Facing tomorrow? How about today and all its worries?
“Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”
We sang a song in nursery school (I will ‘age’ myself if I say “Ages ago!” But, that is what it seems like.)
“Day by day dear Lord of these three things I pray: To see Thee more clearly, Love You more dearly and follow you more nearly…”
Y’all; I had to look it up to ensure that in truth it was worded that way…
“Day by day, day by day,
O, dear Lord, three things I pray:
to see thee more clearly, love thee more dearly,
follow thee more nearly, day by day.
Day by day, day by day,
O, dear Lord, three things I pray:
To see thee more clearly, love thee more dearly,
follow thee more nearly, day by day,
by day, by day, by day.”
So, it is real! I thought it was tuned for us! A Universal song! At this point I will say “Teach them young to Love The LORD!” When they need Him, The LORD is ALWAYS right there!
It is a known fact that IF you speak to a friend daily, it becomes a part of you! Amazing that I had a big brother growing up and we are still right there for one another!
Just being able to live through him is amazing! His family – Awesome! I thought I perhaps had seen it all till my presence was appreciated. Mind you I am not ‘silly’ enough to say “needed”, but being able to be there with and for him gave life meaning!
Speaking of family, my other brother- I was too busy to be Loving/present individual 8n his life! Excuses, excuses! Too busy! Goals? Attaining goals!
More so, time is what is called for in life! Here there IS time! Time was made for us. If we resided on Mars, Neptune or Pluto, our concept of ‘time’ would be different!
Find the ‘Time’ while we have it to listen, touch…and I am going to ‘push’ the bounds – HUG! What? Yuck! Hug?
Ok, ok, ok… definitely going through an experience like mine makes you realize SO very much! In fact, it is inexplicable. The number of times you say “thank you!” Can never or will never be enough!
IF they need something, you are right there! Question! Doing enough? Frankly, this becomes THE question with everyone you realize you love (once again love becomes Love!) love – physical. Love – deeper, real, spiritual! It touches the essence of you! Would you be the same if you were not blessed with the presence of that individual?
This is so deep! We will revisit it again. But, the key thing is “while there is still time, let them know how you truly feelz” I am not ignorant! At times there us a rift! Repair it!
The amazing thing is that here on Earth we have ‘Time’, Time ceases when we do not experience the world! As basic as I can, five senses: look, listen, feel, taste, sound.
We can break these down with the definition of Love.
God is love and has demonstrated that love in everything that he does. Paul compares faith, hope, and love, and concludes that “the greatest of these is love” ( 1 Cor 13:13 ).
“God Is Love.” Agape [ajgavph], the love theme of the Bible, can only be defined by the nature of God. John affirms that “God is love” ( 1 John 4:8 ). God does not merely love; he is love. Everything that God does flows from his love.
John emphasizes repeatedly that God the Father loves the Son ( John 5:20 ; John 17:23 John 17:26 ) and that the Son loves the Father ( John 14:31 ). Because the Father loves the Son, he made his will known to him. Jesus in turn demonstrated his love to the Father through his submission and obedience.
The theme of the entire Bible is the self-revelation of the God of love. In the garden of Eden, God commanded that “you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die” ( Gen 2:17 ). We are not prepared, then, when God looks for Adam after his sin, calling out “Where are you?” God seeks Adam, not to put him to death, but to reestablish a relationship with him. God, the Lover, will not allow sin to stand between him and his creature. He personally bridges the gap.
That seeking and bridging reaches its pinnacle when God sends his Son into the world to rescue sinners and to provide them with eternal life ( John 3:16 ; Rom 5:7-8 ; Eph 2:1-5 ). John declares, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us” ( 1 John 3:16 ). God’s love is not based on the merit of the recipient ( Deut 7:7-8 ; Rom 5:7-8 ). Because he is love, God is not willing that any person should perish, but wills that everyone repent and live ( Ezek 18:32 ; 2 Peter 3:9 ).
“Love the Lord Your God.” We are totally incapable of loving either God or others — a condition that must be corrected by God before we can love. The Bible’s ways of describing this process of correction are numerous: “circumcision of the heart” ( Deut 30:6 ); God’s “writing his laws” on our hearts ( Jer 31:33 ); God’s substituting a “heart of flesh” for a “heart of stone” ( Eze 11:19 ); being “born again” by the Spirit ( John 3:3 ; 1 John 5:1-2 ); removing old clothing and replacing it with new ( Col 3:12-14 ); dying to a sinful life and resurrecting to a new one ( Col 3:1-4 ); moving out of darkness into light ( 1 John 2:9 ). Until that happens, we cannot love.
