Wednesday, May 18, 2016

James 4:13-17, Psalm 49:2-3,6-11, Mark 9:38-40


James 4:13-17, Psalm 49:2-3,6-11, Mark 9:38-40

James 4:13-17

My soul’s beloved, St. James is not saying that planning is a bad thing what he means is that we ought to always discern God’s will before we make any important decisions for our lives. If we allow the dictates of the world, the culture, and society to influence our decisions, if we do not allow the Holy Spirit to guide our decisions or allow the wisdom of God to assist us to choose to do what is right, choose to do what is noble and to allow love to prompt our actions, then he says that we will make poor judgments that will cause us to sin.

Psalm 49:2-3,6-11

My soul’s beloved, the psalmist reminds us that we ought not to be afraid if we place our hope and trust in God and not in people, riches, or the world. Our help comes from God alone who is always faithful. We cannot save ourselves. It is impossible for man to make perfect atonement for our sins. Man cannot save himself. Eternal death was our lot unless God was prepared to pay the price for our redemption, a price we could never afford. He sent You into the world, born of a Woman, clothed in human flesh in order to make expiation for the sins of all human flesh. Death no longer has us in its jaws. You have ransomed us. Thank You for taking us back to the Father’s house.

Mark 9:38-40

My soul’s beloved, here You wish to remind us that there is power in Your Name – Jesus, Yeshua, One who saves. The Father sent You into the world in order to save all who believe in the only Name in heaven and on earth that has the power to heal, restore and make whole again. Anyone who uses Your Name for good no matter what the motives, will in the end be amazed by its power.  They will see that once uttered it will bring about the purpose for which God the Father intended it when He spoke the Word and all that is came to be. For the Word of God is the power of God and the glory of God. The Eternal Word who is also my Lord and my God.

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