I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted. Luke 18:14

Wigs Word of God Today 3-9-2013 

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God did not create us to be critical of others but to lift each up in prayer.

Let us know, let us strive to know the LORD; as certain as the dawn is his coming. He will come to us like the rain, like spring rain that waters the earth. Hosea 6:3

I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted. Luke 18:14

Hosea 6:1-6, Psalm 51 & Luke 18:9-14

Without water we find no life to know while in water we find pulsating a victory we pursue that is already won. Paul as many of us was/are amazed to know God truly accepted him from the depths of sin recognizing not the disgust selfishness rings in the heart of humanity. I think each and every one of us wants to live in harmony void of danger, destitute and deceits wanting God’s love just as the flowers silently crave needing His “spring rain that waters the earth.”  The “know” comes in practice to turn the pages of Truth quietly and exuberantly celebrating the triumph already accomplished in the Stained Grounds of Calvary’s Hill.

Our lives accept this fact in the complexity of pain as well as exaltation. Here we find the joy of praising God in worship by prayer alone in a quiet place and together in community forgoing self-living evolving Christ’s Charity. We remain alive in Christ in havoc reaped by accident or involvement humbling ourselves before God every moment of every day. Awake with Him in prayer on your lips and pray to Him with eyes closed holding your spouse’s hand as you go to sleep.

Jesus reminds us today in this Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector that God wants us to feel justified in our proclamation of repentance from sin forgoing display of prideful judgment of others like the Pharisee a supposed man of dignity distinguished by strict observance of the traditional and written law of the Old Testament. Jesus observed hypocrites not relishing God’s love of all mankind humbly serving as a Child of God playing in the PE Fields of Life.

The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, ‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity—greedy, dishonest, adulterous—or even like this tax collector I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income. But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, ‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.” God did not create us to be critical of others but to lift each up in prayer of respect seeking not selfish motives of dishonesty, flesh or envy rather faith, hope and love of charity. Amen.

We ask in prayer: Dear LORD, we pray today to honor You humbly praying for those around us as Children of God. Carolina Emmaus #2. Praying for Kairos. Prayers for Dr. Cruz-Peluca. Greg Bishop has constant prayers. LORD, grant us Your strength and wisdom that we may seek to follow Your Will in all things. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.

Yours in Christ,

Thomas Cruz†Wiggins

†Spirit led God inspired Christ fed

Romans 8:28

 

Sinner I am O’God certainly not proud– Luke 18:9-14

 

The Parable of judgment

The sinner and saint

Judged by character waiting

Pharisee blurted in disdain

 

Convinced of righteousness won

Despising obvious Truth he undone

IN prayer he selfishly sung

His own merits in his life of fun

 

Humanity is not like me

Greedy and adulterous their glee

Fasting and tithing I be

Not like this tax collector breed

 

Off in a distance the tax collector bowed

Looking not to heaven in shame he growled

Breast a-beaten and praying aloud

Sinner I am O’God certainly not proud

 

Christ ended His story with a quote

Something humanity surely must note

The latter was justified by humility He wrote

Exalted not the proud who will dote

 

Humble yourself to know not how to gloat

Proclaim eternal love you bellow from your throat

 

© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins March 9, 2013 @ 5:53 AM EST

About Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins

My name is Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins. I first recognize Christ as my Savior in all things. I am married to my best friend and Soul-Mate in Christ, Antonia Cruz-Wiggins. I am a University of Florida graduate of Public Relations, a US Navy Veteran and a Montessori Elementary School Teacher. I love life and God's help of living it! I follow the Light of Christ in everything I do! I love writing poetry about the Lord and I create a new poem from each Scripture I discern in my daily mediations. You can almost follow the poem by looking at the readings for each day. I started sharing this small yet personal scripture study four years ago when one day I was reading the bible and the Holy Spirit moved me to share the verse with a group of about 40 Christian Men in my Emmaus Ministry who get together weekly to celebrate the Lord and talk about His Truth. Since then the number of people I share my study with has grown to over 650. I enjoy an open loving dialog about anything I write and I have strived to write what I know the Lord wants me to share steering clear of offending anyone’s spiritual beliefs because I share my work with people I meet in public when I strike up a conversation about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It took almost 2 years to begin writing what the Holy Spirit leads me to say. I believe that all Christians must unite as One Body of Christ’s Love to accomplish the joy of living with love, honor and respect. I reach out to Humanity to share His Salvation be it Baptist, Catholic, Protestant, Episcopal or any other religion or belief. I seek to mirror His Compassion, His Simpleness, His Charity and His Love. While I am Catholic, I believe we must all unite in the Lord to become One Body in Christ to bring our children back to The Church. I am humbled to share my study with you. Please feel free to comment any time. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is my Joy because I am a Disciple of His Truth. I am honored to share my Bible study with anyone you may recommend. As always, I remain, Yours in Christ, Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins
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