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Waist-high Pudding

Father, thank you for a good night’s rest and that You continue to help me throughout busy days. I am so grateful for this time together – it’s the best habit I’ve developed in a long time! Jesus guide me through Your word today.

Colossians 2:8-9 (<< click here)

Lord, You want this mindset not just to apply to Paul and the heresies that threatened the church in Colosse but Your desire is for me to keep my eyes on You and to study Your Word in regards to my life here and now as well.

It is so easy for us to assimilate human thoughts and mindsets into our lives. They are not always in error but they can work their way in so much so that where we at one time would not have even considered them acceptable, now – at worst – just embrace them or – at least – begin doubting why we rejected them in the past.

I feel like I’m trying to make progress through waist-high pudding – Lord, I pray for Your wisdom that I may clearly see and understand Your will. And once Your will is made clear, help me to work it out in my life as You would – strong love comes to mind, firm but not hateful, compassionate but not apathetic. Help me to be strong and courageous as well – to stand up for what is right and to stand against what is wrong. And that applies to both sides of many issues. (Here comes the pudding again!)

Side 1: this way is right / me: no, it is not

Side 1: go my way or I won’t like you / me: it is wrong but I still love you

Side 2: that way is wrong / me: yes, it is

Side 2: let’s hate and reject side 1 people / me: no that is wrong, we must love them – Jesus loves them.

Lord, You love all of us, not just those that follow You and accept Your ways. You love us but by no means do You accept our actions. Help me to be like you – to love others unconditionally but to pointedly reject actions that are opposed to Your word and Your will.

June 11th, 2015, Thurs, 8:07 am

Don’t Be Factious!

Thank You, Father, for helping me to avoid distractions (news, Facebook) this morning. I am able now to sit with You and not have any fresh clutter in my mind and heart that would interrupt our time together. Father, bless me as I sit at Your feet.

Titus 3:9-11 (<<click here)

Lord, John 13:34-35 records a “new commandment” which You gave Your followers (and that includes us!)

“Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

In many Bibles these words are printed in red which means You, Jesus, spoke them. And Your speaking them should make us take them to heart and live them out each day…but too often we don’t. And, unfortunately this is not a new problem in the church.

In today’s passage, Paul instructs Titus on how to deal with divisive people in the church. He advises to give them a couple of warnings and if that doesn’t work, to “have nothing more to do with them.” The New American Standard Bible translates it in a little more pointed manner. It says to “reject the factious” individual. Reject I get that’s pretty clear, but what does “factious” mean. Of course, I Googled it and here are some synonyms – split, discordant, argumentative, quarrelsome, warring, and rebellious.

This may come as a shocker to some but not one of those words is synonymous with the word…love. So if You said, “you should love each other” (and You definitely did!) Why do we think we need to be factious? There is absolutely no room for it in the church!

I have a friend, who is a fine upstanding Christian young lady and her church is going through a difficult transition. Their well respected pastor of many years is in the process of retiring and after much prayer has announced a successor whom he feels You have selected to step into the role as spiritual leader of this congregation. This individual is amply qualified for the task. Many in the church are embracing this transition and these two Christian brothers in love, as You have commanded. But others? They feel that they must be factious! Unfortunately, some of these individuals are prominent enough in the church that it is a little hard to just have nothing more to do with them.”

Lord, why do people who claim to be followers of You behave this way?! If it pains me, I know it surely pains You, Lord. These kinds of situations hurt those inside and outside the church!

Lord, I pray for all believers that we would be overcome with Your love, that it would fill us to the point where we feel we will burst if we don’t pour some of that love out on those around us. And the more we pour the more You will supply!

Feb 4th, Thurs, 6:26 am

Encouragement

Father, what a night! After 2:00, tossing and turning and nonsensical dreams were the norm! I don’t know what was going on but I give this day to You, Father. Use me as You will, help me attune to Your voice so I may be used of You. Impact the world through me!

1 Timothy 4:12-16

Lord, Barnabas was known as “the son of encouragement” but this was one of Paul’s gifts, too – no wonder they made such a great team for ministry! The notes in my study Bible* are very inspirational and are a great model to follow. When we love people this is what we should do!

