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9/16 Mark 9-11

It is interesting in this day and age that so many people struggle to get to the top of whatever latter they are climbing.  Once that reach the top rung they stand and say look at me, I have reached the top.  They then proceed to doing everything in their new found power to fall all the way back down to the bottom.  This happens at the national level of our government down to the local level, also in our corporations, and in some cases even our churches.  Yet if they would just use the example that Jesus set out for them, they would know that humility and a attitude of service is the ticket to to the top.  The last will be first.

41When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. 42Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

The other section that stood out to me comes towards the end of chapter 11.  Doubt is a strong deterrent to faith. Do we ever doubt that God really hears all our prayers?  Or that our requests in the scheme of things are not that important?

22“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23“I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. 24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

Oh how I wish I had faith that could move mountains.


September 16, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,

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