Temptation

 

“Yield Not To Temptation” (1984) Salt Of The Earth

 

Unfortunately, I think for all of us, while we try to run away from hypocrisy, greed seems to be right around the corner. We are all tempted to shy away from boldness in the proclamation of the gospel, and I believe we are all tempted to pursue material things.

Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” – Luke 12:13  ESV

This individual crying from the crowd shows just how much he was willing to yell out, disregard the move of God either through the healings or the speaking of Jesus, just to get what was rightfully his. Jesus response was again, perfect, and He had no problem pointing the problem being greed. For those who have an abundance of possessions – is it not true what Jesus said to the man – ” life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.”  Then the parable of the rich fool drove the point home.

I shared some of my own growth in 66Books. Click here to read some more of my thoughts on temptation.

 

 

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Women disciples

Women Walked with Jesus Too

 

I thought today of how Isaac could have survived the “botched” job of blessing his children.  What if he had called his wife in to have her with him as he blessed them? Funny how us men tend to think not so much relationally but more practically. We would rather go it alone, smell and touch our way through life, and then wonder why we mess up so.  Calling his wife to partner with him in the blessing as much as she was a partner in life definitely could have added value to the final act of discipling his family.

So he went in to his father and said, “My father.” And he said, “Here I am. Who are you, my son?”  Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me; now sit up and eat of my game, that your soul may bless me.”  But Isaac said to his son, “How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son?” He answered, “Because the Lord your God granted me success.”  Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Please come near, that I may feel you, my son, to know whether you are really my son Esau or not.”  So Jacob went near to Isaac his father, who felt him and said, “The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.”  And he did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau’s hands. So he blessed him.  He said, “Are you really my son Esau?” He answered, “I am.”  Then he said, “Bring it near to me, that I may eat of my son’s game and bless you.” So he brought it near to him, and he ate; and he brought him wine, and he drank. Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come near and kiss me, my son.” So he came near and kissed him. And Isaac smelled the smell of his garments and blessed him – Genesis 27:18-27  ESV

Luke records many women in his narrative of Jesus’ life and ministry. In fact, his gospel devotes substantial content to female characters, giving more names of specific women in Jesus’ life than any other gospel. In particular, Luke stresses the importance of
women as disciples

Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him,  and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out,  and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s household manager, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them[a] out of their means. – Luke 8:1-3  ESV

I am so thankful for the women in my life that have come alongside me and have in many ways, discipled me – my mom when I was a teenager, my wife through 34 years of marriage and my daughter who has grown into an amazing disciple of Jesus and has been blessed to disciple many others and continues to do so as she is a light to those who do not know Him.  I am also a  of a guest writer for a blog called 66Books. There Courtney leads a number of us into how to read, study and listen to God as students of the Word. Love being part of her team.

Disciple thought for today: Psalm 4 is a quiet, evening Psalm. It trains me to conclude each day by processing my feelings and experiences with God.

 

 

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