Saturday, May 30, 2015

Seeing the Authority Of His Lovingkindness

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It's Saturday morning.  For most of us the work week is done. Our thoughts may be about family.  Certainly, as Christians, our thoughts will flow toward those who need to grow in our faith or those who need to discover the reality of who God is.  That's part of being Christian.  We follow Jesus Christ.  At the same time, we take on a leadership role toward others.  I've been doing that in a number of ways, over the years.  I'm now considering adding the foreign mission field to that spiritual resume.  If you'd consider helping that happen, we have a funding page for our first trip, called Send Bill to Costa Rica.

Once again, we turn to the sweet spirit of Todd Parsons for our Saturday devotional thought.  This time, he shares some thoughts on leadership and authority.  As you may have gathered from the title, Todd has a fresh insight that we can glean from.

Luke 20:1-2 (KJV)  And it came to pass, that on one of those days, as he taught the people in the temple, and preached the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes came upon him with the elders, And spake unto him, saying, Tell us, by what authority doest thou these things? or who is he that gave thee this authority?

Luke 20:5-6 (KJV)  And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then believed ye him not?  But and if we say, Of men; all the people will stone us: for they be persuaded that John was a prophet. 

     These leaders of Israel in this portion came to question the authority of which Jesus was teaching from. For none of them had given Him appointment. He was not under their authority... Their authority came into contact with the authority of heaven and not of another man. This was a grand opportunity for them to humble themselves before the authority of heaven. In their pride they missed the grand opportunity to humble themselves. They needed only recognize the authority of heaven in the baptism of John, here in this portion of scripture. John 8:9 was another grand opportunity  displayed in the scriptures for our admonition... By what authority were these men operating under in both portions. Are we any different from them? Are we risen above the authority of our flesh? Our safeguard is being in the presence of the LORD, seeing Him, in all the authority of His lovingkindness, to us-ward; the Church, only there will we find we are risen with Him, Eph.2:6...

Proverbs 1:17 (KJV)  Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird. 

     The perception of the LORD is far above that of man and He by His words and His lovingkindness opens to the humble His thoughts, revealed by His Spirit...

Psalm 119:130 (KJV)  The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

     Of So Great Love, we are, tjp

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