Extra Strength: We Don’t Just Say Yes to Jesus Once (Martha)

We leave the church building inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement each Sunday … and somewhere along the course of the week, often we find ourselves in need of a little bit of something to help us through.

Welcome to Extra Strength: a mid-week pick-you-up for the soul. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for extra encouragement and challenge. 

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There is a painting of Jesus by William Holman Hunt called “The Light of the World.” Jesus is standing on the outside of a door with his hand raised as if he is knocking.  When I first saw this painting it took someone else to point out what was missing. The doorknob or any kind of handle for him to use to open the door from the outside is absent. The door must be opened from the inside. The door represents a human heart, yours, mine. It is the artist’s visual of Revelation 3:20:

“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.”

The Light of the World
The Light of the World by William Holman Hunt

Why this picture of Jesus knocking on a knob-less door? Just as Pastor Josh explained several weeks ago that God doesn’t have to love us, He wants to love us, I think the same goes for us. We don’t have to love God, but He wants us to love Him.

He says, “Look!” Do you see? He says, “If you hear my voice” Can you hear? Jesus is calling you. He is knocking. He wants to be your FRIEND. The One who can rescue you from the prison of your past, your present, your circumstances, your choices, your fears, your hate, your addiction is knocking at your heart’s door, calling to you.

I don’t know about you but I need a friend like that.

As a person who said, “Yes” to Jesus at a young age I forgot for a while that although that initial “Yes” brought me into an eternal friendship with God; I must say, “Yes” to Jesus minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour and day-by-day, too.

“Yes”, I will lay down my pride, again.

“Yes”, I will forgive even though I’m hurt.

“Yes”, I will pray for my enemy.

The Bible speaks about letting the Word of God dwell in us (Colossians 3:16). It also speaks of Christ dwelling in our hearts (Ephesians 3:17) The word dwell means to live or stay as a permanent resident. Saying “Yes” is simply opening the door in faith and asking him to stay as a permanent resident in our hearts and lives.

My prayer for myself and you comes from the first two stanzas of the following hymn:

May the Mind of Christ, My Savior

“May the mind of Christ, my Savior,
Live in me from day to day,
By His love and power controlling
All I do and say.

May the Word of God dwell richly
In my heart from hour to hour,
So that all may see I triumph
Only through His power.”

Words by Kate B Wilkinson

imageMartha has been a wife for 17 years and is the mother of three children ages 10, 9 and 5.  When she’s not folding laundry, cooking meals, helping with homework, kissing boo-boos, grocery shopping, cleaning house and running errands; she loves to hold babies at Immanuel MOPS!

 


Be Challenged:

  • Ask God how He is asking you to say “Yes” to Him today.
  • Say “Yes” to Jesus today in whatever way He is inviting you.

Our Prayer for the Monday After: Vacancy

TheMondayAfterPrayerEach Monday we’ll be bringing Sunday into the work week by sharing a prayer for the week based on the Sunday sermon. You can now catch the sermon blogs written by our blogging team Wednesdays, where they’ll offer a mid-week shot of espresso to help re-energize, encourage and challenge us in the midst of our work weeks! 

The Monday After Sunday, April 5, 2015: Vacancy 

Hallelujah, He is risen! Yesterday we celebrated the living Jesus with stories of life change during baptisms and Pastor Josh Petersen talked about the magnificence of the empty tomb.

We looked at Luke 24:

“But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. 3 So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes.

5 The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, ‘Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? 6 He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day.'” Read more.

 

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Pastor Josh highlighted a few things:

1.”Jesus said He came to bring life where there was once only death. Our hope is not in a dead Jesus; our hope is an a live Jesus!” -Pastor Josh Petersen

2. “I’m convinced we are not only to pick up our cross and carry it but also to stand up, walk out of the tomb and follow Him.” – Pastor Josh Petersen

For the next seven days:

Consider this:

-as a Church, are we living outside of the tomb? Are we bringing life where there was once only death? Are we bringing life to the darkness?

-if you are still in a dark tomb, say yes to Jesus. Follow Him out. He knows the way.