Posts Tagged ‘Simon’


See the urgency of God! Four times He came, and stood, and called. Mark how He stands at the door to knock. At first He was content to call the lad once by name; but after three unsuccessful attempts to attract him to Himself, He uttered the name twice, with strong urgency in the appeal, Samuel! Samuel! This has been called God’s double knock. There are seven or eight of these double knocks in Scripture: Simon, Simon; Saul, Saul; Abraham, Abraham.             How may we be sure of a Divine call?

We may know God’s call when it grows in intensity. If an impression comes into your soul, and you are not quite sure of its origin, pray over it; above all, act on it so far as possible, follow in the direction in which it leads and as you lift up your soul before God, it will wax or wane. If it wanes at all, abandon it. If it waxes follow it, though all hell attempt to stay you.

We may test God’s call by the assistance of godly friends. The aged Eli perceived that the Lord had called the child, and gave him good advice as to the manner in which he should respond to it. Our special gifts and the drift of our circumstances will also assuredly concur in one of God’s calls.

We may test God’s call by its effect on us. Does it lead to self denial? Does it induce us to leave the comfortable bed and step into the cold? Does it drive us forth to minister to others? Does it make us more unseIfish, loving, tender, modest, humble! Whatever is to the humbling of our pride, and the glory of God, may be truly deemed God’s call. Be quick to respond, and fearlessly deliver the message the Lord has given you.

http://devotionals.ochristian.com/f-b-meyer-devotional.shtml

 


“Because you say so, I will.”                                                      Lk 5:5 NIV

Jesus said to Simon: “‘Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.’ Simon answered, ‘Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will’…When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break” (vv.4-6 NIV). Notice two principles in this story: (1) God will use failure to get your attention. Peter was tired, empty-handed and disappointed when Jesus spoke to him. And He will speak to you through a rocky marriage, a child you’re about to give up on, or a job that seems too hard. He doesn’t want you to run from your problems, He wants you to learn from them; to discover the difference He can make in your situation when you invite Him into it. (2) God can take you back to the place of failure and give you success. We assume that because we weren’t successful at something, it wasn’t God’s will. But often the truth is, we failed because we relied on our own strength instead of His. When Jesus spoke, the fish responded. The Bible says: “They caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink” (vv.6-7 NIV). God is not limited by your circumstances, He’s only limited by your unbelief. When you obey Him, you’ll discover He has a level of abundance in mind that will exceed all your expectations.

http://theencouragingword.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/god-can-turn-your-failure-into-success/


While Peter was going through the whole country, he stayed for a long time at Joppa, in the house of Simon, a tanner.             Cornelius, the captain of the Italian guard, lived in Cesarea. He was a righteous man and he and all his household worshipped God. He gave many gifts to the poor people, and prayed to God at all times.

One day, about three o’clock in the afternoon, Cornelius had a vision; and he saw an angel of God coming and saying to him, “Cornelius.” Looking straight at him, although he was afraid, Cornelius said, “What is it, Lord?” The angel said to him, “Your prayers and your gifts to the poor are pleasing to God. Now send men to Joppa, and bring a certain Simon, whose other name is Peter. He is staying with Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the seaside.” When the angel who spoke to him had gone away, Cornelius called two of his household servants, and a trusted soldier who constantly waited on him. After he had explained everything to them, he sent them to Joppa.

On the next day, about noon, as they were on their way, and were coming near to Joppa, Peter went up to the housetop to pray. While he was praying, the men who were sent by Cornelius, having found the way to Simon’s house, stood before the gate, and called out to ask whether Simon, whose other name was Peter, was staying there. The Spirit said to Peter, “See, three men are looking for you. Rise and go down, and do not hesitate to go with them; for I have sent them.” So Peter went down to the men and said, “I am the man you are looking for; what do you want?” They said, “Cornelius, a captain of the guard, a righteous man and one who worships God and is well spoken of by all the Jews, was told by a holy angel to send for you and ask you to come to his house, that he may hear what you have to say.” So Peter invited them in and they stayed all night.

The next day he rose and went with them, and some of the disciples from Joppa went with him. The next day after that, they reached Cesarea. Cornelius was waiting for them, having called together his relatives and his near friends. When Peter came in, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshipped him. But Peter said, “Stand up, I am only a man, like you.” After he had talked with him, he went in, and found many people there. Then Cornelius said, “Just four days ago, in the afternoon, I was praying in my house, when a man stood before me in bright clothing, and said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer is heard, and your gifts to the poor are pleasing to God. Send therefore to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose other name is Peter; he is staying in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the seaside.’ So I sent to you at once; and you have done well in coming. Now therefore we are all here in the presence of God, to listen to whatever the Lord has commanded you to say.”

