The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel” (John 1:29-31 NIV).
John prepared the way of the Lord. He knew Jesus when he saw him and declared his identity to everyone there, “Look, the Lamb of God….” John was doing what he knew he was supposed to do. He was baptizing people in water as they came to God, encouraging them to repent and prepare their heart for the Truth that was coming. When Jesus came, He found John faithfully doing what he knew to do.
What are you supposed to be doing as you look forward to Jesus return?
Will he find you faithfully doing what you know to do. Leaders continue to press forward in faith, like John, as they watch and look for his appearing.
My husband’s journey to the Purium lifestyle is answered prayer. Blaine has been on blood pressure meds since he was 36 (except for a year in which he lost weight and went off the meds). A few years after blood pressure meds, it was necessary for him to also start cholesterol meds. At his checkup a year ago, his doctor expressed concern that he was pre-diabetic and could need medication in the future, but weight loss could help. He was confident it was his weight that was causing his medical issues.
Blaine avoided the diagnosis because a job promotion transferred us to Indiana. He went for a checkup in April 2015 and received the same news from a new doctor, your weight is the contributing factor. “If you don’t lose weight, we may have to add blood sugar meds to your list of medications.”
A little history—Blaine was a high school and college athlete. He had a 32” waist until we had our second child. Once he put the weight on, he tried many different crazy diets with short-lived success. (I did them with him). We also worked out at the gym pretty consistently for months at a time with minimal, sustainable results.
1984 – State baseball champs – Blaine has his back to you.
1986 – wedding day
So, just a few weeks before the dreaded doctor appointment, he made the decision to do SOMETHING. Blaine needed something that worked for him when he traveled—his on-call schedule and frequent travel seemed to always derail his plans. A friend of mine had just finished the Purium 10-Day Transformation and suggested he try it. So he did the 10-Day Transformation and then continued to do two shakes a day until his doctor appointment.
He lost 15 pounds during his 10-Day Transformation (cleanse) and then leading up to his doctor appointment. In addition to the weight loss, inches lost, his efforts over the last 15 or so days culminated in the physical evidence in his blood draw. In years past, his blood seemed to seep slowly into the vial. It appeared thick and a dark purplish, red color. He immediately noticed the change in his blood color—he watched as a bright, red-colored blood poured quickly into the tube. He asked the nurse about it and she confirmed his blood was more oxygenated.
That was the evidence Blaine needed to prove Purim had made a drastic, positive change in his health. He knew he felt better and handled stress better. Once the results of his blood work came back all of his numbers were drastically improved. The doctor said, “Keep doing what you’re doing, and you will be off all meds.” He didn’t need blood sugar meds. His sugar levels were normal.
August 2015 – before purium
November 2015 – after purium
He did a second 10-Day Transformation in December, and I joined him that time. I lost nine pounds and feel so good. He is plans to do another cleanse in January. He has lost 25 pounds, four inches off his waist and is halfway to his weight-loss goal of 50 lbs.
The key is finding something that works for you. This works for Blaine because he can take it with him when he travels and stay on course. I’m convinced that Purium resets your system and your body can respond appropriately because it’s continuing to receive 100% nutrition with your pure core nutrition taken each day. Your body is no longer searching to compensate for the nutrition that is often lacking in our average American daily diet.
UPDATE August 6, 2016*********
This past month, Blaine had another excellent report and great blood work panel. His numbers are in the normal rage all the way around. His doctor directed him to stop taking the cholesterol meds, and decreased his blood pressure meds by half, which was a lower dose already. Next month the doctor fully expects him to be free of all meds.
Leadership Lesson #37: Maintain A Devoted Lifestyle
And [the Pharisees] asked him, saying, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” John answered them, saying, “I baptize with water, but there stands One among you whom you do not know. It is He who, coming after me, is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose” (John 1:26 NKJV).
John knew the people needed a Savior and that the promised deliverer of the world was coming. He was the forerunner who came before Jesus declaring the need for repentance and salvation. Evangelist to many, he boldly and unashamedly declared the Good News of Jesus Christ. He lived a life devoted to the message of Christ long before Jesus’s ministry was known to those who lived in John and Jesus’ day.
His message was not popular, especially with the Jewish leaders. But John’s devotion to the message and commitment to prepare the way of the Lord was his strength in the face of hardship. It kept him focused and ready until the day he saw Jesus walking in his ministry and purpose as the promised One who takes away the sins of the world.
