17 April 2017

LOOK...Part 1

     A couple of weeks ago I was able to hear Annie F. Downs, one of my favorite Christian authors, speak at Lifegate Church’s Brave Event (a women’s conference).
     She discussed the word LOOK in the Bible, explaining that it is an active word meaning attempting to find, seek. 
I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.  He freed me from all my fears.  Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.  –Psalm 34:4-5
LOOK--Here we see that looking changes us.  When we LOOK to the Lord for help, will be radiant with joy.  It will change us internally and physically as it says no shadow of shame will darken their faces.
Then the two from Emmaus told their story of how Jesus had appeared to them as they were walking along the road, and how they had recognized Him as He was breaking the bread.  And just as they were telling about it, Jesus himself was suddenly standing there among them. “Peace be with you,” He said.  But the whole group was startled and frightened, thinking they were seeing a ghost!  “Why are you frightened?” He asked. “Why are your hearts filled with doubt?  Look at My hands. Look at My feet. You can see that it’s really Me. Touch Me and make sure that I am not a ghost, because ghosts don’t have bodies, as you see that I do.”  As He spoke, He showed them His hands and His feet.  –Luke 24:36-39
LOOK--Jesus is telling them to get active about believing that I am what I am.  Look for Jesus to be the savior that you needed.  He always shows up because He knows we are always looking!
“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?  And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.  In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.”  –Matthew 18:12-14
LOOK--Jesus looks for us.  He is looking for you!  He would forsake the 99 just for the 1.  We all matter!
To be continued Tuesday 4/18.

Trudy Woodward
Permanent Supportive Housing Director

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