GLEANINGS..."A weekly Devotional" by Gbile Akanni
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WHEN HE COMES - 18
"His Presence…Our Need"
"Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled. And He said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to Him, "Lord, come and see."”
John 11:33-34 NKJV:
What a simple thing when He comes ... “Lord, come and see.” Once He sees the people, the land and the desperate condition of men, He will act. He knows what to do! No more a ministry of struggling. It is no more “a trying to do something for God” but “Come, O Lord and see.”
It is His coming that brings revival. It is His coming that turns sorrow to joy. It is His coming that brings life to the dying...
"Oh, that you would rend the heavens! That You would come down! That mountains might shake at Your presence. As fire burns brushwood; as fire causes water to boil - to make Your name known to Your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at your presence. ”
Isa. 64:1-2 NKJV:
Note the emphasis of this scripture... “At Your presence...” All we need in our lives and in our labours is His presence! His presence is what makes the difference. Let us all concur at this point: “Oh LORD, come and see”… as we cry to the Lord for His presence!
WHEN HE COMES - 17
"A Correct Heart Disposition is The Need"
Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying to him, “Lord, if you had been her, my brother would not have died.
John 11:32 NKJV:
Note here that the difference was not in their speech. Both Martha and Mary spoke exactly the same thing. The difference was not in the place where they met Jesus ... it was on the same spot where Martha met and left Jesus that Mary also met Him. The difference was in their heart disposition. Mary fell down at His feet and wept, but Martha stood her ground and engaged the Master in a long theological discourse. Martha proved knowledge but Mary pleaded for mercy. It is not how much eloquence we bring to our prayer and petition that will move the Saviour to act on our behalf. It is the intensity of our hearts, it is the desperation of our quest that melts the heart of the Master and moves Him into a compassionate action. Mary only spoke once and it was enough for the LORD to rise to action ... Martha spoke much, quoted several scriptures, but the Redeemer did not move an inch.
Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, he groaned in the Spirit and was troubled.
John 11:33 NKJV:
This is the point we must not overlook here. “When Jesus saw her weeping... He himself groaned in the Spirit and was troubled.” Mary's broken heartedness broke the Master's heart. Her tender heartedness tempered the LORD'S emotions and he groaned in the Spirit. He could not hold back the tears. He melted in loving compassion. The Master wept! Martha could not bring the LORD in any way to this point of outburst. This is crucial in our relationship and labours...with the Lord!
WHEN HE COMES - 16
"When He Comes... Build Personal Communion With Him"
The LORD had earlier warned Martha of this danger when He visited their home in Bethany; the danger of fidgeting and running up and down, while omitting the one thing that is needful.
Now it came to pass, as they went, that He entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: but one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
Luke 10:38-42 KJV:
Martha welcomed Jesus to her house quite warmly and in a most hospitable way. She was open to receiving visitors and she would do everything to satisfy her guests ... however, she was distracted with much serving. The key word here is not serving, but “distracted.” When ministry - service comes between a man and his personal relationship with Jesus, it is nothing but a distraction. The much serving that takes Martha away from the feet of Jesus, and from hearing His Word; and pulls her here and there is a distraction to her soul. It is a distraction to her growth and even to her destiny.
Martha, just like many of us, thought service will please the LORD ... she thought it can replace communion with Jesus Himself. So, she approached him boldly and with every audacity (almost like a rebuke to the LORD himself): “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” Several times we feel we are on top of the world for being engaged in the LORD'S service, even though we are becoming strangers at the throne of grace. Our seat at His feet is becoming vacant everyday. When He asks, “where have you been?” We retort, “Do You not care and appreciate all I am doing? Can I be at your feet and still put all these details in place? I am not like those “hermits” like Mary and John who love to curdle all the time around You...”
We think it is negligence of duty to make our time of communion the first priority of our lives even at the expense of the ministry. We would even prefer to interrupt whatever He is teaching our brethren, pull them out of His presence and engage them in endless, meticulous activities. We only promote and honour those who are everywhere apart from His presence.
But look at God's verdict on Martha and her much serving:
“Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
He saw it as being “worried and troubled about many things.” He did not see it as touching the divine purposes of God. It was just being worried and being troubled about many things, when, only one thing is needful.
The only one thing that is needful for us to accomplish God's mandate on our lives is to sit at His feet, learn of Him and then only rise behind Him and follow Him into the place of divine impartation. Mary made that her choice in life. She perfected in it with time. It became her lifestyle and life's disposition. Even at the death of her brother, she was still seeking to sit at His feet. She fell at His feet and wept.
It is necessary for us to highlight this choice of Mary here and to emphasise what each one of us needs to do, to bring the LORD to our rescue and for us to labour effectively in seeing the restoration of His Church in our time.
- Ministers’ Leadership’ Retreat (MLR) 2016 -
- Ministers’ Leadership’ Retreat (MLR) 2016 -
Date: Wednesday. 7th - Sunday 11th, December 2016
Theme: "...But By My Spirit"
Venue: Peace House Camp, Km 21`Gboko-Aliade Road, Mbahyande – Mbayion, Gboko, Benue State, Nigeria.
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God bless you.