Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Second Mile

“Whoever shall compel you to go a mile, go with him two.” (Matthew 5:41)

During the Roman Empire, when a Roman soldier wanted a Jewish boy to carry his pack for a mile, the boy would .have to obey. However he would never be required to carry the pack for more than a mile. That was until Jesus’ radical teaching  required those who were compelled to go one mile now  go two!

Jesus tells us to go the second mile. Not literally  in our culture, but symbolically, meaning for us to do a little more than what is expected. Jesus knew we couldn’t have an abundant life without going the second mile. The blessing that comes from it leaves a deposit of happiness on our heart. Also by traveling the second mile we influence others to do so as well.

God went the second mile when He gave His Son Jesus. God had created a perfect world with a guidebook that showed how to live it, but man turned away from God. So God sent Jesus to die for us.He travels with us on our second mile.

The next time we are asked by God to do something, let us do it wholeheartedly,then wait and see what happens.There is a blessing in heaven waiting just for you!  See you on the second mile……(Judy Whittaker)

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Be not Deceived

Deception is as common as truth. Jacob was deceived  by Laban who offered him his youngest daughter Rachel if Jacob worked for him for seven years. After Jacob faithfully served Laban for seven years, Laban deceived Jacob by giving him his oldest daughter Leah instead. Jacob was very angry when he learned that he would have to work another seven years for Rachel’s hand in marriage.Later on Jacob deceived Laban and finally got his revenge.(Genesis 29,30,31) Isn’t getting even the way of the world?

I’m sure at one time we were either the deceiver or the deceivee—perhaps both. Any human relationship is capable of disception in one way or the other.  God is the only person who is 100% trustworthy because His Word is truth. He knows our motives and our heart.

So, not to worry. If you have been deceived, call on God and let Him take care of it. “It is God that delivers me from my enemies. You lift me up above those that rise against me…..” (Psalm 18:47,48) If you have been the deceiver. repent because God already knows what you have done so there’s no use in trying to hide from God. “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend up to heaven, you are there. If I make my bed in hell, you are there….the darkness does not hide me from you….) (Psalm 139:7-12)

The good news is that “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. “1 John 1:9) Then His righteousness will break forth as an overflowing stream and we are free to trust again.  (Judy Whittaker)

Rest in God

“For in him we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:28)

Why do so many of us babies grow into restless adults , always wanting more —more toys, more money. more possessions, more power, etc., instead of appreciating what we already have? If we could only be more like Paul who wrote while in prison, “…for I have learned in whatever state I am to be content.”(Philippians 4:11) Paul realized that only God’s presence could satisfy the longing in his soul.

We are like the child on the beach who is trying to make a swimming pool out of sand and the water keeps seeping out. Then he finally discovers that right in front of him is a huge swimming pool–the ocean! He dives in and is content.

We strive after the wind to find that there is only one desire and fulfillment–the presence of God. In Him is perfect rest. If we build our nest on human effort we remain rest-less, but if we build on the foundation of the greatness of God, we will be satisfied and at peace. Our restlessness impels us to seek the goal of divine rest. It is the force that carries us forward until we find ourselves in the arms of Jesus. What a comforting place to be! (Judy Whittaker)

Reap the Harvest!

“In the morning sow your seed………..” (ecclesiastes 11:6)

Where I live it’s almost spring—a time for seed catalogues and  redirecting our focus from indoor to outdoor planning.  The more time we spend in designing the gardens , choosing our seeds carefully, and watering the delicate plants, the better chance of having an array of colorful blossoms from May to October.

In order to have an abundant harvest the farmer must choose wisely what to plant and where, long before the ground is ready for sowing. He keeps in mind an old biblical saying, “Whatever a man sows he will reap.” (Galatians 6:7)

Uncultivated ground will not remain a vacuum for long because nature will bring forth a primitive plant life, and in a few days there will be a crop of weeds decorating the landscape. Our mind is like the barren field. If we sow our thoughts carefully, there wan’t be any room for “weeds” or an unproductive life. We can choose what we wish to experience. If we wish to have our needs met and our prayers answered, we have to decide what crops to raise. Let us plant seeds of hope, joy, peace, and faith that will produce strong crops that will withstand the forces of nature.

Jesus spoke in parables about vineyards, fig trees, mustard seeds, olive branches, etc. because he knew that the people were in touch with the world around them and they would be able to understand his message.We also can learn a lot by observing the order of God’s creation and the cause and effect patterns left by the footprints of man. God created a perfect world; it is man who is destroying it as he plants the seeds of greed, lust, and self-exaltation. 

We need to cultivate seeds of goodness, righteousness, and  wholesome thoughts.  Paul wrote, ” …whatever things are true,honest, just, pure, lovely, and of a good report, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8) There is no room for negativity in God’s kingdom, and to be able to sow good seed we must pray to our Creator, heed God’s Word, and make every thought obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)  So as the fallow ground is being prepared, choose your thoughts wisely. Then you will reap the harvest! (Judy Whittaker)