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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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October 18, 2011 - Just Say ‘Yes!’

By Greg Ebie

Someone has wisely said, “Never say never to God.” It seems to me that God will often put us into the very situations that bring us to do what we said we wouldn’t do. Why? God wants to prove our obedience.

The flip side of the coin is also true. If we say, “God I’ll do whatever You ask me to do; I will follow wherever You lead,” then God takes us at our word and will bring us into some situations we may not have ever imagined. Why? Again God wants to prove our obedience.

I know this has been true in my life. When I answered God’s call into full-time ministry, I often prayed, “Lord, I’ll do whatever You ask; I’ll go wherever You want me to, God.” I have been surprised by some of the unexpected places this has put me. Would I keep my promise to God and do what He asked, or would I choose to stay in my comfort zone?

James and John made such a statement to Jesus. They had just asked a question that the other disciples (as well as all of us) would give them a hard time about. “Lord, may we sit at Your right and left when You enter Your glory?” These brothers wanted to take the places of honor — the nerve! Yet Jesus doesn’t tear them down for asking or tell them they have no right to ask such a thing. Jesus simply answers, “No.”

“‘You don’t know what you are asking,’ Jesus said. ‘Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?’

“‘We can,’ they answered.

“Jesus said to them, ‘You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared’” (Mark 10:38-40, NIV).

God does the same with us when we bring our farfetched requests. God won’t turn us away but will listen and then just say “No.”

But did you notice how James and John responded to Jesus’ questioning? They agreed to drink from the same cup of suffering. God took them at their word. James was beheaded, and John ended his life in exile. Are we ready to keep the promises we make to God, too? Get ready, because God takes you at your word.

— D. Greg Ebie is senior pastor of Praise Assembly of God in Garrettsville, Ohio, and an author of Daily Bread devotionals.

 

 

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