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Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures

Divine Note #15 – April 13, 2009

Luke 24:45-47
Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and He said to them, Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem."


After the resurrection of our Servant King, the Gospel of Luke notes that He appeared to His disciples and they were scared. Jesus had to ask those closest to Him to not doubt and to touch Him if they needed proof! 

In doing this, Jesus opened a powerful door for you and me to have a personal relationship with Him. If we doubt or if we are scared, we can tell Him! 

I had trust issues for many years until the Overseer of my soul showed me His hand three times on May 2, 2006. Since that time, He has had to remind me that He allowed me see His hand three times, so that I can be assured that He is always there for me! We have a very close and personal relationship because I finally gave up control and asked Him to forgive me and take over my life.

Life as I knew it changed on that day in May when I asked Him to take control. You see, it was very hard when I tried to do life on my own. It’s especially hard because I considered myself a “good person” since it has always been in my nature to doing good things for others. I felt self-righteous and I certainly thought that my good deeds would be sufficient to get me a ticket to heaven when I died. But I was secretly terrified of death!

My journey has been nothing short of miraculous. The Savior of my soul opened my eyes to Scripture like I never imagined because I could not read and or understand the Bible! He has taken me through intense and very serious Bible study and has asked me to pray for others. But it goes further; He has also asked me to use my ministry gifts of encouragement and teaching to bring others to Him. I am being obedient for the first time in my life. It’s a whole new way of doing life for me and I love it! I cannot go back to the way I was!

In opening my eyes to Scripture, He has shown me how important it is to say that I am sorry and then to accept His forgiveness and to allow His Holy Spirit to use my history to shape my future! He has challenged me to use my gift of communicating to explain how He can change entire lives just as He changed mine. I am so excited about using the gifts He has given me to do His work! I hope you will join me in a journey of a lifetime as we become the people God created us to be. Fulfill your purpose for living, He needs strong disciples!

Prayer to my Servant King:
Holy and beloved Father,
Thank you for the amazing way you became human so that the humans you created could get to know you. Thank you for humbling yourself by tenderly washing the feet of your disciples. You care so much about us and you are relentless in pursuit of us. I love you Father: thank you for taking great care of my life and for the encouragement you give me each day. I will never be the same and I am forever grateful.

All I do, I do in the mighty name of Jesus Christ the Savior of my life.
Love,
Blanca

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