Why do I sometimes lose enthusiasm in following Christ? I can be rolling along, praising Jesus and really diving into and understanding His word. Praying constantly.
And then one day it is like I hit a brick wall and just stop.
Why do I have these pits and valleys in my walk with Christ?
Is this normal?
So in studying Because He Loves Me with some others online, I am hoping I can figure out my weakness in my love for Him.
So that I never lose enthusiasm again.
My scripture connections, revelations, and AHA moments for Chapter 1:
- Mark 14:27 to Mark 14:5
- Jesus is The Shepherd. His disciples (including me and you and all Christians) are His flock. Why do we flee?
2. Genesis 3:15 to Mark 15:19
- The soldiers were hitting Jesus on the head. I think this is the devil mocking God for God’s punishment bestowed upon the snake/devil in Genesis 3:15.
- Luke 4:18-19 When the words are not taken exactly literally and are defined, here is what I saw:
- Poor is poor in Spirit. A rich man can be poor in spirit.
- Captives are captives of addiction and abusive relationships
- Oppressed are people abused and neglected, lonely, sick at heart, people stuck in a government where it is illegal to worship as a Christian, and people stuck in a family or peer group where it is discouraged to worship as a Christian.
2. John 13:4-5 There are many scriptures in bible telling Christians we need to be servants. That is OUR JOB. And here, Jesus is literally doing a servant’s job, with NO explanation on His part. JUST PURE ACTION!
Often times I believe Christians do too much “lip service”. Many people who need to be reached overlook our actions as fake or even annoying. They do not believe our actions are genuine, due to all our “lip service”.
3. John 19: 15-16 I have always thought of Caesar as kind of the “king in the wrong place at the wrong time” mainly because of his wife’s nightmare, his reluctance to crucify Jesus, and how he “washed his hands” of Jesus’ crucifixion, as if the whole situation was disgusting to him.
But when you look at this verse alone, as it was shown in chapter 1 of Because He Loves Me, then it is easier to notice that as soon as the crowd says “We have no king but Caesar” this is when he relents and gives Jesus over.
I think this comment from the crowd inflated his ego! And all of sudden he didn’t want to “let the crowd down”. He indulged his ego by giving the crowd their wish. Pride won over his own logic of criminal proceedings, his own gut feeling, and even his wife’s urging to stay out of it!
EGO is a powerful force we have to watch out for!
4. Romans 8:15 Slavery vs Adoption
Slavery is synonymous with no guarantee of love, a real fear of being sold or hurt, and NO INHERITANCE.
Slavery is The World
Adoption is synonymous with a guarantee of love, no need to fear being left behind, and receiving an INHERITANCE!
Adoption is Jesus’ Kingdom
AHA Moment (I will share only one, since my post is getting long)
1 John 4:9-10 This verse has the word propitiation towards the end. And I was like “SAY What??!!” So I looked it up two ways.
Propitiation according to my bible’s side notes means “removed of divine wrath. Jesus’ death is how God can turn His wrath away from us.”
So basically propitiation according to the bible means that God can now turn His wrath away from our sin, because Jesus died on the cross for us.
Then I looked up the word in the dictionary. There it means: peace, calm, ease, and contentment.
YES! That is what my salvation through Jesus brings to me! Peace, calm, ease, and contentment!