I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6
This morning when I read my Bible, God showed me something I hadn't thought of before. He's like that. He saves beautiful insights for times I especially need to see them.
I read how Jesus called His disciples. First He called Andrew. Then Andrew brought his brother, Simon, to the Lord and Jesus gave him the name Peter. The next day Jesus called Philip and he told Nathanael about the Messiah whom Moses prophesied about--Jesus of Nazareth.
"Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?" Nathanael asked.
That's something I might say. "Are you kidding me? A famous person from Carmichael?"
Nathanael went along with Philip and heard Jesus say, "Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false."
"How do you know me?"
"I saw you under the fig tree."
Then Nathanael said, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God."
You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You shall see greater things than that. To tell you the truth, you will see heaven open and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man. John 1:50, 51
Think About It
Jesus painted a picture of Jacob's ladder, but this morning I realized that Jesus is the ladder. I imagined a glorious stairway to Heaven. I had to find a picture for you, and I picked one that has sides, because I didn't want you to fall off on the way up. The truth is, Jesus is the stairway and you can't fall off. He is our protection and He will make sure we get all the way there.
Pray About It
Thank You, Awesome Lord, for the adventure in Your word. Thank You for providing the way and thank you for leading us through this life and Home. What amazing love!
No one likes to be bullied, but it has become a big problem. Young people commit suicide before they finish high school because of what someone said on Facebook or in a text message. It doesn't have to be like that.
I was taller than most boys in the sixth grade and I looked more like a woman than a kid. My peers thought there was something wrong with me, like I failed a grade or something. One afternoon after school a large group of boys locked me inside their circle and would not let me out until they touched me or pinched me on the butt. I stood there, covering myself until the last one pinched me. Then I ran home crying. My mom marched me back to the school to talk with the principal.
"No, Mom! I won't tattle," I shouted at her. "I have to go to school with those boys. It will only make things worse."
"You are not tattling. This is how we deal with this."
Mom was right. The boys never bothered me again after we talked to the principal. It seemed like they even showed me respect.
Think About It
Jesus was bullied by the chief priests, elders and Pharisees. They didn't like His message or miracles and they wanted to kill Him. Jesus stood up to His adversaries, who had no love for God in their hearts. He said it like it was. He called them hypocrites, blind guides and white-washed tombs. Jesus spoke the truth and died for it. You probably will never die for telling the truth, but you can find assurance in knowing that Jesus has been bullied. Here are some things you can do when it happens to you:
Pray About It
Lord Jesus, thank You for your promise never to leave me or forsake me. It is good to know You faced bullies even in Your day. Strengthen me against the kids who ridicule me. Help me to shine Your light on them. Amen.