Open the blinds and let the son shine through. A melody unending, a heart surrendered in truth. Sounds of praise that lift heavy hearts, the light of the son now piercing the dark.
In my own life I’ve noticed that I tend to put a lot of focus on the destination. I’m always thinking about where I’m going. So much so, that sometimes I fail to really appreciate the development and preparation that takes place during the journey. The journey is what molds and prepares us for our destination.
Today I was thinking about purification. And how purity happens on purpose. Purification always involves a filtration process. A subtraction and extraction of certain elements. Purification also often involves direction. Water has to flow in a specific direction in order for the filtration system to be effective.
The weight of His promise In awe of His goodness. This beautiful burden my heart carries with gladness. So I’ll keep pushing onward, till this burden births it’s purpose.
When it comes to relationships; it seems We’ve learned to become experts at building everything except bridges.
Even though I know that God is with me; Sometimes I forget. For whatever reason, Sometimes I feel like I have to do it on my own. I end up worrying and letting fear or doubt get the best of my thoughts. Yet God continues to show me and remind me over and over that He is Emmanuel.
He proves that He is with Me. He displays his faithfulness. He illustrates His patience and His mercy. He demonstrates His saving power and grace. He gives second and third chances. He rescues me. He delivers me. He sets me Free. He answers my prayers. He walks with me step by step. When I can’t see where to go, He tells me to step forward and trust. He leads my feet onto the right paths. And with every step I grow stronger and more confident.
Not more confident in myself; but a confidence in who God is. A confidence in His Goodness and Faithfulness. A confidence in the future He is leading me into. A Confidence in His Perfect Love.
Fittingly, as I wrote this I looked out my window to see this wonderful rainbow! God’s promises endure! Trust Him!
By Alphonso Sensley II
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear…” 1 John 4:18
Who is our neighbor?
Jesus describes a story in which a Jewish man was robbed, wounded, and left half dead. He describes a Priest who saw him hurting, but chose to pass him by. He describes a Levite(A person dedicated to God) who also saw him hurting but likewise made the decision to pass him by. Finally, Jesus describes the actions of “a certain Samaritan who saw him and had compassion.” So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.” (Luke 10:34 NKJV)
To really grasp the impact of this parable we must understand who the Samaritans where in comparison to the Jews. Samaritans had markedly different beliefs than the Jewish people. They worshipped differently and in different places. They had different customs. The scriptures they considered Holy were even different. It was frowned upon for Jewish people and Samaritans to keep company together. Each group believed the other had a skewed view of who God truly was.
Yet Jesus uses this parable as an example of who our neighbors really are. I believe this parable shows us that our neighbors aren’t just those who believe, worship, or pray the same way we do. In fact, Our neighbors are likely to be different than we are. As followers of Christ we are to love people the same as we love ourselves. Jesus calls it “The greatest commandment.”
“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40 NKJV)
At the end of the parable of The Good Samaritan Jesus asks: “So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:36-37 NKJV)
With this in mind today let us remember who our neighbors are and more importantly, how we are supposed to treat our neighbors. Let us not be deterred because of different beliefs, opinions, or customs. Let us truly love our neighbors as ourselves. Let us Go and do likewise!!!
By Alphonso Sensley II