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Home Sections The Daily B.R.E.A.D. March 16, 2009 - Monday Meditation (He Rights Them!)
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Thursday, 12 March 2009 22:08
But, who of us would worry, knowing that an expert had his hand on the wheel of your life?
Luke 4:24-30  And he said, "Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his own country. 25 But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Eli'jah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when there came a great famine over all the land; 26 and Eli'jah was sent to none of them but only to Zar'ephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27 And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Eli'sha; and none of them was cleansed, but only Na'aman the Syrian." 28 When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. 29 And they rose up and put him out of the city, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw him down headlong. 30 But passing through the midst of them he went away.
2 Kings 5:1-15  So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. 15 Then he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and he came and stood before him; and he said, "Behold, I know that there is no God in all the earth but in Israel; so accept now a present from your servant."

Meditation by Don Schwagger
What can limit God's grace and power in our lives for change and transformation? Indifference and lack of faith for sure! The prophets confronted God's people with their indifference and unbelief. God's grace and mercy is offered freely to those who seek it with sincerity, repentance, and faith. When Naaman, a non-Jew went to Jerusalem to seek a cure, the prophet Elisha instructed him to bathe in the river. In faith he obeyed and was healed. Jesus did not hesitate to confront his own people with their indifference and unbelief. When Jesus spoke in his hometown synagogue he startled his listeners with a seeming rebuke that no prophet or servant of God can receive honor among his own people. He then angered them when he complimented the gentiles who seemed to have shown more faith in God than the "chosen ones" of Israel. They regarded gentiles as "fuel for the fires of hell". Jesus' praise for "outsiders" caused them offence because they were blind-sighted to God's mercy and plan of redemption for all nations. The word of warning and judgment spoken by Jesus was met with hostility by his own people. They forcibly threw him out of the city and would have done him harm had he not stopped them. The Lord offers us freedom and pardon and the grace to walk in his way of righteousness.  His discipline is for our good that we may share his holiness (Hebrews 12:10). "Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates reproof is stupid"  (Proverbs 12:1).  Do you seek the Lord for instruction and help so you can grow in holiness?

"Lord Jesus, teach me to love your ways tht I may be quick to renounce sin and wilfulness in my life. May I delight to do your will."
Supplementary Readings
God's Good Plans!
"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" – Jeremiah 29:11
Plans—we write them. God rights them!
Out best-laid plans run into unforeseen challenges and obstacles from time to time. Even with the finest minds, mistakes can be made. There is no such thing as a fool-proof plan.
But, who of us would worry, knowing that an expert had his hand on the wheel of your life? Would we try to wrestle it away like a child demanding his or her own way, even though it might lead to destruction? Or would we welcome it, feel the wind blow through our hair, and enjoy the ride knowing we're in good hands?
God loves it when we trust him—when we lean back and enjoy the ride. He loves it when we write our plans prayerfully, but allow him to right our plans and lead us to the blessings he has in store for us.

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Are you holding on tightly to some best-laid plans that God is nudging you to let go of? Trust him, lean back and enjoy the ride! 
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Note: This excerpt was taken from the "Power for Life Daily Devotional"
PRAY as if everything depended on HIM. ACT as if everything depended on YOU.

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