Both Sides Now!!! 2/5/23
Philippians 2:8 (KJV)
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
After a night of STARTLING dreams, I awoke (PRAISE THE LORD FOR AWKENING AGAIN!) to ANOTHER miserable Georgia day-cloudy, misty, dreary....
BUT WE AWOKE-PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Amanda slept well last night and we finally have TV again after the LIGHTNING STRIKE!!
So.................. I turned on her favorite TV evangelist and reluctantly listened in.
The evangelist had a “good word” as he preached on being humble, BUT one “quote” he used struck me wrong.
It was his miss-use of the above Scripture as he, without citing exact Scriptural reference, said “Jesus BECAME humble.”
NOBODY MADE/FORCED JESUS to “BECOME” HUMBLE!!!
JESUS HUMBLED HIMSELF-JESUS CHOSE HUMILITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jesus truly knew and EXPERIENCED:
“I've looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
It's cloud illusions, I recall
I really don't know clouds at all”
Many of us have also experienced life “from both sides now!!”
The Apostle Paul described it thus:
Philippians 4:11-13 (KJV)
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
This past January 12-for me-can truly be remembered as life changing.
An ordinary day/an ordinary storm struck and this writers life was SUDDENLY interrupted-unexpected and UN-needed and certainly UN-wanted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The items destroyed by the storm were all in working order, I did not need a “free” stay in a small hotel room for 8 days nor need to eat all the takeout meals necessary.
I was on a roll in my determination to get “BUFF!!!”
I, PERSONALLY, have been on “BOTH SIDES NOW” in my 71 years of life.
I have PERSONALLY been on the side of GIVING, and unfortunately also been on the end of RECEIVING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I, most definitely, PREFER the side of GIVING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Acts 20:35 (KJV)
35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
“IT IS MORE BLESSED TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE!!!”
I have been BLESSED to stand on the side of the table to give food AND I have been forced by economic need to sit on the side of the recipient.
One, if not the most difficult, part of ministry is to RECEIVE!!!!
“MONEY FOR NOTHIN' AND THE......................
You well know the lyrics!!!!
SOMETIMES, beloved, the hardest task is to KNOW you have a need and MUST ask for help-and NO!!! I am not talking about MY needing help!!
Philippians 4:19 (KJV)
19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
I AM talking to YOU, however!!!! It is NOT a sin to need help or ask for help!!!
Matthew 7:7 (KJV)
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
As Brother Mushegan said to his brand new bride MANY years ago:
“Honey, I LOVE you with all my heart!! IF you need ANYTHING you have to ASK me-I CANNOT READ YOUR MIND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
1 Peter 5:6 (KJV)
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
WHAT WOULD JESUS DO???
IF YOU need help, please just ASK!! The very worst that can happen is to be told no.
Jesus and I say unto YOURSELVES
Luke 12:32 (KJV)
32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
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