“Apparently Timothy needed some encouragement. Most likely, so do many people around you. Each day we have many opportunities to support and inspire family members, fellow workers, and even total strangers. People need help and affirmation all along the way. Paul modeled six important principles to help us encourage others:

  1. Begin with encouragement. People who know we will encourage them will be happy to work with us.
  2. Expect others only what you expect of yourself. People will resist being held to unfair standards.
  3. Develop expectations of others with consideration for their skills, maturity, and experience. People will reject or fail to meet expectations that do not fit them. Be patient with distracted or slow learners.
  4. Monitor your expectation of others – changing circumstances sometimes require revised or reduced expectations.
  5. Clarify your expectations with others. People are not likely to hit a target that no one has identified.
  6. End with encouragement. People love to be thanked for a job well done.”

Loving others sometimes comes easily, other times – not so much. I love many of the people I work with at Kohl’s and serve with at church, it comes naturally. 🙂 But others, I really have to work at loving.

Lord, help me to love people. Help me to see them as You do. Help me to listen “between the words.” Help me to be an encourager for You!

Sept 14th, Mon, 6:43 am

*New Living Translation Life Application Study Bible

Seeing Through the Layers

Father, thank You for a productive and enjoyable day with Karen yesterday. Thank You for Your watch care over us. Thank You for our relationship. I am truly blessed! Bless her this day, Father, and help me to love her more and more each day.

1 Thessalonians 5:20-22 (<<click here)

Lord, this is a good reminder from Paul. Lots of things are proclaimed in my world. Some are obviously true and some are blatantly false. The challenge comes with those things that are in between – things that are not so clearly black and white. I am so grateful that You are there to help me to discern what is good and what is evil. Help me to listen to Your direction. Our natural tendency is to just go with the flow – we don’t wait to stick out – we want everyone to like us. Just because good people around us accept something or someone as good doesn’t mean that that is the case. And sometimes good people reject something or someone because they label them as evil and unfortunately the “love” factor is totally rejected as well. Again, Lord I ask for discernment. Sometimes the crowd is right but sometimes Your desire is for us to see through the layers. Many wear masks – in both the realms of good and evil. Help me to see through the duplicity of some who claim to be good but who are hiding things detrimental to Your kingdom. Then help me to read between the lines, to hear between the words to see under the layers of protection to see those that many would just right off as useless. God is at the core – help me not to miss it. Help me not to just reject them because they don’t measure up to acceptable norms.

August 7th, Fri, 7:48 am

Waist-high Pudding

pudding

Father, thank you for a good night’s rest and that You continue to help me throughout busy days. I am so grateful for this time together – it’s the best habit I’ve developed in a long time! Jesus guide me through Your word today.

Colossians 2:8-9 (<< click here)

Lord, You want this mindset not just to apply to Paul and the heresies that threatened the church in Colosse but Your desire is for me to keep my eyes on You and to study Your Word in regards to my life here and now as well.

It is so easy for us to assimilate human thoughts and mindsets into our lives. They are not always in error but they can work their way in so much so that where we at one time would not have even considered them acceptable, now – at worst – just embrace them or – at least – begin doubting why we rejected them in the past.

I feel like I’m trying to make progress through waist-high pudding – Lord, I pray for Your wisdom that I may clearly see and understand Your will. And once Your will is made clear, help me to work it out in my life as You would – strong love comes to mind, firm but not hateful, compassionate but not apathetic. Help me to be strong and courageous as well – to stand up for what is right and to stand against what is wrong. And that applies to both sides of the issue* (Here comes the pudding again!)

Side 1: this way is right / me: no, it is not

Side 1: go my way or I won’t like you / me: it is wrong but I still love you

Side 2: that way is wrong / me: yes, it is

Side 2: let’s hate and reject side 1 people / me: no that is wrong, we must love them – Jesus loves them.

Lord, You love all of us, not just those that follow You and accept Your ways. You love us but by no means do You accept our actions. Help me to be like you – to love others unconditionally but to pointedly reject actions that are opposed to Your word and Your will.

*homosexuality, alcohol, marijuana, extra-marital sex, pornography, other religions, abortion and the list goes on and on!

June 11th, Thurs, 8:07 am