Service

For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give His life as a ransom for many. – Matthew 20:28

Jesus was an uncommon child, an unlikely leader, an unfathomable sacrifice. Service would be the theme of His loving existence. The greatest gift to mankind, would inspire the greatest mission for man: to love, serve and give.

Sue Breland, Worship for One Journey Through the Cross©

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Relationship

So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with defiled hands?” He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’ You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.” And he continued, “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions! – Mark 7:5-9 (NIV)

Jesus did not come to earth to establish a religion, but to restore a relationship – between you and God. Are you practicing religion or relationship?

Sue Breland, Worship for One Journey Through the Cross©

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If

For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says, “The stone that you builders rejected, has now become the cornerstone.” – Acts 4:11

Hind-sight is 20/20. “IF” is in the middle of “LIFE.” If only we had done this, or said that, what may have been the outcome? We make mistakes, we make wrong choices. But this scripture inspires us to believe that God can still make it right.

Just as Jesus was rejected, underestimated, battered and brutalized yet rose to be the most influential individual of all time – with the power of God, we can surely pick ourselves up, brush off the disappointments, and choose a new path toward a better tomorrow.

Laid off from a job? Lost investment value in the stock market? God’s will for us can still win out when we take the “IF” out of “LIFE” and get an IV infusion of His Spirit so that we can fully “LIVE” by faith.

Sue Breland, Worship for One Journey Through the Cross©

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Get Up

Now there is in Jerusalem by the sheep gate a pool… where lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, and withered, waiting for the moving of the waters [for whoever stepped in was made well.] A man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, He said to him, “Do you wish to get well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool.” Jesus said to him, “Get up, pick up your pallet and walk.” Immediately the man became well. – John 5:2-9

If we are ever to be made whole, it will not happen by waiting on the sidelines, by someone else carrying us along, or by magical rituals. Jesus is the only way for a life to be made whole again. We must believe in His authority, pick up our own baggage, and walk away from old beliefs and habits that cripple us. Get up, pick it up and start walking!

Sue Breland, Worship for One Journey Through the Cross©

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Secret Christian

Many people did believe in Him, including some of the Jewish leaders. But they wouldn’t admit it for fear that the Pharisees would expel them from the synagogue, for they loved human praise more than the praise of God. – John 12:42-43

It is difficult to be a secret Christian. Jesus knows that if we’re not “all in” we’re probably mostly out. Others will unmistakably know that we are Christians by His love shining through us, by His power upholding us, and by His grace bringing us to our knees. Decide where you stand and what you are willing to offer to gain the praise of God in spite of the response of man.

Sue Breland, Worship for One Journey Through the Cross©

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Hosanna

And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord! – Mark 11:9

“Hosanna” is a very familiar word in Christendom, yet it is only used a handful of times in the New Testament Gospels as Jesus came to Jerusalem. From the Greek and Hebrew translation, the word is both a cry for salvation and a declaration of praise. We know that many in the city who shouted “Hosanna” on that day were simply caught up in the excitement of the crowd and the heat of the moment – their adoration was short lived.

What about us today? We still sing our Hosanna’s to the King with our mouths, but is there Hosanna in our hearts? Do we really long for Him to save us on a daily basis from the challenges of our lives and praise Him for His faithfulness to respond? Are we really in touch with the King or just waving our hands in His direction? Let us acknowledge His power and His worthiness with our authentic lives, shouting “Hosanna” from our hearts – today and everyday!

Sue Breland, Worship for One Journey Through the Cross©

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Biggy Size Me

Paul and Barnabas handpicked leaders in each church. After praying—their prayers intensified by fasting—they presented these new leaders to the Master to whom they had entrusted their lives. – Acts 14:23 (MSG)

In our “biggy-sized” American life today, most of us know little of hunger – literal or figurative. The concept of “fasting” is hardly ever heard except in the context of fad diets, political statements, or as preparation for uncomfortable medical procedures. Food today is not just nourishment, but a substitute to fill all the empty spaces that nothing else can satisfy: comfort, self-esteem, purpose. We eat because we’re sad, we eat because we’re bored, we eat to hide our shame, anxiety or pain.

The practice of fasting is one of the most ancient of ways to clean out our lives, break down defenses, clear our minds and to focus outside the immediacy of our physical body to matters of the soul. As with anything, fasting can be abused, misused and applied for all the wrong reasons, but presented as a gift to God – offered in humble submission – we can expect powerful transformation in our lives.

Sue Breland, Worship for One Journey Through the Cross©

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Miracles

This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth His glory; and His disciples believed on Him. – John 2:11 (KJV)

A “miracle” is defined as an extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers. Jesus majored in miracles, interacting with the natural world in ways that our small minds cannot know or understand. To believe that mankind has the capacity to comprehend the inexplicable nature of the universe is arrogant and foolish. It is often the greatest scientists who know the most about how little we know. Albert Einstein said, “There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; or you can live as if everything is a miracle.” When you have experienced the life transforming love of Christ, you have known the most amazing miracle of all. You can believe in that.

Sue Breland, Worship for One Meditations of Inspiration & Encouragement ©

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Joy

Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our LORD: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength. – Nehemiah 8:10

After days of sorrow, despair and disbelief following Jesus’ crucifixion, Jesus returned to say cheer up! All is well and exactly as planned. Ours is a God that inhabits the best things in life and wants us to enjoy His bounty. We can respond by sharing His joy and His abundance with His contagious love, demonstrating how in even the most difficult of circumstances, the joy He brings can overcome it all.

Sue Breland, Worship for One Journey Through the Cross©

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What Was He thinking?

Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you… – Jeremiah 1:4-5 (NKJV)

What was God thinking when he created you? He was thinking thoughts of love. Before you existed in this world, you existed in His heart. When He made you He was thinking of how much He loved you, and He has not stopped thinking about you ever since.

Sue Breland, Worship for One Meditations of Inspiration & Encouragement ©

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