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hieronymosmount
28 August 2010 @ 06:04 pm
Walking Away From Jesus

Some people believe in God but are unwilling to commit their hearts to Christ. Riches and other worldly advantages—success, fame, self-confidence—can hinder a person from accepting the Father’s free gift of salvation. The Gospels record the story of a young Jewish man who fell into this category.

The Cost of Choosing the World

Read Mark 10:17-31.

  • To which of the Ten Commandments did Jesus not refer (v. 19)? (See Exodus 20:1-7.)

     

  • Describe the type of person the young man was, given how he answered Christ’s question (v. 20).

     

  • Why do you think Jesus, instead of addressing the other four commands, told the young man to sell his possessions (v. 21)?

     

In verse 19, the Lord’s answer seems to imply that we must keep the law to inherit eternal life. Does this mean salvation is something we earn through good works? No. Other verses clearly state that eternal life is a free gift (Eph. 2:8-9Rom. 4:14Gal. 3:18).

Adam Clarke’s commentary notes this about verse 19: “From this we may learn that God’s great design, in giving his law to the Jews, was to lead them to the expectation and enjoyment of eternal life. But as all the law referred to Christ, and he became the end of the law for righteousness (justification) to all that believe, so he is to be received, in order to have the end accomplished which the law proposed.” In other words, the law was designed to awaken a desire for eternal life. But only through accepting Jesus’ gift of forgiveness can we attain it.

The disciples were astonished that the wealthy would have difficulty entering the kingdom of God 
(Mark 10:23-25). John Gill’s commentary says: “Earthly riches are a great obstacle to salvation because it is almost impossible to possess them, and not to set the heart upon them.”

  • What does 1 John 2:15 say about those who love this present world?

 

In verse 25, Jesus says, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Here, Christ is using hyperbole––exaggeration to make a point. A camel can never fit through the eye of a sewing needle— nor can a rich man enter heaven through his own merit.

Our Lord also used hyperbole in Matthew 7:3: “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” The Amplified Bible calls the log a “beam of timber.” Of course, no tree would ever fit into someone’s eye. But the point is, such an obstacle would severely limit one’s ability to see clearly to remove a splinter from someone else’s eye.

  • Since a rich man can’t enter the kingdom of God on his own, how can he enter (Mark 10:26-27)?

     

  • What do you think this means?

 

The Reward for Following Christ

Peter points out that he and his fellow disciples have left everything to walk with Jesus.

  • What did the Lord promise them as a reward (v. 29-31)?

     

  • How do we know our Savior was not suggesting His followers seek to become affluent in a worldly sense through sacrificing earthly treasures for His sake (1 Tim. 6:9-10)?

 

Although Jesus was not recommending a “get rich quick” scheme, this passage does have a literal (not merely spiritual) meaning. Adam Clarke comments, “Those who have left all for the sake of Christ do find, among genuine Christians, spiritual relatives, which are as dear to them as fathers, mothers, yet they have the promise of receiving a hundredfold often literally fulfilled: for, wherever a Christian travels among Christians, the shelter of their houses, and the product of their lands, are at his service as far as they are requisite.”

  • Given Clarke’s interpretation of verses 29-30, share a few ways this promise has been fulfilled in your life.

     

  • How does Jesus’ warning that persecution will accompany this promise (v. 30) help believers maintain an eternal, rather than temporal, perspective?

 

Closing: People pay a high price for walking away from God’s best for their lives. They choose to hang on to their pride, riches, independence, or reputation instead of following Christ wholeheartedly. Don’t let the distractions of this world keep you from experiencing God’s best. Surrender fully to Jesus, and watch Him bless your life in spiritual as well as tangible ways.

Prayer: Father, thank You for the amazing promise we have in Christ—that anything we give up for His sake, You will repay a hundredfold—in this life or in the next. Give us the grace to surrender to Your will daily, and teach us how to recognize Your hand of blessing in our lives. In Your Son’s name we pray. Amen.


