Not Yet

February 10, 2018
“These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come.” (John 8:20)

This is the last of seven times in the gospel of John that the phrase “not yet” is used in reference to the forthcoming death of Christ. Although this was the very reason He came into the world, the event itself could not be hurried.

When His mother wanted Him to provide wine for the wedding, He said, “My hour is not yet come”( John 2:4). When His brothers urged Him to show His mighty works in Jerusalem, His answer was “My time is not yet come” Jhon7:6, 8). When His enemies tried to take Him at the feast of tabernacles, “no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come” (John 7:30). Even when He preached His great promise of living water, John noted parenthetically that “the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified” (John 7:39).

But His hour did come, and they did lay hands on Him and put Him to death. Then He was glorified, and the Holy Spirit was given. And now we await another great time that has not yet come. John speaks of this also: “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but . . . we shall be like him” (1 John 3:2).

In that great time to come, all things will be made subject to Christ. “But now we see not yet all things put under him” (Hebrews 2:8). These great promises and others associated with them have not yet been accomplished—the world is far from being in subjection to Him, and we are far from being like Him. But the hour will come, just as the first one did, and it will be glorious. For “eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). HMM

Party time!

I ‘m tired but excited tomorrow at noon the girls, will get together as we try to do once a month.

Met them all at a Sunday Church Class for C.R.

I had, decided that, after asking God but, not sure I was told, to, to become a Sponsor for Celebrate Recovery.

My thinking and pride told me that I had enough experience to ask the Church if I could.

That is when I came across “RULES”.

I hate rules!!

Before you can Sponsor anyone, you must do a year-long Sunday’s class.

Wow, that was too much.

The Bipolar in me wanted to run chased by my pride.

It was God’s choice, not mine.

I thought about it but I was so surprised that I could say yes,  so quickly, but, I wanted to be obedient and,  waiting to see if anyone would put their trust in me.(you have to be a true Christian to give me a chance) LOL.

Well, we “graduated last October and started this”get together” with boards, crayons etc. Just like kids, having a good time and share our lives events.

I love these Ladies!

If I had been disobedient I would have missed out the joy of love they gave me. I am not used to receiving that from people, I don’t mix much anymore after being hurt by other Christians making fun between themselves about my unwitting fast speech or interruptions during Bible study that made me look rude. I am truly a very polite person. I did not mean to do any of that but, that it is super hard for me. to keep my mouth shut as someone expect from others.

God has been working hard on my illnesses but, I am who I am, no reference to the passage in the Bible.

They know, I am a bit off, to say the least, and, when I am not ignored on”what’s up”, I get into conversations.

I am not offended, I am learning to be more humble as I have been asking the Lord for many years. ” clean my heart, Humble me “gently” my Lord and Savior by Your Holy Spirit.

I am who God made me to be and it happens that this makes me  His child, a princess.

So much I want to share. Maybe later. Thank you for reading my Blog. stopping bye I really feel privileged,

God Bless you all,

Later Pat.

 

Change Requires Honest Community

 

To change the defects in your life, you have to have people in your life who tell you the truth. You’re not going to get well on your own; you’re going to need other people in your life. You’re going to need support. You’re going to need a small group. Change requires honest community.

There are some things in your life you’re never ever going to be able to change on your own, typically the things that are the most difficult in your life and that you don’t want anybody else to know about.

You’re never getting over those things until you share them with someone. You don’t have to tell everybody. You just need to find one person who will trust you and whom you trust — someone who will be confidential, love you unconditionally, not be judgmental, and pray for you. Revealing your feeling is the beginning of healing.

This does not mean a small group where you get together on a superficial level and everyone is “fine” or “doing great.” You have to get to the level of maturity in your small group where you can say, “I had a tough week this week. Life stinks. Here’s what happened.”

If you’re a believer, you’re also a belonger. You belong in the family of God, and every other believer belongs to you. You cannot become until you belong. You can’t become what God wants you to be until you belong in a group that’s going to have gut-level, honest community. Put away falsehood. Talk to your neighbor. Tell your friend the truth, because we belong to each other.

If you are serious about changing the deepest hang-ups in your heart, the deepest defects in your life, you’re going to have to face the fear of being honest. You’ve got to stop faking it. You’ve got to put away falsehood. You’ve got to be real.

You can go through life with one of two choices: pretending like you’ve got it all together or getting it all together. But you’ll never get it all together as long as you pretend you’ve got it all together. And you’re never going to get well, get healed, get rid of that area that’s bugging you in your life until you talk to somebody about it.

This devotional © 2014 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.