The Kiss-off

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Matt. 26:49-50 “And he came to Jesus and said, ‘Greetings, Rabbi,’ –then kissed him.

Jesus asked him, “Friend, why have you come here?’”

Can you imagine the thoughts that spiraled through Judas’ mind later that day, moments before he hung himself? Had he been veiling his edginess as he greeted his Master?

Then he kissed Jesus on the cheek. Did he remember that final kiss, a ritual that indicated friendship and respect? Jesus had called him “Friend.” Judas recognized his cost of discipleship very soon after betraying his Lord. He confronted the horror of his actions: Jesus would soon be crucified because he gave him away…with a kiss. What a lesson we can learn from this tragedy.

Transpose this scenario to our lives today. John 15:13, 14, 15 “You are my friends if you keep my commandments. Henceforth I call you not servants, for the servant knows not what his lord does. But I have called you friends, for all things I have heard from God I have told to you.”

Jesus calls those who love and serve Him his friends. Is Jesus your friend? Do you keep his commandments?  Do you run to him one minute with praise then later betray your friendship? “Lord, I worship you and praise you. You are the Lord of my life.”

Then a conscience-pricking situation comes along and you give no thought to your devotion. You “kiss off” this lord of your life as easily as you would change hats. “I’m no do-gooder.”

They can pick themselves up from ground. No one helped me when I was down! Who? Jesus? Nah, he doesn’t expect me to do that. I’m a member of the Main Street ******** Church. What more does he expect? No, no, not me.”

Many times during the day, every day, I’m sure we all hear that still small Voice whispering in our ears:
“Write …
Visit …
Check up on…
Put some change in the little kid’s hand …
Rebuff that urge to …
Call …
Listen …
Touch …”

We all get these twinges of conscience or heart but dismiss them as soon as our senses recognize we might have to leave our comfort zone. Being a friend of Jesus means looking upon others as he would, if he were still on earth.  You see, he still is on earth–in you!

 

Remember

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“He is your praise and your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen.” Deut. 10:21

Moses spoke these words to Israel prior to their journey into the land of promise. He had placed the tables of stone into the ark as God had commanded, and now it was time for Israel to prove their mettle. “Go in and possess the land which I have sworn unto your fathers.”

Moses exhorted Israel to:

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Fear the Lord

Walk in all His ways

Love Him

Serve Him with all your heart and soul

Keep His laws

Circumcise the foreskin of your heart

Be no longer stubborn

Love the stranger

Hold fast to the Lord.

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The exhortations above sound quite familiar, don’t they? As Christians, we hold to each of them in our daily walk with Christ. Moses was admonishing Israel to remember all that God had done for them and to cling to this great God who brought them out of bondage. We too need this reminder today.

It’s all too easy to interact with God as if He were a sugar daddy or an easy mark. He’s not either. He is the great awesome God of Israel, the great I AM!  Don’t mess with the MAN! Fear Him, respect Him, stand before Him in awe, and esteem Him. He’s number ONE.

Walk in ways that reflect His love and mercy to others. Love Him with that bone-deep, heart-booming passion born from a worshipful spirit. Serve Him heartily, wholly, with all the gusto you can muster. Keep His commandments and you’ll reap your rewards.

Discipline yourself, lean into the yoke and pull hard. Right next to you on the other side is Jesus. Just remember that. Love the stranger among you, for you were once strangers also. Cling fast to the Lord and He will always be with you.

Make it a practice to praise the Lord–with thanksgiving and a humble spirit. Think back to the wondrous moments He lightened your life. Think today of what He is doing for you right this moment.

Praise Him, praise Him, and praise Him, our wonderful Redeemer! Amen.

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© 2013 Jeanne E Webster.  All rights reserved

“He is your praise and your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen.” Deut. 10:21

Moses spoke these words to Israel prior to their journey into the land of promise. He had placed the tables of stone into the ark as God had commanded, and now it was time for Israel to prove their mettle. “Go in and possess the land which I have sworn unto your fathers.”

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Moses exhorted Israel to:

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Fear the Lord

·         Walk in all His ways

·         Love the Lord

·         Serve Him with all your heart and soul

·         Keep His laws

·         Circumcise the foreskin of your heart

·         Be flexible

·         Love the strangers among you

·         Trust the Lord

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The exhortations above sound quite familiar, don’t they? As Christians, we hold to each of them in our daily walk with Christ. Moses was admonishing Israel to remember all that God had done for them and to cling to this great God who had brought them out of bondage. We too need this reminder.