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hieronymosmount
28 August 2010 @ 12:38 pm
   Thomas and I finally got our marriage license!!!! Im so excited, this is a huge step........I hate to say this but I did not think it would happen. Well, I did, but I thought it was going to be a very very long time. For some reason I think if it doesn't happen in a few minuites, it's forever. Im way too impatient. I really hate to admit that I had such lack of faith, but I did. I knew we'd be getting married but I don't know.  Anyway it's amazing and the next step is saying the vows, than I will be married. You know it's a funny thing. Because I was always walking around saying I never want to get married, and I never will. Now Im looking at wedding gowns.  Gosh, never say never.
   I know that God put us together. Because honestly, there is no one out there for me but this man. Im very complicated to understand and no one has ever cared to probe that further, or cared. Even my family. So I am truly blessed. If I lost this man I don't know what I would do.  I would probably pray for God to take me. I know I would. Anyway..........Im trying to get some rest, I am so tired today, but can't seem to sleep.  I haven't been sleeping good at night. I have been having dreams that keep me awake, and I don't like them. Warfare. Except this morning, I had calm dreams. But the past few nights I have been dreaming and staying awake. So I am going to try to nap now. Have a blessed day everyone.
 
 
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hieronymosmount
28 August 2010 @ 11:10 am
10. But Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11. And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who lives in you.

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hieronymosmount
21 August 2010 @ 09:27 pm
Wow, I have had the worst migraine. Either that or a warfare attack. I think it is an attack. It hurts so bad, I can't have any light, all noises hurt, and it is my whole neck, head, and shoulders. I do not have anything for pain relief, except to pray it goes away. This is insane! It's actually starting to ease up from last hour. But still it's there. I need a goodnight rest, and tomorrow is Sunday, and I can't wait to go to church. :)
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hieronymosmount
21 August 2010 @ 02:10 pm
5. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. 6. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.

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hieronymosmount
19 August 2010 @ 08:57 am



Here is my angel. Yesterday we went to Chick-Fil-A, which I've never eaten, and I loved it. It was so good. I don't know why I haven't tried eating there before. Thomas said it's great you'll love it, and he's right! I did! I love their lemonade too. And they had texas pete hot sauce which is a big deal for me, because I have to have hot sauce on everything! So it was a win win for me. I ran on the treadmil this morning, it felt good. I love to run, and Im going to sell Thomas' things on Craigslist today, he's got alot of things he wants to get rid of but doesn't have the time to post, so I will be doing that. Things are starting to come together. Last week in church the pastor said that this month, and September are the months of completion. We took that as our blessing. I can't wait to marry this man, as usual I'm being too imaptient, and I need to learn to give things to God more often, but still the excitement level is off the charts. It's extremely hot today, I wont be doing much, but I might go to the bookstore and do some reading, but who knows, the day is young. Everyone have a blessed day...:)
 
 
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hieronymosmount
17 August 2010 @ 12:23 pm


25. For the foolishness of God is wiser than mans wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than mans stregnth. 26. Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things-and the things that are not-to nullify the things that are, 29. so that no one may boast in before Him. 30. It is because of Him that you are in  Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God-that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31. Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."

 
 
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hieronymosmount
16 August 2010 @ 09:41 am
     Well Im in a very good mood today. I found a Baroque radio station and I have been listening to it all morning. Baroque and classical are my favorite type of music, and I have heard classical music stations with a few Baroque songs here and there, but this is an all Baroque station, Im very excited. Today doesn't hold much for me. Just relaxing for now. I will probably go volunteer at the church today, and see if they need any help with anything. Than talk to Thomas all day.We are going to be married faster than we both think. Once he gets that first check, we rent the house and get married. I can't wait. So I will also be looking for homes to rent. It's really hard to find homes that allow dogs over 25 pounds. A Greyhound is 60 pounds so, we will find something, but it has to be a house with a yard. So I will be searching. So I hope everyone has a great day, blessings...
 
 
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hieronymosmount
15 August 2010 @ 10:11 pm
3. At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, decieved and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4. But when the kindness and love of God oour Savior appeared, 5. He saved us, not because of righteousness things we had done, but because of His mercy . He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.

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hieronymosmount
14 August 2010 @ 10:16 pm
Well tomorrow Thomas comes to see me, and we are going to go to church together, I am so excited. I want to be with him and pray with others about him finding a job. I know times are tough, but I am just helpless to this and can only give it all to God.  But I am so tired tonight. WOW. I took my sister to target to get her some shirts for school, and than we came home. Now Im just wiped out. I want to be rested for tomorrow, I will be getting up EARLY, very early. I am usually up by 7:00am or so, but tomorrow I will probably get up at 5:00am. But thats ok, lots of coffee, and a light breakfast.  Have a blessed evening everyone...
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