Sunday, August 07, 2016

August 7, 2016: Lifting Them Up

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 220  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a You Tube video of the group Phillips, Craig, and Dean singing … He’ll Do Whatever It Takes, poignantly showing what God will do for any who are down trodden and need His grace.

Highlight Passage:  Mark 10:16 [NKJV] …  
16 [Jesus to His disciples] “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. …” 
… Jesus so defended the vulnerable, little children who came to Him.
Highlight Context – Mark 10:13-16 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Jesus defending the little children.

Reference Passage #1 … Luke 10:25-37 [ NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Jesus defending the “Good” Samaritan.

Reference Passage #2 … John 4:1-26 [ NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Jesus saving the “woman at the well.”

Reference Passage #3 … John 8:1-11 [ NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Jesus protecting the woman caught in adultery.

My Journal for Today:  … Our Daily Bread author, Tim Gustafson, told a story of a teacher protecting her student to illustrate how Christians need to take up for others in need. He wrote: When Kathleen’s teacher called her to the front of the grammar class to analyze a sentence, she panicked. As a recent transfer student, she hadn’t learned that aspect of grammar. The class laughed at her. Instantly the teacher sprang to her defense. “She can out-write any of you any day of the week!” he explained. Many years later, Kathleen gratefully recalled the moment: “I started that day to try to write as well as he said I could.” Eventually, Kathleen Parker would win a Pulitzer Prize for her writing. 

And this teacher was being much like Jesus, Who so very often took up and supported the vulnerable and defenseless around Him, … much like he did in the highlight passage above, defending the little children; … or (in Luke 10) where He castigated the Pharisees with the story of the “good” Samaritan; … or (in John 4 )where the Lord took up for the loose woman at the wall; … or (in John 8) when He even protected a prostitute accused of adultery.

And aren’t we, as Christians, charged by our God to be as much like our Savior as we can in this life? And so, today’s ODB entry asks of me … whom am I defending who needs defending? Whom am I lifting up who is down trodden? Or whom am I protecting who is defenseless?

My prayer is that we all can be more like Jesus today [and tomorrow] by responding to help the vulnerable and defend the defenseless.

My Prayer Today:  O, Heavenly Father, … Lord Jesus, … help me to see others in need and to do all I can to help.  Amen    

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