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My Ball, My Rules

Yesterday was full from beginning to end and Father, I was grateful for Your presence. On top of all we planned, we were blessed to spend some time with my dear Aunt Ruby and got to see my cousin, Chase, as well! Thank You, Father, for the extra blessings!

3 John 9-15 (<<click green)

There are many aspects of childlike behavior that are honorable, Lord, when You were asked, “Who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven? You called a child to stand among You and said,

“I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.” Matthew 18:1-4

Children are wonderful examples of innocence and faith but a keyword of how we are to become like a child is the word humble.

In today’s passage from 3rd John, Diotrephes sure missed that memo. Instead, pride is the name of the game for him. Instead of innocence and faith – other less desirable childlike behaviors are prominent in his life. And unfortunately, childishness is rampant in our society, as well. Many have the “my ball, my rules” mentality. In actuality, it is neither our ball nor our rules. It is supposed to be all about You, Lord, not about us.

Much to our detriment, the enemy of our soul likes to plant thoughts of entitlement and control in our hearts. Even people we admire and love can be overtaken by pride. “I am in charge. Don’t play with them – I don’t like them. If you play with them, I don’t like You anymore, so get out of here!” No humility, no love – just pride and a “me, me, me” mentality.

Lord, may we all look into Your eyes. May we see You for who You truly are – in all Your glory. And may that vision help put us in our place as well – loved immensely by You but Your humble faithful children as well. Amen.

May 29th, Mon, 6:35 am

No “Give Me”

As I sat down with you this morning, Father, my first thought was a “give me” thought. Granted I was asking for Your direction and guidance in our time together but the “give me” was the very first thought that formed in my mind. You deserve my love and respect. You are to be revered – not just flippantly demanded of. You are holy and pure, Father. I honor You for all you have done for me and the list of Your generous acts is incalculable. I lift Your name in praise for all of Your mighty acts in my life and in all of the world…every day, every moment.

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness. Psalm 29:2

Lord, I saw the above verse when a song came to mind – a song that brings praise to You. The song was “Glory to His Name.”

Down at the cross where my Savior died,
Down where for cleansing from sin I cried,
There to my heart was the blood applied;
Glory to His name!

Glory to His name, glory to His name:
There to my heart was the blood applied;
Glory to His name!

I am so wondrously saved from sin,
Jesus so sweetly abides within;
There at the cross where He took me in;
Glory to His name!

Oh, precious fountain that saves from sin,
I am so glad I have entered in;
There Jesus saves me and keeps me clean;
Glory to His name!

Come to this fountain so rich and sweet,
Cast thy poor soul at the Savior’s feet;
Plunge in today, and be made complete;
Glory to His name!

Words: Elisha A. Hoffman, 1878
Music: John H. Stockton, 1878

I cannot even begin to recall the number of times these lyrics have been upon my lips! The only time the word “I” is used is in praise of the wonderful gift of salvation that came by Your sacrifice for me – for all of us! The author of Hebrews, in speaking of the Law of God, states in verse 22 of chapter 9, “…without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.” NLT

The Amplified Bible paints the whole picture, saying plainly what is implied.

“…without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness [neither release from sin and its guilt, nor cancellation of the merited punishment].”

Lord, without your sacrifice, where would I be? Who would I be? Thank You, Thank You, Thank You for Your wonderful gift of salvation! Sin no longer has control over my life! I battle it. It continues to call my name. But You, Lord, You give me power over it in my life! I am no longer a slave to sin but a servant to my Savior! Glory to Your name for releasing me from sin and its guilt – for taking upon Yourself the punishment I deserved so that I could be set free! All praise and glory truly belong to You! No “give me” is rightfully there just humble acceptance.

Mar 7th, Tues, 5:14 am

Drive the Formula

Thank You, Father, for a good day yesterday both in worship and with family. As this day gets underway several needs come to mind. Several family members are struggling with physical issues today and I would ask that Your hand be upon each person. May Your presence be known. May they have a portion of Your strength. May they be encouraged, knowing that Your children are lifting them up in prayer today. And if it is Your will, please place Your healing touch upon them all. Amen

1 Peter 3:8 (<<click here)

Lord, one of the greatest benefits of being a part of your family is that You set us up to succeed. We are often not successful when we allow “fleshly” – sinful – elements to filter into the mix. But if we keep our eyes on You and off the world we can accomplish great things.

