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Yesterday during worship I was reading in Matthew 16: 13-16 and I became intrigued with the question Jesus asked Peter, “But who do you say that I am?”

Here’s what caught my attention. Just before this moment  Jesus had asked Peter who the people say He is. Peter say, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but  still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.”

Then Jesus says, “But who do you say that I am?”

These verses show me a vulnerable Jesus who was maybe a bit weary and tired of listening to all the accusations and stuff flying around Him that He just needed a friend who could stand
and say, “I believe You are who You say You are.”

I want to be a friend like that for Jesus. A type of friend that when all the rest of the world is getting who
Jesus is wrong, He can turn to me and say, “But who do  you say that I am?”

I want to be a friend like that to my friends. One that when everyone else is running around and saying, “Well she is like this or that. She is just to intense, loud, manipulative, rebellious, has her theology all messed up, etc.”

She can come to me and say, “But who do you say I am.” And I get to look her in the eye and say,”You are good, loyal, fun, loving, inspiring, kind and my hero.”

What sort of friend are you? If Jesus came to you and said, But who do you say I am.” what would you say?

“Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matt. 6:34)

Do you realize you we are living yesterday’s tomorrow? And this day is now one of two things, either it is better or worse than we imagined yesterday.

We get so consumed with tomorrow and what we need to do the next day we miss today.  It’s almost like…we find no value in today.  it’s as if as soon as our eyes pop open in the morning we have already given up on today.  Our today is so filled of “to dos”, obligations, and the attitude today-will-be-what-it-will-be we give up hope of even accomplishing anything we dreamed about yesterday for today.

So, we end up chasing tomorrow and never make the tomorrow of yesterday work today.

My friends, don’t do that today.  This day is too special to miss the magic because you keep hope’n and dream’n about tomorrow and you miss today.  Tomorrow will come and you can’t stop it. But today, today you can never get back so don’t lose it for tomorrow.

Dream about the unexpected moments today has, and those dreams are not about what else you have to do so just back away from those, and just see what God has in store for you and let the hope of unexpected present touch today and not tomorrow.

You can only hope to change your world today not tomorrow.

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“Jesus withdrew to the sea with His disciples; and a great multitude from Galilee followed; and also from Judea,
and from Jerusalem, and from Idumea, and beyond the Jordan, and the vicinity of Tyre and Sidon, a great number of people heard of all that He was doing and came to Him.” (Mark 3:7,8)

Ok, so from one end of the mentioned regions…from Idumea to Sidon…is roughly 180 miles.  For those coming from Idumea to where Jesus was at, around Galilee, it would have been roughly 120 miles, give or take a few.

why did they travel?  For many reasons but mostly because of what he was doing…healing.

Faith may move mountains.  But hope, hope causes us to walk miles!

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