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Same Old, Same Old

I’ve been up for a bit but finally settled down for some time together, Father. I pray that I will hear what You would have to share with me this day. May I give You my undivided attention. Amen.

Revelation 3:12-13 (<<click green)

Sometimes life here on earth gets old. As King Solomon is credited with writing in Ecclesiastes 1:8-9,

8 Everything is wearisome beyond description. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content.
9 History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.

Now I don’t want to be ungrateful for what You have given us, Lord. And truly the only redeeming factors in everyday life are the blessings which You so generously pour upon us. But the routines of life can become wearying.

The craving for something new, something different, can wreak havoc in our lives. We grow tired of our jobs, our homes, our vehicles, our friends, our spouses…much to our shame. We cast them aside and move on to the next thing. Much like children, we grow tired of toys we have and desire new ones, different ones.

Lord, help us to be content with the things we have. Help us to grow up. May we love and cherish the blessings You have given us. The new will come if we are faithful. And if we are faithful, we will be victorious!

This passage in Revelation speaks clearly of some of the “new” we will experience. We will have citizenship in the “new Jerusalem” (more on this when we get to chapter 21). And something that I’ve never realized before, Lord, You will write Your “new name” on us!

In reading the study helps on Biblegateway.com, specifically the MacArthur Study Bible notes, I read, “At the moment we see Christ, whatever we may have called Him and understood by that name will pale in the reality of what we see. And He will give us a new, eternal name by which we will know Him.”

Lord, I yearn for the day when the routines of life will be something left behind. What a glorious day it will be when we live with You in Your re-created world and when we will have yournew name”! May I be faithful! Amen.

July 27th, Thurs, 7:00 am

Right Reflection

Father, as the rain continues to come down it reminds me of one of its many benefits – it cleans the area of pollen and such that affect so many with allergies. With the naked-eye we can’t see it in the air but the rain saves so many from suffering. And remembering that makes me think of something so much greater – the sacrifice You made by giving Your one and only Son to save me! His blood raining down on me cleanses me from all sin when I repent and turn to You for forgiveness. I cannot see the act but I give You praise that the shedding of His blood saves so many from suffering eternal separation from You. All praise and Glory to You!

1 Timothy 4:11-13 (<<click here)

Lord, reading this passage affirms the fact that service in Your kingdom has nothing to do with age. Young or old, infants in the faith or seasoned saints we are called to “be an example to all believers in what [we] say, in the way [we] live, in [our] love, [our] faith, and [our] purity.” I realize Paul was encouraging Timothy here in his ministry but I think he would agree that loving this way is not just an example to believers but is a great example to everyone! Reflecting Christ’s example of living each day changes lives.

Lord, every day and in many varying situations I interaction with a very diverse group of people many ages, races, and creeds. Help me to live such a life of transparency that all they see is You! And not just their preconceived notions of who You are but the reality of who You are. I pray that I would always speak, live and love in such a way that You would shine forth!

Sept 12th, Sat, 7:36 am