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I Am Not Worthy

August 12, 2017

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I Am Not Worthy

I came across a blog post  wherein  the author wrote about  the activities  of a church getting ready  for Vacation Bible School.     She noted  that the theme  for the Vacation Bible School  was nothing like themes  used to be  years ago.     From what she showed,  I would have to agree.     There was more emphasis  on robots  than the truths  of God’s word.     Robots are more apt  to gain a child’s attention  and be maintained  in a child’s memory.     But,  the children  do not retain the connection  of robots  to God’s word.

Back in the old days,  Sunday School  and Vacation Bible School centered  on the actual word of God  and how our lives  need to be connected  to it.     The songs we sang centered  on the truths  of God.     But today, they center on physical movements,  which can more memorable  than the truths  they claim  to express.

Children may love the activities,  but they don’t have a clue  that they are sinners  in need  of Jesus as their Savior.     Sadly,  they grow up  with no honest need  for a Savior  and only end up having no regard  for God’s word.     So,  their hearts grow cold  towards Christ our Lord.

That’s not how it was  for a Roman centurion  in Jesus’ day.     He learned God’s word,  believed it,  and loved it so much  that he built a synagogue  for the Jews  in Capernaum.     Then,  his beloved slave became sick  and was about to die.     He sent some Jewish elders  to ask Jesus  to heal  his slave.     When Jesus came near his house,  he sent friends, saying,  in Luke 7:6,

Lord,  do not trouble Yourself further,  for I am not worthy  for You  to come under my roof;  for this reason  I did not even consider myself worthy  to come to You,   but just say the word,  and my servant  will be healed.     

He went on  to describe  how all his servants obey  his every command.     Based  on that truth,  and the truth  of Jesus’ position  of authority,  he was sure  Jesus could simply command  his slave’s healing  from a distance,  and it would be done.

Jesus marveled,  and said  to everyone  in Luke 7:9,

I say to you,  not even  in Israel  have I found  such great faith.”   

The centurion’s slave  was immediately  completely healed.     The centurion’s faith came  from knowing God’s word  and all that God has done  and promised  over the years.

“Such great faith”  has far more joy  than robots  —  even though  we all must admit,  “I am not worthy”.

Grounded  in God’s word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for leading us  in Your word  and strengthening our faith.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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