He did exist before mankind.

Embryos by Leonardo da Vinci

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
(Jeremiah 1:5 NIV) 

Yes, Its just a few words on a page, but do you ever wonder how you began?  Where your life came from?

Does it bring you any comfort to know that God is outside of our pitiful intellect, and resides in the before and after with equal clarity?

Face it… You and I are limited, and can only give a best guess when it comes to the vanishing point of our minds.

He had you in mind before you were ever created…. You have a purpose and He has a plan.  Ask and you shall receive.

 

A blind man sees.

A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. “Give glory to God, ” they said. “We know this man is a sinner.”
He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”
(John 9:24,25 NIV) 

Photo by Vedant Gulati

Jesus just can’t help himself when it comes to touching the less fortunate.  Even though it would eventually cost Him His life, He continued to heal, deliver and bless those who came to Him.

He can and will do the same for you….  Bring Him your blindness and see.

 

Jesus feeds the five thousand.

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When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip,  “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?”  He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. 
(John 6:5, 6 NIV)

Interesting that He already had in mind what He was going to do, but wanted to test Philip. What was Jesus looking for in Philip?  Has He ever tested you, and then did a miracle in your life?

It seems as though He knew it would take great faith for His disciples to believe that He was eventually going to rise from the dead.  So, maybe He needed to start expanding their minds… Actually it couldn’t have been their minds because nothing about it made sense.  It had to have been their hearts.

When we think with our mind, it sometimes becomes our enemy.  But when we believe with our heart, even impossible things can happen.

What is impossible in your life today?

If He can feed 5,000 people on a few loaves of bread, He can certainly move mountains for you….  All you have to do is believe with Him, so He can take the smallest grain of faith and make a miracle from it.

Trust him… Unlike many people in this world…. He is worthy and reliable.

Please share your stories of faith with us.

I see dead people.

 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. 

Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. 

(John 5:24, 25 NIV)

Are you dead?  I once was, but now I live.

Do you find it strange that words can bring arguments or peace, depending on your point of view?

 

Jesus came with words of life and they killed Him for it.  Did he actually die over some words, so you may live?  It depends on how you look at it, or better yet, where you are in life.

If you happen to be healthy, happy and financially fit, then the prospect of death may not seem so real.  What if for example, you just heard similar words (from your Doctor), that were spoken to me (by mine).  “I’m very sorry, I don’t have good news for you, your biopsy confirms you have cancer.”

Nothing like a few words from someones mouth to get your attention about your future.  “There is so much to do and see,  how much time do I have left?”  All of a sudden a clock has profound meaning and the realization that you have absolutely no say or control on how much time you have been given, hits home….

I can tell you one thing… After going though that, no matter how long I have, I will live each day without regret or remorse.  Because as the scripture says,  “I have crossed over from death to life”

Photo by Lisa Sexton

It took cancer to wake me up.  What will it take to get your attention?

Can we know Him?

Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.”
But he said to them,  “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”
Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?”
“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.
Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’?
I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.

 (John 4:31-35 NIV)

There are aspects about Jesus even his closest disciples did not understand.
He is gracious, patient, gentle and clear in revealing what he wanted them to know.

Photo by Harry Kossuth

 

They walked and lived with him every day….. How much less do we understand Him?  He will (and does) show us what he wants us to know as well….. just ask Him and see.

 

 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.

(James 1:5-7 NIV)

Are there things in your life that hold you back from living totally free?  If so, it does not have to be that way…  Believe me I know.

You are more than Animated Mud….. You have a purpose…. Discover your life and be amazed at what living is all about.  He (Jesus) knocks, but you have to let Him in.

Thoughts, comments or questions?