Fishers of Men and Warning Against Sin

Today we studied Matthew 4: 18-22

In summary, it’s Jesus calling on His first disciples, Simon Peter and his brother Andrew.

These two dudes were minding their own business, fishing with their dad, and Jesus comes along the shore and is like, “Hey guys, want to be fishers of men? Come with me. It’s gonna be epic.”

(I enjoy paraphrasing Jesus’ words. Don’t worry. I’m still respectful.)

Then they just got up and left. Their dad must’ve been so confused.

There must have been something about Jesus that made people want to stick with Him. Think about it. If you just walked to someone already doing something and said, “Hey, you should come follow me.” They would be so weirded out. And they wouldn’t move.

Jesus had to have had this feeling about Him that people knew they could trust, or at least the right people.

Which brings up another question. Why did Jesus need disciples? He could’ve done everything Himself.

Well, Jesus was human. Have you ever gone through a period of your life where you really don’t have any friends? Isn’t it lonely and depressing? Jesus felt sadness and loneliness too. I think part of the reason he had the disciples around Him was for companionship.

However, the biggest reason was probably so that they could continue His work after he died. They were His legacy. They were taught by Him personally so they could carry on after Jesus was gone.

We decided to finish up chapter 4 of Matthew which is about Jesus going through towns and healing people.

What I like about this is that Jesus didn’t keep the power He had to Himself. He helped those that came to Him. I think that’s important. Jesus went to the towns, but he specifically helped and healed those who went to Him. We have to seek His help if we want to get it. You can’t just sit back and wait for God to do all the work.

Also, he raised awareness for Himself and others by doing this. He started building a reputation for Himself.

Which brings up the last portion of Scripture I want to talk about. This isn’t part of my Bible study, but I came across it and it fit my situation perfectly.

Hebrews 3:12-13 AMP
12 [Therefore beware] brethren, take care, lest there be in any one of you a wicked, unbelieving heart [which refuses to cleave to, trust in, and rely on Him], leading you to turn away and desert or stand aloof from the living God.
13 But instead warn (admonish, urge, and encourage) one another every day, as long as it is called Today, that none of you may be hardened [into settled rebellion] by the deceitfulness of sin [by the fraudulence, the stratagem, the trickery which the delusive glamour of his sin may play on him].

And reading this makes me confused as to how fellow Christians can tell me I’m the wrong by speaking out against sin. Where is your Biblical proof that I am in the wrong? Because here is my Biblical proof that I am doing something right.

Getting Started

We’re at the point where Jesus starts preaching! **Excitement**

Today we read Matthew 4:12-17 and Mark 1:14-15. Jesus heads out to Galilee (Fulfilling the prophecy in Isaiah 9:1-2) and what’s the first thing He does?

He says, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”

I don’t really think that this is insignificant. The very first thing Jesus preaches about, proclaims, is repentance.

Hm. Maybe it’s important…..?

So, the definition of repentance: Real penitence; sorrow or deep contrition for sin, as an offense and to dishonor to God, a violation of His holy law.

Just think about it for a minute, really. The VERY first thing Jesus talks about is repentance.

One other thing is that Jesus proclaimed, not just preached. He said things boldly, without worrying whether or not people agreed with Him. He knew the important thing was speaking about what God wanted Him to speak about.

So, did I put enough emphasis on repentance?

Get Behind Me

The Temptation of Jesus (Mark 1:12-13, Matthew 4:1-11, Luke 4:1-13)

This is pretty well known story. Jesus fasts for forty days and nights and the devil tempts Him three times.

There’s a few important things to note with this passage. The first thing that jumped out at me was that the devil used scripture too. He used scripture against Jesus.

Let that sink in.

I think that relates to today a lot. People misquote the Bible, use verses out of context (which ALWAYS bad) or just misuse it. And that’s dangerous. I try to be careful about doing that myself.

The devil is smart, unfortunately for us. He will use what we trust against us.

So, what Jesus did was counter him with more scripture. Jesus knew the Word and that is how he stayed away from temptation.

Also, Jesus was not passive. He did not shy away from the challenge that Satan presented. He was authoritative in His use of scripture.

We need to use the Bible more, guys. That should always be our first  resort, not the last. I need to get better about that.

Any thoughts on the Temptation?

The Customary New Years Post

I liked 2014. I really did. But I’m looking forward to 2015.

First, about my past year.

It didn’t have the greatest start. My family found out my brother has something called ITP, a blood platelet deficiency. But soon enough Golden Boy and I were hanging out a lot, dance started, and work was going well.

I got the lead in my spring show and suddenly it was summer.

Summer brought about dates, dance shows, rain, and Mississippi.

My second summer at Ballet Magnificat was a wonderful experience. I went for the entire month of July. I met some fantastic people, met a goal, and learned a lot. While I was 5,000 miles away from home, my brother was sent to the hospital for his ITP.

It scared me, but I was blessed because I was surrounded by Christian women who comforted me while I wasn’t sure what was going on.

After Ballet Mag, I went home and got a job at the hotel Golden Boy works at. It’s a seasonal job, so I only worked for about a month and a half, but it was a great experience.

I started college classes and started teaching my own ballet class. My Christmas show went splendidly and the holidays have been wonderful.

It is now 2015 and frankly that frightens me. I’m going to graduate, I’m going to be an adult, and my little brother is going to be a teenager.

At the same time, I’m looking forward to being done with high school. I’m looking forward to working at the hotel again. I’m looking forward to becoming an aunt.

I’m happy right now, guys. I have a fantastic family, a wonderful boyfriend, and I still love dance and teaching.

My New Year’s resolution is to finish writing the second Time Brigade book. I’m halfway done, but it’s slow-going. I hope to reach more people with my blog as well.

Happy New Years, dear readers!! What are your resolutions?

What Makes it Worthwhile

Sometimes I wonder if I’m supposed to be blogging. Honestly, it makes some people very angry.

My posts on feminism and homosexuality got lots of hateful comments or people arguing with me in a way meant to make me feel bad, stooping to name-calling at times even.

My series of posts on dating damaged a friendship for a while, which hurt.

Why do I persist?

Well, it honestly doesn’t matter how many people I offend. It doesn’t matter how many times I get cussed at or called stupid.

It matters how many people I touch. How many people I reach.

I believe I am doing the right thing. I pray about my posts and comments and firmly believe that Christians are meant to be outspoken about issues like these.

As long as I get one person who says “Thank you for that” or just one person who saw a new, good perspective, then all the persecution is worth it. Every word that hurt me, every uncomfortable situation is worth one person saying that my post helped them consider what God has to say.

I am not completely selfless or else I would say I am doing this entirely to bring people to God. Sometimes I blog for me. Yes, I like the popularity. I’m human.

But at the core of it all I want to bring God glory. I want to show people what I have seen  in the truth of the Bible. I do not think I am self-righteous. I do not believe I am better than anyone else and I hope I do not come across that way. I just want people to see God in the issues we’re dealing with today.

That is why I blog.