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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, October 1, 2015
God relays His message to us in many ways and different lessons to learn from one scripture. My brother-in-law passed away Saturday, September 26th and the scripture below is God’s message He gave to me this morning and I would like to share with my family and anyone who has suffered a loss.
Luke 19:42 – [Jesus said] “I wish that even today you would find the way of peace.”
Today’s scripture reading:
The Jewish leaders had rejected their King. They had gone too far. They had refused God’s offer of salvation in Jesus Christ when they were visited by God himself, and soon their nation would suffer. God did not turn away from the Jewish people who obeyed him, however, and he continues to offer salvation to the people he loves, both Jews and Gentiles. Eternal life is within your reach; accept it while the opportunity is still offered. (NLT)
Luke 19:41-46 – But as they came closer to Jerusalem and Jesus saw the city ahead, he began to cry. “I wish that even today you would find the way of peace. But now it is too late, and peace is hidden from you. Before long your enemies will build ramparts against your walls and encircle you and close in on you. They will crush you to the ground, and your children with you. Your enemies will not leave a single stone in place, because you have rejected the opportunity God offered you.”
Then Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the merchants from their stalls.
As [Jesus] approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it. — Luke 19:41 (NIV)
Margaret Gillikin (Colorado) titled her story “THE GIFT OF EMOTIONS;” here is Margaret’s story:
“Growing up, I often experienced negative consequences when I expressed my feelings. So I dampened my exuberance and stifled my anger and sadness, hoping to make life easier. Unfortunately, numbing my emotions through overeating eventually led to obesity and the host of social and health challenges that accompany that condition.
“Then I began to notice how Jesus displayed his feelings in scripture. He experienced the full range of human emotion: anger with the moneychangers in the Temple (John 2:15 [see below]), grief over the death of his friend Lazarus (John 11:35 [see below]), and joy in teaching his disciples (John 15:11 [see below]). Jesus allowed himself to be fully, deeply human whether in joy or suffering. This observation gave me the courage to begin to ‘feel my feelings;’ while in the safety of Jesus’ presence in prayer. Gradually, I was able to experience my feelings as they occurred and to understand them as good gifts from God.
“Expressing our emotions is part of the abundant life to which Jesus invites us. When we express ourselves authentically, it is a gift to God, to ourselves, and to the world.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – What emotional risk can God empower me to take today?
Prayer: Dear God, help us to continue to learn and grow so that we may be more effective in our ministries. Amen.
Prayer Focus: FOR FREEDOM FROM UNHEALTHY BEHAVIORS
To read other stories in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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GOOD, GOODNESS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/good-goodness/
SUFFERING, SUFFER: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/suffering-suffer/
PREPARATION, PREPARED, PREPARING: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/preparation-prepared-preparing/
~ Jesus was obviously angry at the merchants who exploited those who had come to God’s house to worship. There is a difference between uncontrolled rage and righteous indignation–yet both are called anger. We must be very careful how we use the powerful emotion of anger. It is right to be angry about injustice and sin; it is wrong to be angry over trivial personal offenses. (NLT)
John 2:15 – Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and oxen, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables.
~ When Jesus saw the weeping and wailing, he too wept openly. Perhaps he empathized with their grief, or perhaps he was troubled at their unbelief. In either case, Jesus showed that he cares enough for us to weep with us in our sorrow. (NLT)
John 11:35 – Then Jesus wept.
~ When things are going well, we feel elated. When hardships come, we sink into depression. But true joy transcends the rolling waves of circumstance. Joy comes from a consistent relationship with Jesus Christ. When our lives are intertwined with his, he will help us walk through adversity with9out sinking into debilitating lows and manage prosperity without moving into deceptive highs. The joy of living with Jesus Christ daily will keep us levelheaded, no matter how high or low our circumstances. (NLT)
John 15:11 – [Jesus said] “I have told you this so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!”
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