The Best Way to Deal with It —  August 14, 2012

Devotional for today- The Best Way to Deal with It

Mark 16

The last days of Jesus on earth bring us some very practical lessons on how to deal with disappointment, sin and doubt.

1. How to deal with sin. 15:9 “After Jesus rose from the dead early on Sunday morning, the first person who saw him was Mary Magdalene, the woman from whom he had cast out seven demons.” Mary had trouble with sin. With men. With falling and getting up. She was not the most stable Christian. Interesting that Jesus appears to her first. He could have chosen to appear to Peter, or John the beloved, but he didn’t. The weakest amongst us deserve care, not criticism. You deal with sin, by seeing Jesus.

2. How to deal with disappointment. 15:12 “Afterward he appeared in a different form to two of his followers who were walking from Jerusalem into the country.” Most know this story. They were coming back with their heads down, and their spirits flat. When Jesus shows up, encouragement follows. Perspective changes, with you know it’s not all up to you, when a greater power, a stronger force, a deliberate deliverer, is behind you. You deal with disappointment by walking with Jesus.

3. How to deal with doubt. 15:14 “Still later he appeared to the eleven disciples as they were eating together. He rebuked them for their stubborn unbelief because they refused to believe those who had seen him after he had been raised from the dead. 15 And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” Out of the three apparitions of Jesus, he reserved the strongest words for the most experienced. It’s true, the more you know, the more your responsibility increases. “Doubt, is the ants in the pants of faith” said one author. Jesus sent them to work. You deal with doubt, by doing.

Conclusion- See him. Walk with him. Share him.

Prayer- A new day is here. How can I pray for you today?

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