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Who am I? – Creative Tuesdays

Who Am I? – Creative Tuesdays

The prompt this week at Creative Tuesdays is Meet Me. I will try to show you the answer to “Who Am I?”

Who Am I?

Meet Me – Watercolour Pencil – 2016

The idea here is to list a few items you like and dislike or some variation thereof (by Creative Tuesdays).

I struggled with this one for the last two weeks and finally worked on it yesterday under the title, Who Am I? I don’t like portraits and doing a self-portrait was even harder. I used a micron pen 01 and watercolour pencil and a light weight paper. Next time I would use heavier paper.

That of course reminded me of Jesus asking the disciples, “who am I?”,

“Who do people say I am?” …

[And then], “Who do you say I am (Mark 8:27-29, NIV)?”

As I have been reading through the scriptures for this time of Lent, this question keeps coming up. Who is Jesus? The religious leaders are trying to discredit Jesus. They want to keep the status quo. They want to keep their power. So they ask Jesus all sorts of questions to trap Him. Here are two cases.

Case One:

On Saturday at Word of God Speak we looked at Mark 11:27-33

The religious leaders are trying to trap Jesus. They really are asking Who He is:

“By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you authority to do this?”

Case Two:

On Sunday at church we looked at Mark 12:13-17.

Here they are trying to trap Jesus again by asking about whether the Jewish people should pay tax to Caesar.

Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not? Should we pay or shouldn’t we?”

In the first case Jesus will not give an answer because the leaders couldn’t answer His question.

Jesus said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”

In the second case Jesus gave a divinely inspired answer.

Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”

I find it interesting that the leaders of the Jewish people couldn’t see Jesus as God’s Son – the Christ. They were blinded by their arrogance and their wish for power and control.

Sometimes I forget that I have let Jesus be in control of my life and I try to wrestle control back from Him. Thank goodness I study His Word every day to remind me that He is in control.

Pastor Thiemke said on Sunday:

We must give to God what is rightfully His – our entire life. (tweet this)

If you haven’t met my Jesus I would love to tell you more about Him. Email me anytime and we can talk.

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Sunday Stillness – Isaiah 11:1

Sunday Stillness – Isaiah 11:1

Isaiah-11-1

Journalling the other day and came across this in Isaiah – sketched it so I would remember it.

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—
and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.

He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
or decide by what he hears with his ears;
but with righteousness he will judge the needy,
with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;
with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked (Isaiah 11:1-4, NIV).

The visual for this is very strong.

God had a plan in the making. A plan for us. A plan for our salvation.

And how will He judge: “with righteousness he will judge”. Not by what He saw, or heard.

Do we do that? Do we go to God with our fears, and our judgments? Or do we take what we hear from the world?

When people talk about their governments I hear disparaging words – and these are Christians, too. I keep suggesting to them, “Pray for those in authority”. Because that is what we are called to do. PRAY. Trust in God. It is He that puts governments in their place.

God will judge – NOT US.

So get into your Bible today. Read and read some more. Learn what God is saying and don’t listen to the words of others.

Tweetables:

God will judge – not us. Pray for those in authority.

God had a plan in the making. A plan for us. A plan for our salvation.

Related Post:

The Tender Shoot

Today is Sunday Stillness.

Today you can reach for the “Fountain of life” that has been given to us through Jesus. Will you reach out today? Will you question Jesus? Will you ask Him to show Himself to you? That’s all it takes.

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Blessings,

Janis

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WHO IS THIS GOD – RULER OF RULERS?

God: Ruler of Rulers

by Violet Nesdoly (reprinted with permission)

God – Ruler of Rulers

“He brings the princes to nothing;
He makes the judges of the earth useless” (Isaiah 40:23, NIV).

A while ago Vancouver was in the throes of an “Occupy” demonstration. Every news report and talk show was buzzing with what to do about the tent city set up on the grass near the public library. These malcontents were determined to change the order of society. One proclaimed, stoutly, “I am not leaving until the rich are poor and the poor are rich.”

They will probably not succeed, at least not to that extent. Though such demonstrations may have short-term effects, their long-term impact on history will probably be minimal.

Contrast that with God, pictured here as looking down on our earth globe and seeing its inhabitants as grasshoppers. He has the ultimate say-so over earth’s rulers. Like short-lived plants, no sooner are they established than they feel His frosty breath and wither away.

We have the dissection of one such God-intervention in 2 Chronicles 20. There King Jehoshaphat, threatened by the Ammonites and Moabites, took his problem to God:

“We have no power against this great multitude…nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You” – (2 Chronicles 20:12, NIV).

God’s solution came via the words of the prophet Jahaziel, who said:

 “You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord” – (2 Chronicles 20:17 NIV).

The next day the army entered battle in a very unconventional way, behind the singers and worshipers. Even as the praise began “…the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir … and they were defeated” 2 Chronicles 20:22.

As people of faith, I think we put too little stock in God’s ability to manipulate the course of history. We need to spend less time criticizing and scheming how to make political changes, and more time acknowledging “We have no power, nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You,” and then praise Him for the victory He is accomplishing.

