Monday, September 28, 2015
I love how Larry Crabb looks at self-examination and confession in his book PAPA Prayer. He calls it "Purge." Here's his definition: Acknowledge without excuse or explanation the self-obsession staining your motives that the Spirit chooses to reveal. Stand naked before holiness: the more you see your sin, the more you'll be amazed by grace. Humility is an eager willingness to see where you are wrong in order to experience the power of God that has already made you fit for His presence. Own your sin.
Psalm 51 The Message
What You are after is truth from the inside out. Enter me then: conceive a new true life! God make a fresh start in me...shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life... I learned God worship when my pride was shattered.
Help me see and admit without explanation or excuse how pride shows up in me, so I can present it on Your altar as a sacrifice. Burn it out of me with Your refiner's fire, so You can see Your reflection in me and so those I encounter will see Your reflection in me, see You, be drawn to You, for You alone deserve all our praises.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Courage: When dwelling in serenity and motivate by love (engaging our will for what is best for the other person), we can say very difficult things in love in a kind, unpretentious way.
Wisdom: Living one's life in union with God, the good parts, the painful parts; knowing what to do when because you've been companioning with God and He will empower you to do His will if that is your desire.
These words by Jan Johnson expanded in my heart and mind how to live out this powerful prayer in a time of being discouraged, disheartened, sad and sick of heart. I love the rest of the prayer as well, which many people are not familiar with.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.
Sunday, September 13, 2015
This prayer by Ted Loder from Guerrillas of Grace is disturbing to pray ....are we brave enough to pray it?
O persistent God,
Deliver me from assuming your mercy is gentle.
Pressure me that I may grow more human
not through the lessening of my struggles
but through the expansion of them...
Deepen my hurt
until I learn to share it and myself openly,
and my needs honestly.
Sharpen my fears until I name them
and release the power I have locked in them
and they in me.
Accentuate my confusion
until I shed those grandiose expectations
that divert me from the small, glad gifts
of the now and the here and the me.
Expose my shame where i shivers,
crouched behind the curtains of propriety,
until I can laugh at last
through my common frailties and failures,
laugh my way toward becoming whole.
Tuesday, September 01, 2015
I am loving the workbook/devotional Questions for Jesus: Conversational Prayer Around Your Deepest Desires by Tony Stoltzfus, coach extraordinaire. Each week he looks at one of our core desires through the eyes of Jesus in the gospels and then gives 5 questions for us to ask Jesus which connects us to Him on a relational level.
This week is Contentment.
Matthew 5:5 You're blessed when you're content with just who you are - no more, no less. That's the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can't be bought. The Message
Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.
"Jesus, what does it give you to take the ones who got the least in this life and give them the best in heaven? What makes you take so much joy in turning the world on its head?"
Here is what I sensed Him saying to me.
My Kingdom is so opposite of this earth’s kingdom which is run by the enemy, is his domain, here the person who strives to achieve to look out for #1 gets the reward. In My Kingdom its those who recognize they have nothing to offer that hasn’t been given them by Me that find fulfillment. That gives Me great joy because I can give much to those who look to Me for their life, to those dependent on Me and not on themselves and their abilities. There is much reward as a result of coming to Me, but it is not those who come to Me for the reward that receive it but those who come to me for Me that receive the greatest reward, which IS me. Come to Me and I will make you in to who I originally in tended you to be and it is there that you will truly find your “reward” by bringing me the glory you were designed for, reflecting Me in Your world.
Thank You Jesus…I want to reflect You to my world. I yield to You so You can be more and more in me and more of You can come forth from me, for Your glory, God.
Click here for a free sample of two devotionals. http://www.questionsforjesus.net/content/meditations.pdf