Peter gives us an excellent formula. We are all to be of “one mind” – unified, pursuing the same goals. So many endeavors fall apart because we all have different agendas and quite often we push for things that benefit ourselves. Working together provides a bond and helps us to filter out fleshly elements.

We are called to “sympathize with each other.” Working together in a dedicated fashion we can’t help but see each other – we are drawn together. As we interact, our needs and struggles begin to surface and instead of driving us apart or allowing it to ostracize certain members of the whole; our interactions should enable us to respond with helping hands and receptive hearts to the needs of others.

This unity and sympathy is a natural outpouring of our “love” for “each other.” Love is our motivator and “covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8) It’s the glue that holds us together. After all, Lord, Your “are love.” (1 John 4:8)

Another portion of the formula is to “be tenderhearted.” As we love each other, and as we become more and more like You, we become more sensitive to the thoughts and needs of others. And because of that love, our heart’s desire is to meet those needs – to love others not just with words but by what we do, as well.

And lastly, we are to keep “a humble attitude.” Others first, self last. Our desire becomes for others to succeed and to rejoice with them when they do. As John the Baptist states in John the Apostle’s Gospel, You, Lord, “must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.” (John 3:30) You are to be first and foremost in our lives and as we live out that truth, our goal becomes the same in our relationship with others.

Lord, may this formula drive my actions each and every day with those whom I would interact. May who I am reflect Your presence in my life. Amen.

Jan. 2nd, Mon., 6:27 am

Prayer and a Good Grilled Cheese

Father, thank You for a good night’s sleep and for gently waking me this morning. Your love is such a constant in my life. It is a river of peace and encouragement which never runs dry. What an awesome source of refreshment and sustenance! Help me to drink from it throughout this day. Remind to “jump in” when I need revived. Enable me to be a beacon shining bright, so others may share in this great Resource, too!

Colossians 4:2 (<<click here)

“Devoted to prayer”  “alert mind”  “thankful heart”

Some of the best things in life are not complicated. We can make them complicated but at their core they are quite simple, sort of like a grilled cheese sandwich. Even I can make a good grilled cheese. All it takes is bread, cheese and butter. It’s not that difficult.

Prayer – it’s not that difficult. Paul’s recipe is quite simple – devotion, an alert mind and a thankful heart.

Lord, help me to pray. Sometimes we feel like it has to be this huge list of requests that is tough to get through and we just can’t take the time to go through it in one sitting. Paul elsewhere directs us to “never stop praying” I Thessalonians 5:17 and our initial response is usually “I can’t pray all the time – I have way too much to get done!” When Paul says to “devote ourselves to prayer” it’s more of a mindset. “Lord guide and direct me throughout this day.”

Prayer is not just about talking – it’s also about listening. Getting in the habit, devoting ourselves to prayer helps us to be more attuned to hearing God’s voice of guidance. And that’s where an “alert mind” comes in. Lord, we have to pay attention! So many things distract us! And we have to be alert because as Peter says in 1 Peter 5:8 our “enemy the devil prowls around like a raging lion looking for someone to devour” Prayer helps us to pay attention to do good and to avoid and/or stand up to evil.

The last ingredient then, is a “thankful heart.” There is nothing better to keep us focused in life. Humble gratitude enables us to realize that we didn’t get where we are through sheer talent and hard work. Those are surely elements but they are also gifts our Creator has given us. Understanding that keeps as focused on Him – we need His support and guidance to get us through this life. Being thankful also goes a long way to keep our own pride in check. Acknowledging God’s generosity in our lives keeps us humble. This makes us better servants, too. We all are part of God’s loving creation and we are called to love each other.

Lord, this day and in all the days ahead, may I be devoted to prayer, help my mind to be alert to You and what’s around me and help me to give thanks when it is due and to humbly serve You in my interactions with others. Amen!

July 2nd, Thurs, 6:59 am

Definitely check out the movie, War Room, it’s a great motivator for prayer!