Peter said, “I see, truly, that God shows no partiality; but in every nation, the man who reveres him, and does what is right, is pleasing to him.”             While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit filled all those who heard the word. And the Jewish disciples who came with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out on those who were not Jews. For the Jews heard them shout and praise God. Then Peter said, “Can any one refuse to baptize those who, as well as we, have received the Holy Spirit?” And he commanded that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they begged him to stay with them several days.

When Peter came up to Jerusalem, the Jewish followers of Jesus found fault with him for preaching to those who were not Jews. But Peter explained the matter to them, saying, “I was in the city of Joppa praying; and while I was praying, three men stood before the house in which we were staying, having been sent to me from Cesarea. And the Spirit told me to go with them, even though they were not Jews. These six brothers here went with me also; and we went into the man’s house. He told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house, and saying, ‘Send to Joppa, and bring Simon, whose other name is Peter, who shall tell you certain things through which you and your whole family shall be saved.’ As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came upon them, even as on us at the beginning. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, ‘John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ If then God gave to them the like gift as he gave also to us, when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I, that I could stand against God?” When they heard these things, they stopped finding fault, and praised God, saying, “Then also to those who are not Jews, God has given, that they may turn from their wicked deeds and live.”

http://kids.ochristian.com/Childrens-Bible/Peter-And-The-Roman-Officer.shtml

 


“Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.” Luke 7:47

I’ll never forget hearing the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir in concert. The sincerity and depth of feeling the singers brought to the music showed that it was more than a mere performance. When they sang “I’m Not Afraid Anymore,” you could tell that many of the singers identified with the experience of living in constant fear before they met Jesus—fear of violence, fear of not having enough money, fear of what might happen to their children, fear of not being able to get the drugs needed to feed their addictions, fear of every tomorrow. As the soloist, Calvin Hunt, sang, the spotlights showed tears flowing down his cheeks. No wonder—Calvin spent years as a crack cocaine addict on the streets of Brooklyn before being transformed by the life-saving power of the gospel. That’s why he could sing with such passion; each word of the song flowed from the heart of one who had been forgiven much.

It reminds me of the woman who poured perfume on Jesus’ feet. The drama unfolds for us in Luke 7:36-50, when she crashed the dinner party at Simon the Pharisee’s home. She knew that Jesus was there. This was her chance to express adoring worship to her Savior. He was worth the risk for her, the town prostitute, to show up uninvited, worth the embarrassment to step from the crowd and approach Him, worth the price of the valuable perfume and the kisses and tears that she poured out at His feet.

But as moving a moment as that was, Simon the Pharisee was not impressed. He was indignant about the “waste” of perfume (Mark 14:4-5) and thought, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner” (Luke 7:39). I suppose we shouldn’t expect the proud Simon, in bondage to his unbending tradition, to understand this kind of extravagant, self-effacing worship. But before we come down too hard on him, let’s consider the fact that there might just be a Pharisee in all of us.

Unfortunately, it seems that over time we grow accustomed to what we have been rescued from and what we really deserve. Without a continuing awareness of why grace is so necessary for us, we are lulled into forming an exaggerated perspective of our own worth before God. It’s no wonder, then, that our worship is often lacking the kind of passion that Calvin Hunt and the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir display in their love for the Savior.

Jesus, knowing what Simon was thinking, rebuked him for his graceless, self-righteous attitude and for the pride that put his interests above the needs of others. In fact, Simon thought so well of himself that he felt it was too risky to honor Jesus as the guest of honor at his dinner. Yet Jesus commended this town prostitute for her extravagant worship. He told Simon, “I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little” (Luke 7:44-47).

Let’s take the lesson personally. True ongoing love for Jesus flows from a heart that is gripped by the awareness of how much we have been forgiven. When we grasp both the depth of our sin and the depth of God’s grace in Jesus Christ, then we’ll be looking for ways to join this woman at his feet to extravagantly express our love and gratitude to Him!

YOUR JOURNEY…

Carefully review the following questions to see if there might be a little bit of Pharisee lurking in your heart. Then begin to celebrate the fact that you have been forgiven much, and look for extravagant ways to show your love for Jesus today!