Prayer:

Dear God, thank You for Your sovereignty over nations and their rulers. Help me not to be dismayed by what I see, but to keep praying for the leaders of my country and the countries of the world. Amen.

Violet Nesdoly

Violet freelances in several genres and has been published in a variety of print and online publications. Her articles, stories, and activities have appeared in Keys for Kids, Devotions for Girls, Devotions for Boys, Clubhouse, Guide, Primary Treasure, Partners, Pockets and others. She has also published two books of poetry and is an avid blogger. She is a member of Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship and a professional member of The Word Guild.

 

FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA

From Sea to Shining Sea

by Jan Cox

Canada Day – July 1, 2011

Hopefully when you read this my hubby and I will be in Ottawa (Canada’s capital), celebrating Canada Day from our boat in the Rideau Canal. We are taking our first trip on the Rideau and are very excited.

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge (Kate) and Prince William (Will) are visiting Canada on that day. Will we catch a glimpse?

Canada, founded in 1867 – is my country. I like everything about it; our freedom, our natural resources, our government, and our people.

Ed Hird wrote a book called Battle for the Soul of Canada, Raising up the Emerging Generation of LeadersIn it he gives story snippets of people who made Canada what it is today. It is a fantastic book and I highly recommend it. I learned more history in this little book than all through my schooling.

Hird says that is works on several levels, explaining that his primary target audience is spiritual seekers.

His secondary focus is providing a guide to ‘raising up Timothys’ or leaders of tomorrow, based on the devotional commentary on letters of 1st and 2nd Timothy in the New Testament. “Drawing on First and Second Timothy in the Bible, I would say they are the most practical leadership manuals ever written in history. I drew on the wisdom of the two books as the framework and model for our generations,” says Hird.

A third feature is born out of Hird’s passion for Canadian history. One of the common themes is looking at people in the Canadian past and looking at them as metaphors for the future, says Hird. He includes the stories of Canadians, such as Louis Riel, Simon Fraser, and Sir Alexander Mackenzie.

This book can help as we pray for Canada. If you haven’t read this book – I encourage you to do so.

For other posts on praying for our country and its leaders:

Praying for Governments

Supplications for Governing Authorities

Prayers for Governing Authorities

Intercessions for Governing Authorities

 

A beautiful prayer for Canada

Prayer:

Thank You, Lord, for Canada. Please watch over our country, our government and our land. Help us to lift our leaders to You. Help us to know that You are the one who is the true Head of all the earth. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

My Gratitude List for this week.

  • Write! Canada conference – my friend can come
  • Summer is here in Ontario (although today’s rain might change my mind)
  • Lessons from Oswald Chambers (June 9)
  • Anticipation of seeing my grandchildren
  • Capris that fit
  • God connection – A Holy moment
  • Snowball in the sink getting a bath
  • Snowball shaking all over
  • Delightful tellers at the bank
  • Great on-line friends

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Jan Cox

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan has written a children’s book in which she is also the watercolour illustrator. She hopes to publish it this year.


PRAYERS FOR THE WORLD

Prayers for the World

by Jan Cox

The words “pray for the world” have been used many times in searches on the Internet this week. We have seen people rise up against their oppressive governments; we have seen earthquakes and tsunamis and fears of a nuclear meltdown.

People are searching for a way to reach God in these times.

T.L..Wiens has spoken in Under the Cover of Prayer about ways to pray for our governments. It is not easy to pray for those in authority when we disagree with their policies. But we have to remember that Jesus is the head of all authorities and has the power to use them as He needs to in His plan.

“Whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities all things were created by him and for him” (Colossians 1:16 NIV UK).

I find that praying for different countries each day is a good way to lift people and their governments to our Lord. It doesn’t take a lot of time.

I read Operation World while having my breakfast and then pray for that country. On the sidebar to the right you will see the countries I have prayed for so far this year and each will link to the Operation World site for that country.

Join me in prayer and together we can learn about the countries as well as intercede for all the peoples of the world.

This week we especially pray for the people of Japan and Libya, whose lives are in turmoil and their countries torn apart.

Here is a link to prayer for Japan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiYiD1fgUz0

“Do not fear.” Those words were some of the first I learned when I became a Christian.

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7 NIV UK).

Fear comes from Satan and Christ gave us power over him. So when you feel fearful try saying that Christ has overcome fear and you are free from Satan at all times.

Continue to pray.

My Gratitude list for this week:

36.  Our small town Pregnancy Care Centre

37.  Volunteers at the Centre

38.  The Board of the Centre who have shouldered many emergencies lately

39.  The women, our clients, at the Centre

40.  All the churches and others who support the Centre

41.  All the donors who give to the Centre

42.  Our small community who want to help us with donations of clothing and money

Prayer:

Father, these are times when many things in the world could frighten us. However, we know that you have conquered fear. We no longer are until its control. Help us to remember that and come to you whenever that “‘ole fear” might arise in our hearts. Thank you for Your Son, Jesus, who is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. We pray in His Name, AMEN.