Saturday, October 17, 2015

Concentrate on Him & Worship Him‏

It's Saturday and our "anything goes" post day.  And, just to be clear, there are limitations to that anything.  But we might have a post of our own if we're continuing in a series or God really puts something on our heart as needing to be shared on our Saturday post.  We might pop in a video post -- maybe a sermon from my pastor or other Christian video, with permission.  

Often you'll find a guest post, here.  That could be something new or a repost (again, with permission) that really speaks to us and we think will bless you.  Most often, that's likely to be a devotional from our friend, Todd Parsons.  We might also jump over to our Other Stuff blog for something not necessarily considered spiritual -- particularly things like politics.  We also have a sporadic, but ongoing, series called Gadget Goodies for all things tech.  Today, we're going to be blessed, again, by Todd Parsons.

Zecharaiah 8:23  Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.

     'Skirt' in the Bible speaks of an intimacy of relationship, or worship, i.e., concentration. 'Take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew', "looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith...", Hebrews 12:2. As we look unto Jesus we find the heart of the Selfless One, One who worships the Father's will and we also find the Father is with Him, for He now sits at the Father's right hand of the Throne of God, Hebrews 12:2b. Take hold of Him means to be in Christ. As we look to Him with worship and see Him, we see less and less of self, simply because of becoming more and more occupied with Him, by means of concentration...
     John 9 is the passage about the man born blind and his concentration and worship on the Lord and the receiving of his sight... John 9 also reveals a people that say "they see" and their blindness is made plain and open... John 9:30-33, the man born blind is instructing those that say they can see in that which they see not...

John 9:31  Now we know that God hears not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and does His will, him He hears.

John 9:33  If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.

John 9:35-38  Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?  He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?  And Jesus said unto him, You hast both seen Him, and it is He that talks with you.  And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped Him.

John 9:41  Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remains.

Ruth 3:9  And he said, Who are you? And she answered, I am Ruth your handmaid: spread therefore your skirt over your handmaid; for you are a near kinsman.

     "So Forget About Yourselves,
     Concentrate on Him and Worship Him,
     Worship Him, Jesus Christ Our Lord"

     Of So Great Love, we are, tjp

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