Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sacred Work

"This sacred work demands, not lukewarm, selfish, slack souls, but hearts more finely tempered than steel, wills purer and harder than the diamond."
- Pere Henri Louis Didon

Monday, June 27, 2011

Luther on Prayer

“No one can believe how powerful prayer is, and what it is able to effect, but those who have learned it by experience. It is a great matter when in extreme need to take hold on prayer. I know, whenever I have prayed earnestly, that I have been amply heard, and have obtained more than I prayed for. God indeed sometimes delayed, but at last He came.”  — Martin Luther

Undivided

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.  -Philippians 4:8 (ESV)


True- consistent with fact or reality; reliable
Honorable- deserving or winning honor and respect
Just- consistent with what is morally right; righteous
Pure- having no faults; sinless
Lovely- inspiring love or affection
Commendable- worthy of high praise
Excellence- superiority


This is the test.  Forgetting your selfish desires and need for self-indulgence, filter your habits, entertainment, relationships, etc through this list.  God commands that we think on things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable and excellent.  Often Satan tries to deceive us into thinking, "I can watch/do/love this thing because it doesn't really affect me.  I don't agree with it and I won't go out and do it."  But look at this verse.  It isn't talking about action; it's talking about thoughts!  God knows that our thoughts lead to actions, and even when something seems harmless, it isn't.  Will it be easy to let go of the things we've allowed ourselves to fall in love with?  No.  But will it be worth it?  Completely.  Our God, the lover of our souls, has so much more for us!  But we must come to Him with an undivided heart.  


Teach me your way, Lordthat I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heartthat I may fear your name.  -Psalm 86:11 (NIV)

Sunday, June 26, 2011

He will...

He will supernaturally protect us from harm.  -Psalm 91:5-12
He will save, heal, and rescue us from destruction and fill us with good things.  -Psalm 103:1-4
He will not withhold any good thing from us.  -Psalm 84:11-12
He will give us supernatural strength and power.  -Isaiah 40:29-31
He will keep us in perfect peace as we look to Him.  -Isaiah 26:3
He will do even beyond what we ask or think.  -Ephesians 3:20-21
He will give us victory over sin.  -Romans 8:2-6
He will give us power over the enemy.  -James 4:7
He will stand against all who stand against us.  -Isaiah 54:17

Saturday, June 25, 2011

H. Taylor

The sweetest part…is the rest which full identification with Christ brings.  I am no longer anxious about anything…for He, I know, is able to carry out His will, and His will is mine.  His resources are mine, for He is mine, and is with me and dwells in me.  I am no better than before; but I am dead and buried with Christ – aye, and risen too and ascended; and now Christ lives in me.
- Hudson Taylor, Pioneer Missionary to China

Run

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith- Hebrews 12:1-2
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This verse keeps coming back to me.  We're given this list of amazing people of faith in chapter 11, and now the author says to us... Look!  Look at all of these people who have gone before you.  See what they've endured and how they've kept the faith.  And since we are surrounded by these great followers of God Almighty,we must GET RID of EVERYTHING that hinders our faith.  Throw it off!  Every thing the world dangles in our faces... every pretend happiness and false love... every person, habit, desire, activity, song, show, movie, book, website that doesn't bring us closer to God- throw it off!  With passion, throw it off!  These things weigh us down and we are unable to run.  And the only way we can endure and make it to the end is to run with Christ.  He's created the race and our path.  And then notice what he says here.  Look to Jesus.  Not to any person and not to ourselves.  Not to our spouses, our boyfriends or girlfriends, not to our friends, not even to our parents.  To Jesus Christ... Why?  Because he created our faith and he will perfect it.  

Run in the path of His commands, because he HAS set your heart free! [ps119.32]

Friday, June 24, 2011

Ravished

“We must look upon the world, with all its delights and all its attractions, with suspicion and reserve.  We who love our Lord and whose affections are set on Heavenly things voluntarily and gladly lay aside the things that charm and ravish the world, that our hearts may be ravished with the things of Heaven; that our whole being may be poured forth in constant and unreserved devotion in the service of the Lord who died to save us.”

