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Five Minute Friday – Jesus asks, “Are you willing to follow me?”

Five Minute Friday – Jesus asks, “Are you willing to follow Me?”

Linking with Lisa Jo where we take only 5 minutes to write – #FMFParty. No editing. Just getting our thoughts and words on paper (computer).

Go – The word this week is “willing”.

Are you willing to follow Me?

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Path picture by Kimberley Payne

These first two months of this year, 2014, God has been prodding me to listen more to His Voice. I read The Circle Maker, Not a Fan, Kisses from Katie, and The Power of Persistent Prayer. Of course I also read the Bible. Right now I am reading through the New Testament for Lent with Margaret Feinberg.

Am I on the path that follows Jesus?

The question that keeps arising is, “Are you willing to follow Me?” And also I hear the repeated call, “Feed my lambs”.

My answer is a question, “How much, Lord?”

His answer, “All in”.

We started the first week of our new Bible Study on Not A Fan. Here are some take-aways from that first encounter with Jesus.

A follower gives Jesus the master key to his/her heart (soul).
I need to define this relationship I have with Jesus.
I need to ask myself where I have not allowed Jesus to enter in my life.

This week I start writing in the journal that Kyle provides for this study.

 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23, NIV).

My questions:

What does take up my cross mean?
What does deny myself really mean? – How is that possible?
How can I make each day – totally His?

STOP – I actually don’t want to stop – but I will continue to ask myself these questions; I will continue to ask God these questions; and I will try to tell you what I discover in the next 6 weeks of study.

What do you think?

Tweetables:

What does take up my cross mean?  (click to tweet)

How can I make each day totally for Jesus? (click to tweet)

Am I on the path that follows Jesus? (click to tweet)

Five-Minute Fridays

Five-Minute Fridays

Want to join Lisa Jo. Here are the rules:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community.

Can I Please See Clearly, Lord?

Can I Please See Clearly, Lord?

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I wrote in my journal specific prayers for me. My first one read:

1. To see clearly what You want me to do.

As I read my morning devotionals that morning it became very clear that God would not answer my first request the way I thought. But He did answer it, His way.

Here is what I found out:

You don’t know what you are going to do. The only thing you know is that God knows what He is doing (Oswald Chambers, January 2).

It is not for me to know. As I read Oswald Chambers that morning I realized that if I place my trust in Jesus I need not know the answer to that question, “May I see clearly?”

By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going (Hebrews 11:8, NIV). Emphasis is mine.

Each day I need only to pray and then to “go out” trusting God will be with me.

Wherever I go and whatever I do.

Each morning as you wake, there is an opportunity to “go out” building your confidence in God (Oswald Chambers, January 2).

Here is a video by Chris Tomlin – I Will Follow

And as I am reading Not a Fan, by Kyle Idelman I know these truths:

If I am to be a follower of Jesus, I will follow NOT lead. (tweet this)

If I am to be a follower of Jesus, I will remember that I am a slave of Jesus and He is the Master. (tweet this)

Prayer:

Thank You for answering my request, not as I expected, but You did answer it. I don’t need to see clearly. I need only to follow You, Jesus. In Your Name, I pray. AMEN.

Janis Cox

Janis is a creativity catalyst with a heart to connect people to God. She specializes in creating art based on Scripture so that the Truth penetrates hearts and not just minds.The world needs more pictures, art and colour.
God speaks through our creativity. We connect deeply with God through creativity because it is play. Our doubts fall away. We become like the little children Jesus invited to Himself. Janis helps people play, connect to God and connect to each other. Honest simple reminders to remain rooted in Him.

Janis is the author of the award-winning children’s books, Tadeo Turtle, and The Kingdom of Thrim.  She is the author and watercolour illustrator. She is a member of The Word Guild andInscribe Writers Fellowship. Visit her bookstore.  

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