It’s all too easy to interact with God as if He were a sugar daddy or an easy mark. NO!  He is the awesome God of Israel, the great I AM! Don’t mess with the MAN! Fear Him, respect Him, stand before Him in awe, and esteem Him. He’s number ONE.

Walk in ways that reflect His love and mercy to others. Love Him with that bone-deep, heart-booming passion born from a worshipful spirit. Serve Him heartily, wholly, with all the gusto you can muster. Keep His commandments and you’ll reap many rewards. Discipline yourself, lean into the yoke and pull hard. Right next to you on the other side is Jesus. Just remember that. Love the stranger among you, for you were once strangers also. Cling fast to the Lord and He will always be with you.

Make it a practice to praise the Lord–with thanksgiving and a humble spirit. Think back to the wondrous moments He lightened your life. Ponder what He is doing for you right this moment. Praise Him, praise Him, praise Him . . . our wonderful Redeemer! Amen.

Shalom

Cataracts

 

©Jeanne E. Webster

The eyes have it–cataracts, that is. Our vision darkens as we advance in age, causing objects to appear fuzzy and distorted. There is a fix for this: surgical removal of the lens followed by a plastic artificial lens implant.

Another age-related condition can subtly affect us: spiritual cataracts. As Christians, we may become complacent about our walk with Christ. Hedge a little here, fudge a tad there, and over the years cataracts develop that can distort our spiritual vision. They give us no signs of their presence until they have become solidly entrenched in our life styles.

Signs:

1. Are possessions our ideals, instead of God? Are we obsessed with money or our talents, our health, other people?

2. Do we worship manmade images? Do we give them “life” by allowing them to influence our lives?

3. Do we cuss, swear or use God’s name casually, without reverence?

4. Do we keep the Sabbath for a day of reverence?

5. Do we really respect Mom and Dad, despite their miserable failings?

6. Have we killed anyone?! Nah. Does that include abortions? Yep.

7. Are we involved in adulterous relationships, forsaking our sacred honor?

8. Are we sticky-fingered about the possessions of others?

9. Are we the local gadflies, flitting here and there with tasty tidbits of untruths?

10. Are we exceedingly desirous of someone else’s possessions?

[Exodus 20:17 KJV]

 

The above are all signs of spiritual cataracts. What’s the remedy? A daily study of Scripture wrapped with fervent prayer will enable us to see more clearly the footsteps of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

 

~shalom

A Sugar Daddy?

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“He is your praise and your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen.” Deut. 10:21

Moses spoke these words to Israel prior to their journey into the land of promise. He had placed the tables of stone into the ark as God had commanded, and now it was time for Israel to prove their mettle. “Go in and possess the land which I have sworn unto your fathers.”

Moses exhorted Israel to:
Fear the Lord
Walk in all His ways
Love Him
Serve Him with all your heart and soul
Keep His laws
Circumcise the foreskin of your heart
Be no longer stubborn
Love the stranger
Hold fast to the Lord.

The exhortations above sound quite familiar, don’t they? As Christians, we hold to each of them in our daily walk with Christ. Moses was admonishing Israel to remember all that God had done for them and to cling to this great God who brought them out of bondage. We too need this reminder today. It’s all too easy to interact with God as if He was a sugar daddy or an easy mark. He’s not either. He is the great awesome God of Israel, the great I AM! Don’t mess with the MAN! Fear Him, respect Him, stand before Him in awe, esteem Him. He’s number ONE.

Walk in ways that reflect His love and mercy to others.

Love Him with that bone-deep, heart-booming passion born from a worshipful spirit.

Serve Him heartily, wholly, with all the passion we can muster.

Keep His commandments and we’ll reap our rewards.

Discipline ourselves, lean into the yoke and pull hard. Right next to us on the other side is Jesus. Just remember that.

Love the stranger among us, for we were once strangers also.

Cling fast to the Lord and He will always be with us.

Make it a practice to praise the Lord–with thanksgiving and a humble spirit. Think back to the wondrous moments He lightened our lives. Think today of what He is doing for us right this moment. Praise Him, praise Him, praise Him, our wonderful Redeemer! Amen.  (jew)
~Shalom