And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you 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.”
Failing in his frontal attacks upon the child of God, Satan often turns to more subtle means of achieving his evil purpose. He resorts to devious methods in his attempt to divert the Christian from carrying out the task God has committed to him. He often succeeds by involving the saint in some other lesser occupation and so distracting him….
Satan’s distracting words often come from the most unexpected quarters. Martha would call Mary away from sitting at the feet of the Master. Sometimes, if we are not careful, our best friend may distract us. Or it might be some very legitimate activity. This day’s bustle and hurly-burly would too often and too soon call us away from Jesus’ feet. These distractions must be immediately dismissed, or we shall know only the “barrenness of busyness.” A.W. Tozer
I have often been challenged in this Christian life to do what is best –
not just what is good.
Sometimes it is easier to be busy and not intimate with the Lord Jesus. We can rush around in “service” to Him, but avoid time in the Word and in prayer.
May we seek the Lord’s wisdom in making those daily choices that are the best for our Christian walk, our testimony and our personal devotion to the One whose dying love saved our souls.
After preparing for Thanksgiving with the in-laws almost one full year, things were ready. The house was decorated, the meal was planned, the groceries were purchased, the house was clean. It was nearly, practically perfect. We just had to pick up Gramma and Grandpa from the train station.
Good thing we checked first. Instead of arriving on the West Coast at 9am, they were still stuck somewhere in Idaho. They were not going to be into Spokane until around 6pm, then they would have to take a bus for the rest of the journey.
My dear hubby drove his 4×4 Jeep down the icy streets to Michaels.
Meanwhile, my in-laws were on a nightmare journey. Because it was so cold throughout the entire midwest, the trains had to move slower than usual. Much, much slower. For hours of the trip they were behind a freight train going 10 miles per hour. Since train engineers can only drive for 12 hours at a time, they repeatedly ended up waiting for a new conductor. If he was three hours away, his work day began when he jumped in his car to drive. By the time he arrived at the train, he could drive the train 9 hours, when his shift was done, they waited for a new engineer to drive in from another city.
The bus ride was worse. They ended up having four drop-off/pick-ups, so instead of a three or four hour interstate ride, it became nearly a 9 hour drive into small towns and smaller roads.
Yes, at one point the GPS led the bus driver into a small road where he couldn’t back up. He had to wake up the owner of the house at the end of the road and have him bring out a flashlight and help him get the bus back on the road. Then, the people they were supposed to pick up in this small town way up in the mountains in WA, were not there.
Meanwhile, hubby and I were waiting in our car at the locked Amtrack station where they were supposed to arrive at midnight. Ever try to find a bathroom open at 2:30am? Even if a business is open, their policy is to NOT let anyone use their bathrooms because of the kind of people that are usually on the streets at that hour. By 3 am, I was looking like one of those people.
But, their bus finally arrived and we finally got a few hours of sleep before Thanksgiving Day officially began.
And attend to your herds;
My flock is human, six beautiful, wonderful blessings from the Lord.
The crown isn’t for being a natural-born princess, it is for consecration to the King of Kings. It is a crown indicating you are not of this world, your faith has given you heavenly royalty.
Unlike the Royal families in Europe, the spiritual crown of consecration to the Lord, is not passed on from generation to generation. There are no guarantees that children will be in the family of God, just because you love Jesus and just because they were physically born in your family.
Karen, a beautiful Christian woman, once told me, “There are no grandchildren in the family of God.”
It is easy for a young parent to ASSUME that their faith will be assimilated, especially when children are very young and love to pray, love to sing Jesus songs. Maybe they just like the praise? Maybe they just like the attention? Maybe they just like to perform? We must not be so quick to assume they have spiritual understanding and that they really have spiritual appreciation for all that surrounds them. We must be discerning.
Yes, advantage to being raised in Christian family, they are hearing and seeing the beautiful Gospel message each day.
Yes, important to have family altar, it can alter the family.
Yes, important to go to church and to be faithful to Bible teaching, because faith comes by hearing. But, they still need to hear and then exercise their own faith.
But, you must understand, like every soul in the entire world, they have to make their own choice.
I recently read a rant against Christianity because we raise our kids and force them to follow our beliefs. He was missed the whole point of Christianity. Each person has to choose to become a Christian. We explain the two eternities of the argument and they have to choose.
In fact, we are more fair than the unbelievers, who only raise their kids with one choice and that is to ignore, distrust and/or hate the Lord.
We need to take this admonition to heart –
These were young men who had studied the Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah.
They were seeking. They were studying the written Word and they were eagerly longing for their Messiah.
Philip wasted no time after finding the Messiah, he had to share the good news.
I can imagine Philip seeking the city ways, the dusty roads, the stony fields, anxiously looking for his scholarly friend, Nathanael, and shouting, “We have found Him!”
The desire for a Savior was fulfilled, the longing cries of their heart was answered, and those men were never the same again.
As we read the account of their salvation, some of us also can shout for joy, “We have found Him….Jesus of Nazareth!”
Not all embrace Him easily, quickly, or immediately. Nathanael was a bit skeptical, until he met Him face to face.
No longer do we have the privilege of seeing Him face to face, because after His death and reusrrection, He ascended and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. But, we have the fulfilled Word, the entire New Testament. We also have the indwelling Holy Spirit that seals our salvation and is our Comforter until we will see Him face to face.
But, He is still calling to those who are seeking,
Adversity was also translated trouble, distress and affliction. That definitely sounds more like what a brother causes in your life, not helps you through in life.
Friends are easy. You get to pick them. If your relationship cools off, it doesn’t matter; they aren’t going to show up at the family reunion.
A brother is born to help in times of adversity?
This isn’t a natural relationship. Brothers (this applies to all siblings, but I’ll use brothers) seem born to be adversaries, not born for adversity.
The first older brother was a murderer.
Didn’t get ya’ much hope as a Mom, did I?
As a Mommy, how do you turn their hearts together to fight against the common Adversary instead of each other? Yea, him, the wicked one. By turning their hearts to the true Friend, Jesus. He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.
It goes even deeper than just teaching kids to get along, but teaching them to fellowship.
Satan loves to destroy and divide. If he can come between any relationship, he can keep their focus away from the Holy One who knew no sin. If he can divide brothers, he can keep a powerful and spiritual bond from forming that would give the Lord much glory and honor.
My Mom always told us, “Charity begins at home. If you can’t love your family, you won’t be able to love anybody else.”
Yea, my poor Mom had to deal with a lot of squabbles between her six children, but over and over she stressed that we had to practice common courtesies in the home or we wouldn’t practice them outside the home.
Sibling rivalry isn’t an excuse for your home to be in chaos, it is the reason you need to help your kids overcome.
These are their first trials, their first relationship issues that they are learning to overcome.Who better to bring out all the nastiest residues of our heart than a sibling? Shouldn’t we help our kids root out their uglies before they establish their own homes?
They should learn to confess their sin. They should learn to forgive 7×70. They should learn to let love cover a multitude of sins. They should seek a relationship of peace. Learn to work out differences. Learn to share. Learn to be slow to anger.
For those of us that resisted certain areas of correction from our parents, our regrets were huge when we began parenting. Not only did we still have a weakness to deal with, we displayed that fault to our children.
That’s why a brother is good practice. You learn to not fight against each other, but to support and encourage each other. You learn to be a better listener, more patient, more forgiving, more prayerful. Then, you can fight together against the real Enemy, instead of fighting against each other and giving the Enemy a foothold.
But, you you can only be a brother born for adversity, if you know the Friend that loves at all times.