Monday, December 24, 2012

Dec 24-30

Monday: Exodus 1
Tuesday: 1 Samuel 22
Wednesday: Psalm 76
Thursday: Jeremiah 14
Friday: Ezekiel 8
Saturday: Matthew 16
Sunday: 2 Peter 2


Prairie Chick said...

This chapter reminds me of how from the fall in Eden and the promise of "his heel shall bruise your head", Satan has been in full fledged battle to do everything in his power to prevent his demise. Knowing that Jesus was the promised "seed of the woman" that would be born and bring about his final destruction, his agenda has always been the destruction of the race that Jesus would hail from. When you think how many wars have been fought over that little strip of land you know that it is not about the land!

Prairie Chick said...

1 Samuel 22 suspicion, distrust, fear... Saul was SO convinced (insanely almost) that David was out to kill him and steal the throne, yet he couldn't have been farther from the truth. All of this misery because God had told Saul that He would take the kingdom from him and hand it over to David. If Saul had only lived a life of worship, thanksgiving and humility, his life would not have unraveled to such a point of misery and borderline insanity. Indeed, we can be eaten up by the things we allow to consume us, mentally, emotionally, physically. I want to live a life of worship, thanksgiving, humility and surrender!!!

Prairie Chick said...

Psalm 76:11 "Make vows to the Lord your God, and keep them." my notes say "These verses speak of more than surrender to god, they encourage us to actively move toward God, making commitments (vows) to Him and carrying them out. What was the last promise you made to God? How much progress have you made in fulfilling it?"

I truly believe that this kind of attitude (spelling out what you need to do and committing to do it) is like jet propulsion for spiritual growth. Some of my commitments to God in the past have been to look to His Word daily in order to learn, to commit verses to memory and meditate on them in order to transform my thought patterns, and to practice releasing,blessing or thanksgiving prayers when my circumstances or another person are getting me down or angry. Right now the current one I am working on is to learn to love people I really don't like. To release my own feelings and allow God's spirit to flood me with His own character qualities. This is so impossible for me, and only possible through the indwelling work of the Holy Spirit. I have not arrived, but I am moving forward!

Prairie Chick said...

God rejected the pleas for rescue here because they were not accompanied by a heart of repentance or surrender. How many times do we just want God to fulfill our desires and requests without humbling ourselves before Him and surrendering to His direction and will?

Anonymous said...

I was just thinking about this, how many times we pray to ask for help but are "too busy" to read his word. thanks for clarifying this passage, PC. I've been stalking your blog for a while now. ;)

Prairie Chick said...

welcome, anonymous :)

this morning when I was reading this chapter in Ezekiel I was thinking about how God communicated to Ezekiel through this vision. I know that it was special revelation for a special purpose but I was still struck by how God's desire is to communicate with His people. If God is not communicating with us (through scripture, through the prompting of the Holy Spirit, through our though patterns and yes, as I experienced in a new and amazing way this summer at camp, through a vision- can't believe I am saying that because I was always so put off by people interpreting "pictures" to be words from God, but when you get one, there is no denying that it is a means of communication that you can't dream up) it is not because He is silent. It is because something is hindering. Either we are not taking the time to listen, or even when we do we are so distracted and consumed by our own thoughts that we drown out His, or we don't truly believe or understand that His voice, His message are intended in a special and personal way for US today. There are many more things that can distract us from receiving God's communication for us today but the point for me is that I want to hear from Him! I want to be in tune with Him. I want to believe and receive whatever He wants to reveal, share, impart to me today and every day!

Prairie Chick said...

Matthew 16:26 "What does it profit a man...?" My notes say What we accumulate on earth has no value in eternity. Evaluate your lifestyle from an eternal perspective and you will find your values and decisions changing."

We live with a mind to accumulate. There is nothing wrong with owning things but everything comes with a cost. Lately God has been impressing the word "freedom" on my heart and mind over and over again. Freedom from emotional shackles on the inside, freedom from stuff that bogs us down and ties us up and holds us back on the outside. THINGS should serve me and bring me joy, not clutter my life and bring me stress. I should have less, enjoy it more, and free myself up so that I can fill myself up with what matters. Truth and eternal purpose. That is what will endure and have lasting value. Everything else just distracts if it is not viewed in light of that. It doesn't mean my life can't look the same as it does now, externally, it is a shift of internal focus and purpose that shifts the value and purpose of these things in my life.

Prairie Chick said...

1 Peter 2:19 "for you are a slave to whatever controls you."

just before this the word "freedom" stood out to me... this word freedom has been popping up for me often in the past few weeks. For when the truth sets you free, then will you be free indeed. I have been thinking of the things that "control" me, or keep me from being all that I want to be, keep me from being fully clothed in all of those wonderful qualities that were mentioned in our sermon today, tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. I am not who I once was, but I am not who I desire to be. I have been praying this word "freedom" for myself and for those God places on my heart. Freedom from the things that hold us back and weigh us down and keep us from fulfilling our destiny in pure joy and thanksgiving. He came to declare freedom for the captive. As Denise climbs Mt. Everest to give a voice to the captive, I am led to pray deliverance for all of us to the things that hold us captive. Whether that be negative thinking, materialism, offense, complacency... you name it. For me personally I am praying freedom from clutter. Mental, emotional and physical clutter. I want to streamline my thought patterns and lifestyle to be uncluttered, unfettered, focused with clarity on the One who has given me the gift of this freedom.