Been with Jesus

Today is Wednesday, the twenty-sixth of May, 2021, in the first week of Ordinary Time.

Peace be with you!

Day 23,085

Five days until Memorial Day, the next holiday in the US, and another long weekend!

Yesterday was a pretty good day, over all. I was still quite busy, and am still quite behind on my tasks, but my mindset was better, and I believe I approached issues in a more healthy way. We’ll see if I can continue that trend today.

I don’t have much else to write about, this morning. So I’ll move on in to my devotional.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS

Let nothing disturb you,
let nothing frighten you,
all things will pass away.
God never changes;
patience obtains all things,
whoever has God lacks nothing.
God alone suffices.

Amen.
(St. Teresa of Avila)

I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.
(Psalms 18:3 ESV)

Today I am grateful:

1. for the intensity of Your beauty, and the beauty of Your creation, which makes all other issues seem insignificant (footstool problems)
2. that, having You, I lack nothing
3. that Your love toward us is great, and Your faithfulness endures forever (Psalm 117)
4. that, whatever is going on in our lives, God has got it handled
5. that we can reach out and find healing in the hem of Your garment, in Your wings

Scriptures and Prayers from Seeking God’s Face: Praying with the Bible through the Year

ORDINARY TIME – DAY 3

INVITATION

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.
(Ezekiel 36:26-27 NIV)

I pause, briefly, to quietly consider the truth that, having God, I lack nothing at all, and have no reason to fear anything. This world is a perfectly safe place for me to be. Everything is grace and enwrapped in love.

BIBLE SONG

Praise the LORD, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples.
For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD.
(Psalms 117:1-2 NIV)

BIBLE READING

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. Jesus is
“‘the stone you builders rejected,
which has become the cornerstone.’
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.
(Acts 4:8-13 NIV)

DWELLING: SILENCE AND MEDITATION

As I become aware of the presence of God, and the indwelling Holy Spirit, I read these passages again, asking Him to move me toward a particular word or phrase, teaching me something about my life in Christ.

The truth of the shortest Psalm is very basic, yet also powerful. The Lord’s love toward us is, indeed, great. So great that He created everything out of love, because He is love. This is why it is said that “everything is enwrapped in love.” And, truly, His faithfulness endures forever.

In the Acts passage, Peter and John are being questioned concerning the lame man that was healed in the previous chapter. They had been asked, “By what power or what name did you do this?”

What we see is their answer. Peter makes the basic and great proclamation in verse 12, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

“No other name.”

And then, in verse 13, the greatest compliment that could be paid to someone, in my opinion, is stated.

“They took note that these men had been with Jesus.”

Would that people would say that about me! I want to live my life in such a way that people think that about me.

Father, I praise You for Your great love for us and for Your never-ending faithfulness. I thank You for Your marvelous, infinite, matchless grace, freely bestowed on all who believe, and, truthfully, pretty much bestowed on every creature on the planet, whether they realize it or not! I thank You for the testimony of Peter, that there is, indeed, no other name by which we may be saved than the name of Jesus. I pray that my life will reflect His words, His walk, and His countenance, as I move through my day today. I pray for a level head and spirit, through all circumstances that are already coming my way. May my reactions be holy and Christlike.

Breathe on us,
breath of God;
infuse our everyday lives with a majesty and glory that only comes from your Holy Spirit dwelling in us.
Fill our lives with a boldness that isn't bluster but simply the overflow of your eternal life in us.
Amen.
(Belgic Confession 11)

BLESSING

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
(Romans 15:13 NIV)

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
(Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV)

Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.
(Proverbs 22:6 NLT)

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
(Matthew 6:34 NLT)

There seems to be a theme in these verses . . . don’t worry. God’s got it. Let it go.

“Give the following instructions to the people of Israel: Throughout the generations to come you must make tassels for the hems of your clothing and attach them with a blue cord. When you see the tassels, you will remember and obey all the commands of the LORD instead of following your own desires and defiling yourselves, as you are prone to do. The tassels will help you remember that you must obey all my commands and be holy to your God.”
(Numbers 15:38-40 NLT)

“But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture.”
(Malachi 4:2 NLT)

Just then a woman who had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding came up behind him. She touched the fringe of his robe, for she thought, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” Jesus turned around, and when he saw her he said, “Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was healed at that moment.
(Matthew 9:20-22 NLT)

When the people recognized Jesus, the news of his arrival spread quickly throughout the whole area, and soon people were bringing all their sick to be healed. They begged him to let the sick touch at least the fringe of his robe, and all who touched him were healed.
(Matthew 14:35-36 NLT)

Interestingly, the word translated “wings” in Malachi 4:2, is “kanaph,” and can also mean a flap of clothing. The word for “fringe” in Matthew is “kraspedon.” According to Jonathan Cahn, the words are interchangeable. So the woman who touched the fringe of His robe, and all the people who touched the fringe of His robe . . . they all found healing in His “wings.”

Lord, may we find healing in Your wings today. Let us not be afraid to reach out and touch You with our infirmities, with our problems, regardless of how insignificant they may be. The smallest of problems can be an unpassable mountain for some, and You are there for us, available for us to reach out and touch You. All glory to You, Father! Breathe on us, Holy Spirit!

Lord, may You and Your blessings be present in all national and local communities, today. I specifically lift up the continent of Africa, today, that You might be present in all things and circumstances there, and be their protector and provider. I pray for all areas of hunger, famine, and poverty today, that none would go hungry. Help us to be Your vessels of provision where we can be, and lead us to those whom we can help.

I pray for peace in our nation, peace in our world. I pray for racial injustice to end, and I pray for the pandemic to be over. Above all else, though, I pray for Your will to be done, on earth as it is in heaven. For Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
(Isaiah 41:10 NLT)

Grace and peace, friends. Shalom Aleichem!