It’s Saturday and for most, this is their weekend. Saturday isn’t the start of my weekend though, for I work on Saturday. Do I mind? Nope. Did I mind it at first? Yes, it was so strange to leave for work while everyone else was out doing, well… all things that people do on the weekend. Some get chores done at home, being able to catch up on all the cleaning. Some people go away for the weekend. Some folks do nothing, well of course doing nothing, is something, right? =) Which brings me to, in a sort of round about way, to what the Lord has placed upon my heart this morning.
The last few days, as strange as it may seem, Alice In Wonderland quotes have been popping up everywhere. People have quoted something from the movie, pictures have appeared on Pinterest. Even mention of it was on something or another on television. Then this very morning, into my head popped this line:
Alice: “This is impossible.” Mad Hatter: “Only if you believe it is.”
2 Timothy 1:
11-12This is the Message I’ve been set apart to proclaim as preacher, emissary, and teacher. It’s also the cause of all this trouble I’m in. But I have no regrets. I couldn’t be more sure of my ground—the One I’ve trusted in can take care of what He’s trusted me to do right to the end.
Yes, Long before Alice or the Mad Hatter said anything at all about being able to think, or do impossible things, *GOD* had said so.
This got me to thinking how the world can listen to the Mad Hatter give advice, or how people are quick to quote a movie line, a quote from a human being, a bit of a line or two from a book, or what have you, but quote Scripture, which actually came into being long before any of these sayings; most by the by, which are Biblically inspired.
Now I’m not saying we can’t have quotes, and poems and the like, of course I’m not. I myself since seeing Alice In Wonderland have used the word “muchness”, maybe way to much =) What I’m saying is something I’ve said for many years. Often, what we win people with, is what we won them to. I don’t want to introduce someone to the Mad Hatter or Alice, I want to introduce them to Jesus. This must always be the Who behind all that we think, say or do.
I’m not some Bible thumping, hell fire and damnation sort of women, yet if you get to know me, and you aren’t a Bible sort of person, you might think I’m all about being religious, but only because you aren’t. I’m not about being religious, and if you’ve followed any of my blog, you’d know this. I don’t bang anyone over the head with the Bible, I don’t get all up in your business and get preachy. What I must do, because we’ve been commissioned to do so though, is make sure that the Who I’m all about, for living, even admitting that I’m human and I’m sorry and I screw up too, is that of someone who’s got my back 24-7-365. Yes, the Who!
Because what we want is for all the who’s down here in who-ville earth to come to know our ultimate Best Friend Jesus. I’ll fail people, you’ll fail people, and believe it or not, we each can do six, no seven impossible things that can screw up the plans He has for us, long before breakfast even rolls around. This is why we bring Scripture.
What are you talking about lady?
Is that what you are saying round about now? Possibly, or at the moment I mentioned the Bible, you lost interest. Sad for you. Imagine how it would have been had Alice if she, at the moment the Mad Hatter spoke, she completely ignored all he had to say. Let’s face it, often that’s how most things a CHRISTian shares is handled by those hear us speak. Most will love the latest quote, song, poem, drama, music at church, etc. Yet, open up the BIBLE and share, and somehow every ear is deaf to it. This is why I believe we see so many man made quotes featured on Pinterest that get repinned or liked, yet when someone shares straight from Scripture, ignorance becomes someones bliss.
God sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world to clear that world of sin. Having faith in him sets us in the clear. God decided on this course of action in full view of the public—to set the world in the clear with himself through the sacrifice of Jesus, finally taking care of the sins he had so patiently endured. This is not only clear, but it’s now—this is current history! God sets things right. He also makes it possible for us to live in his rightness.
Reread that last sentence. “He (being *GOD*) makes it possible for us to live in His rightness.” Now if a movie line uses something like that, or let us say, Johnny Depp said it, or someone else we admire, maybe even idolize, many would be quoting it.
As Believers we need to come to terms with all that is possible. Not just the every day making it through this or that which comes into our lives. We need to remember that the very way we live, because of *GOD* making it possible, we to can do the right thing. We can live in a righteous and holy way. Some have termed these words to mean someone who is snobby, thinks they are better. Truth is, the “better” is true. Not because we are better, but because He that is in us, that’s our way to betterment. Our very claim to being better. It’s not that we can do all things, it’s that given the ability from *GOD*, Father, Son and Spirit, we can. When I am sharing my faith in Christ, I’m also sharing the Word. When I do, if they are being quite serious about the whole dealio, what I do is have them read from the Word. The Word, as Scripture says is powerful. I’m not, we’re not. We are only as strengthened as He who is in us. So when you and I come, we come in His name, bearing the very Word of GOD which has the power to change peoples lives. This is why, I do love quotes like believing in six, even seven possible things, or more before breakfast =)
1Then he drove it home by saying, “This isn’t pie in the sky by and by. Some of you who are standing here are going to see it happen, see the kingdom of God arrive in full force.” In a Light-Radiant Cloud 2-4Six days later, three of them did see it. Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain. His appearance changed from the inside out, right before their eyes. His clothes shimmered, glistening white, whiter than any bleach could make them. Elijah, along with Moses, came into view, in deep conversation with Jesus.
