Sunday, November 22, 2015

November 23 "After You've Done Everything" Ephesians 6

Put on that full armor of God
so that when evil creeps by,
You may be able to stand your ground!
After you have done everything to stand.
Stand firm:
Truth buckled around your waist.
Righteousness braced in place.
Peace fitted on feet.
Faith lifted like a shield.
The Word embraced on like helmets.
Mystery declared through prayer.
Eph 6:13-17

"Pray in the Spirit on all occasions
with all kinds of prayers and requests."
All kinds.  No limit here.

DEAR GOD:  PLEASE CHANGE ME IN 10,000 MOMENTS WHERE EVIL LURKS AROUND MY CORNERS.  WHERE THE GPS OF MY SOUL DOESN'T REGISTER QUITE CORRECTLY and I'm off course.  My struggle is not against my family, my world.  My struggle is against the rulers and powers of this dark world.  Therefore.  Help me stand my ground today.

PHOTO:   Stood at this remote state park on one of those days when I had done everthing to stand.  Still standing on truth.

November 22 "Wake Up Sleeper" Ephesians 5

Some so sleep in their sins.
        Awake.  Arise.
Christ may give you light!!
We must have a sight that sin is sin.
We must have some knowledge that sin is sin.
We must have "some measure shameful" that sin is sin.
       Awake.  Arise.

What stirs me this day to redeem the time?  Eph. 5: 16.
Neglect of my soul is the greatest loss.
Let me lift my spirits by prayer.
Asking to be filled.
Avoiding sin.

"Live as children of light?
For the fruit of the light
consists of all
goodness, all
righteousness, all truth.
Ephesians 5:9

Thursday, November 19, 2015

November 20 "The Nominal" Ephesians 4

"Do not men, on every side, walk in the vanity of their minds? Must not we then urge the distinction between real and nominal Christians? They were void of all saving knowledge; they sat in darkness, and loved it rather than light."  Matthew Henry

So much of the world doesn't want you to name the nominal.  May we embrace what is true.

November 19 "Fixed Sense of God's Love" Ephesians 3

Expect God to do so much more in you.
Be Encouraged this Thanksgiving
 for what He has already done.

"I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." Eph 3:18-19.  Matthew Henry says that Paul gives us a "fixed sense of the love of God" in these verses above.  He goes on to say:  The breadth shows how far God's love extends to all nations and to all ranks and to all colors.  The length stretches from everlasting to everlasting to everlasting.  The depth of His Love rescues those sunk deep into depths of sin and misery.  The height of that love raises us up to "heavenly happiness and glory."  Why would I want anything other than God's Love to rule my heart?

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory . . . Eph 3:20

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

November 18 "Perfect Peace" Ephesians 2

He Himself is our Peace.  Ephesians 2:15
"Jesus Christ made peace by the sacrifice of himself; in every sense Christ was their Peace, the author, centre, and substance of their being at peace with God, and of their union with the Jewish believers in one church." Matthew Henry

Monday, November 16, 2015

November 17 "Constrained By Love" Ephesians 1

This prayer. "This teaches us to come to Christ. And did we know what we are called to, and what we might find in him, surely we should come and be suitors to him. When feeling our weakness and the power of our enemies, we most perceive the greatness of that mighty power which effects the conversion of the believer, and is engaged to perfect his salvation. Surely this will constrain us by love to live to our Redeemer's glory." Matthew Henry. 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

November 16 "White-Hot Race" Galatians 4-6

You were running a good race.
Who cut in on you?
Why should you let them DQ you from the race?

Can we "name" what we are doing in the race of life?
Name our sins, the works of the flesh.
Name our stirrings, the fruits of the Spirit.
It's not our goals to go after; it's His Spirit to impart.

"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Gal. 6:22.

What about our passions and desires here on this earth?
They are crucified.  Gal 6:24.

Live by the Spirit.
Let us keep in step with the Spirit.
Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

Keep running the race.
And when someone cuts in, let them go.
When our passions burn white-hot, let them go.

DEAR GOD, PLEASE CHANGE ME IN 10,000 MOMENTS OF THIS ANNUAL RACE I RUN.  The race ends today.  A new year starts for me.  A brand new fresh page.  I cannot do anything about the race in the books.  I can keep in step this first day of my year.  Checking my passions not the boxes.  Leaning forward to that Finish Line.  And starting all over again.  Called to live by the Spirit.