  • Would the “worst of sinners” feel loved by you, or would they sense that you are more likely to condemn and ostracize them?
  • Has your goodness become a habit, or does it thrive as a response of love and gratitude for all that Jesus has done for you?
  • Do you ever feel a twinge of jealousy when others are more “noticed” than you?
  • Do you feel like you have been forgiven much? Why, or why not?
  • Are you genuinely touched when you sing the words, “He saved a wretch like me,” or does it refer to someone else?
  • When was the last time you worshiped Jesus with a costly expression of love?
  • Have you ever loved Jesus in the face of intimidating circumstances?
  • Are you willing to be vulnerable in your expression of love for Jesus?
  • Think of some specific ways that you can “color outside the lines” of your comfort and convenience when it comes to expressing your love and gratitude to Jesus.

http://getmorestrength.org/daily/the-pharisee-in-all-of-us/


Jesus went up on the hillside near Capernaum and called to him the men whom he wanted, and they came to him. He appointed twelve to be with him and to go out to preach, with power to cast out evil spirits. These were the twelve disciples: Simon to whom he gave also the name Peter, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, whom he called “Sons of Thunder,” Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of AlphÊus, Thaddeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, who at last betrayed him.

Then Jesus went into a house and the crowd gathered again so that it was impossible even to eat a meal. When his relatives heard of this, they set out to get hold of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.” Standing outside, his mother and his brothers sent word to him to come out to them. He was in the midst of a crowd seated about him when some one said to him, “Here are your mother and your brothers and sisters outside hunting for you.” He answered, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” Then looking around at those who sat in a circle about him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

http://kids.ochristian.com/Childrens-Bible/Jesus-Calls-Together-His-Friends-And-Helpers.shtml


Jesus went to Nazareth where he had been brought up. As was his custom, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read the lesson. And he was given the scroll of the prophet Isaiah, and on unrolling it he found the place where it is written:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,

For he has called me to preach good news to the poor,

He has sent me to proclaim release to captives,

And recovery of sight to the blind,

To set free those who have been crushed by cruelty,

To proclaim the year when the Lord will show favor.”

Then, having rolled up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him, and he said to them, “To-day what is here written is fulfilled in your sight.”

As he went on to teach in the synagogue, many who heard him were astonished and said: “Where did he get these teachings? What is this wisdom which has been given him? and what are these wonderful acts of healing that he does? Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? Are not his sisters living here among us?” And they would not believe in him. Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and among his relatives and in his own home.”

In that place he could do no wonderful acts except laying his hands on a few sick people and healing them; and he was astonished at their lack of faith. So he went about the near-by villages teaching

http://kids.ochristian.com/Childrens-Bible/Jesus-Visits-His-Old-Home.shtml


Then Jesus went out again beside the Sea of Galilee; and all the crowd came to him, and he taught them. As he passed along he saw Levi, the son of AlphÊus, sitting at the house where taxes were collected, and he said to him, “Come with me.” So Levi arose and followed him.

Now while Jesus was eating dinner in Levi’s house, many tax-gatherers and sinners sat down with Jesus and his disciples. The scribes and Pharisees, seeing this, said to his disciples, “Does he eat with tax-gatherers and sinners?” On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “Not those who are well, but those who are sick have need of a physician. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

At another time one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to dine with him. So Jesus entered the Pharisee’s house and sat down at the table. In the town was a wicked woman who, when she heard that Jesus was sitting at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster jar of perfume. She stood behind at his feet, weeping; and as her tears began to wet his feet, she wiped them with her hair. And she tenderly kissed his feet and poured the perfume over them.

When the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know about the woman who is touching him, for she is a sinner.”

Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have a word to say to you.” He replied, “Say it, Master.” “There were two men who owed a certain money-lender some silver: one owed him five hundred silver pieces and the other fifty. Neither of them was able to pay anything; so he forgave them both. Now which of them will love him the more?” Simon answered, “I suppose the man who owed the most.” Jesus said to him, “You have decided rightly.”

Turning to the woman, Jesus said to Simon, “You see this woman? When I came into your house, you gave me no water for my feet; but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but she, since I came in, has not ceased tenderly to kiss my feet. You did not pour any oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I say to you, her sins, though they be many, are forgiven, for she has loved much. He to whom little is forgiven, loves little.”

Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” And the other guests began to say to themselves, “Who is this man who even forgives sins?” But he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go and be at peace.”

http://kids.ochristian.com/Childrens-Bible/Jesus-Makes-Even-Wrong-doers-His-Friends.shtml