5-6Peter interrupted, “Rabbi, this is a great moment! Let’s build three memorials— one for you, one for Moses, one for Elijah.” He blurted this out without thinking, stunned as they all were by what they were seeing.
7Just then a light-radiant cloud enveloped them, and from deep in the cloud, a voice: “This is my Son, marked by my love. Listen to him.”
8The next minute the disciples were looking around, rubbing their eyes, seeing nothing but Jesus, only Jesus.
9-10Coming down the mountain, Jesus swore them to secrecy. “Don’t tell a soul what you saw. After the Son of Man rises from the dead, you’re free to talk.” They puzzled over that, wondering what on earth “rising from the dead” meant.
11Meanwhile they were asking, “Why do the religion scholars say that Elijah has to come first?”
12-13Jesus replied, “Elijah does come first and get everything ready for the coming of the Son of Man. They treated this Elijah like dirt, much like they will treat the Son of Man, who will, according to Scripture, suffer terribly and be kicked around contemptibly.”
There Are No Ifs
14-16When they came back down the mountain to the other disciples, they saw a huge crowd around them, and the religion scholars cross-examining them. As soon as the people in the crowd saw Jesus, admiring excitement stirred them. They ran and greeted him. He asked, “What’s going on? What’s all the commotion?” 17-18A man out of the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought my mute son, made speechless by a demon, to you. Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and goes stiff as a board. I told your disciples, hoping they could deliver him, but they couldn’t.”
19-20Jesus said, “What a generation! No sense of God! How many times do I have to go over these things? How much longer do I have to put up with this? Bring the boy here.” They brought him. When the demon saw Jesus, it threw the boy into a seizure, causing him to writhe on the ground and foam at the mouth.
21-22He asked the boy’s father, “How long has this been going on?”
“Ever since he was a little boy. Many times it pitches him into fire or the river to do away with him. If you can do anything, do it. Have a heart and help us!”
23Jesus said, “If? There are no ‘ifs’ among believers. Anything can happen.”
24No sooner were the words out of his mouth than the father cried, “Then I believe. Help me with my doubts!”
25-27Seeing that the crowd was forming fast, Jesus gave the vile spirit its marching orders: “Dumb and deaf spirit, I command you—Out of him, and stay out!” Screaming, and with much thrashing about, it left. The boy was pale as a corpse, so people started saying, “He’s dead.” But Jesus, taking his hand, raised him. The boy stood up.
28After arriving back home, his disciples cornered Jesus and asked, “Why couldn’t we throw the demon out?”
29He answered, “There is no way to get rid of this kind of demon except by prayer.”
30-32Leaving there, they went through Galilee. He didn’t want anyone to know their whereabouts, for he wanted to teach his disciples. He told them, “The Son of Man is about to be betrayed to some people who want nothing to do with God. They will murder him. Three days after his murder, he will rise, alive.” They didn’t know what he was talking about, but were afraid to ask him about it.
So You Want First Place?
33They came to Capernaum. When he was safe at home, he asked them, “What were you discussing on the road?” 34The silence was deafening—they had been arguing with one another over who among them was greatest.
35He sat down and summoned the Twelve. “So you want first place? Then take the last place. Be the servant of all.”
36-37He put a child in the middle of the room. Then, cradling the little one in his arms, he said, “Whoever embraces one of these children as I do embraces me, and far more than me—God who sent me.”
38John spoke up, “Teacher, we saw a man using your name to expel demons and we stopped him because he wasn’t in our group.”
39-41Jesus wasn’t pleased. “Don’t stop him. No one can use my name to do something good and powerful, and in the next breath cut me down. If he’s not an enemy, he’s an ally. Why, anyone by just giving you a cup of water in my name is on our side. Count on it that God will notice.
42“On the other hand, if you give one of these simple, childlike believers a hard time, bullying or taking advantage of their simple trust, you’ll soon wish you hadn’t. You’d be better off dropped in the middle of the lake with a millstone around your neck.
43-48“If your hand or your foot gets in God’s way, chop it off and throw it away. You’re better off maimed or lame and alive than the proud owner of two hands and two feet, godless in a furnace of eternal fire. And if your eye distracts you from God, pull it out and throw it away. You’re better off one-eyed and alive than exercising your twenty-twenty vision from inside the fire of hell.
49-50“Everyone’s going through a refining fire sooner or later, but you’ll be well-preserved, protected from the eternal flames. Be preservatives yourselves. Preserve the peace.”
Until all have heard of, and know His Love,