Amazing how a 30 second glimpse of sunrise over the city skyline can inspire such WORSHIP of God, in a way that 23:59:30 hours a day immersed in man’s ingenuity never could….
Thought for the day: Expedience is not always Excellence. And Excellence is always worth waiting for!
Perhaps the finest thing about a cool October evening? Sitting quietly with a warm mug of mulled wine, listening to the sound of the rain. ♥
“Go back to the letter that the Lord wrote to the church of the Laodiceans. Before he says, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock,” he tells them exactly what they must give up and what they must take on (Revelation 3: 14-20). There are certain rooms into which he will not come; there are certain things that must be put out before he will enter. He will point this out to us, and he will chide us and rebuke us. He speaks within us in the Spirit, and this often happens when we are not even thinking about these things. Something will be put before us, and we will try to explain it away. But if we go on trying to explain it away, we need not expect to have any knowledge of these spiritual manifestations of the Son of God. He will rebuke, he will chastise, and he will make it quite clear to us that they must be got rid of, and then – and only then – will he manifest himself to us. So we must be entirely obedient to him. I add to that, we must resign ourselves to him completely and entirely. The lesson here is just this – he is not at our command; we are to be entirely at his command.”
~D. M. Lloyd-Jones
The grace of Christ doesn’t just cover all our sin, his grace covers all our shame.
Fret, worry, anxiety, fear – often manifest as anger, sometimes manifest as indignant self-righteousness ~ all evidences of a lack of FAITH. how to get more faith? hear more Word from God. (“faith comes by hearing and hearing by the WORD of God….” Rom. 10:17)
“Why is legalism dangerous? It makes you think you’re more righteous than you are and that you don’t need grace as much as you do.”
~Paul D. Tripp
“Let peace be your umpire today. Know that your decision is “in” when you have peace and “out” when you don’t.”
“There’s more: God’s Word warns us of danger
and directs us to hidden treasure.
Otherwise how will we find our way?
Or know when we play the fool?
Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh!
Keep me from stupid sins,
from thinking I can take over your work;
Then I can start this day sun-washed,
scrubbed clean of the grime of sin.
These are the words in my mouth;
these are what I chew on and pray.
Accept them when I place them
on the morning altar, O God, my Altar-Rock,
~Psalm 19:11-14 (The Message)
Sat watch this weekend w/a dear friend who got a severe concussion after a head-first 15 foot free fall into a cement basement floor via an unmarked trap door. Thankful he is recovering so quickly! Had to wake him up every couple hours to ck in, make sure not more severe. So glad a hospital visit hasn’t been necessary yet as no insurance! Please pray slurred speech & confusion & dizziness continue to subside. Pain is more manageable but a return or worsening of the other symptoms could indicate bleeding on the brain. Praying for full & swift recovery!!
Christian traditions are one thing, and often valuable/meaningful in their own ways, mainly such as being helpful for connecting with past generations of brothers and sister of the Faith. But when those traditions become legalisms – and that is, when they take on the tone of being more spiritual (!) solely by virture of their past-ness – they ensnare, and in fact separate us from our brothers and sisters of the Faith. The challenge? To recognize our traditions and forms and methods AS merely traditions and forms and methods, rather than practices yielding to the instruction/example of the Word of God.
read today: “The primary way the Lord speaks to us is through His Word. He will never tell us anything contrary to His already written Word. He’s not confused—so you can have confidence that He will never tell you to do something that His Word clearly forbids and He will never forbid you to do something His Word clearly favors. That’s why it’s so important that we dig into the Bible as a workman who studies and rightly divides His written Word. …Listen. God will often speak a theme to your heart. ‘My heart is overflowing with a good theme….’ (Psalm 45:1, NKJV) …All the issues of life flow from our hearts and I have found the Lord helps us to hear and follow His will in a given season, by speaking a theme to our hearts. In other words, when we are seeking the Lord and asking Him to speak to us, He often does so in ‘themes.’…We may find ourselves consistently thinking along a certain line—a specific theme or flavor. Perhaps the word ‘faithfulness’ or ‘rest’ or ‘joy’ or ‘forgive’ or another word will seem to fill your heart. Maybe, it’s a phrase—’be filled with the Spirit’ or ‘follow your heart’ or ‘trust in the Lord’ or ‘new things’ or any combination of words will begin to fill your heart. If you will learn to recognize the theme the Lord has overflowing in your heart—you will hear His voice and discover He wants to speak a timely, customized Word to you. …So, what is He saying to you? You are His sheep—you do hear His voice. His word to you will always agree with His written Word. What theme is filling your heart these days? Identify it. Study the Word on this theme and listen—the Lord is speaking a timely, customized word to you!”
thinking about the phrase “beyond a reasonable doubt.” hm.
…gotta get back in the posting groove. 😉 More to come!