Priesthood Trumped

Jesus man of joyJesusI am not making a “play on words” referencing the last name of our current President. I’m using the word trumped to mean to “excel, surpass or outdo”. As I read the Old Testament and see the priesthood as it pertains to the Hebrew religious people, I’m reminded that priests are people in a position of “spiritual” power or significance. When Jesus came on the scene, many things changed. He challenged the high priests, the leaders of the Hebrew religious structure. His position as the Son of God trumped their position. God’s plan to change the structure and introduce a church became clear but wasn’t readily accepted by the religious leaders. The writer or Hebrews gives a quick history lesson regarding this change. Check this out…

26 For this is the kind of high priest we need: holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27 He doesn’t need to offer sacrifices every day, as high priests do—first for their own sins, then for those of the people. He did this once for all time when he offered himself. 28 For the law appoints as high priests men who are weak, but the promise of the oath, which came after the law, appoints a Son, who has been perfected forever. (Hebrews 7:26-28 CSB)

Jesus came to earth and lived like a man. He faced the temptations and struggles of this life, EXCEPT He didn’t sin. Jesus’ presence here on earth really changed everything. The prophets and the priests before Him pointed to Him and all believers since are still pointing to Him. He didn’t just live here for 33 years and disappear. He is still living today in the hearts of those who’ve accepted Him into their hearts. I can’t adequately describe the Power and the Presence that He brought into my life many years ago. I believe Jesus to be the One & only Son of God, Who created everything. He made a way for me to get to God. I can talk directly to God through Jesus, the One Who intercedes on my behalf. Jesus filled the role of priests once and for all. I do agree that will all still need “Jesus with skin on” and so it’s helpful to counsel with a Pastor, Teacher or a follower of Jesus who is stronger in the faith.

I am committed to being a follower of Jesus the rest of my life here on earth. I can seek Him through His Word and by the Power of His Holy Spirit living in me. His Word and His Presence directs my path and gives me wisdom and discernment daily.  Jesus trumps any priests or human being who lives or has ever lived.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Weak = Power

 

Smiling sport child boy showing hand biceps muscles strengthI feel like sometimes it’s taken me a very long time (like my whole life) to start to grasp how different God sees things versus how we see things. His Word reveals so many truths about Him and I’ve heard many of them, but it’s taken me several years to really understand.

It seems that Paul is a bit insecure about being an Apostle who was called to serve after all the others, yet he writes most of the New Testament and he is “a machine”, constantly preaching and teaching the good news of the gospel. He reveals some personal struggle or issue that opens my eyes a bit to his journey and the Lord’s heart. Check this out….

Therefore, so that I would not exalt myself, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to torment me so that I would not exalt myself. Concerning this, I pleaded with the Lord three times that it would leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.”

Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. 10 So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and in difficulties, for the sake of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:7b-10 CSB)

This passage gives some more profound perspective on the struggles of my journey. I have made my life all about my happiness and my personal comfort. Paul was making his life about showing others the love of God and glorify the Lord with his life. I am blessed and oh so thankful to have avoided some hardships and suffering while hitting others spot on and navigating through. I am still learning that my hope and trust is in the Lord and not in my ability to accomplish or do anything.

When I’m weak – I’m strong.

When I’m tired – I’m useful to the Lord.

When I’m strong – I had better watch out.

He does His best work through my weaknesses and during my hardships and struggle. It’s not a fun ride, but a productive one.

I thought of this “old school sounding” song by Crowder…. All My Hope Is In Jesus.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

ALWAYS!

 

Always Time to Do What's Right Saying Clock QuoteThis word carries with it some absolute meaning. It means “every time; on every occasion; without exception, all the time”. There are no escape clauses. Our Real Estate company has as its slogan: “Excellence. Always!” – a message we want to send to all our buyers, sellers and customers who work with us. Always is a profound statement that is a high mark for any situation. It screams out consistency and dependability.

As I read a passage of scripture in the Psalms this morning, I was reminded that the Lord is ALWAYS faithful, ALWAYS available, ALWAYS full of love and grace. Check this out…

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
    make known among the nations what he has done.
Sing to him, sing praise to him;
    tell of all his wonderful acts.
Glory in his holy name;
    let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
Look to the Lord and his strength;
    seek his face always. (Psalm 105:1-4 NIV)

The Lord never misses His mark.

The Lord never makes a mistake.

The Lord is ALWAYS present – He never leaves me.

The Lord is ALWAYS forgiving.

The Lord is ALWAYS making good come from bad situations.

The Lord is ALWAYS teaching me profound truth in the middle of suffering.

I know that we humans make mistakes many times over and are willing to own our missteps. The Lord doesn’t miss His mark or “drop the ball”. He is Perfect, Powerful and ALWAYS available to me when I call on Him.

He’s the “King of My Heart”!

I was reminded this morning to look to Him; lean on Him and seek His face ALWAYS!

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Perfect

Jesus man of joyJesusThis word carries some pretty big expectations with it. It means complete accuracy, free from any flaw or defect. Perfect means complete. Jesus Christ was PERFECT in every way as the Son of God. He did not have a weakness that the enemy could exploit. He was perfectly suited for what He came to do. Check this out….

23 Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; 24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. 25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
26 Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. 27 Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself. 28 For the law appoints as high priests men in all their weakness; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever. (Hebrews 7:23-28 NIV)

 

Jesus was the PERFECT sacrifice for sin – because He was without sin. He offers a solution to my sin – forgiveness. He intercedes on my behalf. He was the ultimate sacrifice for sin. Jesus – Only Jesus can bring salvation AND eternal life!

I love this song by Matt Redman, called: “Jesus, Only Jesus”.

I want to live for the PERFECT ONE, Who saves me and calls me to live for HIM!

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Perfection

exam test pass or fail iconThat is a tough word and tough goal. The word certainly implies freedom from flaws or defects. I’ve used that word to describe when everything seems to work just right and in harmony with the world. However, as I look closer at that word, I’m not sure I’m ever really experienced it. If I look closely enough at every single person or thing that appears perfect, I will find flaws or defects. Some people really like for others to think that they are perfect, when they know that they are not. I’m pretty sure that I’ve never met a perfect person. I am certainly not perfect. Paul tells the church in Corinth that perfection is a great target to aim for. Check this out….

8 I can’t do anything to stop the truth. I can only work for the truth.
9 I’m glad when I am weak but you are strong. I pray that you will become perfect. 10 That’s why I write these things before I come to you. Then when I do come, I won’t have to be hard on you when I use my authority.
The Lord gave me the authority to build you up. He didn’t give it to me to tear you down.
11 Finally, brothers and sisters, good-by. Try to be perfect. Pay attention to what I’m saying. Agree with one another. Live in peace. And the God who gives love and peace will be with you.
12 Greet one another with a holy kiss. 13 All of God’s people send their greetings.
14 May the grace shown by the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love that God has given us, and the sharing of life brought about by the Holy Spirit be with you all. (2 Corinthians 13:8-14 NIV)

 

I feel better aiming for perfection because if I’m constantly aiming for perfection, then I’ll get closer to it than I’ve ever been before. I must confess that I don’t always aim for perfection. Sometimes I don’t think I aim at anything at all. I heard someone say: “If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time”.

At the end of a year, I begin to take a glance at what the next year might look like. I have begun to think about my aim. I have never been much of a written goal setter, but I’m really working on it. This simple challenge inspires me to work harder at my aim. Perfection itself is probably unattainable, but I’m a much improved person if I’m aiming for it than if I’m not aiming at anything!

Pressing On!
Dwayne