Could One Thought Change Your Life?

While I acknowledge reading scripture slowly and meditating upon it has its benefits, I have found reading large chunks of scripture—roughly 10 to 20 chapters a day—helpful in getting an overall perspective of the Word.

 

As I come upon a story I have read dozens of times, a question will pop in my head—this is one of the ways that God speaks to me—He makes me very curious about something so I will dig, then He shows me something new and exciting.

 

Here is an example;

 

Mark 5: 25-29 Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction.  NKJV

 

She said, “If only I can touch the hem of His garments I will be healed”. Where did she get that thought? She didn’t get it from the Torah. She didn’t learn that from the Prophets. No Rabbi was teaching that in the synagogues. She had a Divine God thought that forever changed her life.

 

There’s more. In the next chapter, Jesus is travelling to other villages and the people began approaching Jesus in a brand new way. Here it is:

 

Mark 6: 56 Wherever He entered into villages, cities, or in the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made well. NKJV

 

In Mark chapter 5 the woman is healed because of this one thought. Others heard about it, and in Mark chapter 6 a movement is started.

 

Get alone with God. In the quiet and rest, take time to let the Lord speak to you. Let God give you a thought that will change your life and start a movement! For more on this subject visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrCtz58vY5Q.

 

 

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Does God Love Us All The Same?

It took me a long time to grasp the notion that God loved and enjoyed me, and that He derived a level of pleasure in my existence. I had always thought that He was disappointed and frustrated with me. At best, I surmised, He tolerated me. But, over time, He wore me down and convinced me of His overwhelming love for me. The people that are part of my daily life have heard me say more than a few times, “I am God’s favorite, He loves me the most!” Though in my thinking, we were all tied for first. After all, God loved us all the same.

 

I was recently challenged on that opinion while on a recent ministry trip to Greece. My friend, Gail Stathis, had been discussing this subject the week before I arrived and it was fresh in everyone’s mind. So, when I came along and said that God loves all of us the same, it provoked a challenging conversation about the love of God.

 

Gail had stated that God does not love all of us equally. Equal denotes that God’s love can be measured. And, for those of us that have experienced His love, we know that His love is limitless. Her point was this, “God does not love each of us the same—He loves each of us uniquely.” I must admit, something in my spirit resonated with that thought.

 

Now while this conversation was turning over in my mind, I just happened to be reading through the gospels as part of my daily Bible reading plan. Just so you know, I do not believe in coincidences. Someone once said, “Coincidences are when God decides to remain anonymous.” I like that. I read the passage where Jesus feeds the 5,000 and I saw something I have never seen before. It says, “They all ate until they were all filled.” Each of us has a different level at which we feel full. I know I eat more than my wife Tina eats. Here was an unlimited supply of food—but each person took from that supply what he or she needed to be full.

 

I think God’s love is like that. Each of us has a different capacity to receive His love and He gives His limitless love to us according to our unique capacity to receive it.

 

This thought has changed my mind set. I now hunger for and desire to expand my ability to receive more of His love. For more on this subject, go to https://www.youtube.com/user/NCCVideosClyde

 

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