I have a terrible baptism of suffering ahead of me. .

I don’t post a lot about the death of the Lord Jesus. It is too painful for me. It is very hard for me at Good Friday services to hear all He suffered with to be the substitute for my sin and yours. He went obediently and although He had all the power in the world at His fingertips and all the angels of the world because He is God – He did not come down from that cross. He died in our places. In the below verse, Jesus was talking to His disciples about His death on the cross, which would be happening soon. The baptism He was talking about is not the baptism of immersion in water that we would think of when we hear the word baptism – but instead His baptism into death. But because He rose from the grave He defeated death and through the sufferings He was covered with, we have the promise of eternal life! When He died, the sins of the world were upon Him and what a heavy burden it was. This was why He came to the earth as a man, to be the substitute for our sins because there had to be suffering to atone for our sins. God’s plan for us because He loves us so much! Abba Father – I humble myself before You and I come before You with a heavy heart as I look at the picture of Your Son hanging on a cross. But yes He rose again and just as it says below in John 3:16 – You loved us that much that You gave Him as a sacrifice.

Luke 12:50
I have a terrible baptism of suffering ahead of Me, and I am under a heavy burden until it is accomplished.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

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For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory . . . .

For His is the Kingdom and the Power and the glory!!! He is the POWER – I thank and praise God today for His amazing power to transform lives. What kind of things can we do through Christ? As we draw nearer to Him and surrender our wills to Him we can tap into His power source and draw on His mighty strength. That doesn’t mean that we won’t have trials and problems in our lives just that He will strengthen us to be able to get the job at hand done. Kind of like a big surge protector and we are all able to plug into Him to draw our strength from His mighty power! God’s perfect plan for us is to renew our minds with things of His word and to change the lives of others, as well as our own. Don’t let others dictate the way you will live and don’t follow their way of living, instead be a life changer yourself and impact their lives through the mighty power of the Lord Jesus Christ. Abba Father!!! When are weak, you are strong. You are our source of power. Thank You and I worship and praise You!!!

Matthew 6:13
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Romans 12:2
Don’t conform to the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you which is good and pleasing and perfect.

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. . . . . but the Lord looks at the heart.

God doesn’t look at our outward appearance – He looks at the heart and knows us by our goodness, compassion, mercy and integrity. We too should look towards the inner beauty of another as opposed to how they look on the outside. Throughout history, society has admired different physical qualities in individuals and people spend hours maintaining their outward appearances to attain whatever is the current “look” -when they should be working to develop their inner character. God judges by faith and character and not outward appearance, and while everyone else can see your outward appearance God can see your heart. In our verse today the prophet Samuel is ordered by the Lord to anoint a king among the sons of Jesse of Bethlehem. All Jesse’s sons were made to pass before Samuel except for David – the youngest who was tending his father’s sheep. The Lord wasn’t speaking to Samuel out loud but instead spoke to his mind. He told Samuel that he had already ruled out Jesse’s first seven sons and that Samuel should not look at the physical appearance or stature. He had selected David, the youngest who was out in the fields watching the sheep and goats. For man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the inward qualifications. Precious Abba blessed Lord I thank and praise You for knowing us by who we are inside rather than the outward us. That we could do so as well!!!

1 Samuel 16:7
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

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May Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Matthew 6:10
May your Kingdom come. May Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Notice that it says, Your will be done? Not our will – but His. So often when we pray we forget to add the part about it being His will and not ours. So often when we pray for something and He doesn’t answer our prayers we might get angry with God and say why are you not answering our requests. He knows what is best for us and answers our prayers in His will and timing, not ours. So perhaps when praying today remember to add that important statement and acknowledge that it is He who is in control and not us!!

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