Matthew 1: 2: Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren;
Jesus comes from the line of Abraham. Abraham was a giver of life. Abraham turned faith into a lineage of ability and more life. Abraham was an investor in the future. His sights were always set forward.
Meeting Jesus means meeting the future. He is future focused. He intends to begat. He intends to birth new life, new dreams, new ways, and new opportunities for you.
ACT! Take that dream of yours. Think of who else could be involved. Give them the opportunity to be a part.
PRAY! Gracious Father of Life, Jesus challenges me to be like You. You are a Father. Abraham got his ways from You, the Father of fathers. Teach me to birth newness through others
In 2001 it impressed me to spend some time every day answering this question, “What would be my impression if I met Jesus doing what Matthew recorded?” Well, there are over 400 devotions that came from that adventure. You will be able to access them over time on this site. Thank, Brandon. He is a new friend, who asked me about the series. So I am putting them here for him and others who really want to Meet Jesus .
Psalm 16:9 Therefore my heart is glad, and mywhole being rejoices;
my flesh also dwells secure. ESV
That’s why my heart celebrates and my mood is joyous;
yes, my whole body will rest in safety CEV
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure NIV
Every so often, you will find a verse in the original language that defies exact matching translation from different eras and interpretive groups. This one fits that description. Many times, it is because an idiomatic phrase is contained or there is such emotion and expression, it is hard to put into a single phrase. So let me expand this one.
My heart is glad and celebrates in great joy. With my whole being inside and out, I am excited and alive; my tongue must shout and declare this joy. It cannot be contained or restrained. A great sense of peace and restfulness and security envelops my body and mind and spirit. Phil’s version
Now, that is a picture of great health and well being. That is a picture of restful trust in God and God alone. That is a picture of one that has wrestled with God and found Him to be more interested in securing our hearts that controlling our actions. That is a picture of one, who has encountered fierce angers and pains and problems and illness and has come through to a new realization that the presence and leading of the Father brings us to refreshing and rest. That is a wonderful picture.
Entering in to health many times is preceded by great struggle and pain. Our habits become acclimated to the struggle. Our daily routines become expectant of the pain. A friend going through back surgery shared some of her story. The doctors instructed her that ghost pain would continue for some time. Though the surgery is successful and removes even some nerve endings, our minds are trained to find pain at times of day and particular motions. The pain is not there physiologically. Yet, the pain is there in our minds. The conditioning of ill health forms a barrier even when we are healed to enjoying the new freedom.
Breaking Conditional Barriers
In my own experience, I find it difficult to rest after an intense time of development of a business thrust or a strained season with a client. Though the situation is ended and the issues are resolved, my daily expectation of another problem wrestles with my restfulness. A wise executive once commented to me, “Even when we receive a new and different and positive answer, we hear the old negative one that is so common.” He did not say it just like that, but you get the point.
There must be a time of “glory rejoicing” to break the conditional barriers of ill health and negative situations. Celebrate. This unspeakable joy works internally for us to remove scar tissues and sensitive nerves of mind and will and emotion and body. Then we can receive the new and positive situation and answer. This transition must happen. It is a barrier breaker.
Returns at Customer Service
Discount retailers dedicate a large area for returned and damaged merchandise. It is not a happy place. There is not a lot of smiling for anyone. When you find a smiling employee working that area, your frustration is defused at having to come back to the store. The transaction becomes more pleasant. That employee is giving a rejoicing to a healing situation. The item is broken. You are receiving a replacement. That should be joyful. Yet, you lost value when you tried to use it at home and it broke. You lost positive expectation and trust. Now, the item and positive expectation must return before you can get full value.
Broken bones and aching hearts and rent emotions and lingering illness in our body cause us to lose positive expectation and trust in God. We expect nothing. Worse than that, we expect bad. We expect anger and frustration and continuance of a wrong situation. And we get what we expect until we expectantly express ourselves into a different result after the new answer of health and healing and restoration and replacement is received.
Father, there is a great life available through You and Your presence and Your word.
You are life.
You are healing.
You are “Yes” to all Your promises.
You are “Amen” to all Your commitments.
Cause rejoicing to resound in the camp of my heart. Let me release the joy of the moment that heals and conditions me to hear, “Yes, you are healed.”
Walk with me today, Father, as You heal negative expectation built on real experience with tough living. Let joys restore a new hearing and receptivity to my full health.
Psalm 16:8 I am always aware of the Lord’s presence;He is near, and nothing can shake me GNT
Near To Me In Healing:
How powerful is healing? A friend described his last three weeks of healing journey. He had a violent condition that resulted in waking several times a night choking and gasping for air. The doctors had prescribed major medicines, inhalers, etc… As he said, “I have quarts of medicine.”
Then we prayed in his home one evening.
That night he slept. Every night since then he has slept. All the symptoms are gone. The doctor is puzzled. His friends are puzzled. They are so puzzled they are opening up and talking to him about issues in their life that need prayer.
That is God being close to us. He is so near, others want to touch Him through us.
Near to Me in Healing:
How powerful is healing? M came to CAREVI in Matamoros years ago. It was before Raul and I began working with Dr. Carillo and the team. M is on the leadership team. There are many stories to tell. He and his family are a blessing to watch. They are busy expanding the kingdom. M ministers the gospel from the point and testimony of his new life, healed and whole. Once he was addicted and trapped. Through scripture and prayer and counsel and love, that is past and he is healed. When visiting this summer, he showed me an outline he made of Los Siete Secretos de Los Padres (the Seven Secrets of Effective Fathers). He is teaching 17 men. 10 are in the congregation and 7 in the community. I gave him the book three years ago. He has devoured and put the truths to work for his family and others. That is healing.
When Are You Unshakeable?
Another friend and I talked over lunch. The press of painful events in my life is enormous these days. Six family deaths, job change, deep betrayals by trusted friends, near death accidents, and more than I want to mention all occurred in an eight week period. Wow. My wife and I should be rattled and locked up under drugs somewhere. Yet, we pursue peace and continue to live and reach others. How so? Why are we not shaken beyond the calm?
Easy. Prior to the onslaught and while it was happening, I was in a period of reading from Genesis to the Revelation. In the same eight weeks, in prayer, I felt strongly impressed to make that prayer and reading journey. That was before the onslaught. That was during the onslaught. The effect is still flowing. The words of God can create unshakeable health in us.
These friends to whom I point are living in strong circumstances. One lives in a war zone city in Mexico. The other works in law enforcement. They are bright lights of Jesus in dark circumstances. They have chosen to allow God’s healing in them to reach others. They chose to be near to God when others run away.
When Are You Unshakeable?
When you are near to God, you build the unshakeable force of health and healing.
In the scripture
When you allow Him room to show through you to others in all your experiences, you build the unshakeable force of health and healing.
For Tomorrow, Be Healed
Another friend called to cancel an appointment. It happens often. He plans to be sick tomorrow morning. Yes, he plans to be sick. He is sick now and plans for it to continue for a while. Hmmm
Yesterday, I worked helping some friends move. They are new friends and coworkers. We started at 8:30am and I finished at 7pm. Many finished along the way and the friends were still going when I left. It was a long day of carting and carrying boxes and chairs and desks. Sleep was sweet. This is being written in the early morning hours. I am up and ready for a new day. No time to plan for sickness. I went to bed early and planned for a good healthy day.
He is near for healing.
He is near for peace.
He is near for strength.
He is near, now and here.
Father, I’d like my time to be with you now and here.