But I am a worm and not a man,
scorned by everyone, despised by the people.
7 All who see me mock me;
they hurl insults, shaking their heads.
8 “He trusts in the Lord,” they say,
“let the Lord rescue him.
Let him deliver him,
since he delights in him.”
This psalmist is feeling pretty low and bad about himself. He feels small like a worm and feels like God is faraway. People make fun of him and say if God is for him then why doesn’t it show. What I’m getting from this passage is not to have self pity and feel sorry for myself. God will show up when I accept my circumstances, be thankful for my life and always worship and praise God. Prayer: Help me God to always have a good and thankful attitude. I will praise and thank You always because You are good and You will never leave me! Thank you, Amen.
Lent to Repent
Scripture reading today is 1 Peter 2:1-3, 21-25. It is talking about how we should cease from all deceit, insincerity, evil speaking. We should crave to know God’s ways because we have tasted the goodness of God. Jesus has shown us how to live and is our example to follow. He died for us to die to sin and live upright. We used to be going astray and now we are back with the Shepherd.
Ann says: Today I pray that the shape of my day will look like the cross in every way.
I was thinking about what Ann said the shape of my day being the shape of the cross and I pictured something. The vertical beam of the cross represents our relationship with God and the horizontal beam is our relationship with people. So to live a cross life is to have fellowship with God, worship and praise Him, then bring that light and love to others.
Day 21- Go about doing good as Jesus did.
Day 22- It’s the sin God hates!
Day 23- True beauty comes from a clean heart that sees God
Day 24- Have faith Jesus is the Truth
Day 25- Fast from your sinful nature
Day 26- Believe Jesus, deny self, walk in the Kingdom
Day 27- Follow the Holy Spirit, return to God
Day 28- True worship connects you to God’s grace
Day 29- You have to follow the Holy Spirit continually to keep fear out
Day 30- Fear is flesh, Faith is spirit
Day 31- Thirst for God and put your hope in Him alone
Day 32- Find God’s light then live in it
Day 33- Live the shape of the cross
What I am writing is derived from the Mosaic Bible and Bible scripture but I have also included my perspective and insight. Reading Psalm 121 and Mark 8:31-38. The reading in my Mosaic Bible talks about relationships and how they are important. We are created to be relational. Even though our society wants to make you think you have to do it all on your own, you can’t. Dependence on God and others is a gift in weak moments of our own. We can depend on God and trust Him because His relationship toward us is important to Him. If we trust Him we will be guided by Him. Relationship with Jesus is important now because it will affect our eternal life later. Jesus wants us to side with Him and give up this earthly life to have eternal life with Him. If we are ashamed of Him on earth He will be the same toward us in heaven in the presence of His Father and the holy angels. We should depend on Jesus now and commune with Him, be joyful in this relationship with Him.When we see Him in eternity our joy will be complete. Read Romans 4:1-25. We depend on Jesus for being our sacrifice for our sins. Without Jesus there is no eternal life. No hope for the ones who do not have faith in Jesus and trust Him for their salvation.
Trail to the Tree- Day 7- Spirit Lighting
Scripture reading is about Jesus getting baptized by John to carry out the will of God and John saw the Spirit descending on Jesus and heard a voice from heaven say, ” This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”
Ann says: Today bring Father great joy by living the fruits of the Spirit. Think on the Spirit descending on the Son and let Him light today upon you.
Because of Jesus’ relationship with God the Father He wanted to do God’s will. This brought great joy to God. When we honor our relationship with Jesus and follow Him, we are doing God’s will also. God is filled with great joy over us too. We also are filled with joy because the Holy Spirit inside of us causes us to do God’s will. This brings us great joy.
Day 1- Get your thinking straight and be in God’s presence
Day 2- Be reading the Bible and trust God
Day 3- Reverence, worship and praise God and Jesus for who God is and what Jesus has done.
Day 4- Be faithful to Him and He will be faithful to fill you. Look to Jesus with gratitude and prayer.
Day 5- Notice the miserable and suffering, ask God to reveal them so I can tell them the Good News that there is hope and there is a Savior, His name is Jesus!
Day 6- Stay close to God with a repented heart. He will bring life out of the mundane if I trust Him to do it.
Day 7- Relationship means dependence. Depend on your relationship with Jesus to do God’s will and bring Him joy and joy to yourself.