Sorry everyone for being MIA, the migraines struck again for three days this time. I guess on my good days I really need to try and write some posts and not publish them until the bad days.
So, Matthew Chapter 16, just had tons of good stuff to tell me this morning. I could almost write on it for three days (3 different posts). I think instead I will just give the tidbits that hit me and you can delve into it yourself (much more fulfilling that way).
Have you ever heard the saying, “Red sky in morning sailor take warning, Red sky at night sailors delight?” I had no idea that was in the bible, not verbatim of course, but the same. It is in Matthew Ch:16-2. This just made me think to the many things that God has said in his word, that later medical doctors and scientists have proved true with scientific methods. You don’t need science to believe in God, you need faith, but I just find it amazing and just plain neat. Science confirms there is a God, not the opposite, which is what most scientists want you to believe. See, totally could go on and on and on, with that one.
Deny himself and follow me, is the other passage that struck me. Matthew chapter 16:24-25; is a really good message. When we give our lives in service to Christ, we discover the real purpose of living.
Matthew Chapter 16:23 – Then Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”
Peter rejected God’s perspective and evaluated the situation from a human one. How often do I take my own advice or the advice of someone else without first consulting God. How often do I give advice to someone without first asking for God’s wisdom in the words that come out of my mouth.
If given the opportunity to help someone or someone asks for your advice, take the time to pray about it before you answer. I knew I had a time coming recently that I needed to talk with someone and before I left and on the way there I asked for His guidance and wisdom. I admit during the conversation I gave in to some of my own thoughts and said those thoughts and immediately wished I could have taken them back. It was a very important conversation and nearing the end of it, it felt like God really was chastising me and saying will you please listen, when I did and only used his words then things went well.
Lord, thank you for guiding me and directing my path. Please Lord forgive me for the times I have not listened to your direction. Lord I pray for you wisdom and that you direct my words and thoughts. Lord give me discernment when someone else gives me advice and let me bring those words to you. I do not want to be a stumbling block to myself or others.