Intentionality Part One

Jesus walked toward Jerusalem to die on the cross for you and me. It was the time for Isaiah 50:7 to be fulfilled. It says, “…I have set My face like a flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed.”

Watch what happened in Luke  9:53. The Samaritans didn’t receive Him because, “…His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem.” A fruit bearing life that glorifies the Lord, walks intentionally in a way that exemplifies Him.

I was asking the Holy Spirit for wisdom for a mentee that I was working with. She is imprisoned in a serious eating disorder. He gave me two words for her to incorporate before she eats. “I will” indicates intention. 

Think of Habakkuk. Life around him was a mess. Habakkuk 3:16 says, “When I heard, my body trembled; my lips quivered…rottenness entered my bones, and I trembled in myself…” Habakkuk’s body was reacting to the stressful situation.

In spite of that, in verse 15 he said, “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.” Psalm 146:2 says, “While I live I will praise the Lord; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.”

Asaph was emotionally struggling. In his anguish he voiced questions about the Lord. Psalm 77:7-9 were his questions that you can read for yourself. In verse 10 he realized what he was doing. Verses 11-12 say, “…I will remember the works of the Lord; surely I will remember Your wonders of old. I will also meditate on all Your work, and talk of Your deeds.”

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