God alone is the source of love ( 1 John 4:7-8 ); he “poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us” ( Rom 5:5 ). God’s love then awakens a response in those who accept it. God loves through believers, who act as channels for his love; they are branches who must abide in the vine if they are to have that love ( John 15:1-11 ). We have the assurance that we have passed from death to life because we love others ( 1 John 3:14 ).
Once we have received God’s love as his children, he expects us to love. In fact, “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love” ( 1 John 4:8 ). Jude urges his readers to keep themselves in God’s love (v.21).
“Love the Lord Your God with All Your Heart.” Love of God is a response of the whole of the believer heart, soul, mind, and strength ( Deut 6:5 ; Matt 22:34-40 ; Mark 12:28-34 )to the whole of God. Jesus serves as the believer’s model ( John 14:21 ; Php 2:5-8 ). Obedience to God ( Deut 6:7 ; 7:9 ) and renunciation of the world-system ( 1 John 2:16 ) are critical elements of our love of God.
Our love, however, is easily misdirected. Its object tends to become the creation rather than the Creator; it loses sight of the eternal for the temporal; it focuses on the self, often to the exclusion of God and others. We become idolaters, focusing a part or all of our love elsewhere. We are “love breakers” more than “law breakers.”
Genesis 22 presents a classic struggle: the conflicting pulls of love. Abraham loves Isaac, the son of his old age, the child of God’s promise. But God tests his love. For the sake of the love of God, Abraham is willing to sacrifice the son he loves. Hisresponse is to a greater love. Jesus describes this conflict as hating father and mother in order to love and follow God ( Luke 14:26 ).
“Love Your Neighbor as Yourself.” Love for neighbor is a decision that we make to treat others with respect and concern, to put the interests and safety of our neighbors on a level with our own. It demands a practical outworking in everyday life placing a retaining wall around the roof to keep people from falling ( Deut 22:8 ); not taking millstones in pledge, thus denying someone the ability to grind grain into flour ( Deut 24:6 ); allowing the poor to glean leftovers from the orchards and fields ( Lev 19:9-12 ). Our actions illustrate our love. Love for neighbor is “love in action, ” doing something specific and tangible for others.
The New Testament concept closely parallels that of the Old Testament. John writes: “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” Believers need to share with those in need, whether that need is for food, water, lodging, clothing, healing, or friendship ( Matt 25:34-40 ; Rom 12:13 ). The love demonstrated in the parable of the good Samaritan shows that agape [ajgavph] love is not emotional love, but a response to someone who is in need.
The command to love others is based on how God has loved us. Since believers have been the recipients of love, they must love. Since Christ has laid down his life for us, we must be willing to lay down our lives for our brothers ( 1 John 3:16 ).
Many people in Jesus’ day believed that a neighbor was a fellow Israelite. When asked to define “neighbor, ” however, Jesus cited the parable of the good Samaritan a person who knowingly crossed traditional boundaries to help a wounded Jew ( Luke 10:29-37 ). A neighbor is anyone who is in need. Jesus also told his disciples that a “neighbor” might even be someone who hates them, curses them, or mistreats them. Yet they must love even enemies ( Luke 6:27-36 ) as a witness and a testimony.
The Old Testament charge was to “love your neighbor as yourself” ( Lev 19:18 ). But Jesus gave his disciples a new command with a radically different motive: “Love each other as I have loved you” ( John 15:12 ). Paul affirms that “the entire law is summed up in a single command: Love your neighbor as yourself'” ( Gal 5:14 ). James sees the command to love one another as a “royal law” ( 2:8 ).
Love is the motivation for evangelism. Christ’s love compels us to become ambassadors for Christ, with a ministry of reconciliation ( 2 Cor 5:14 ).
For a quick moment there I was going to state Love is patient, kind…
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.”
1 Corinthians 13: 4-8
But instead, unlike other times decided to go a different route. Love is so profound that Love came in human form – stepping way, way unimaginably so that even Satan could or would not believe that it was so! In the wilderness, Jesus was tried!
There is a contrary locum of angel’s cast out of Heaven. An unthinkable number! A third of all angels… think on this to all believers there are angel’s assigned! The number is unfathomable!
We typically imagine God’s protection as a magical force field that keeps us from all harm. While God has the ability to stop evil, we have to remember that we live in a fallen world where we have free will. Because of this, sometimes God works in ways that we do not understand. Instead, God’s protection can come in the form of peace and strength in the middle of despair, possibly in the form of angels.
As believers in Jesus, we are promised a new life covered under the protection of God and His angels in which nothing can ever separate us from His love. We can rest easy knowing that no matter what hardship we face, God is our provider and protector. He sends down His angels to watch over us and protect us from the harm of the world. These angels can give us peace so we can focus on knowing there is a bigger plan that God has chosen us for.
Angels have been cited all throughout the bible for their amazing ability to protect those in harm. Here are words straight from the Book of God that remind us that we are protected by God’s angels.
