John 12:39, "Therefore they could not believe." John 12:42, "...many did believe in HIM, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it..." Can you imagine the "high fives", "body bumps" and shouts of "Hosanna" as JESUS entered Jerusalem? A lot of "emotion" and very little (if any) "Passion"! Passion? Yes, the intense conviction that surpasses emotion; the state or capacity of being acted on by an external force. This week is Passion Week, the week of JESUS' suffering. JESUS not only suffered physically; HE was scorned and hated by those HE came to save. HIS unconditional love was denied and thrown back at HIM with such hatred. To be a Disciple of CHRIST we immerse ourselves in HIS WORD, culture, language and make sacrifices (some of which are beyond our own abilities). A Disciple is a changed person and he is forever altered with the Passion of CHRIST. A Believer can say the right things, do the right things and still not be a Disciple! A Disciple follows and imitates JESUS, and can experience great faith no matter the circumstances. PRAYER - FATHER, thank YOU for revealing the difference of "talking" Praises and "Performing" Praises. MEDITATION - This day, 1,979 years ago, JESUS knew me and my sins and still loved me unconditionally. THOUGHT - I Pray to have the Passion of CHRIST FOR CHRIST. WRITE - Changing how I think and dream, changes how I live.
Psalm 139: 23-24
GOD IS GOD!
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