Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Check your Own Heart
A digested Lesson taken from my notes at our Bible Study at our church.
Our Bible study taught by
teacher Linda focused on the story in John 5:10-47 about the man at the pool
who was healed after his encounter with Jesus.
At Jesus command - - the infirmed
man was now able to walk and carry his bed, but alas it was the Sabbath
day.Jewish leaders were quick to ask
him, “Who told you to pick up your bed and walk on the Sabbath?”At first the man was not sure who had healed
him, but afterwards, Jesus found him and said, “Behold you are made whole, but
go and sin no more lest a worse thing come upon you.”
The Jews immediately upon
discovering it was Jesus; wanted to kill Him not because He healed on the
Sabbath, but because the way he spoke of His Father God, making himself equal
with God.Jesus told them, “It was the
Father who has given me authority, but marvel not on this for the hour is
coming when the dead shall arise.The
Father has committed judgment onto the Son, and as I judge as I hear the father
Jesus continued to urge them
to “search the scriptures as they testify of me and my time has come.”
As she wrote on the white board, our teacher asked us to help
her compile a list of the attitudes of the religious leaders in this story - - -
Their robes were not clean,
and they glorified themselves as they followed traditions.
They were full of pride, and abused their power.They were dishonest,
unholy and their ego was unhealthy.A
spirit of control was their tool, and they were selfish, hateful and dishonored
others.They had a fear of death,
but set unholy boundaries, were judgmental, hypocritical, and angry with
those who did not agree with them.Murder was in their heart.
were they so angry?Did the teaching and
ministry of Jesus present a new way of living that they were contrary to?
Our teacher gave us
scriptures as in Proverbs about a merry heart makes a cheerful face, and the
importance of gratitude and thanksgiving.
You might want to research
these few scriptures and others like them - -
Zechariah 7:8-10 true Justice is to not oppress one another and
to care for the widows and others.
Psalms51:16-17 God loves a broken and contrite
Proverbs 15:716:7 God gives supernatural peace and makes
even our enemies to be at peace with us.
Hebrews 13:16 Do good sharing
with others, listen intentional to develop a good relationship.
Matthew 5:44Love your enemies, bless them that curse you
and pray for them.
1 Timothy 2:14Pray for leaders and those in authority for
wisdom and for salvation.
1 Timothy 5:1-4Honor to whom honor is due and respect others.
Luke 5:16As was his routine;
Jesus withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.
As Christians we need to be
careful when God begins to move in a way we may not be familiar with, lest we
rise up in criticism.Check your own
heart and also the Scripture and see if it is in the Word of God.
Our own self-righteousness
may think these Jewish leaders were awful, terrible and dreadful, but stop and
consider if perhaps we are at times harboring these same or similar attitudes.
God requires us to reflect on
our personal thought life and to be deliberate in our choices to think on those
things that are pure, gentle, loving and of good report.
What does God expect of us?
Micah 6:8 And what does the Lord
require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your