”For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways.“
This translates literally to mean that God will instruct His angels to watch over individuals. God will give each of His angels a purpose: to guard His children. Those who are faithful will be under the constant care of His angels.
”For it is written, ‘He will command His angels concerning you to guard you carefully.’”
To discuss fact that occured, while in the wilderness there were contrary spirits sent to prove Jesus wrong. Mind you, it has NOT been shared exactly what He went though. But, who/what came to try Him? The Chief counsel!
Although there is a mass of anecdotal evidence going all the way back to ancient Egyptian, Assyrian, Chaldean, Greek and Roman histories, we must answer the question by a direct appeal to Scripture. When we do, the answer is clear and unanimous. In the Old Testament we are told of those who “sacrificed to demons that were no gods” (Deut. 32:17) and others who “sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons” (Ps. 106:37). Demons are mentioned in nineteen out of the twenty-seven New Testament books, and Jesus frequently claimed to “cast out demons” (Matt. 12:27). Demons are not the product of hyperactive religious imagination, nor the disembodied spirits of a prehistoric race, nor the long-existent result of antediluvian sex between angels and human women (all these theories have been advanced). The Bible never questions their existence.
What is their origin?
God created all reality outside of Himself, from time to titanium — from space to stem cells; there is no wriggle room in the statement: “All things were made through him and without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:3). Yet as God cannot be directly involved in the creation of evil, reason agrees with Scripture that while all angels were created holy some fell from their original state.
The first to rebel was Satan, who was promptly thrown out of heaven along with myriads of angels who followed his lead. The Bible says they “did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling” (Jude 6) in contrast to “the elect angels” (1 Tim. 5:21) who were given grace to remain sinless. We should note that in contrast to humanity, which fell in its representative head (Adam), each apostate angel fell by his own personal choice.
After His 40 day fast, Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness.
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’
Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended Him.
This final line is overlooked by many! To require attention is spiritually something extreme!
Mark 1:13 (KJV)
And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.
Matthew 4:11 (KJV) Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
The Greek word in Scriveners Textus Receptus διακονέω diakoneó which is to wait at a table, to serve.
1. How did the angels minister to Jesus?
2. Why are we told about this ministry?
In Mark 1:13, the story of Jesus going into the wilderness, where he was ministered by angels is an allusion to Elijah (1 Kings 19:5-7) who was ministered by an angel and in the wilderness forty days. In Mark’s Gospel, there seems to be a form of coordination of purpose between the Spirit, Satan and the angels. The Spirit drove Jesus into the wilderness, Satan’s role seems to be to test Jesus rather than to turn him aside from his mission, while the angels are present during the temptation, ministering to Jesus. In this, the earliest of the New Testament gospels, Satan could arguably still be seen as the loyal assistant of God that he had become in Judaism, and therefore testing Jesus’ faith. An exegesis of the passage does not tell us how the angels ministered to Jesus, but the original audience of the gospel, reading διακονέω as consistent with ‘waiting at a table’ or ‘caring for’ may have concluded that the angels provided sustenance to Jesus.
In copying from Mark, the author of Matthewintroduced some new material attributed to the hypothetical ‘Q’ document, about Satan tempting Jesus, but seems to have found the presence of angels at the same time incongruous, thus delaying the presence of the angels until Satan departs. Without the presence of the angels, Matthew tells us that Jesus fasted for forty days.
1The later synoptic gospels portray Satan’s intentions in tempting Jesus as clearly evil, as well as introducing the belief that Jesus actually fasted for forty days. We can not assume that the author of Mark had these things in mind.
James 1,12 says ” Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” Here James states that if anyone overcomes the temptation, there is a reward for him. The reward here he mentions is ” the crown of life”. Revelation 2:10 indicate that the Crown of Life is for those who persevere in faith through temptation, tribulation.
Jesus has endured the temptation. We see that angels did not come and help him during any of the temptations. But once when all the temptations were over and the tempter has left the place then come the angels. The arrival of angels tells the moment of approval of Jesus. The presence and ministry of the angels is a declaration of the approval / qualifying of Jesus as a winner / over-comer.
And it is apt to understand that the one who is a winner has the crown and the one who has a crown also will have some one to attend to him or serve him. The presence and mission and ministry of angels acclaims the victory of Jesus and his possession of the crown ( but in an invisible manner as a foretaste of what He will have once He finishes his Salvation Activities and regain His position in the right hand side of God (Phil 2,6-10).
It is also an assurance to any believer who overcomes the trials and temptations, in a steadfast manner, that God will send a temporary acknowledgment of his victory (in advance, here in earthly life itself in a temporary way ) that too through a super natural manner!! May God be Praised!!