2018 – JULY

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And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay.

Mark 2:4 ESV

“I guess it’s not God’s timing.”

“He will open a door another time.”

“God will send someone to say it, I don’t want to make this awkward.”

These are just a few of the multitude of excuses I’ve used to avoid doing something I thought I should. Making the excuse was easier than doing the work.

But my challenge lately is to be like the friends of this paralytic.

A great crowd was surrounding Jesus. The front door is jam packed with people peering and trying to hear Jesus.

It would have been so much easier for the four friends to say, “Well, maybe we will find Jesus another time. There’s no way in.”

Instead, these friends made a way to Jesus. They didn’t let a difficult situation stop them from getting to God. They made no excuses.

They just made it happen.

May we as the church become like these four men; foregoing our excuses, and getting our hands dirty.

When God wants to move, may we say “Yes, Lord!” instead of “Maybe later.”

As Jesus bridged the gap between us and the Father, so must we, like the four friends, bridge the gap between our friends and Jesus.

Their friend was incapable of getting to Jesus, but they made a way.

How many people do we all know that don’t know Jesus? They don’t know how to come to Christ. They don’t even know how to pray.

Instead of making excuses for why not to say or do something, strive to be obedient and stand in the gap.

Don’t just point the way to Jesus, lead the way!

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He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Colossians 1:13-14 ESV

There is something built into us that loves the idea of a hero.

Little girls dress up as princesses and wait for prince charming to come and rescue them.

Little boys are infatuated with super heroes. The top blockbuster movies all have a plot line that involves a hero coming to the rescue of a person or people.

We love the story of a hero, whether boy, girl, man, or woman.

Did you know that you are actually part of the greatest story with a hero?That is right.

God is the ultimate Hero and his heroics far outweigh any heroics of some little hero in a movie or book. One of the reasons is because he has saved us from the worst thing possible, death due to our sins.

Someone can save you from losing your house or rescue you from a bad guy, but they cannot save you from your sins.

Just as heroes coming back from war get parades and thanks, so should you constantly be giving this to the ultimate Hero, God.

Let yourself be reminded as you read books or watch movies that you have been saved by the greatest Hero there will ever be.

Let it sink in that you were and still are in need of this Hero.

Spend time today thanking God for his Son, Jesus and the salvation that came with him.

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