02, November 2010

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Following in the Footsteps of Jesus (2)

you should follow His steps. 1 Peter 2:21 NKJV

Jesus knew He didnt have to prove Himself. At the cross, sceptics said, If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross. (Matthew 27:40 NKJV) His reaction? He refused to let their comments intimidate Him or alter His plans. He didnt need their approval; He already had His Fathers: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. (Matthew 3:17 KJV) Jesus didnt waste time answering His critics. Jesus made no reply, not even to a single chargeto the great amazement of the governor. (Matthew 27:14 NIV) Jesus responded to hunger, to need, to seekers, but not to people trying to trap Him. You owe nothing to a critic. Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words. (Proverbs 23:9 NKJV) Do you know why theres never been a monument built to a critic? Because critics are spectators, not players! Jesus didnt focus on the past, but the future. His mother was pregnant with Him before she was married. Only a few people knew the truth. Jesus grew up with this, yet He didnt feel the need to explain it. Stop complaining that your family was poor, or talking about your limited education, or repeating stories of those who failed you, or advertising your pain, or meditating on your flaws. All of us are challenged in some way. Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing (Isaiah 43:18-19 NKJV) Satan discusses our yesterdays; apparently thats the only information he has about us. Jesus discusses our tomorrows. So if you want to follow in His footsteps, focus on whats ahead.

SoulFood: 1 Chron 1-2, John 7:45-53, Ps 9, Pr 24:30-34

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