Saturday, March 3, 2012

Life Journal Reading for Sunday, March 4, 2012

Now that the team is in India (15-1/2 hours ahead of us), I will be posting the journal entries a day ahead. So don't get too confused, like I always do!

Numbers 34-36; Mark 11
“The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.” --Mark 11:18

Jesus entered Jerusalem to the shouts of “Hosanna!” and “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” There was excitement in the air, and the anticipation that He who was to redeem the world had come. Victory at last! But not everyone was happy. The ones who enjoyed the status quo and reaped the benefits of it were not happy at all. Jesus was cramping their style and was a threat to their existence. He was winning away the hearts of the people from them with his insightful teaching, as one with authority.

Be aware that not everyone will be happy and excited to see you. You represent change. You represent excitement in our Lord Jesus. You carry his name, just like the ones who threw down their coats and waved palm branches with shouts of "Hosanna!" You are rocking the boat to some people, and they don’t like it. They are looking for ways to discredit you, to dishonor you, to minimize you. They will be jealous because of your demonstrated love, compassion, mercy, and grace shown to the orphans, students, staff, and each other. They are afraid. And the one behind it all, Satan, does not want you to succeed.

So stay united in purpose. Submit your egos to Pastor Creighton and the team leaders. Let God be God, and your entry into India will be triumphant!

Heavenly Father and God of us all, we thank you for the opportunity that lies before us. We are here in India to proclaim the name of Jesus and to be living witnesses of your love. We are anxious and excited about how you will use each one of us, and we know that not everyone will be happy to see us. We seek your protection from those who want us to fail. We cling to you more closely today than we ever have before. Help us to extend grace, love, and mercy freely. May humility, holiness, and honor be present in every thought and action. Remind us victory was already achieved when Jesus died on the cross for our sins and rose three days later.

Dean Matro

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