Monthly Archives: October 2016

Week 3, Day 5: Don’t Count the Cost

Mark 14: 3-9

“Costly genuine spikenard”

“It could have been sold for more than three hundred days wages.”

-The Son of God is deserving of our very best high quality “product”.

-Something cheap and shoddy is not more virtuous.

-When she bought it, she paid good money for it because she valued it and how she would use it. Meanwhile by doing so, she was also supporting the provider and his community.

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Wk 3 Day4: He uses our cooperation, but He does the work

Luke 17:11-19

“Now as they were walking away, they were cleansed.”

-I need to obey even when it doesn’t make sense, even when it initially feels like rejection.

-He provides healing  as I step out in obedience and faith.

-This is how Jesus chooses to work, to use my cooperation.

-The one that came back to thank Him realized this. The others became puffed up at how well they followed orders.

 

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week 3 Day 3: Obedience is the Currency of Love

Mark 12: 28-34

“Love the Lord your God…with all your strength.”

-Put some action into the ‘feeling’.

-Give it all you’ve got.

-Obedience is the currency of love in action.


He’s not asking me to love beyond my strength, or to do more than is humanely possible. He’s asking me to do ALL that I can and then allow Him to take it from there.

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Week 3 Day 2: Don’t be bothered when others don’t treat you right.

Luke 6: 27-31

“To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other one as well, and from the person who takes your cloak, do not withhold even your tunic.”

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-God knows my needs and He’s the One in control of every situation.

-If the person is not in tune with Him to offer me the love and respect that I deserve, I need to trust that He will somehow provide it Himself.

-By allowing them to proceed, I am essentially giving them enough rope for them to hang themselves. They have free will.

-So no need to go into defensive mode and lose peace over it or allow them to drag me down with them.

-He’s not saying for me to make it a habit of associating myself with these folks though. In fact, there’s a good chance that once they’ve taken what they want they will flee from my life anyway. I need to let them go! He goes on to say that I shouldn’t even demand back the stuff they take. In other words, no further communication is needed.

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Week 3, Day 1 (I need to let Jesus love me through others)

Romans 12:9-21

“Let love be sincere”

“anticipate one another in showing love”

“Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.”


-I must not twist the love that is being presented to me into what I would like it to be, or try to clean it up. I need to just accept it at face value and let it be.

-(anticipate= regard as probable, expect or predict). I need to assume that others (love, admire and respect me.) and treat them accordingly. Jesus is within them, and HE does!

-Be proactive in setting up a chain of positive emotions, by being faithful to the little things.


Day’s Message:

I need to approach others as if every person I come in contact with is an encounter with Jesus. Here’s my opportunity to not only love Him greatly, but also to fully be loved by Him through them, beyond apparent limits or my own preconceived expectations. He can out love me at every turn.

This was another big one for me. Again, I was familiar with doing for others as if for Jesus…but the idea that He’d somehow use them to bring love (grace?) back into my life is pretty amazing to me.

 

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Lord, Teach Me to Pray, the beginning…

I’m doing a 12 week prayer journey with a group at my church. We read assigned scripture passages, we let it speak to us, we come together once a week for faith sharing. Simple. As I start on week three, I want to start blogging in order to document where the Lord is taking me. If it blesses anyone else in the process, that is an added bonus…God is good like that. 😀

So each day, He seems to be leading me on a particular path…as I’ve been writing it down, it alls seems to flow together from day today. It’s so beautiful how the flow of our lives proceeds if only we pay attention. I normally am not the greatest at paying attention and why I find this group so instrumental right now. It’s genius in its simplicity and helps me to focus in on what’s important for the moment.

I’m going to summarize here where weeks one and two lead me and then go forward hopefully with a daily post…I say hopefully because that’s another thing that I’m not too good at…I always start with good intentions though.

WK1

-He’s seeking me

-He wants to give me His life

-So I can fulfill the mission that He has for me

-I need to clear the way for pure love to work, through forgiveness

-embracing LIFE and LIBERTY

-which is Jesus Himself!

(I was familiar with the concept of needing to be forgiven to be in a state of grace…of repentance for my own sins. However this week brought me a new insight, of needing to forgive others. We say in the Our Father, ‘forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who have trespassed against us’…in fact I have said it so often, that it has become nearly meaningless. But it was impressed upon me the importance of not holding on to the little bothers and resentments that I tend to rehash in my head and heart way too much. )

 

 

WK2

-I need to focus on the one important thing

-and leave the outcome to Jesus

-I can’t get distracted

-because failure to obey incurs a penalty

-I need to be faithful in the little things.

-I can trust Him implicitly.

(The big message this week was the fact that little acts of disobedience are still disobedience and do have negatives effects in my life as they build up. That He’s the One that knows me and is guiding me, leave the outcome to Him and just give Him my best…regardless of what others may think or say. He will never lead me into sin, but He will for sure lead me in ways that are beyond other people’s understanding. That’s ok.)

 

 

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