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Q121: Good Old Days

What would Jesus ask you today?

"How is it that you don't know how
to interpret this present time?" - Luke 12:56.

Every generation can resist the new generation and its music, customs and dress, yearning for the good old days of the past.. That leads to intolerance and, where church is concerned, a gap that hinders evangelism and community. How do you feel about the generation behind you?  Ahead of you?  Can you expect this generation's culture and still focus on the main thing, which is love and service? Read 1 John 2:12-14 and see that John had something to say for all generations; that is how you should be, too.

Q120: Healing

What would Jesus ask you today?

"Which is easier: to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,'
or to say, 'Get up and walk'?” - Matthew 9:5.

Nothing is too difficult for the Lord. If you can believe that God forgives sins, then you can also believe that heals your body. Both are miracles of which you are not worthy, but both are acts that He delights to perform for His people. Are you in need of healing?  Do you believe He can? Do you believe He wants to? Read Exodus 15:26 and then trust the Lord your healer to do what He promised He would do!

Q119: Dangerous

What would Jesus ask you today?

"Do you still not understand?" - Matthew 16:9.

God wants you to grow in your understanding of who He is and what He requires of you. If you don't invest time and effort into your growth, then you will not develop and mature, and that is a dangerous thing. What is your plan for spiritual growth? What are you reading? What are you studying? What classes are you taking? Are you helping others 'understand'? Read Hosea 4:6 and see the danger in not paying the price to learn and grow spiritually.

Q118: Headquarters

What would Jesus ask you today?

"John's baptism — where did it come from?
Was it from heaven, or from men?" - Matthew 21:25.

In this question, Jesus acknowledged that there are some spiritual things invented by man, but some that come from God. And it is critical that you know the difference and respond accordingly. What is heaven doing in your life right now? What is the Lord 'saying' through circumstances or His word that is a message from your spiritual headquarters? Read Psalm 29, then see where 'heaven' is speaking to you and respond accordingly.

Q117: Soothing Tongue

What would Jesus ask you today?

"How can you who are evil say anything good?" - Matthew 12:34.

The Bible has a lot to say about words and the tongue, because what you say has such power for good or not-so-good. The problem, however, is not just what you say but what you don't say when you miss an opportunity to encourage or lift someone up.  Are you not saying the encouraging or positive things you should be saying to those closest to you? Read Proverbs 15:4 and then set your mind with God's help to be that 'soothing tongue' that brings healing through what you say.

Q116: Commotion

What would Jesus ask you today?

"Why all this commotion and wailing?" - Mark 5:39.

It is easy to become upset when you think something is wrong, only to find out you did not have all the information, or that you jumped to the wrong conclusion. If you are not careful, this can become a bad habit, and you find yourself wasting a lot of emotional energy. Are you regularly finding yourself upset and fretting, your mind occupied with negative thoughts? Read this short verse in 1 Peter 5:7, and see that it is a command!  Then work to eliminate the commotion in your mind that is caused by your bad thinking.

Q115: Old Testament

What would Jesus ask you today?

"Haven't you read what David did
when he and his companions were hungry?" - Matthew 12:3.

The story Jesus referred to is found in the Old Testament in 1 Samuel 21.  In fact Jesus only had the Old Testament to preach and teach from, and He did a powerful job of communicating God's truth. How familiar are you with the Old Testament? Is it part of your regular reading program? Are you familiar with its stories and can you refer to them as a teaching aide? Read 2 Peter 1:19-21 and then find and follow a reading program that will help you be familiar with the Old Testament.

A Long Trip Just for A Book

I recently went to Seattle for a week's training at The Pacific Institute. I struggled with being away from my duties back home especially since I had just come back from Kenya.  Yet I knew in my heart I was supposed to go, and God opened the door for me to do so.

While I was there, I met many new people.  On the last day, I was talking with a man from Colorado, who gave me the title of a book that I just had to read - according to him. I wrote the book down to research it, only to discover that I had the book and had met the author in Zimbabwe (Dr. Caroline Leaf).  I won't go into the details of the book just yet, but I have started to read it and it is very helpful.

My point is that the trip to Seattle was worth it just to find and reconnect with that author and her book! That made me think of Proverbs 2:2-5:

1 My son, if you accept my words
   and store up my commands within you,
2 turning your ear to wisdom
   and applying your heart to understanding—
3 indeed, if you call out for insight
   and cry aloud for understanding,
4 and if you look for it as for silver
   and search for it as for hidden treasure,
5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord
   and find the knowledge of God.

To get wisdom, you have to search, dig, cry aloud, look, and call out. Those words are anything but passive! What are you doing to gain insight and to grow?  What price are you willing to pay? I want to grow and help others grow.  If that is my objective, what price is too high to change or save a life from the doldrums of mediocrity, produced by fear and bad thinking?

What is in your heart that you have not done that you need to do, something that will contribute to your growth?  What is stopping you from going for it? I turned 62 last week and have no idea how many days I have remaining.  That is why I want to make each one of them count for something.  I am determined to follow my heart where it leads me, trusting that God has shaped and molded that heart to follow after Him and His desires for my life.  That trust led me to Seattle and I encountered Him in many ways, but especially on the last day when a man I met for the first time directed me to a valuable work that will add more value to my valuable work. I want the same dynamic present in your life.

Q114: Body Treatments

What would Jesus ask you today?

"Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?" - Acts 22:7.

Saul was persecuting followers of Jesus, but Jesus saw it that Saul was persecuting Him personally! That tells us that what you do to God's people you are really doing to God, for good or not so good. How are you treating God's people these days? Are you gracious and forgiving, or cold and disdainful? Read 1 Thessalonians 5:12-15 and evaluate your behavior in each area that Paul mentioned therein.