do something about their situations, only 2b disappointed each time they failed. In fact, they got so frustrated with striving 2 get better that by the time they met Jesus, they had probably given up trying 2 change their situations.

It was then that Jesus came and extended His offer 2 turn their situations around. And when they embraced His offer, they received the miracles that they had sought for so long.

You too may have been struggling 2 get back on your feet, or 2 lift yourself out of the problem that has sorely weighed u down. You have attempted 2 do whatever u could, hoping that it would amount 2 something, but u have been frustrated time and again. My friend, God wants u 2 cease from all your struggling and accept the offer He extends 2 turn your situation around.

It is no coincidence that all three of them received their miracles on the Sabbath, the day of rest for the Jews. God’s Word says, “There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.” The day u cease from your own laboring and striving, and rest in the finished work of Christ, is the day u receive your miracle.

Jesus has done all the work. Whatever u need has been provided for at the cross. So just be at rest and receive your miracle!