John the Baptist was an extremely unique individual—not only in his day, but more than likely he would stand out today as well. Isaiah prophesied his birth and an angel announced him when he was born. His father, Zechariah prayed for a son; God answered, and told him exactly what to name him. His mother, Elizabeth, and Mary, the mother of Jesus, were cousins. When Mary visited Elizabeth while both were pregnant, the baby, John, leaped in His mother’s womb and the Bible says that Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
John knew his purpose—perhaps from birth. He was appointed by God to announce Jesus as the Messiah as he stepped into ministry. He lived to prepare the way of the Lord. Charismatic in his delivery and bold in his belief, people would travel out into the desert to hear him speak. He was a fearless leader, unwilling to compromise and bold in confronting people about sin as He pointed them to Jesus.
Facts about John’s Life:
He was six months older than Jesus (Luke 1:36).
John was sustained with locust and honey camel hair with a leather girdle for clothes (Matthew 3:4).
John’s message attracted many people and they wondered if he might be the Messiah (John 3:28-30).
John was beheaded at the hand of Herod before Jesus died.
Each Christmas my sons’ daycare put on a program for parents. From baby to kindergarten, each child had a part to play and each child was celebrated for his or her part no matter how big or small. It was so fun to watch the children be themselves. Some performed on cue with excellence and others stepped away from the stage and did their own thing. It didn’t really matter if they were exceptional or not. The audience was gracious and encouraging. They clapped and cheered for all of them.
A couple of times two of the littlest ones wandered off stage and into their parents’ arms. The teachers were gracious and helpful, and gave them liberty to be their own performer. If one of them forgot their part, someone helped out. There was so much laughter and cheering. I clapped so hard a couple of times my hands stung just a bit.
One year driving home, I reflected on the attitude of the audience. They were parents, family and friends—people who loved the performers on stage. Perhaps if we, as the body of Christ (myself included), did a better job of choosing love rather than pointing out one another’s faults, could help each other learn, grow and reach our full potential—not just spiritually—but in every area of life. I’ve been guilty of majoring on the minors. I have focused more on the delivery than the one delivering the message.
It’s time to grow up in God, and help others do the same. Maybe if we do a better job of cheering for our family in Christ, especially those who are new in the faith instead of criticizing and pointing to the rules of right and wrong, we can make a difference like no generation before us.
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“It is the consciousness of the threefold joy of the Lord, His joy in ransoming us, His joy in dwelling within us as our Savior and Power for fruit bearing and His joy in possessing us, as His Bride and His delight; it is the consciousness of this joy which is our real strength. Our joy in Him may be a fluctuating thing: His joy in us knows no change.” ~Hudson Taylor
I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live (Psalm 116:1-2 ESV).
Elaina stood outside her daughter, Tabitha’s open bedroom door watching set out her things in preparation for the next school day. She could hardly believe she was already a teenager—growing up so fast.
Elaina turned to go to back to the kitchen and suddenly stopped when she heard Tabitha begin to pray. The words were so conversational. She had learned to talk to God anytime or anywhere, like she would her very best friend. She listened to her daughter’s honest and open heart—words of adoration and praise poured from her lips.
Just a few moments longer, she listened and then returned to the kitchen. I love hearing her pray, she thought. She thought of her own prayer time with the Lord, and how many times over the years her children heard her pray.
Then, deep within her heart she heard the Lord say, I love to hear you pray even more than you enjoy hearing your child pray. She suddenly felt like a little girl again, talking to her Father, God!
Lord, let my time with you bring me closer to You. Remind me how much you love to hear from me and never let me forget how important our relationship is. Amen.
“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me’” (Matthew 25:40 ESV).
The choice to serve others can leave an impression in the hearts of that person and sometimes their families for generations to come. One man’s decision to serve others is eloquently captured in a movie, Schindler’s List. The final scene takes place at Oskar Schindler’s grave as those he served placed stones on his grave. Even today there are small stones of all shapes and sizes placed respectfully one on top of the other on his grave site.
Perhaps each stone placed is a promise made by the one who left it to remember something significant. Perhaps they are thanking God for one man’s courage to stand up when it seemed no one else could. Maybe they owe their very lives to him because without him they would never have been born. Others may hope that they have enough boldness for what they believe in when their time comes to stand.
Schindler chose to serve others and make a life-saving difference in their lives by doing what He could do. No matter how small your service to others may seem, God will use it to bring blessing to your life and to the lives of those you serve!
Thank you for the opportunity to serve others. May I recognize the opportunities as they come and take action, bringing blessing to their life and pleasure to You, God. Amen.