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White Flags

Father, this morning I gratefully come to be with You. You are with me every minute of the day and I am sorry to say that I don’t always acknowledge You. I strive to not ignore You when You prompt me to act or speak but so many times the world is loud and I cannot hear. Sometimes I am just running ahead of You. It makes me think of a child and his mother. But even a child learns to hear his mother’s voice over the din of the crowd. And even a child learns not to run too far ahead so as to separate himself into danger.

Father, Fanny Crosby said it well, “I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice, And it told thy love to me; But I long to rise in the arms of faith and be closer drawn to thee. Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord…”

Father, with all my heart I want this to be my cry. I’m Yours,  Lord, I hear Your voice and it says You love me. But I don’t want to stay where I am – I want to be lifted up “in the arms of faith” just to be closer to You. Pull me closer to You every day. Show me Your heart so that I’m drawn to You. Amen – so be it.

Colossians 3:18-19 (<<click here)

Lord, this is definitely one of those passages that has been misunderstood on a lot of fronts. We see words like “submit” and all kinds of red flags go up! Lord, You didn’t intend for there to be red flags but white flags. When we surrender ourselves to Your love, You call us to serve You in love. And in so doing we will love others and serve them in love. All of our relationships should be driven by love!  – husband/wives, parents/children, employers/employees. Whatever relationship we find ourselves in must be governed by love.

I will not demand my own way if I truly love. I will not hurt, I will not tear down, I will not berate. I will help, I will lift up, I will encourage.

Lord, fill up my love reserves! Help me today to love – no hesitations, no holding back, no limits! Help me to love, for You surely love me – it’s the least I can do!

June 26th, 2015,  Fri, 6:30 am

The Fault in Us

I’m so glad to be in Your presence this morning, Father. This is the one place in my life where it is real. I realize that You see and know everything, so that gives me the opportunity to be straight up with You. No pretense, no hypocrisy, just transparency and the freedom that comes with it.

Father, I would ask that You would help me this morning. Help me to listen – help me hear. Help me learn. Help me take action. This is my prayer each and every day. Your love for me gives me every reason to love You, too.

Hebrews 8:7-13 (<<click here)

Lord, I have already journaled on this passage but something else has come to mind. Portions of this passage were troubling and the light bulb finally came on in my brain! I was struggling with “fault” being found in the first covenant and with what the verse says,

“When God speaks of a ‘new’ covenant, it means he has made the first one obsolete. It is now out of date and will soon disappear.” v.13

My mind was grappling with how there could be fault in the first covenant. God is perfect, right? So what was the deal? Well, it finally dawned on me (duh!). God, of course, is perfect and the fault is not in Him. The fault was found in us. We, humanity, are the problem! Verse 8, clearly states it, “God found fault with people…” We “did not remain faithful to [God’s] covenant…” v.9

The old covenant sought to direct us in the way we should live but we rebelled. So with the new covenant, Lord, you went straight for the heart. “…I will write [my laws] on their hearts.” v .10 When we cease our rebelling and submit to You, Your law is now in us – You are in us. You are there to help us, to teach us, to correct us.

Lord, thank You for all You do for me. The text of a great hymn comes to mind, “I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see.”  Amen.

Apr 2nd, Sat, 6:50am

Submitting to Government?

I am glad to be with You this morning, Father. I know You love me beyond what I could ever comprehend. Enable me to hear Your words to me this day.

Titus 3:1-2 (<<click here)

Lord, the directives in this passage are surely an ongoing struggle to fulfill the words “believers…submit to the government. They should be obedient… no slander anyone… avoid quarreling… be gentle… show true humility” just don’t seem to jell. But Paul is saying what he is saying. He says it elsewhere in Romans 13:1-7. We are very clearly called to submit to and obey the government…and respect them to boot!

But we exclaim, “What? There is so much corruption! On so many fronts they oppose the things of God!” Romans 13:1 states, “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.”

For clarity it helps to remember who was in charge when Paul wrote these letters – Rome!  A government not exactly known for their Christ-like mindsets. And Paul wasn’t alone in his beliefs; Peter spouted the same thing in 1 Peter 2:12-17.

So where does that leave us – those who strive to follow You, Lord, by loving You with all of our “heart…soul…strength and…mind,” and our “neighbor as ourselves”? Luke 10:27 Well… I guess I need to back up and adjust how I think about such things. I can’t just ignore this part of what Paul and Peter have to say because I don’t like it. Your Word, the Bible, is truth and it must be obeyed.

Jesus…forgive me. I have not been obedient. I have lived with a self-righteous mentality. I give it over to You. Enable me to live and think as You would have me to. Amen… so be it.

Jan 31st, Sun, 6:34 am

White Flags

Father, this morning I gratefully come to be with You. You are with me every minute of the day and I am sorry to say that I don’t always acknowledge You. I strive to not ignore You when You prompt me to act or speak but so many times the world is loud and I cannot hear. Sometimes I am just running ahead of You. It makes me think of a child and his mother. But even a child learns to hear his mother’s voice over the din of the crowd. And even a child learns not to run too far ahead so as to seperate himself into danger.

Father, Fanny Crosby said it well, “I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice, And it told thy love to me; But I long to rise in the arms of faith and be closer drawn to thee. Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord…”

Father, with all my heart I want this to be my cry. I’m Yours,  Lord, I hear Your voice and it says You love me. But I don’t want to stay where I am – I want to be lifted up “in the arms of faith” just to be closer to You. Pull me closer to You every day. Show me Your heart so that I’m drawn to You. Amen – so be it.

Colossians 3:18-19 (<<click here)

Lord, this is definitely one of those passages that has been misunderstood on a lot of fronts. We see words like “submit” and all kinds of red flags go up! Lord, You didn’t intend for there to be red flags but white flags. When we surrender ourselves to Your love, You call us to serve You in love. And in so doing we will love others and serve them in love. All of our relationships should be driven by love!  – husband/wives, parents/children, employers/employees. Whatever relationship we find ourselves in must be governed by love.

I will not demand my own way if I truly love. I will not hurt, I will not tear down, I will not berate. I will help, I will lift up, I will encourage.

Lord, fill up my love reserves! Help me today to love – no hesitations, no holding back, no limits! Help me to love, for You surely love me – it’s the least I can do!

June 26th, Fri, 6:30 am