Weakening the body, strengthening the spirit.
Lessons from 2 womb buddies..
John the Baptist and Jesus Christ.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting (Mary who was pregnant with Jesus), the baby leaped in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Luke 1:41
John was born to prepare the way for Christ. He preached the gospel and baptised with water. He denied being Christ saying someone far much greater than him was to come. As he was preaching (fearlessly & unashamed as we ought to) he pointed out that Herodias was on the wrong marrying his own brother’s wife. He was arrested for this. In his jail he continuously heard that Jesus was performing miracles. “And am still here in jail?” perhaps he thought. So he sent his disciples to ask Jesus “are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else”?
John while preaching and baptizing had been told by God “the man on whom you see the spirit come down and remain is who will baptize with the Holy spirit”. That happened when Jesus came for baptism so why did he doubt? Troubles of this world; him in prison with no hope of the same miracles extending to his prison gates.
How did Jesus respond? He did not emotionally or through a miracle comfort him but rather reminded him of the scriptures being fulfilled through Him; healings; rising of the dead and the gospel being preached.
Overcoming doubt isn’t just about feeling better;its about getting back into faith that only comes from the word of God.
Why are we only joyful during triumph and bitter in trials. Emotions. The bible calls us to “be joyful always; pray continuously; give thanks in all situations, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus 1Thessalonians 5:16-18.
What differentiates gospel from secular music: the message of Christ. I listen to “where feet may fail by Hillsong” on repeat mode. There’s the particular bit I like when the singer hits the high notes and the musical instruments synchronise to create a magical peak in the song. I like the message of the song but often I listen to it for entertainment than worship. I focus on the singer (she’s really good) and I notice when a different person sings the same song its not quite as good. I was equally challenged yesterday at a worship night event when songs I barely knew were sung throughout. As I sat down to wait for the ones I was familiar with I was drawn to the words that exalted Jesus Christ. I was reminded that’s why we worship in the first place, to focus our thoughts on Jesus not sway to the highs of melody and vessels of praise.
He must become greater; I must become less. John 3:30.
As Christians we don’t share God’s word when it suits us and leave the rest of the work to ministers. It’s our duty to share the word of God with those God has placed in our paths; it may be the only chance for them to hear the word of God. Their blood is on us if they die in sin because of that opportunity we forfeited.
We ought to ask God for strength and courage to share His word beyond the boundaries of social media, church groups, friends & family. We are the hands and feet of Jesus in Mandera, Turkana, a stranger’s home, work stations etc.
When all this is done, there’s no folding of hands waiting for the likes, comments, praises and acknowledgement. Our reward is in heaven; whatever God gives us on earth as a result of obedience is bonus.