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Christian Living

The Power of Suggestion

Last week one of my kindergarten music classes played rhythm sticks. I came down the rows afterwards giving each child a squirt of hand sanitizer. One little guy asked, “Is that hypnotizer?” I immediately realized what happened: he substituted a word he’d heard for a term he hadn’t yet mastered.

With a chuckle, I told him it was only hand sanitizer. But I kept thinking about what he said. What if there really was such a thing as hypnotizer in a bottle? I’d give each kid a squirt, and as they rubbed their hands together they’d become open to the power of suggestion.

Me (in a soothing voice): “You will keep your hands and feet to yourselves. You will listen while I am talking. You can wait to got to the bathroom.”

Oh how grand it would be!

Sometimes, when I get my spiritual hands dirty, I wish there was a bottle of heavenly hypnotizer. God gives me a squirt or two. I rub my hands together. And I’m suddenly open to the power of holy suggestion.

God (in a soothing voice): “You will be more patient with the children. You will listen (really listen) to me. You should spend time in coffee shops–like Matt, from jesusluvsall.”

Free will is overrated. “Lord, just tell my subconscious mind what to do and let’s get this over with!” But that’s not how things work in the Kingdom of God. In reality, we’re free to choose our thoughts and behaviors. There are always options: good ones, bad ones and somewhere in between.

There’s no such thing as heavenly hypnotizer. And this is a GOOD thing. Robot Christians would be as inauthentic as puppet children. We are designed to love, listen too and obey God (and fallible humans) by choice.

My favorite “Free to Choose” scripture:

But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.

Joshua 24:15 (NIV)

Today, and every day, may we choose to serve the Lord.

🙏❤️ prayers and love.

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Christian Living

Together

“Let us be concerned for one another, to help one another to show love and to do good. Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing. Instead, let us encourage one another all the more, since you see the Day of the Lord is coming nearer.” (Hebrews 10:24-25 – GNT)

Jeff King, in his recent post, Quote for 01/31/2021, observed that Christianity is the premier team sport. “We’re all in this together, the body of Christ, the church,” said Jeff.

When I read these words, I remembered seeing a fire truck roll up to a call one time while I was sitting at a red light. As soon as the rig came to a stop, firefighters scattered from the vehicle like ants! Two guys unrolled a fire hose and pulled it to a hydrant, while two more unloaded a huge ladder.

Meanwhile, at least one person behind me honked—when the light turned green! So I was on my way, but something about what I saw stuck with me: first responders come out in pairs–just like Noah’s ark!

I asked a firefighter friend at church to fill me in about this “two by two” phenomenon. He explained: for safety and efficiency purposes, nobody works alone. Standard procedure calls for two firefighters in and two out. The idea, he said, is “I look out for you, you look out for me, and we both make it home.”

If Christianity is the ultimate team sport, and surely we can agree with Jeff that it is, then we must act like it. Nobody goes it alone! Like the writer of Hebrews says, we should show real concern for and help one another. Our love and good works speak far more than words.

By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Jesus – (John 13:34 NIV)

The application to the body of Christ, and by this I mean the church universal, is clear. We live at a point in history when both the world AND the church are on fire. I may be mixing my metaphors here, but we need all hands on deck!

Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God? Do you accept Him as the only way to heaven and trust Him to save you from your sins? Then we work at the same firehouse!

If God is your Father, I am your brother.

I look out for you, you look out for me, and we both make it home to heaven.

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Christian Blog Christmas

GPS Jesus

Baby Jesus theft. It’s the stealing of the newborn Christ figurine from nativity scenes, and it happens every Christmas season. Be it a teenage prank, or something more sinister, families, churches and occasionally whole communities don’t see the humor.

For instance, the citizens of Wellington, Florida had the baby Jesus stolen from their community center nativity two years in a row! But they were ready during the next Noel with a creative way to catch a crook.

For Christmas season number three, the life-size baby Jesus came with His own onboard GPS locator. Sheriff’s deputies tracked Him, when He was absconded yet again, to an apartment–where He was found lying face down on a carpet.

Tis the season once again, and the Christ child is missing. There are plenty of lights and life-size Santas and reindeer on the lawn, but where is Jesus?


Lots of people aren’t even looking for Him during this most wonderful time of the year.

But not to worry. We may not all be looking for Christmas, but Christmas is looking for us.

This is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.

1 John 4:10 (NIV)

Remember the first thing God said to Adam and Eve after the fall? They were hiding from Him, and He called to them:

“Where are You?”

Yes, there is a GPS (God’s Positioning Device) inside of each one of us. We have been searched and are fully known (Psalm 139).

God knows EVERYTHING about us—the good, the bad and the ugly—yet He STILL sent His son to redeem us (Romans 5:8).

You did not choose me but I chose you

Jesus – John 15:16a

I’ll say it again, we may not be looking for God, but He is looking for us.

People taking Christ out of Christmas doesn’t change what God did for the world. Through the gift of His son, He showed us ALL how much he loves us (John 3:16).

Yet it is a gift we must be willing to receive

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The entire human race was created to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. Sin has diverted the human race into another course, but it has not altered God’s purpose to the slightest degree.

Oswald Chambers

https://davidsdailydose.org/2020/12/12/gps-jesus/