The Impoverished Ministry Of Jesus

The well is deep”—and even a great deal deeper than the Samaritan woman knew (4:11)! Think of the depths of human nature and human life; think of the depth of the “wells” in you. Have you been limiting, or impoverishing, the ministry of Jesus to the point that He is unable to work in your life? Suppose that you have a deep “well” of hurt and trouble inside your heart, and Jesus comes and says to you, “Let not your heart be troubled . . .” (John 14:1). Would your response be to shrug your shoulders and say, “But, Lord, the well is too deep, and even You can’t draw up quietness and comfort out of it.” Actually, that is correct. Jesus doesn’t bring anything up from the wells of human nature—He brings them down from above. We limit the Holy One of Israel by remembering only what we have allowed Him to do for us in the past, and also by saying, “Of course, I cannot expect God to do this particular thing.” The thing that approaches the very limits of His power is the very thing we as disciples of Jesus ought to believe He will do. We impoverish and weaken His ministry in us the moment we forget He is almighty. The impoverishment is in us, not in Him. We will come to Jesus for Him to be our comforter or our sympathizer, but we refrain from approaching Him as our Almighty God.

The reason some of us are such poor examples of Christianity is that we have failed to recognize that Christ is almighty. We have Christian attributes and experiences, but there is no abandonment or surrender to Jesus Christ. When we get into difficult circumstances, we impoverish His ministry by saying, “Of course, He can’t do anything about this.” We struggle to reach the bottom of our own well, trying to get water for ourselves. Beware of sitting back, and saying, “It can’t be done.” You will know it can be done if you will look to Jesus. The well of your incompleteness runs deep, but make the effort to look away from yourself and to look toward Him.

O Lord, what a wonder of perfect confidence it would create could I but hear some clear disposing word of Yours! Lord, speak it today.

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Later,

Pat.

Mose’s Faithfulness

Has someone ever made you a promise that you held onto and after what felt like forever, it just didn’t look like it was happening? Maybe it was as simple as your mom or dad promising you ice cream that you still wait for to this day, or you promising yourself that you will follow through on picking up that new hobby, or being better at texting your friends back. You fought or continue to fight for that promise that means so much to you, even when it becomes a more distant thought each passing day.

When God promises us things, He always follows through with them, though they may look different than what we thought initially. Sometimes, we need the reminder that He is still with us in the midst of the craziness of life. If we want to allow God to reveal more of his nature to us, we need to create a history with Him through trusting in His promises for ourselves.

Moses cultivated 80 years of faithfulness and promises with the Lord before his biggest moments began. We read in Exodus 14, where he took a moment of process. First, he looked at his mountain (the Red Sea), then looked at his people, and then looked at the rampaging chariots that came towards them. Next, did he crumble under the pressure? No! He lifted up his staff, which as a shepherd would have had dates and testimonies of important moments in his life to remind himself of the faithfulness of God. And with that encouragement, he finally told his mountain how big his God is. When he shared his promise of freedom for his people with the sea, or his mountain, it split.

In our times, where things begin to weigh heavy on us, and fear tries to settle in or lies creep forth, let’s remember our history with God, and our testimonies that stir faith in us to remind us of God’s nature and character. Join me in being faithful with the promises God has given us, and trust Him to do the rest.

Take a moment and think through the promises that God has given you. Maybe search the Scriptures to see clearly, what God has promised us. Pause and reflect on God’s faithfulness. This will help put things into perspective.

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Later,

Pat.

We are getting a puppy or young dog

I am ecstatic,

I was checking my email when I was transported lol, to a page that gave people small dogs and puppies for a reasonable price.

God knew my desires and as usual, came through for me.

Tomorrow Thursday the 11 of this January 2018 my wish will be satisfied. I thank God for His Love and Mercy for me always.

There is the possibility to get a Maltese a few years old that needs love. I pray if not this Maltese we will be able to get a puppy. I know this is a God thing. This place was unknown to us. We went everywhere we thought I was losing hope but, I forgot how much God loves me and spoils me.

Thank You, my Lord and Savior.

Later,

Pat.