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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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How Can We Be Under the Cover of Prayer?

How Can We Be Under the Cover of Prayer?

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Each Friday I write at Under the Cover of Prayer. This is a blog I started in June 2o1o. I am blessed to have contributors each week who talk about their experiences with prayer.

Today I talked about answered prayer. God doesn’t always answer the way we want. But He does answer. Drop over to #UTCOP to see my question and His answer.

 

What is a Makes-No-Sense Prayer?

What is a Makes-No-Sense Prayer?

by Violet Nesdoly

The Prophet Jeremiah - Michelangelo

“Jeremiah” – Michelangelo (Sistine Chapel fresco)

And You have said to me, O Lord God, ‘Buy the field for money and take witnesses’!—yet the city has been given into the hand of the Chaldeans (Jeremiah 32:25, NKJV).

Has God ever asked you to do something that made no sense?

That was Jeremiah’s situation on this day.

If we look at the context of our reading, we see the incident that sparked his this-makes-no-sense prayer.

God had asked him to buy back the family farm in the village of Anathoth (Jeremiah 32:7) though he was a prisoner in a city surrounded by the Babylonians (Jeremiah 32:2). It was a symbolic gesture—a sort of down payment on the future. It was his act of obedience and faith in God’s words, “Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in the land” – Jeremiah 32:15.

Jeremiah did what God told him to do, but he didn’t understand.

In his prayer, he unburdened himself to God.

  • He starts out with praise – Jeremiah 32:17-19.
  • He recounts how God has been faithful in keeping His promises to Israel – Jeremiah 32:20-22….but…Israel has been unfaithful at every turn and, to Jeremiah’s mind, deserves the fate that seems imminent – Jeremiah 32:23-24.
  • He ends – ‘And you’re asking me to buy land in this place, when the city is on the brink of falling to a foreign power?!’ – my paraphrase of verse 25.

To read the rest of this post please visit Violet’s Blog – and see how this is important for us in our prayer lives.

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.