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The last few weeks have been spent in the Bible Study, More Than Anything: Loving God Above Everything Else by The Daily Grace Co. It’s good to look at the idols which can easily begin to grow in our lives.

The topic of knowledge was addressed last week and you can read about that HERE. But then the subject kept coming up from other reading sources.

“There is no mistaking a life transformed by God! … Yet something happened to them [the disciples] as they were with Jesus. The Holy Spirit transformed them, giving them new boldness and wisdom.”

(from Experiencing God Day by Day by Henry T. Blackaby, page 142)

The disciples were an eclectic group. Most were not well educated nor admired. They were simple fisherman, or tradesmen, who labored hard each day. And yet Jesus hand-picked them, calling each one to leave all and follow Him.

At times their faith failed them. They questioned Him, and often made bold declarations which they did not follow through on. Jesus rebuked them, disciplined them, and called them out when their doubts overtook them.

They fell asleep during prayer time. One was swift with his words and swifter with his sword, cutting off the ear of a soldier in Jesus’ defense. Two lobbied for a seat of greatness at His table. Some wanted to call down fire on the unbelieving. One needed to touch Jesus’ scars to have his faith restored. If living today, they may have been fired on the spot.

They were far from perfect but when empowered by the Holy Spirit, they turned the world upside down as they declared the message of Jesus.

As I look at them, I see myself. Imperfect. Doubting. Failing. And maybe, just maybe, used by Him to leave an example for my family.

This walk of faith does not come easily. The challenges of life can be daunting at times. But as I look at these first believers, I find myself filled with hope.

Perhaps even in my imperfect and stumbling walk, they will see Jesus in me. Perhaps they will follow suit holding onto Jesus, stumbling through their own days but finding hope as their faith grows day by day.

I am coming to learn it does not matter that I am not a biblical scholar who has all the answers. I am not even sure biblical scholars have all the answer themselves.

The most important thing I can do each day is to spend time with Jesus, letting Him change me so that He will be seen in me.

Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus.”
(Acts 4:13,NASB)

With the Lord as my helper and my guide,
I can hold out His truth and trust Him
to work in the lives of my children and grandchildren.

It is always difficult for me to pick just one post as each one is unique and adds its own element to the week. This week I thought I would share two – one from the linkup and one which was not but I enjoyed.

Linda Stoll always shares wisdom in a most practical and gentle manner. When she shares about books, I pay attention as I usually find something valuable to read. Check out her post, My Desert Island Bookshelf HERE if you are looking for some summer reads.

I find great enjoyment in idioms and puns. I probably drive my family crazy as I share so many with them each day. There is a wisdom and wit in words carefully crafted in those forms that is a delight to read. Diana Derringer shares From Pillar to Post HERE this week. “Whether we go from pillar to post or stick like glue, let’s always follow the direction God gives.”




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