Thursday, October 8, 2015

October 9 "Validation" Matthew 18-19

 “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” Matthew 19:16. Life is not about "doing," all about "being."  Being so in love that service flows out. It is not our service that God wants. Our hearts. Follow fully. The Gospel is the remedy for our sin-sick souls. 

October 8 "Humans" Matthew 15-17

"You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns."

“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it." Matthew 16:23-25

"The cross is here put for every trouble that befalls us...that is best which is appointed us, and we ought to make the best of it." Take up your cross today. He knows best Who has laid it in my path.   

PHOTO: Sunset in Dallas tonight. Who put these crosses here?

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

October 7 "4 Loaves 2 Fish" Matthew 13-14

Sometimes, against all odds, we feel like “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. Matthew 14:17

Andrew asks the question of Jesus.  "What are they of so many"?  His focus was on the problem not the Power of a multiplying God.  What am I thinking about deeply?  Am I leaning in, trusting, that the God of all Hope will fill us with peace and joy as we trust Him, according to His Power.

I think what I have here in my hand is 4 loaves and 2 fish.  And it's not even reliable.  Nothing is off course.  Mighty Power is at work in me and you.

DEAR GOD, PLEASE CHANGE ME IN 10,000 MOMENTS OF COARSE LOAVES AND DRIED FISH.  Help me to know what I deal with in my thoughts that stop the Sufficiency of Your Hand.  You can multiply to meet the needs of a football field of people.  Please take the 4 loaves and 2 fish in my hand and multiply---You have so done that for me through my depression.  You are Sufficient for what I face.

PHOTO:  What I see looks beautiful on the outside.  What I face inside looks dried and shriveled.  Impossible for anything to come of it.  Not with You!

October 6 "Mundane & Magnanimous" Matthew 11-12

Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John in prison what you hear and see:
 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” Matthew 11:4-6

Those who are not offended by God and whatever He plans, purposes and allows in our story. 
Not passed over. 
Not forgotten. 
Not invalidated. 
Not losers. 
Not hopeless. 
Not nothing. 
But Blessed. 

PHOTO: No Filter needed here. Standing tall at Quarries Lake where I go tonight in plenty & in loss with a mundane feeling and a magnitude of hope.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

October 5 "Loss" Matthew 9-10

What do I think deep within? How will I reason the matters in my mind today? What will I conclude? What will I firmly believed about my issues? Will I be strongly impressed and influenced by the Spirit of God? 

"She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” Matthew 9:21. 

Reach in and up. And keep on believing in the face of loss!

October 4 "Ask. Seek. Knock. Won't Stop." Matthew 7-8

God says right here if we ask for a fish, He won't give us a snake.  Oh for deep discernment to see what is truly going on around us.  The transition to verse 7 is stark.  The preceding verses talk of judging others.  We are bent on changing our husbands, our children, our friends.  But God interrupts us here and says---Ask!  How shall we dare love and give and seek?  Only by His Power.  So, ask!

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened." Matthew 7:7.  Absolute words!  Ask! Seek! Knock! "Distinct degrees of intensity," says Matthew Henry.  

The beautiful point of this sermon on a mount is that in all of our difficulties, large or small, we are to seek God's Hand.  I have a large one today.  Persevere importunately.

DEAR GOD, PLEASE CHANGE ME IN THIS DIFFICULTY I FACE IN ONE OF MY 10,000 MOMENTS.  It's a big one.  I ask.  I seek.  I knock.  And I won't stop.  By Your Power.  Under Your Grace.  Amen.

PHOTO:  My favorite waters on the earth.  The Gulf of Mexico off of Santa Rosa Island.  Asking.  Seeking.  Knocking.  Won't Stop.

October 3 "Perspicacity" Matthew 5-6

What do I diligently seek after?  What do I dive into?  What do I prefer over my food, over my entertainment, over my life?  Do I seek Righteousness?  That's what will give me a "title" to the Kingdom.  Oh my soul, lay hold of this!

"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:33

DEAR GOD, PLEASE CHANGE ME AS I SEEK YOU IN 10,000 MOMENTS OF WRESTLE.   What do I prefer over You?  What do I want more than Righteousness?  Who or what do I love more than You?

PHOTO:  Standing on the bank of this Possum Kingdom Lake asking myself: "What is it that I love more than my God?" My disarrayed life---may the perspicacity to become Righteous be oh so stronger than the struggle.