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I Can Do Whatever You Call Me to Do

Thank You for another day, Father. I most certainly was not perfect today but feeling Your presence alongside me helped me to make many right choices. I am grateful that You continue to work with me.

Matthew 3:13-17 (<<click the green)

I think we’ve all struggled with feeling that we weren’t qualified to shoulder some responsibility that was set before us in our past. Many times we’ve taken up the task at hand and maybe some of have lingering doubts that we made the right decision in not doing so.

In today’s passage, we find John diligently proclaiming the coming of the long-expected Messiah. The Old Testament “prophet Isaiah was speaking about John when he said,

“He is a voice shouting in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming!
Clear the road for him!’”
(Matthew 3:3)

John had cleared the way and here came Jesus – the Messiah!

I’m sure John was grateful that he had obeyed God’s calling on his life – it was a big task. It was a hard task. But with God’s help, he had done the right thing and doing it with the best of his ability.

Then Jesus asked John to baptize him.

“What?! Wait a minute! I am the one who needs to be baptized by you…” But when Jesus replied, “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires”, John readily complied.

It was a big request, but John was obedient.

Lord, sometimes You call us to things that we think are beyond what we are capable of…but You know best. You do not call us to fail but to succeed. And quite often we are not the ones to define those terms. Lord, You alone can see all the interworkings of the circumstances in which we find ourselves. May we obey. May we have confidence in You. May we be diligent. I can do whatever You call me to do.

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

Oct 2nd, Mon, 7:44 pm

Journey On

Father, I need You this morning. Many things are attacking me from many sides. I’m being distracted. I’m being side-tracked. I’m being pre-occupied. Forgive me. Help me regain my focus on You. For me to be victorious, You have to be my number one priority! It’s too easy to let other things take my time – less important things… It’s a new day in a new month – a fresh page with which to begin. Let’s do this together!

May my heart be right with thee,
                 and my life as becometh the gospel.
            May I maintain a supreme regard to another and better world,
                 and feel and confess myself a stranger and a pilgrim here.
            Afford me all the direction, defense, support, and consolation
                my journey hence requires,
                     and grant me a mind stayed upon thee.

                                                                        – The Valley of Vision

Lord, may this be my prayer…

An old hymn comes to mind, and I looked to see if I’d referred to it before – and I had, a year ago almost to the day! It is no less applicable.

I need Thee, oh, I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
Oh, bless me now my Savior!
I come to Thee.                               – Annie S. Hawks

Nov.1st, Tues, 6:32 am

I Have Rights! Right?

Oh, the beauty of Your creation, Father! Absolutely nothing man has ever done or ever will do can equal the blessing of snow coming down and covering the earth! The detail, the diversity, the enormity of it all causes me to lift Your name in praise, Almighty God!

Philemon 8-25 (<<click here)

Lord, even good people – devout followers of You – sometimes have to be encouraged to stop…and think… about doing what is right. Philemon had every “right” to deal with Onesimus, after all he was his property, he had run away, it’s implied that he may even have taken something that was not his to take. Everyone would have backed him in whatever action he chose to take – everyone that is except Paul.

Paul’s testimony was that Onesimus was a new man –  Christ had changed him to the core. Philemon had lost out on many fronts but had gained on so many more!

It is easy for me to feel put out – someone doesn’t drive (or park!) the way I think they should, I can’t take my break when I want to, my fries are cold, someone questions my “authority”, etc. ad nauseam. I could become angry, I could demand my own way. I could seek revenge. I could refuse to forgive…

Wait a minute! Am I innocent? Am I perfect? Just on a human to human level I fail miserably! That’s bad enough, Lord, but what about my relationship with You? Talk about ad nauseam. I’m sorry for my self-righteous attitude. Jesus, we both know there is absolutely no room for that whatsoever.

I don’t really know what Philemon did but I hope that he looked at his own life and all God had done for him and then embraced Onesimus as a treasure that was lost that was now found. Lord, may I have Your mindset in how I respond in every situation today and every day!

Feb 10th, Wed, 7:49 am

Fix My Thoughts

 

I’m sorry it’s taken me a bit to get to this point this morning. Sometimes doing other things interjects random thoughts in my mind as I go through our time together, Father. Help me to focus on You and to glean from our time together what You need me to know.

Philippians 4:8-9 (<<click here)

Lord, how appropriate this passage is today. Our world is so full of distractions. Sometimes they are innocent enough, but they take time that is designated for other more important things (Facebook!) Sometimes they play on our weaknesses and lure us into things that are detrimental to our relationship with You. Sometimes these things are subtle, a harmless show – then a commercial pops up and that seed is planted in our mind. Sometimes our own minds truck down the path of destruction. A brief thought pricks our mind and we dwell on it, we mull it over…and look at it…examining it from different angles. You send warning flares up and we turn our backs. Before you know it we are up to our necks in trouble. So how do we avoid this oft repeated scenario? We’re “fixing our thoughts” in the wrong direction.

Through Paul You tell us in the passage to “fix our thoughts on what is true…admirable.” We are to “think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” What goes in is what’s going to come out. We can’t expect to put garbage in and to get purity out. A nice clean glass of pure water can be ruined with just a pinch of dirt. Help us not to soil our hearts.

Then also we are called to “fix our thoughts on” good stuff but if we don’t put it in to action how are we the better for it? Just as sin can flutter thru our mind and if we reject it and don’t act upon it – we’re good. But if we play with it and act on it – we get hurt.

Just as sin impacts us this way Paul’s list can impact us, as well – or not. Good can flutter thru our mind and if we reject it and don’t act upon it – we either hurt ourselves or others by not running with what positive and encouraging things could have come out of our actions.

It is much more, it being our fellowship with You and the outcome of that relationship, it is much more than good thoughts. Action is a requirement. Long term impact in our lives and in the lives of others depends on us acting on Your guidance and direction, as a result of filling our hearts and minds with what “is true and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.” When we “think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” and put those things “into practice” then that’s when You, Lord, “the God of peace will be with [us].” And again it’s a “peace that passes understanding.” Thank You, Lord for Your love and patience as we learn to follow You.

June 3rd, Wed, 7:11 am