- Amy Carmichael

Idols

Read this.  If you truly allow it to, it will change your life.

Laying Down Idols

           

You

"The Christian life can be explained only in terms of Jesus Christ, and if your life as a Christian can still be explained in terms of you- your personality, your willpower, your gift, your talent, your money, your courage, your scholarship, your dedication, your sacrifice, or your anything- then although you may have the Christian life, you are not yet living it."

-Ian Thomas, The Mystery of Godliness

Thursday, June 23, 2011


"Jesus is not meant to be slipped into our lives whenever it's convenient.  He is not meant to be treated as a casual buddy we hang out with every once in awhile.  Jesus wants to BE our life.  He wants to occupy every waking thought, action, attitude, word, and decision."

-Leslie Ludy, Set-Apart Femininity

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

More

Do we realize how near the end is?
If we did, wouldn't we live very differently?
So earthly-minded!
It's all we choose to see.
Yet Christ desperately calls for more.
He demands more!
From each of his followers.
And from me.
How am I being different?
How does my life please him?
Does it at all?

Monday, June 20, 2011

Burden?

1 John 5:3 ESV-
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.
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As many times as I have read this passage, I don't think my mind has ever really settled on this particular part.  "His commandments are not burdensome."

There have been so many times that I've felt burdened by choosing to do what I knew God wanted me to, and that was because MY way always seemed better.  I've thought, " Oh, it will be so hard to do this and I will be unhappy." 

But take another look at the first part of the verse.  The love of God.  If I truly love God, keeping his commandments will be a joy!  Even if I don't get what I think I need, I happily submit because I know his way is perfect and it's the only way i CAN have joy.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Holy

What Do I Know of Holy- Addison Road

I made You promises a thousand times
I tried to hear from Heaven
But I talked the whole time
I think I made You too small
I never feared You at all No
If You touched my face would I know You?
Looked into my eyes could I behold You?

(CHORUS)
What do I know of You
Who spoke me into motion?
Where have I even stood
But the shore along Your ocean?
Are You fire? Are You fury?
Are You sacred? Are You beautiful?
What do I know? What do I know of Holy?

I guess I thought that I had figured You out
I knew all the stories and I learned to talk about
How You were mighty to save
Those were only empty words on a page
Then I caught a glimpse of who You might be
The slightest hint of You brought me down to my knees

(CHORUS)
What do I know of You
Who spoke me into motion?
Where have I even stood
But the shore along Your ocean?
Are You fire? Are You fury?
Are You sacred? Are You beautiful?
What do I know? What do I know of Holy?

(CHORUS 2)
What do I know of Holy?
What do I know of wounds that will heal my shame?
And a God who gave life "its" name?
What do I know of Holy?
Of the One who the angels praise?
All creation knows Your name
On earth and heaven above
What do I know of this love?

(CHORUS)
What do I know of You
Who spoke me into motion?
Where have I even stood
But the shore along Your ocean?
Are You fire? Are You fury?
Are You sacred? Are You beautiful?
What do I know? What do I know of Holy?

What do I know of Holy?
What do I know of Holy?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Life Interrupted

Most Biblical people who made a lasting mark in Christianity had a point in their lives where they stood at a crossroad. They had to decide to yield to divine intervention at the cost of their own plans or continue on their own path instead.  As they yielded to God's purposes, they unknowingly wrote life stories that made a mark on humanity.

God graciously gives divine interruptions to His children. He presents them an opportunity to partner with Him in purposes they could never conceive.  God doesn't need us to complete His purposes, yet He still chooses to ask us to partner with Him. It's unfathonable. His calling you means that He has chosen you above anyone else to do what He is asking. You are the one He singled out and pinpointed as His partner for a particular project.



-Pricilla Shirer [Jonah: Navigating a Life Interrupted]

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