These scriptures are my favorites because they are Jesus's words, and I feel so close to him when I read them like I am sitting on his lap getting a personal lesson. His teachings are challenging to anyone at any point in her spiritual walk if she is honest with herself as she reads but filled with so much wisdom, hope and promise at the same time! I LOVE ME SOME JESUS! He responds, "Really?" "Well, if you love me, obey my teachings....love you enemies and pray for those who persecute you. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn from the one who wants to borrow from you, Cori." These are what I find to be the most challenging out of these instructions for life from the mouth of my Savior. There is such a feeling of self-preservation that rises up in me at the sound of these words no matter how many times I hear them, but I know good and well that God loves me and along with being the creator of this world making him the one being who knows it inside and out these two factors cause me to trust him implicitly! He knows how things work down here from a creator's perspective and he loves me, so he is only going to guide me in the directionthat is beat for me! Knowing and believing those tow things whole-heartedly squelch that pesky hinderance of self-preservation...as if I could preserve myself! I have learned by living as a committed -follower of Jesus Christ for the past 15 to 20 years that there has not been a single instance in which I have received bad advice from God's word! I trust its guidance with my everything! In fact, there have been times when the teachings have sounded absolutely nuts to me like give more to someone who takes from you, WHAT!, but it is fool-proof to provide the best possible outcome because God knows what he's talking about, and he loves each one of us dearly and wants to guide us to joy, peace, and contentment!:) There is so, so much I could say about individual verses here...I just love these passages! They are brimming with precious truth and wisdom ripe for the plucking, but I'm going to try to just choose a few of my favorites that seemed to stand out especially today, maybe, God meant them for one of you?
(6:25-30)We've all heard the birds of the air comarprison a millon times and still worry out the wazoo...but why? because, Jesus Christ, you know the guy, tells us right here that God's got it covered, the birds don't scurry around, sowing reaping and storing up, but they have food, and verse 28, why do you worry about clothes? This one hit me today!and verses 31-33 if we make attaining the kingdom of heaven our primary goal the food and clothes come as a package deal, so stop putting God off because you don't have the $$ to quit your job and serve in the way he is asking you to, or any otherscenario you're living in which concerns for your physical needs are hendering your walk because he's got it covered...believe him because, remember, he loves you and has your best interest in mind! If you keep putting him off, you might miss out on something really great he's trying to lead you to! That would suck, now, wouldn't it!
(7:7-12) I love these passages because I found then true time after time when I needed advice from the wisest being I know or when I simply covet his tangible presence...he (or she in my case) who seeks finds. It blows me over its so simple! If you want God or his wisdom just earnestly seek it out through prayer and reading his word, and you WILL find it! This is why I get so excited when someone is making an effort to look for God because his word promises he will be foun by that individual who is seeking. How awesome that he is so available to us! I don't believe this is like a list to Santa or anything, but even better its about forging a relationship with the creator of the universe!
(7:24-27) These words are particularly dear to me because if you've read any of my other posts, you may have noticed that I've gone through some stuff in the last couple years, my storm, as I refer to it, so these words speak to my heart in a way that causes a physical reaction everytime! I have felt the prickling sting of the cold, unwelcome rain that caught me unexpecting, and my feet have quite literally become numb as the cold rushing flood waters rose past my ankles, and the winds wipped and blew against me so hard they left lasting physical damage that cannot be repaired by man, yet (I) it did not fall, because (I) it had (my) foundation on the rock (Jesus Christ) ! Just typing that brings me to awe inspired tears! God is so awesome and loving and faithful and worthy of all our time respect and attention! Go on to read the words describing the individual who did not have her foundation on Jesus...the rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against the house, and it fell with a GREAT CRASH! Having chosen to serve and follow Jesus with my life in a very intentional and committed manner prior to my storm all I heard was TOTAL SILENCE, you know, the kind you can hear. Silence and peace in my soul to this day! Thank you Jesus! This is so NOT a testament to anything good about me but a blaring testament to my awesome, good, and faithful God! What I get from this and hope you do too is that the Bible is truth and wisdom straight from the lips of a wise and loving God and very worth acknowledging as we live our daily lives! (I hate to put a plug for my book in here, so I will separate it from the paragraph with parenthesis. If you want to read the story of how I built the foundation of my life on Jesus and his teachings, order a copy from tate publishing.com or any other online book seller. It can also be ordered from any book store by providing the title and author This Is My Story, by Cori Lukomski.) It is also important to note the foundation that sustains a person in the storms of life is built by hearing Jesus's teachings and putting them into practice fron verse 24.