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A Matter of Time

Father, as I sit with You this morning, the world is just flying by! Everyone is in so much of a hurry to get to who knows where. May my mind settle on You, Father. Quiet my spirit. At this moment there is nothing more important than You. Amen.

Revelation 4:1 (<<click the green)

Lord, once again I appreciate the tools You have placed within my hands. My study Bible* gives me an excellent overview as Your word transitions from the “churches” to the future of The Church as a whole.

Verse 1 is the beginning of what John witnessed in the “throne room of heaven.” My study Bible* goes on to say, “God is on the throne and orchestrating all the events that John will record. The world is not spinning out of control; the God of creation will carry out his plans as Christ initiates the final battle with the forces of evil. John shows us heaven before showing us earth so that we will not be frightened by future events.”

Lord, one of the biggest struggles we have, as we see the evil that is so prominent in our world, is the feeling that evil is winning. I have not watched a full news program on TV in years! For me, for the most part, it is a synopsis of evil. It is composed mainly of pain and loss and violence and hatred…I don’t need that filling my heart and mind. I realize that, to some degree, I need to be aware of what’s going on in the world (and to pray for those caught up in it all) but there is no reason to immerse myself in it, soaking up every tidbit that is thrown my way.

Evil is not winning! As the old Christian cliché goes, the war has already been won! You, Lord, are the victor! Battles may still be raging, skirmishes still abound but You are the King and everything will be brought under Your control, in Your time.

May I be faithful, Lord. May I keep everything in its proper perspective. You are on the throne and, again, there will come a day, “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11 It’s just a matter of time.

Aug 7th, Mon, 6:41 am

*Life Application Study Bible New Living Translation

It’s Not an Easy Road

Father, it’s a new day and a new year! As many have said, once again we have a clean slate with which to work. Our calendars are one thing but life with You and because of Your “great love we are not consumed” for Your “compassions never fail. They are new every morning…” Lamentations 3:22-23

May I be mindful of Your love – may it be a driving motivator for me every day.

2 Timothy 4:6-8 (<<click here)

On this day it is easy to think of looking back and looking forward. I have made good headway in my relationship with You, though it has not been without its bumps and potholes – many of my own making. I would pray, Lord, that I would be more attentive to Your guidance and more diligent in my following of You.

I am very aware that “It’s not an easy road we are traveling to heaven, for many are the thorns on the way; It’s not an easy road, but the Savior is with us, His presence gives us joy every day.” (It’s Not An Easy Road by J. W. Peterson)

Lord, help me to spread that joy that you so freely give. Help me to live my life to the fullest – in You! So that I, too, might wear the victors crown!

Jan 1st, Fri, 8:32 am

All About Me?

Father, this time of year wreaks havoc on my routine. Help me to have the determination to apply myself to make time for You. I benefit in so many ways when I am able to sit at Your feet and as You told Martha, it is the “only thing worth being concerned about.” Luke 10:38-42

2 Timothy 3:2a (<<click here)

Lord, reading this passage I am tempted to just clump all these issues together but they need to be thought through carefully. You never once implied that following You would make for an easy journey through this life. And on many fronts it’s not so much about other people’s response to us about being followers of You, the greater struggle is standing strong against the onslaught that we bring upon ourselves. Our own want and desire, our sinful nature – our “flesh” – always desires what is detrimental to our souls. (Galatians 5:17) Lord, I pray that Your Spirit would be the victor in my life.

When it comes to loving myself (v2a), I want the biggest piece of cake. I want the work schedule that encroaches least on my lifestyle. I want my path to be smooth and easy, regardless of how it impacts others. I like to think that I’m not selfish but I am and it truly takes a conscientious decision to think of others before myself.

Lord Jesus, help me to be like You. Help me to place others above myself. Help me to love others so much that my response is to give instead of to take. Amen.

Nov 22, Sun, 6:30 am