Today’s Reading: Mark 3
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Key Verse: Mark 3:35
…For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother.
In the first three chapters, the word “immediately” is used 11 times. Peter told the stories to Mark, who wrote them down. Peter was an “immediately” man. He believed in “do it now.” Jesus mentored him in this.
The healing of the withered hand united three religious groups in opposition to Jesus. An unclean “religious spirit” motivated them. Even “His own people” (probably relatives) thought Him “out of His mind” (verse 21). The warning against the one who “blasphemes against the Holy Spirit” (verse 29) is most serious. The primary work of God’s Spirit is in bringing people to Jesus for Salvation. Rejecting Jesus until death is unforgivable because one never asks for forgiveness.
Finally, how do we do “God’s will?” We live our lives as a true “brother, and sister, and mother” to Jesus (Jesus’ true Father is God and Joseph had passed away). All I must do is follow Jesus ever so closely.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I pray fervently that I will do Your will, acting “immediately” on that which You’ve taught me through Your Word. May this daily blog light up “God’s will” so that I may see You with insight and live accordingly. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
My blog photo from two days ago is of the synagogue in Capernaum. It’s a 3rd Century structure, but you can see the original foundation from the time of Jesus. If you have the opportunity to visit the Holy Land, it will bring the activities of Jesus alive in an amazing way! My mother and father visited Israel on their honeymoon in 1924. They were missionaries next door to Israel, in Egypt. I lived as a child on these stories and over and over I looked at their pictures. Miss Brown, a missionary in Jerusalem, loaned my parents her Model T Ford car. Dad said he backed up the hills of Palestine (before Israel became a modern state), because the car’s gas supply was gravity fed, and if the tank was lower than the engine, he’d run out of gas. Well, that’s not really important, but I enjoy telling these stories.
Yours to help us all do “God’s will,”
Thank You, Lord God, for being merciful to us. Soften our hearts, Lord, and harden our resolve to obey You. Wash us clean, clean, clean and help all Your children to blaze with the light of Your presence, in Jesus’s name, amen
Luisa I am also praying for you, I ask the Lord to give you strength every day as you have so much to attend to . I hope you have some family members that can help you sort things out. I think of you often after losing your dear husband. Joseph 🙏❤️🤗
Amen Rob. Funny story about David’s father’s driving! So glad we don’t have that problem now with the volume of traffic we have today. Blessings all.
Jesus, help us to be faithful to you! Fill us daily with Your precious Holy Spirit so that we can effectively carry out the works You have called us to do.
In the aftermath of my husband’s death, there are many decisions to be made. I would appreciate your prayers for guidance and wisdom concerning these decisions.
Thank you and God bless all of you!
So very sorry to hear of Joseph’s passing, Luisa. May he rest in peace, now that he is no longer suffering. May God be your counsel and strength, comfort and support. His Hand be upon you, dear sister-in-Christ. ❤️ 🙏🏽✝️
O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
3 You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
5 You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.
My sincere condolences for your loss I just pray that God will give you strength in the coming days and that he would surround you and your family with his precious presence and my prayers are with you ✝️🙏
Prayers for you Luisa,in Jesus’ holy name !🙏🏼
Luisa, this is a hard time for you and I will be praying for you on the decisions you have to make. I have myself been through this twice and the best thing I can guide you with is to keep your eyes on Jesus.
Amen to all prayers.
Luisa, I, too am so very sorry for Your tremendous grief with Thomas’s passing onwards. May all the pressures that ensue, with decisions and paper-work to be done, be eased.
Lord, in Your Mercy, let Luisa know that Your Presence, Love, Wisdom, and Guidance are with her now. May she know that You will never leave her. Strengthen her in all ways. I pray. 🙏🏽
Amen to prayers and thoughts for Luisa
Keep your eyes on Jesus for strength and guidance
Amen to above prayers and praying for you Luisa. Difficult days for sure. Jesus will see you through.