24/7

There are 168 hours in a week.

If I spend an hour or two a week devoted to God, 99% of my time is away from God.

Considering the math, do I really believe spending 100% of eternity with God is a good idea?

Does how I spend my time reveal that an eternity without God would be a better fit?

My Prayer: Lord, thank you for inviting me into your presence. Please teach me to delight in You and give me the desire and will to spend more and more time with You. 1 Thank you for making a way when there was no way. 2 Thank you for the grace to respond to your call. Thank you that, unlike me, You are open to relationship 24/7; please make me more like You. 3 I humble myself before you; with thanksgiving I praise your Holy name!

Count it all Joy

“Fits of anger generate an illusion that we are strong, simply because it feels like strength; it’s not, it’s actually a terrible weakness.” – David Kupelian, How Evil Works (Paraphrased)

Anytime we ally with the enemy we’re partnering with weakness; how different life would be if we could recognize such a truth.

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be complete, lacking in nothing. 4

 

Points to ponder:

  • Is temptation not a trial?
  • Not succumbing to temptation, is that not a test of our faith?
  • If we do fail, does repentance not also test our faith?
  • At the moment of conviction, are we not positioned to be set free from the bondage of the enemy through confession and agreement with God?2
  • Is not faith required for us to come boldly into the presence of God?3
  • Is it possible that no matter the outcome, if we remain in relationship with God, we are on the road to steadfastness?4
  • Can we have a greater hope; is this not the hope of the gospel?5

My Prayer:  Thank you God for loving us unconditionally.  Thank you for providing us the way back to unbroken relationship with you.  Thank you for the grace to respond to your calling.  We are so richly blessed by you!  Amen.

 

Fields of Suffering

Rice Fields by Scott Gable (Click image to see more amazing photographs by Scott)

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.  For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.6

 

Consider: Isn’t it my responsibility is to share what I’ve received?  Doesn’t freedom come with responsibility?  If I don’t go through trouble and receive the comfort of God how will I comfort others?

Further Consideration: In Christ, suffering and consolation abound.2  Everyone suffers, even non-believers; if in the midst of suffering I don’t turn to God, haven’t I removed myself from the blessing of suffering leaving only emptiness?

How silly it is to labor in the fields of suffering and refuse to eat of the fruit.

Reflection:  If I am unable to comfort others, have I shunned suffering, the very instrument that God is using to train and equip me for ministry?3

My Prayer:  Lord, give me the grace to embrace suffering as a surgical instrument of change, trusting that you are molding me into the man you created me to be and, like Christ Jesus, teach me obedience along the way.  Amen