#39 Leaving a legacy

This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair. (John 11v2 NIV) John's reference is to Luke 7.  One way or another Mary was going to be remembered.  Do you want to be remembered?  How do you want to be remembered? Live the life He has given you to the full.  That way you will leave a powerful legacy.  Live a life of faith, trusting in Him. He may be able to encourage people through you long after you have gone. Ask God what [...]

By |2019-11-24T13:25:20+00:00November 24th, 2019|Wipe His feet|

#38 The love that looks like something

Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. (John 11v1 NIV) God doesn't show favouritism.  He demonstrates His love and grace through His family.  You don't have to be perfect.  Simply accept His offer of love.  Seek His forgiveness.  Receive His grace.  This grace looks like favour.  It looks like acceptance.  It looks like forgiveness.  And it looks like love all rolled into one, given to you as a free gift.  Undeserved and unexpected.  You never have been, you never will be, good enough to earn it. Get any [...]

By |2019-11-19T16:21:07+00:00November 19th, 2019|Wipe His feet|

#37 His expectations are higher

“but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10v42 NIV) Mary and Martha had the same choices.  Both Mary and Martha knew their responsibilities to visiting guests.  But Mary chose what was the most important thing at that moment of time.  A greater culture was here. Martha decided to follow duty and expectation.  Don't let the expectations of others drive you.  Seek Him above all else.  Don't let the fear of what people will think stop you sitting at His feet.  What is driving [...]

By |2019-11-16T09:03:53+00:00November 16th, 2019|Wipe His feet|

#36 Let Him set you free

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things,” (Luke 10v41 NIV) Jesus was so gentle with her and He will be with you.  But He got straight to the point.  Straight to the issue at hand.  He won’t mince His words. He loves you too much to ignore you. He knew what was going on inside her.  He knows exactly what is going on inside you.  Let Him speak peace into you.  He can only speak peace into you if you are listening. If you are afraid that He will tell you something you don't [...]

By |2019-11-12T14:34:21+00:00November 12th, 2019|Wipe His feet|

#35 He deserves your full attention

But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to Him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” (Luke 10v40 NIV) Martha was serving Jesus. She was busy. But too busy to listen. She was busy making sandwiches that Jesus hadn't ordered.  In her role and function she was being the perfect hostess.  She was doing what seemed the right thing.  Unfortunately it wasn't the best thing. She was missing out because of the cultural expectation placed on [...]

By |2019-11-09T08:23:46+00:00November 9th, 2019|Wipe His feet|

#34 Open the door and sit with Him

She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. (Luke 10v39 NIV) Although Martha invited Him in, it was Mary who took full advantage of His Presence. You can open the door to Him but you also have to sit with Him. Take the time to listen.  Mary was absorbing everything He was saying.  She gave Him her full attention.  Give Him the main course not just the left overs.  Don't let your past success or failure reduce your passion for Him. How much time are you willing to give to Him? [...]

By |2019-11-05T08:22:59+00:00November 5th, 2019|Wipe His feet|

#33 He stands at the door and knocks

As Jesus and His disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to Him. (Luke 10v38 NIV) Notice that it is Martha opened her home not Mary. It was Martha who invited Him in. You too need to open your heart to Him.  When you open your heart to Him you welcome Him in, He doesn't gatecrash your life.  Although it can feel like it sometimes.  Invite Him.  Make Him welcome.  As good hosts, everything that is yours is His.  Be a friend to Jesus and anyone else He calls [...]

By |2019-11-02T07:43:11+00:00November 2nd, 2019|Wipe His feet|

#32 Having complete trust in Him

Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” (Luke 7v50 NIV) Forgiveness will save you.  Your faith will save you.  Your repentance will save you.  Mean it.  Be intentional.  Be real.  Be completely honest with yourself.  Be purposeful.  He will know the difference, you can’t fool Him.  Start by accepting yourself as you are, not what you are pretending to be. That is what this lady did. She knew what she was and what she had done, and yet poured an acceptable offering over Him.    What is your confidence in? Are you more confident [...]

By |2019-10-29T08:28:15+00:00October 29th, 2019|Wipe His feet|

#31 Unconditional forgiveness

The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” (Luke 7v49 NIV) How long does it take to restore someone who has fallen?  Do you judge and condemn someone who has fallen, sinned and say that they are permanently disqualified.  If He forgives then you forgive, no question.  You should forgive others their failings and forgive yourself?  How many times should you forgive?  Lots and lots.  More than you can count.  We can't make people forgive us but we can forgive others.  Forgiveness is very powerful to heal, but bitterness is very destructive to [...]

By |2019-10-26T08:14:31+00:00October 26th, 2019|Wipe His feet|

#30 How does He see you?

Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”  (Luke 7v48 NIV) Your sins are forgiven. Step one: Repeat after me. I...am...totally...completely...forgiven. Step two: Rejoice and rejoice well. Be exceedingly happy. Doing this puts everything into perspective. Step three: Expect Him to shower you with His love. Here is a really good question; how happy are you? Ask God to show you what that means and what that looks like. There is joy, peace and deep contentment available through rejoicing. How can you be happy if you are in the middle of a crisis or you are depressed? The answer is [...]

By |2019-10-22T09:20:16+00:00October 22nd, 2019|Wipe His feet|
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