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Posted March 17, 2011 by Stan
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Together in God’s Word 02/28/11 • Reflections from the One Year Bible / by Stanley A. Parker

Posted February 28, 2011 by Stan
Categories: One Year Bible

Psalms 44:3 (ESV)
[3] for not by their own sword did they win the land,
nor did their own arm save them,
but your right hand and your arm,
and the light of your face,
for you delighted in them.

If my hope is in the skill of my sword, then wisdom would be a passionate pursuit of mastery.

If my hope is in the strength of my arm, then wisdom would be a passionate pursuit of muscle!

If my hope is in the salvation of my God, then wisdom would be a passionate pursuit of Messiah!

Together in God’s Word 02/27/11 • Reflections from the One Year Bible / by Stanley A. Parker

Posted February 26, 2011 by Stan
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Mark 9:22-24 (ESV)
[22] And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” [23] And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” [24] Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”

Isn’t it interesting how quickly we assume that the problem is on God’s side of the equation?

Things aren’t happening so…

God must not know, so I had better tell Him.

God must not care, so I better beg Him.

God must not understand, so I better instruct Him.

And if none of that works, God must not be trustworthy; I will reject Him.

This man questions Jesus’ ability.

Jesus redirects his thinking.

The issue isn’t Jesus’ willingness or ability!

The issue is his own faith that was the hindrance to healing.

The sweet thing is, when the man got honest with his own issue, it didn’t take perfection to get Jesus to act!

Jesus was willing to go even beyond His own responsibility and fill in the gap of what was lacking on the man’s part!

“I believe; help my unbelief!”

Together in God’s Word 02/26/11 • Reflections from the One Year Bible / by Stanley A. Parker

Posted February 26, 2011 by Stan
Categories: One Year Bible

Psalms 42:11 (ESV)
[11] Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation and my God.

I REALLY like this verse!

It acknowledges that I have this emotional side to me that can get thrown off in reaction to adversity.

BUT

This verse doesn’t leave me a victim to those emotions!

I am MORE than just my emotions!

I DO have a cognitive side of me as well!

“The mental process of knowing, including aspects such as awareness, perception, reasoning, and judgment.”

And with it I can KNOW God!

I can be AWARE of His promises to me!

I can PERCEIVE His presence with me!

I can use REASON to actually instruct my emotions!

And I can exercise sound JUDGMENT in choosing HOPE over turmoil!

LOVE IT!

Psalms 42:11 (MSG)
[11] Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul?
Why are you crying the blues?
Fix my eyes on God—
soon I’ll be praising again.
He puts a smile on my face.
He’s my God.

Together in God’s Word 02/23/11 • Reflections from the One Year Bible / by Stanley A. Parker

Posted February 23, 2011 by Stan
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Mark 6:37-38 (ESV)
[37] But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give it to them to eat?” [38] And he said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out, they said, “Five, and two fish.”

The disciples were given an assignment FAR beyond their ability to fulfill!

Their question to Jesus was rhetorical; there is no way they had two hundred denarii to even attempt doing what they asked about.

I was so encouraged by the realization that when God gives me an assignment that is beyond me,

what I have, yielded to Him, is enough!

Together in God’s Word 02/22/11 • Reflections from the One Year Bible / by Stanley A. Parker

Posted February 22, 2011 by Stan
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Mark 6:5-6 (NLT)
[5] And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any mighty miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them. [6] And he was amazed at their unbelief.

Wow!!!!

It doesn’t say Jesus WOULD not do any mighty miracles because of their unbelief

it says Jesus COULD not do any mighty miracles because of their unbelief!

Yesterday I read and reflected on the story about the woman with the blood disease and it was clear that her faith released power from Jesus apart from His consciously wanting to!

Today I am reading that a LACK of faith can hinder Jesus from doing what He otherwise would have done and quite possibly even WANTED to do!

Faith releases the power of God to be experienced!

Lack of faith limits the power of God to be experienced!

That means there is NO middle ground!

No neutral!

Either my faith affects

or

my lack of faith affects!

Together in God’s Word 02/21/11 • Reflections from the One Year Bible / by Stanley A. Parker

Posted February 21, 2011 by Stan
Categories: One Year Bible

Mark 5:27-29 (ESV)
[27] She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. [28] For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” [29] And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.

This story always messes with me!

It is one of the passages that keeps my nice neat boxes from being formed.

This woman received something from Jesus

apart from His conscious willing it!

No request was made.

And so no request was granted.

The point of this story isn’t the power of prayer.

That would fit my box quite nicely.🙂

And so what is the point of the story?

From Jesus’ words directly comes the answer!

Mark 5:34a (ESV)
[34] And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; …”

The point of the story is the power of FAITH!

Faith itself has the ability to effect!!!!

Now it is not faith APART from God… it WAS to Jesus that her faith was applied.

If she had gone up to an olive tree with the same faith, I am just not thinking she would have been healed!

Ultimately, it is still about the power of God!

Her faith had power in that it accessed the power of God!