About (life with) Jesus and what He has done.
Recently I was talking with someone and they shared about how our eyes lead us. Where we look, what we look at–ultimately that is where we are going.
About (life with) Jesus and what He has done.
In today’s world it is mostly women who are victims of abuse, trafficking, rapes. Women have less rights, are often not allowed to speak their mind. They are seen as less valuable and sometimes have to completely cover themselves. She Rises is a movement that aims to empower and encourage women. Why would we want to do that? Because it’s Gods vision.
My fiance and I have been going through John together, and when I read the story of Lazarus I couldn’t move past the final phrase of the story: “take off the grave clothes and let him go.” I’ve read this story what seems to be a thousand times – but how in the world have I always overlooked this incredible statement from my Lord?!
I assume we all know and experienced struggles and hardships in life, but some people carry heavier backpacks than others, maybe even from childhood… their pain or sorrow buried so deep in that bag that they don’t even realize that carrying that load has an immediate effect on how they live their life. They can be so accustomed to that burden that they have come to think that the heaviness they feel is just part of who they are. Do you know such a person? Some of them even try to avoid feeling the pain and sorrow by partying, drinking or taking drugs, and of course that will only make things worse.
Did you ever talk with people about faith and the truth of God and they said: ‘What is truth? Something that is true for you, is not necessarily true for me!’ Or: ‘Well, if your beliefs are working for you, if that’s the truth for you… that’s fine, but I see things differently!’ The overall idea seems to be– sometimes even among Christians – that absolute truth of God does not exist; they say truth depends on people and their views; it’s a personal thing, they say.
When I’m driving my car, I like to listen to all sorts of music. Lately I was driving to work when suddenly I was struck by one particular lyric from a Dutch rock band: You can’t compete with my demons. It made me think about what Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 12.
Miss Proverbs 31 has it all together. She’s living her best life, she’s super domestic, even has her own business going, and she’s succeeding and thriving in all she does. Her character is on point and she knows fully who she is. “She is clothed in strength and dignity, and laughs without fear of the future”. I’ve envied her in seasons when I have felt far from being like her. If we’re honest, Miss Proverbs 31 can be intimidating… maybe even cause us to feel a bit bad about ourselves, like we don’t measure up. But even this Proverbs 31 gal had to make choices to step into the women God made her to be. How do we become women like this, who look forward into the unknown and have joy that overflows into laughter?
Meditation about John 20:16
Sometimes it really strikes me when someone calls my name. In daily life we usually just start talking: “Hey, how are you?’ “Hey, did you…?” This certainly occurs when there is no chance of confusion about who’s being adressed.
Your name is a significant part of who you are, even if it is a common given name. When someone knows your name, you feel considered. When someone calls your name, you feel known. But sometimes you rather not have others know your name. You have done or experienced something that makes you feel ashamed. You don’t want to be associated with it. Your name should not be mentioned, because these associations will follow you your entire life.
The name of Mary Magdalene was also mentioned in light of a negative story (Luke 8:2). Seven demons had ruled over her. She would have never been freed of them. When Jesus encountered her, He knew everything. He knew her. Did He call her by her name then? He saw her. He knew what she suffered from. His word of power was enough to liberate her.
The power of hell is broken.
From that day on she had followed Him and provided for Him and His disciples out of her resources (Luke 8:3). She had come to know Him, she had seen His miracles. She also saw how He suffered. She saw Him dying and His body being burried. And now, while it is lying in the grave, she still wants to serve Him by embalming His body. But instead of the body she finds two angels! Overwhelmed by grief she does not comprehend what that means. She does not really see the Man standing behind her. But He sees and knows her: ‘Mary!’ Immediatly she realises Who He is. ‘Rabbouni!’ Just as He liberated her once from the demons’ power, He now calls her to come out of grief. The One Who has the power to drive out demons, has conquered death. The power of hell is broken.
He knows your name too, He knows my name. He sees how it is smeared with dirt. He knows the things no one else can ever know. He knows what your suffering from, perhaps even caused by your own sin. When He calls your name, what do you do? Do you walk away? Or do you respond? “But now, says the LORD – the One who created you, Jacob, the One who formed you, Israel: Don’t fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine.” (Isaiah 43:1)
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