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We hope this becomes a dependency. Strange thing for a therapist to say. But we are dependent on God for life and peace and joy. Spending time with Him every day (imagining these vignettes) will enhance your life and growth as nothing else can.

 

Misinformation about God is rampant out there today. This is good stuff--agreeing with the best interpretation you can put on Scripture.

 

  Below, Love's Playbook, Arla's new series, is the first interpretive version of the Bible -- it's God's love story like you've never read it--written to keep you reading! (Images are Amazon linked )

 

By Arla, Feb 19 2021 02:00AM

Peter, James and John hear his cries to God, and their impulse is to go to him, but they hesitate. He told us to stay and pray.


Jesus longs for comfort, some word of encouragement or understanding to break evil's spell. His agony manifests in sweat like blood from the stress.


Exhausted, he struggles to his friends for comfort; again they are sleeping.


The third time he goes to prayer in a horror of darkness. He could wipe off the bloody sweat, and let humanity suffer their own consequences, and return to his Father. Satan pushes the thought home.


Earth's fate trembles. Spirit and Father suffer terribly with him, not able to intervene. Angels watch, longing to console him. The unfallen universe watches intently, hardly breathing, as legions of satanic angels enclose around their beloved Lord.


Jesus feels the evil--our future without God, our pain and suffering, feels our helplessness, sees our hopeless end, and his decision is made. I will be the remedy to save man at any cost! With finality he cries, "If this has to be done, I will do it!" And he falls, dying, to the ground, experiencing the separation of "the second death."*


His decision made, now the Father sends the angel who took Lucifer's place in heaven to strengthen Jesus with assurance of the Father's love.


The disciples, awakened by the light, see the bright being holding him, are relieved, and give in to the stupor of sleep overpowering them.


His agony of abandonment continues, but his discouragement and depression are gone.


Matthew 26:42-44, Mark 14:39-40, Luke 22:42-45, Revelation 20



By Arla, Jun 18 2020 01:00AM

Satan now "wows" Jesus with a show of power, transporting him to the highest point of the temple. Still in disguise, Satan compliments Jesus' faith and invites him to prove God by putting His word to the test.


"If you are the son of God, throw yourself down from here for it is written, 'He shall give His angels charge over you to keep you'..." he quotes scripture!* But the twist he gives it shows his true identity...Go ahead, push God to prove Himself and His Messiah--wow Israel into believing you. Again he insinuates that Jesus is not God's son.


Jesus knows that the true motive of testing God is unbelief. God had already given evidence of His love and approval. Asking for proof would be doubting what He'd already done and said.


So responding, Jesus cites Exodus 17, where Israel tested God after having evidence of His care, "It is also written, do not put the Lord your God to the test." Using God's words or His love to back your self-serving behavior is not faith. It's presumption. It presumes God will tolerate evil. He may or may not for now, but evil changes you. Doubt gives evil entrance.


If God allows you to be tested, He has a reason for your good, don't doubt Him...He's refining the gold in your character. An escape is ready--and it is giving thanks for God's love and care. No matter how things look. He still loves and cares.**


God asks us to trust because He loves us, to ask for proof proves unbelief.


Matthew 4: 5-7, Luke 4:5-10 *Psalm 91:11-12 Notice he stops before verse 13--giving us power over him! **1Corinthians 10:13


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