Tuesday, January 31, 2012

01/31/12 - Being A Friend

If you were a friend to yourself, would you like yourself or not?

Let me put it this way: Are you the type of friend to other people that you would want?

Do you encourage, support, spur on in love, hold accountable, do life with others, and comfort your friends?

Or do you find friends that fill a gap you need? Do you base your friendships on what you can get from it, not what you can give to it?

What type of friend do you want to be and what can you do to become that friend?

Saturday, January 28, 2012

01/28/12 - Daily Bible Reading

One of the spiritual disciplines we as Christ followers should be striving towards, is daily bible reading.

Honestly, writing the word "striving" makes it seem like the disciple of daily bible reading is within our power. Quite frankly it's not! In our flesh we're unable to please God.

When you are plugged into the power of the Holy Spirit reading your bible daily becomes a pure delight! You long for those times and look forward to what God is going to say to you out of His love letter!

Whenever anyone is just getting started in the disciple of daily bible reading I encourage them to start with the Proverbs of the day. So today someone would read Proverbs 28. This at least gets someone in the habit of daily reading.

In different seasons of my life I've had to change up how I "do" quiet time and I'd like to share a few different ways I've grown this muscle of daily bible time.

When I was single I could spend a day reading, fasting, and praying. I could feast on God's Word for hours at a time. Those times were so precious to me and I would encourage any single to use this season to feast, get to know the Word, and fall in love with God and His Word!

Since I've been married my quiet times have gone through different seasons. I've had to adjust with what is going on around me and what is required of me.

When the demands of my time were the greatest (during the newborn stage and having two boys 15 months apart) my quiet time was pretty much whatever I could get in throughout the day. I left my bible in places I could easily grab and read...next to my nursing chair, in the van, in the kitchen, in the bathroom.

I also printed up verses and posted them above my kitchen sink. This way I was filling up, albeit nibbles, on God's Word.

As the boys have gotten older I am entering a new season of what quiet time looks like. At times I am able to turn on piano worship music, have a couple of different translations of the bible with me, a journal, and a pen. I read a passage, I read the footnotes, I read it in the other translation,I may read a commentary, and I journal.

This year I am going through the book of Psalms.

I've also taken a chunk of scripture and read it over and over and over for months. For example last year I read the sermon on the mount for 8 months.

You may even want to read the entire bible. Cover to cover is a great way to read the Word, but also reading it chronologically helps give one a different perspective of the bible.

My husband will go to www.biblegateway.com and read the verse of the day. Then he'll read that entire chapter. This is one way for him to get some reading in at work.

Of course we're going to all have different times, different ways, and different methods to reading our bible...the the same should be that we're ingesting God's Word daily!

What do you do for your quiet time?

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

01/26/11 - Things Done in Secret

"Satan wants us to sneak things in secret. Things hidden and done in secret clues in the father of darkness into our weaknesses and open the door for him to assault us with targeted schemes." Lysa TerKeurst Made to Crave

If we fool ourselves to think what we do in secret is safe, we're wrong. It just opens us up for going deeper into sin and farther away from God. "Roof off with God, walls down with others".

Declare today as the day you getting painfully honest with yourself, God, and others with whatever your secret struggle is! You'll find freedom and will be the first step to a revived heart!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

01/24/12 - Getting Real

Have you seen the video "Why I Hate Religion, but Love Jesus"

There's been plenty written about this...what he said wrong and how he could have said it better. I've appreciated his mature, teachable, humble response to critics.

But the message I know he wants to get across is we need authentic Christianity!

We need people who live what they say. We need people who live transparently. We need people who say what they do, and do what they say.

I agree with him in the plea to live authentic Christian lives. You see Christians acting like the world and it's sickening. They have one foot in the culture and one foot in the door at church.

We have to be intentional about purging hidden sin from our lives. We have to avoid the things of the world that are rubbish in our thinking. We've got to tear down the masks that keep us at arm-length from God's people. We've got to forgive and have true reconciliation with those in our lives. We have to allow people to get close enough to be "iron sharpening us". We must saturate our minds with God's Word so we can fight the battle.

Don't sit on the sidelines. Don't play Christian. Don't go to church on Sunday and live the other 6 days for yourselves. Don't dishonor what Christ did on the cross!

I hate false religion and people who play Christian and love Jesus!