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False Assumptions

Today’s Verse: “But turning around and seeing His disciples, He rebuked Peter and said, ‘Get behind Me, Satan; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s'” (Mark 8:33 NAU).

When Jesus first announced to His disciples that He would be killed in Jerusalem, Peter took Jesus aside and rebuked Him. When I recently read again this statement in Mark, it was as if I was reading it for the first time. I was deeply moved. Peter acted upon an impulse of concern, but he did a horrible thing. Good intentions cannot mask the disrespect and discouragement given to Jesus. Who among us would ever think to rebuke our Lord Jesus? Why did Peter feel it was in Jesus’ best interest to rebuke Him? He thought that Jesus was speculating because of the confrontations and threats He had received.

Jesus was wrong, according to Peter. Peter felt that the twelve could easily protect Jesus from harm. Peter even felt that he would sacrifice himself to save Jesus. In his heart he felt this. But Peter was wrong. His assumption that Jesus was exaggerating the seriousness of the situation was wrong. He was wrong in thinking that he could protect Jesus from being killed. He was wrong in the way he handled his false assumptions.

Have you ever discovered that you were wrong even though you had good intentions? I have. Many times. Have you ever felt something was best for someone and you expressed it and found out later you were wrong? Have you ever failed to take someone seriously and something bad happened. I have. How often have we had first impressions about someone that were proved completely wrong after we got to know him?

Sometimes it’s hard to be a Christian. We suffer a sense of failure in more ways than people of the world. We take things more seriously, or we should, when we find out how wrong we were about a person. We are more sensitive to guilt for even the things done with good motives that turned out bad.

The world has it easy – in a sense. But this ease is loaded with potentually dangerous consequences. Jadedness may easily overtake the people of the world, and even Christians if we neglect keeping our hearts tender. Come to think of it. There’s nothing about being a Christian that is easy, nor would I really want it to be any other way.

Song: “Thomas’Song”
Dear Father, You do not need our counsel, nor can we teach you, All Wise Father. May we seek Your wisdom, and counsel to be wise ourselves in our perceptions and insights. Humble us in our conceits and make us less sure of our own wisdom. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Rob Redden, Arroyo Grande, CA
rredden604@aol.com



Disadvantages In Being A Christian

Today’s Verse: “And He was saying to them all, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me'” (Luke 9:23 NAU)
If a salesman spent time talking about the disadvantages in buying a new car, he wouldn’t be employed long. When we think about the advantages of being a Christian, we must remember Jesus said we must count the cost.


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Advantages of Being A Christian

Today’s Verse “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10 NASU).
I certainly don’t want to sound like a pushy car salesman (apologies to all the fine salesmen), but there are advantages in being a Christian. Having advantages is not a bad thing. Paul informed the rich to use their advantages by helping the less fortunate (1 Tim. 6:17-18).
You don’t have to be rich to have special advantages. Christians, rich or poor, have many priceless advantages.


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