I love the "Insight for Today" devotional. This one, I had to share...
Maybe you're like me...
You face the struggles of your work day, family pressures, etc. and you try to do the best you can. In my quest to deliver my skill set, I do not always stop and consider the amazing truth contained in this devotional by Charles Swindoll.
Read this and see how Jesus characterized himself...very telling for we who have said we want to be more like him.
Books at the Beach
April 30, 2012
A Self-Description of Jesus by Charles R. Swindoll
I've been involved in a serious study of Scripture for more than fifty years of my life, and in all that time I have found only one place where Jesus Christ---in His own words---describes His own "inner man." In doing so, He uses only two words. Unlike most celebrities, those words are not phenomenal and great. Jesus doesn't even mention that He was sought after as a speaker.
Although it is true, He doesn't say: "I am wise and powerful," or "I am holy and eternal," or "I am all-knowing and absolute deity." Do you remember what He says? Hold on, it may surprise you.
"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." (Matthew 11:28--29)
I am gentle. I am humble. These are servant terms. Gentle means "strength under control." It is used of a wild stallion that has been tamed. Humble in heart means "lowly"---the word picture of a helper. Unselfishness and thoughtfulness are in the description. It doesn't mean weak and insignificant, however.
Frankly, I find it extremely significant that when Jesus lifts the veil of silence and once for all gives us a glimpse of Himself, the real stuff of His inner person, He uses gentle and humble. When we read that God the Father is committed to forming us to the image of His Son, qualities such as these are what He wants to see emerge. We are never more like Christ than when we fit into His description of Himself.
And how do those things reveal themselves? In what way do we reveal them the best? In our obedience. Servanthood and obedience go together like Siamese twins. And the finest illustration of this is the Son Himself who openly confesses, "I do nothing on My own initiative. . . . I always do the things that are pleasing to Him" (John 8:28, 29).
In other words, Jesus's self-description is verified by His obedience. Like no one else who has ever lived, He practices what He preaches.
Books about spirituality intrigue me. As a Christian, I will admit that I have a very strong faith and I am resolute in my beliefs. A long time ago, I endorsed the ideology that purports: if you want to know the other camp--you should read what they do. Be careful "where" you look for spiritual advice. Opening such doors could cause you quite a bit of aggravation...after all, you never know what you might find. Happy Friday,-SteveComments welcome. Spirit Junkie, A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles By Gabrielle Bernstein 288 pages, $23.00 ISBN-13: 978-0307887405 Non-fiction Review by Steven King, MBA, MEd
Spirit Junkie, A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles is destined to be a best seller since so many impressionable people are clamoring for spiritual direction in their lives. If anything will do, then quite possibly such people are willing to fill the void in their lives with anything that comes along. Its author, Gabrielle Bernstein, believes she has found the answers to…
May 16, 2012Precepts and Principles by Charles R. Swindoll Teach me good discernment and knowledge, for I believe in Your commandments. ---Psalm 119:66 Whenever you see the scriptural phrase "This is the will of God," you know for sure that's God's will. You also know that to disobey is to break His Word.
Other clear indications of His leading are the precepts and principles in the Scripture.
Precepts are clearly marked statements like "Abstain from sexual immorality." That's like saying, "Speed Limit 35." What is speeding? Anything over thirty-five miles an hour. That's a precept.
Then there are principles . . . and these are general guidelines that require discernment and maturity if we are to grasp them. . . . Like the sign that says, "Drive carefully." This may mean forty miles an hour on a clear, uncongested highway, or it may mean ten miles an hour on an ice-covered curve. But it always means that we must be alert and aware of con…
Be very careful "where" you go for spiritual advice...just because an individual has sold millions of books does not mean he is careful with scriptural analysis. I received an advanced copy of John Bevere's Relentless and was hopeful that it would contain information that would be beneficial to the Kingdom of God.
I was disappointed.
What I found was the same ole John Bevere I had encountered previously. Rash, prideful, and twisting scripture. If you're a John Bevere fan, I urge you to proceed with caution. Be a Berean--search the Scriptures to see if what John is saying is true...
While it might break decorum to promote another book as an introduction to a book review, if you're serious about Bible study...you might want to check out How to Read the Bible for All It's Worth by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart.
Happy Wednesday and as always, comments welcome.
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