For your enjoyment. I found it on YouTube: Amena Brown: Psalm 139. Inspiring.
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Have you ever read a passage of scripture in the Bible and interpreted it a certain way? All this time you thought you were correct in your understanding on that scripture but it turns out maybe you didn’t see it as clearly as you thought? I can say I thought I understood the story in Matthew 19:16-22.
A rich young man came to Jesus and asked the question, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” Jesus goes on to tell the man he must keep the commandments. The young man replied that he has kept all these commandments, but he still feels empty and unhappy inside. What else must he do?
Jesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then, come, follow me.” But when the young man heard this he went away very sad, for he had many possessions. ~Matthew 19:21-22 NLT
After reading this text many times I have always felt Jesus wasn’t just talking to this young rich man; He was talking to the “every man”. He was saying that these earthly possessions that you love and worship will bring you nothing. You can’t take it with you; and it will not gain you favor in heaven. So, letting go of your desire for money and following Jesus is the only why to have a fulfilling life, and ultimately enter the kingdom of heaven.
But, is there more than one way to interpret this scripture? Could it be that I didn’t see the full picture?
I was listening to K-Love(fm) on the way home from work the other night. They are airing a series called “Made to Crave”. To kick off this series of mini-sermons, Lysa TerKeurst was talking about this very scripture. It was an “Aha moment” right there in the middle of rush-hour traffic. The young man’s vice was money or possessions. Jesus saw right through him and called him out on it. Jesus could see through to the young man’s soul. Jesus knew the young man’s weakness. (He knows all of our weaknesses too, you know.) The man’s riches made him weak…and unhappy. The man was putting his trust in his money instead of putting his trust in God.
Every man/woman is born an idolizer. Everyone has a vice, a hang-up, an obsession. Food. Sex. Pornography. Gambling. Fame. Power. Jealousy. Anger. Whatever the vice, the message still applies. Give up what does not make you happy. Give up what doesn’t make you whole. Give up what makes you weak. Give up what is bankrupting your soul. Give it up to Jesus. Give it all to Him.
Let go of YOUR vice and follow Him and you will be truly rich. Big aha.
So, what’s your vice? What is stopping you from following Jesus?
Related scripture: Luke 9:22-34
I heard this said once:
I bought this book intending to read it on what will be a very long road trip to Baton Rouge in early August, but I made the mistake of starting it and now I have to find another book for our trip! Needless to say I couldn’t put it down.
The book is a biography written by Elissa Wall(with the help of freelancer writer Lisa Pulitzer) which describes her life growing up in the Fundamentalists Church of the Ladder Day Saints (FLDS), her unwanted marriage to an abusive husband at age 14 and her courage to escape the polygamous sect controlled by Warren Jeffs.
“I don’t want to know the God of Warren Jeffs. I didn’t want to know a God who would willingly break apart families. I didn’t want to know the God who forced girls to get married. The God I knew, who I believed in and who I still believe in to this day, was real, but he had nothing to do with Warren Jeffs.”
The inner workings of the church were startling. I knew a little from news reports when the FBI stormed the Texas ranch a few years ago and took away hundreds of children from their mothers, but Wall goes into detail.
This book is more than an inspirational story about finding strength, freedom and love. (Yes, there is a sweet love story in there too.) Somehow after being brainwashed her entire life (and she uses that word in the book), she found the courage to stand up for what is right and find FAITH.
Bible Update: Although I have gotten distracted reading other books, I am still committed to reading the Bible. I finished 2 more books and I am working on Proverbs now.