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Believing Equals Loving

Thank you, Father, for a very productive day yesterday. Pretty much everything is ready for Sunday and You helped me get through a very large chunk of computer file organization.  Getting church files and sermon files, amongst all kinds of other files, straightened out will make things a lot easier. Your companionship is cherished!

1 John 3:11-24 (<<click here)

“And this is his command: We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another.” v.23

Lord, as I pray and read through my study Bible* notes, I understand that first of all we must believe what You have said, that is very important but equally important is embracing who You are – You are the Son of God.

Believing “in the name” means that my goal is to pattern my life after Your life. And if I am doing that then I will abide by Your command and Your lifestyle to “love one another.”

It really is very much like a simple mathematical equation.

Believing Your words + believing You are God = loving one another

Living out my faith in You will always result in love. And that love has no exceptions. We cannot pick and choose – it is all inclusive. In reading Your word, that is how You lived.

Thinking along those lines brings to mind a portion of a recent sermon. In the days before Your crucifixion, You loved Judas. He wasn’t excluded. He wasn’t avoided. You didn’t withhold Yourself from him. In the upper room, You washed his feet just as You washed everyone else’s feet. You loved him. You repeatedly gave him opportunity to turn from the path he was headed down.

Could I have done the same? Could I willingly love someone that I knew was going to betray me? Could I treat with tenderness the individual that I knew was the catalyst for my death?

You are my example, in the flesh. You lived out Your love, withholding absolutely nothing. Lord, make me like You. May my love grown deeper and stronger as I spend time with You. Amen.

May 5th, Fri, 5:11 am

PRAISE!

All praise, glory, and honor to You, Father! The things You have done and are doing and will do are awesome and amazing! On a universal scale they are absolutely astounding and on my personal level, they are utterly inspiring and humbling.

I have posted a portion of this favorite hymn before (Such Love! – 01/25/16) but it comes to mind again. Last time it was the chorus, here’s the first verse.

That God should love a sinner such as I,
Should yearn to change my sorrow into bliss,
Nor rest till he had planned to bring me nigh –
How wonderful is love like this!                         – C. Bishop, 1929

Lord, I cannot believe that I will ever cease to be amazed at Your wonderful love for me. There is a no more perfect example of love in all that exists! It is surely not deserved but it is so freely given. You are scorned, rejected, ignored, and disrespected but the outpouring of Your love upon the good and the bad, upon the righteous and the unrighteous is unending!

  O for a thousand tongues to sing
  My great Redeemers praise…                – Charles Wesley, 1739

Even these lyrics, though generous would be inept at communicating how I feel about all the many ways that Your love has impacted and continues to impact my life. All praise, glory, and honor to You, Lord, my Savior, and Redeemer! Amen and Amen!

Dec 9th, Fri, 5:32 am

No Cakewalk

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Father, as I bowed my head at the beginning of our time together this morning, I have pondered aspects of our relationship. And in doing so You have brought an old hymn to mind. This hymn, as many do, gives much food for thought. Written in 1906 by Howard A. Walter it is entitled, “I Would Be True.”

I would be true,
For there are those who trust me;
I would be pure,
for there are those who care;
I would be strong,
For there is much to suffer;
I would be brave,
For there is much to dare.

I would be friend of all –
The foe, the friendless;
I would be giving,
And forget the gift;
I would be humble,
For I know my weakness;
I would look up,
And laugh, and love, and lift.

I would be faithful
Through each passing moment;
I would be constantly
In touch with God;
I would be strong
To follow where he leads me;
I would have faith
To keep the path Christ trod.

Lord, living out our relationship is not easy. It was never intended to be a cake walk. The life You lead, the example You set while living amongst us shows this all to be true. Following You, being Your disciple, calls for diligent, consistent dedication. By Your Spirit, we are enabled to do so but we cannot take our eyes off of You – as an inspiration to not give up – for our destination, eternity with You, is more than worth it! Amen.

Nov 22nd, Tues, 4:40 am

Super Leaders

There is no better place to begin this week, Father, than here at Your feet. May I find the treasure You have in store for me today and once found may I embrace it and live it out.

Hebrews 13:7 (<<click here)

Lord, this verse admonishes me to “remember the leaders who taught me the word of God.” Wow! That’s a lot to remember! There have been so many in my life. Numerous family members, Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teachers, Caravan leaders, Bible Quiz volunteers, Camp speakers, denominational and revival speakers, college professors, radio preachers and, oh, so many friends and fellow churchmen over the years. Some names and sometimes just faces come to mind but I can’t even remember them all. I may falter but, Lord, You know every single one of them. Bless those who are still walking this old earth today and hug those who are with You in glory!

It is overwhelming to think of all those who have impacted me for Your kingdom, Lord. May I take the very best of all of them as I walk my pilgrim journey. May I live it out in such a way that You are lifted high, that You are shown for the wonderful Savior that You are. May I lift the standard high so that others may see and “follow the example of my faith,” as well.

July 11th, Mon, 6:32 am

Pulse of Humanity

I truly need these times together, Father. I would ask that You would burden my heart with the need for consistently doing so. I know You are with me each day but I also realize that daily setting aside some alone time greatly impacts me for that day, as well as, long term. Our time together is crucial for myself and for Your kingdom.

Titus 1:5-9 (<<click here)

Lord, I like that my study Bible* points out that when it comes to leaders in the church that it is more than just skill and knowledge. Paul stresses that character is of utmost importance. “It is important to have leaders who can effectively preach God’s Word; it is even more important to have those who can live out God’s Word and be examples for others to follow.”

Lord, please help me to live out my faith. Help me to not just preach what You lay upon my heart but to truly live it out. You know that I would love to be a full-time pastor but – wisely so – You also know that living my life in the “real” world helps me to keep it real, too. Many important things can be accomplished in my study but real life application is beneficial as well. As I serve bi-vocationally help me to balance the important things. And, Lord, I would also pray for others who proclaim Your Word across this globe. Help them to keep it real. May they have regular opportunity to keep their fingers on the pulse of humanity.

Jan 16th, Sat, 8:35 am

*New Living Translation  Life Application Study Bible