Our congregation has embarked on a 21 day corporate spiritual journey of seeking the Lord for the coming year using the ancient disciplines of the church.
Our pastor has asked us to begin to seek God for a greater excellence, a leaving behind of mediocrity and luke-warmness. Already I have been challenged in many areas of my life.
I have chosen as my study, in addition to the Bible, Eugene Peterson’s book RUN WITH THE HORSES.
Here is the day one quotation I am dwelling on.
The more the gospel is offered in consumer terms, the more consumers are disappointed. The gospel is not a consumer product; it doesn’t satisfy what we think of as our “needs”. …life… is not an American ‘pursuit of happiness’. It is more like God’s pursuit… (of us)” Eugene Peterson itallics mine
I have been running so fast I have not had time to post these particular segments of Lillie-Put in a while.
These are some meditations I am sharing with our Wednesday night, Digging Deeper Discussion Groups.
I would love to hear your thoughts on these meditations…
If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. 1 Cor. 13:1-8
Is this different from other definitions of love you have heard? How?
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. Ge. 1:1-5
As children of God we ought to be praying in the light more than we curse the dark. What needs to change in and around you so that your focus becomes more trained on the light?
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NIV
What do you need to do to focus on the unseen things rather than what is seen?
He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel: Psalm 103:7
Could it be your hunger to see the deeds of God is keeping you from coming to know the ways of God?
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.
2 Corinthians 1:20 NIV
What promises of God do you have to agree with today?
I finished with the Book of Ezekiel yesterday and in my morning prayers I sensed I was to jump over to 2 Corinthians again for another look at what the apostle might have to say to me.
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort. 2 Corinthians 1:3-9
Your comfort and your suffering are not just yours. Both benefit others. So who does your comfort benefit besides you? Who are you suffering for besides yourself? Who else benefits?
In addition to all your other detestable practices, you brought foreigners uncircumcised in heart and flesh into my sanctuary, desecrating my temple while you offered me food, fat and blood, and you broke my covenant. 8 Instead of carrying out your duty in regard to my holy things, you put others in charge of my sanctuary. 9 This is what the Sovereign Lord says: No foreigner uncircumcised in heart and flesh is to enter my sanctuary, not even the foreigners who live among the Israelites. Ezekiel 44:7-9
CHILD OF GOD, WHERE HAVE YOU LET THE WORLD’S VOICE IN TO DICTATE YOUR PATH IN PLACE OF GOD’S VOICE?
Yesterday the morning Scripture I was sent to was from Psalm 46:10.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
Here are some more thoughts from that time of meditation on being still.
The voice of God says, “Be still and know that I am God. Let My heart overcome your heart.
Do not try to still your own emotions.Neither base your life in how you feel. Instead let My heart overcome your heart by just focusing on Me.
A wind is coming that will blow and scatter emotions. Those who try to stand in their feelings will be blown away like the chaff. Those who anchor to ME will not be moved. Their emotions will not move.
Be still. This move of God is not about the stirring of emotions but about the stirring of the spirit.”