The God who sees ME

The God who sees ME

El Roi is my favorite name of God because it means the God who sees. He sees me. He wants to have a relationship with me and wants to know every detail of me life even though He is KING of the Universe. He is so good to me. He is my Lord and Savior. Nothing shall separate me from His love. He is All that I need and MORE!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Lord, I believe

God has laid this special rhyma on my heart: Mark 9:14-29.

Jesus was coming to His disciples when He noticed that the scribes and a big crowd were disputing. When the crowd saw Jesus they ran to Him and greeted Him. Jesus asked the scribes what they were talking about. One in the crowd spoke up and told Jesus about his own son who had a dumb spirit. The boy would even tear at himself and gnash his teeth. The father then disappointedly told Jesus that he had brought the son to the disciples but they could not cast the demon out.

–I want to make an insert here and say how sad that must have been to all three parties, Jesus, the disciples, and the father. Jesus already knew the circumstance, but I'm sure as you will see in the next part that he WAS saddened by their unbelief and lack of faith. I know if I was one of the disciples I would be disappointed in myself, because I was trying to do God's work and do what Jesus had told me to do. It is obvious that the father would be very disheartened: his poor son still had a dumb spirit.

Ok, next Jesus states how faithless that generation was and asked that the boy be brought to Him. They brought him to Jesus and He asked his father how long the boy had had the spirit. Since a child was his reply. –Wow, again, think of the time line there. We're talking any where from 5-15 YEARS, that he had been plagued!– The father proceeded to tell of how the spirit would cast the boy into the fire and into water, trying to destroy him. With hope in his voice the father asked, if Jesus could do anything for him, to have compassion and do it. This (and another) is the verse that popped out for me: Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. No sooner had the words come out of His mouth, the father cried out and with tears said, (this is the other verse that popped) Lord, I believe, help thou mine unbelief.

–That's exactly what Jesus wanted to hear. A desperate cry for help out of complete hopelessness. That's what God wants from us: to admit we can NOT do it and are failing and fall HEAD FIRST INTO HIM! Really, we can't do anything in our own strength anyways, so why not admit it. Call sin, SIN, and failure, FAILURE. I'm not talking about always, moping around because we're "defeated." NO, definitely not. He wants us to have victory in Jesus, but we have to let go of our pride and attitude that says, "I can do it. Another passage that really goes along with this is 2 Corinthians 12:9: "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." That means when we are WEAK (or fail) He'll give you HIS strength! Wow, that's all we have to do? Yep! Just fail forward into God's arms!

-Our responsibility is to give ALL up for HIM, then HE can step in and do HIS responsibility! So often we try to do His job!

Jesus' awesome, wonderful, kind, merciful, loving, response was to command the spirit out of the boy. When the spirit came out, it tore at the boy, so much so that they thought he was dead. But Jesus took him by the hand, pulled him to his feet. -Yay! Isn't that a beautiful picture of our own story? Sin had a mighty grip on us, then Jesus commanded it leave and paid the price. Sin fled faster then blue blazes and we were made free!

Take a minute to thank him for his lavish grace on you and admit your utter failure.

Thank you Jesus, for paying the price that we might be free and whole! Thank you for choosing us to be your children! All praise and glory are yours! I love you, Lord.