April 2020 like April 2010


April 16, 2020: SOAP #3787:   1Samuel 18; 1Chronicles 6; Psalm 11; Matthew 3

Scripture:  Matthew 3:16 As soon as Jesus was baptized,he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw theSpirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him.

Observation:   The Onewho had willingly emptied Himself of His God-ness to live on earth as the Sonof Man, was now empowered by the same Holy Spirit who was present at creation(Genesis 1:2). This was the same Holy Spirit the angel spoke of when explainingto Joseph, that Mary's pregnancy was the work of the Spirit of God. (Matthew1:18 & 20). The Holy Spirit was a major part of Jesus life and ministry.

Application:  I am called to be like Jesus. But I am oftennot sure how Jesus would live in Andover, Kansas, USA in 2020. The specificsare not always obvious.
Ten years ago (April 2010), Sharon and I were wondering what we should do abouther mother recovering from a broken hip back in Delaware. When should we goback to be with her? What should we do while there? How long should we stay?

Mom has gone to be with the Lord. Those issues were settled. The issue today isCOVID-19. My city, my state, my country, even the whole world is living withrestrictions. My schedule has changed. I feel like a bird with my wingsclipped.

I need help in living like Jesus in my clothes, in my family, in my city. Ineed the Holy Spirit active in my life. I need to be like Jesus in hearing andfollowing the Holy Spirit.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, among themany changes I face today, the one thing that has never changed is my need forYou, Your presence in my life, and Your daily direction. Make me like Jesus! Amen.

Pastor Leon
Making friends for time and eternity!