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“A Word for this Week” - Pastor Bill Mugnolo
Week of October 18-24, 2021: “But Lord, Look What We Did!”…
A rich young man, unwilling to part with his wealth to follow Jesus, went away from the Lord sad. In the aftermath of this, Peter boasted, on behalf of the other disciples, “See, we left everything to follow you.” It was as if he said, “But Lord, look what we did! We’re better than that other guy: We didn’t walk away!”
While the disciples did give up much to follow Jesus (Luke 5:1-11, Matthew 9:9) what they did was not by their own efforts: They were empowered by an act of God. What Jesus had said about salvation itself also applied to what was behind the disciples leaving all to follow Him. He said, “With man, this is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God (Mark 10:27).”
Wherever the Lord might lead us, however much He might call us to give up, we are only who we are by His grace (I Corinthians 15:10a). Our only boast is to boast in the Lord and what He has done in us and through us (1 Corinthians 1:31, 15:10b). Through it all, we will be rewardedsurely in eternal life (Luke 14:14) but also “one hundredfold” while yet here on earth. And even while we might face persecution while here in this world for following Jesus, this too shall work for our good (Matthew 5:10-12).
Yes, we may well be called to leave behind many people, places, and things to follow Our Lord. But when we see how much greater we and others will end up being blessed we then can only say, “But Lord, look what You did!”
Replace today's negative thoughts with God's eternal truths, guided by the following list passed down to us from an unknown source.
This is especially important in dealing with the Coronavirus and all the bad news we are hearing.
Keep God's Word close at hand to combat the negative thoughts.
The world says: "Its impossible." God says: "All things are possible." (Luke 18:27)
The world says "I'm too tired." God says: "I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28-30)
The world says: "Nobody really loves me." God says: "I love you." (John 3:16, 34)
The world says: "I can't go on." God says: "My grace is sufficient." (2 Corinthians 12:9; Psalm 91:15)
The world says: "I can't figure things out." God says: "I will direct your steps." (Proverbs 3:5- 6)
The world says: "I can't do it." God says: "You can do all things." (Philippians 4:13)
The world says: "I'm not able." God says: "I am able." (2 Corinthians 9:8)
The world says: "It's not worth it." God says: "It will be worth it." (Roman 8:28)
The world says: "I can't forgive myself." God says: "I forgive you." (1 John 1:9; Romans 8:1)
The world says: "I can't manage." God says: "I will supply all your needs." (Philippians 4:19)
The world says: "I'm afraid." God says: "I have not given you a spirit of fear." (2 Timothy 1:7)
The world says: "I'm always worried and frustrated." God says: "Cast all your cares on Me." (1 Peter 5:7)
The world says: "I'm not smart enough." God says: "I give you wisdom." (1 Corinthians 1:30)
The world says: "I feel all alone." God says: "I will never leave you or forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5)