John 11:33-35 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied. Jesus wept.
Sometimes in our society the world tells people to suck it up, not be emotional, and looks at crying as a weakness. Especially if someone is a male it’s not looked at as manly to cry, yet Jesus wept. It said he was “deeply moved…..troubled….wept.” Not just a little upset, but extremely. This passage is clear that Christ had emotions and was compassionate. I believe this is an example where we should not follow the ways of the world, but use Jesus’ as an example of how to live. Romans 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep, is another place we are told to do this. Then it goes on to say in John 11:36 Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” By weeping, Jesus showed love.
John 11:43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” Because what Jesus spoke comes to fruition, if he had not called Lazarus by name, it would appear that all the dead buried there would have been brought back to life.
John 11:48 If we let him (Jesus) go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our temple and our nation.” Fear of losing their power and greed led to the chief priests and Pharisees plotting to kill Jesus.
John 11:53-54 So from that day on they plotted to take his life. Therefore Jesus no longer moved about publicly among the people of Judea. Instead he withdrew to a region near the wilderness, to a village called Ephraim, where he stayed with his disciples. I’ve heard some Christians over the years say that we should just let evildoers overtake us and be martyrs for our faith. I think this is an example where Jesus was wise and didn’t help them to do evil to Him, until it was His appointed time to die/be our sacrifice.
By Brent Edwards
I'm Brent, and I currently help out the Youth Pastor at our church. First and foremost, my passion is to serve God, more specifically I feel God wants me to serve the youth of my community. We are a relatively small church in regards to number of current members. I have been apart of my Church for about two and a half years, and with the Youth Group for a year. Our surrounding community, and the majority of our members, are in a very poverty stricken area of Georgia. My main concern is giving the kids an environment that is always welcoming, a home away from home if you will. Most of these kid's parents have a very hard time getting by in general, and because of this they can hardly get the time to bring their kids to church on Wednesdays when we have our Youth Group lessons. Right now, I do all I can along with other folks, picking up and taking them home when they don't have a ride, but they still want to come. So we are in the process of trying to raise enough money to purchase a passenger van of sorts to accommodate the issues we're having. I'm seeking ideas and advise on how to accomplish our $3500 goal. If anyone has any helpful advise please let me know, and I've attached a go fund me, not looking for donations on here, but mainly to get an idea on how well it looks, and what changes need to be made. It's tough to be in this situation, but the teenagers shouldn't have to struggle because of the circumstances most of the community is in. We are in a high gang and drug activity area, and it would break my heart to see them succumb to their surroundings, and be a product of their environment. I want to thank everyone in advance for there support. I'm just a believer trying to change the statistics! God Bless Everyone!
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Sorry Brent - Too close to soliciting - which we do not allow here. However, people will likely pray for your situation, and perhaps, some will go hunt it down on their own.
So many people, after being brought to faith in Christ start questioning: And now?!
And I question you: And now?
And I will answer you: You have two choices.
To continue living as the world does: To love sin, unrighteousness, and disobedience.
Or to live as a repentant sinner: Pursuing love, peace, mercy, and His righteousness.
"Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous." - 1 John 3:7
The repentant sinner have desire and pleasure to live as the Lord Jesus tells him so.
And it is so good to live like the Lord Jesus tells us to... It brings us peace and many blessings.
"He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked." - 1 John 2:6
"If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered;
and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned." - John 15:6
But you may say: I cannot live or have difficult in living as the Lord Jesus tells me; but I am willing to.
It is common at the very start of our walk, sin, the flesh and evil spirits will start battling against you to prevent you doing so.
Because the flesh fights against all the things of the Spirit of God. And it cannot receive them.
"For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh;
and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish." - Galatians 5:17
But what will I do?
Will I just give up and let the flesh reign over me just like it did when I was in the world?
"Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts." - Romans 6:12
This is how those who do not trust in the power and love of the Lord Jesus would think.
But you are not one of them, you have courage, you have His Spirit in you... And that is why you will overcome all things.
"But Jesus looked at them and said to them,
“With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”" - Matthew 19:26
The Father loved you so much, to the point of giving His only begotten Son for you... And how will you thank Him?!
You would desire to live as He wants you to - and that for your own benefit, as you have crucified your flesh with its evil desires.
"For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's." - 1 Corinthians 6:20
And I am sure that if the Spirit of God is in you, you will start being encouraged and to have pleasure in living as He told us to. And you will not look back.
As it is written:
"And you shall be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy,
and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine." - Leviticus 20:26
Then, if you still have trouble with battling against the flesh and its evil desires: Do not give up, and fight against it.
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid,
nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." - Joshua 1:9
You may lose a few battles against it, but I am sure that you will overcome it and become a winner...
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." - 1 John 1:9
You may lose a few battles, but with the Lord and His Spirit in you, it is certain that this war you will win!
"For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen." - Romans 11:36
If you are still struggling with something and desire some powerful help from the Lord Himself...
Then, please agree to the prayer below and you will see and feel that He loves you.
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ:
If you agree to the prayer above, then please just bring your hand over your head and say:
“ I believe, agree and receive...in Jesus' name. Amen! ”
And His amazing power, love, and grace is released in you.
You will notice and you will say: The Lord loves me indeed, and I love Him also!
Read the Word, read the Holy Bible, specially the New Testament...
"But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,
to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness,
to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love." - 2 Peter 1:5-7
As there is so much truth to help you and to light your paths.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths." - Proverbs 3:5-6
God bless you in Jesus' name!