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Where is Your Jerusalem?

*Each weekly blog is an entry from my diary written on the date and time noted below.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009   4:55 a.m.

Dear Diary,

I’ve been reading the Book of Luke. Luke 18:31 says, “…Behold, we go up to Jerusalem…” Jesus knew death awaited Him at Jerusalem, but still he went. Paul knew death awaited him at Rome, but still he continued. Stephen knew martyrdom was eminent if he continued to speak about Jesus, but still he spoke. Peter knew his end would be certain death by another’s hand, but still he preached. Where is your Jerusalem? If we are true believers we all will have one. We must be willing not only to live for Christ, but also to die for Christ: die to our wants, die to our will, die to ourselves. Paul said, “I die daily.” (I Corinthians 15:31). Your Jerusalem may not be a literal place, but it will be a literal struggle. A struggle of dying to self, a willingness to give up all for the cause of Christ. God wants our absolute surrender, our unreserved obedience, our total abandonment of all else but Him. We all are on our way to Jerusalem, and we must continue on, no matter what awaits. Our motto needs to be, “I, too, go up to Jerusalem.”

Thought for Today:  “True and abiding consolations ye will not fine except in entire abandonment, and in the love which loves the Cross. He who does not welcome the Cross, does not welcome God.” (Madame Guyon 1648-1717).

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Steps to Peace with God

Thursday, May 30, 2007  4:30 p.m.

Dear Diary,

I’ve been listening to I Thessalonians 5:14-23. It gives us instructions of how to live and steps to have peace with God. “Now we exhort you, brethren:

  1. Warn them that are unruly,
  2. Comfort the feeble-minded,
  3. Support the weak,
  4. Be patient toward all men.
  5. See that none render evil for evil unto any man.
  6. Ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
  7. Rejoice evermore.
  8. Pray without ceasing.
  9. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
  10. Quench not the Spirit.
  11. Despise not prophesyings.
  12. Prove all things;
  13. Hold fast that which is good.
  14. Abstain from all appearance of evil.

Thought for Today: “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (I Thessalonians 5:23).