John 8:7: When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”
Jesus was teaching in the temple courts when He made this statement. A group of teachers of the law and Pharisees had just dragged a woman caught in adultery before Him and challenged, “In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” (verse 5). Because they considered Jesus a threat to their authority, the question was “a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him” (verse 6)—and getting rid of Him.
1 Chronicles 28:20: David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.
As David prepared to hand his throne over to his son Solomon, he explained the burden would be heavy on his shoulders, and I think how Solomon must have felt being faced with all of the responsibilities. Overseeing building the temple, and leading Israel to follow God’s instructions and guarding the land God entrusted them to. Knowing his fear, David offered his son the powerful words in today’s verse. Sharing that being courageous because the Lord is with him.
Today’s verse reminds us to love others like we love ourselves. We are naturally built to love ourselves like when we are sick, we take care of ourselves, we get the rest that we need, we do our best to look after our eating and exercise. Generally speaking many of us do our best to care for ourselves, and if here in today’s verse, it gives us a clear example of a command given in the book of Matthews where Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
Today’s message is on Philippians 4:6-7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
We have studied verse 6 before, but today’s message is about connecting to that peace that God offers, that as today’s verse says transcends all understanding. Yesterday we talked about joy, and choosing joy even if you don’t feel like it. And sometimes when life has given us every reason to be stressed or feel sad, we can lean on this verse today.
We all have reasons in our life to be grumpy: upsetting news, not feeling well, financial stress and other everyday stresses, really lots about our life can give us a reason to be grumpy. I love today’s verse because it reminds us that God can give us a joy that transcends the things we go through the conditions if we ask Him. We can have what Jesus called, “my joy”. And joy is a fruit of the Spirit of Jesus (Galatians 5:22).
I didn’t realize it had been this long since I have blogged….
I really have been buried, (not in a negative way), in life. Life happens, right? Not only lots of changes for me, which seems to be the story of my life these days LOL but for real…. I said, Lord, are we done yet?
For real, I was thinking the other day, (if you could only be inside of my head, its a busy place hehe) But my life was literally like groundhogs day everyday. And I would do the same thing every. single. day. I wanted change so BAD, did I manifest this into existence?
As I sit here this morning in prayer I said to God, why is it my last session? It finally was beginning to feel comfortable! And then I remembered even the words that came out of my own very mouth on this last episode of Soulfood Sundays with John Garay where I said “God doesn’t want us comfortable, because when we are comfortable we aren’t growing”. I immediately knew that was my answer.
A few weeks ago the Lord put on my heart to once again make room in my schedule and ‘clear my plate’. I’m not exactly sure the whole reason, but this time around, I fully trust. It’s interesting that the last recorded Soufood Sundays was about Faith because I am right in the mix of my own faith in the process (God, you are so good!). I wish I could say “oh, it was in the masterplan to end with the session being on faith” because doesn’t it fit so well together? LOL, but the truth is, it just ‘happened’, and that is what is so awesome.
What is your definition of ‘fearing God’? I have found that people have so many different views. Last night in SOULFOOD SUNDAYS, I took a leap into a touchy and uncomfortable topic to discuss. I shared how I felt hurt by ‘religious people’ and the church when it came to how they presented God. As this thought that one must FEAR GOD and be almost paralyzed with fear.
Have you experienced this? Have you been taught to fear God and that you are a sinner and presented in such a way you feel dirty? Well you might want to listen to last nights message HERE so you can hear what I shared about my experience as well.
There is a saying, ‘a deer in headlights’, and I’m sure you have heard it but in case you haven’t it’s when a deer sees the lights from a car it can leave them frozen because they maybe feel caught off guard. They feel stuck and don’t know if they should go forward or go backward, or even it’s put them in a state of shock.
Sometimes our life challenges can bring on a similar message of fear….
Maybe you are thinking about making a bold change and move out of the state you live in, or maybe it’s a new job you are going after. You have this opportunity to make more money but right now you have a job that feels comfortable and stable. You know the job that is being offered will give you a fresh new start and an opportunity to learn something new, but you can’t shake off that fear of making the wrong decision.