Delight One-a-Day Wednesday 9/2/20

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Blessed is the man who does not walk in the council of the wicked, or stand in the way of sinners, or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.  (Psalm 1:2).

Do you delight in God’s word?

No guilt here—it’s an honest question.

Frankly, I ask myself the same question.  I mean, I read his word, I study his word, on occasion I even commit his word to memory…but do I delight in it?  Do I meditate on it?

Do I even really know what that looks like?

I know I’d like to.

I know that biblical meditation is different from what they’ll teach you at yoga class—and what are you doing at yoga class, anyway?  They’ll teach you to empty your mind, and allow the void to be filled by narcissism and demons. OK, they probably won’t say it that way, but that’s what it amounts to.  Biblical meditation is about filling your mind with Scripture, sort of letting a particular verse roll around in your head.  You pray that God would illuminate the passage for you, and help you to see what he wants you to see in it.

Let’s experiment today.  Pick a passage of Scripture—it could be this passage, or yesterday’s, or just your favorite verse—and ask God to help you meditate on it.  Ask him to help you delight in it. Let it roll around your head today, and see what he has to show you. 

C’mon, trust me—it’ll be fun.

Happy Wednesday, Beloved.

Blessed One-a-Day Tuesday 9/1/20

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Blessed is the man who does not walk in the council of the wicked, or stand in the way of sinners, or sit in the seat of mockers (Psalm 1:1).

Who do you listen to?  

For my grammar Nazi friends: To whom do you listen?

I’m not just talking about Sunday, but on Monday, Tuesday, and the rest.

I like to listen to talk radio.  I enjoy the news analysis and commentary, but I have to keep one thing in mind—these are not necessarily Christian shows.  A lot of the hosts are not coming from a Biblical perspective. Even though we may agree on many issues, we are fundamentally at odds.

Again I ask:  who do you listen to?  Are you following the teaching of the Word, or of the world?  Are you seeking to imitate Jesus, or celebrities? Are you fellowshipping with Godly believers, or the lost?

The people who surround you, the communion you immerse yourself in, will have a profound impact upon your thought life.  So step back today and take a look at who that is. If you need to make some changes, do so.

Today is a great time for a fresh start.

Happy Tuesday, Beloved

Finis One-a-Day Monday 8/31/20

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Peace to the brothers, and love with faith from God the Father the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love (Ephesians 6:23-24).

Aaaaaaaand it’s over.

We come to the end of Paul’s letter to the Church in Ephesus. We started this little jaunt several moons ago, Beloved. If you’ve been with me the whole time, give yourself a high-five.

Just don’t do it where anyone can see you, as you’ll look rather silly.

Paul began this letter by praying grace and peace over his readers. He finishes in essentially the same way.

Peace within the chaos

Love for the unlovable

Faith to believe the unbelievable

and

Grace, without which none of the rest is possible.

And I pray the same for you today, Beloved.

And, you know…every day.

Happy Monday

Fear Less One-a-Day Friday 8/28/20

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Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should  (Ephesians 6:20).

Well, that’s interesting.

Paul, Super Preacher Man, was sometimes afraid when it came to sharing the gospel. I mean, he must have been–otherwise, why would he specifically ask for prayer about it? This makes me feel a tad better about my own anxiety.

Still, I gotta wonder: why would any of us be nervous about sharing the good news of Christ? It’s far and away the most important news anyone anywhere will ever hear. It has the power to take someone from eternal death to eternal life. How could any of us possibly be nervous about sharing such amazing info?

You know the answer as well as I do.

Some people–most, actually–will reject the gospel.

And when they do, it’s like they’re rejecting us.

And we don’t want to be rejected.

Paul had reason to be afraid. He took a lot of physical abuse on behalf of Jesus, and any time he shared he was opening the door for more. You and I are a lot less likely to have to deal with that kind of attack. The worst we face is having someone laugh in our face, or behind our back. Or perhaps the dreaded awkwardness that proceeds, “Um, yeah…thanks” as someone squeezes past us and out the door.

Most of us would joyfully take a bullet or a blade for our Lord–at least, we hope we would.   But mocking is a lot more likely, and therefore, a lot more scary.

As you enter your Friday, I pray that you would declare the gospel fearlessly, as you should.

Would you pray the same for me?

Thanks, Beloved.

Happy Friday

Speak up.

Ambassador One-a-Day Thursday 8/27/20

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Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains  (Ephesians 6:20).

Ambassadors are special. They represent a king, or a president, or a potentate of some sort. Ambassadors get fancy cars, fine food, armed guards to protect them wherever they go. People listen carefully to every word an ambassador utters.

And then there is Paul. An ambassador…in chains.

Savor the irony. The ambassador of the most powerful King in all the universe, treated as a criminal, adorned in chains.

And he was honored by the privilege.

Beloved, we are also ambassadors. We also represent the Kingdom of Heaven wherever we go. And while we may not be in chains–yet–we do not enjoy the prestige and glory that generally go with ambassadorship.

Yet

As you go into your world today, you represent your King.

Be faithful.

Happy Thursday, Beloved.

Pray for Me One-a-Day Wednesday 8/26/20

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Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel… (Ephesians 6:19)

I like this so very much.

I like that Paul has the humility to ask for prayer from those who are his spiritual juniors.

I like that Paul has the discernment to realize that the words that transform lives are not his own, but a gift from God.

I like that Paul has the honesty to show that he is sometimes fearful in proclaiming the gospel.

I like that Paul has the wisdom to acknowledge that the gospel is a mystery, beyond our ability to fully grasp without the help of the Holy Spirit.

On a day when I feel like I’m not enough,

which would be most every day

I am reminded that no one is…not even the legendary Paul.

Only Jesus

Happy Wednesday, Beloved

Be Alert One-a-Day Tuesday 8/25/20

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With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints (Ephesians 6:18).

Have you noticed how much there is to pray for?

Compulsive Prayer Warriors–see yesterday’s post, and don’t stress about this.

But for the rest of us…have you noticed?

Have you seen?

Every heart that passes you today is a heart that needs prayer.

Even the heart that cut you off in traffic.

All over your world

your nation

your neighborhood

your office

your home

there are saints–people of God–who need someone to pray for them.

Hey, look–you’re someone!

Keep your eyes open.

Keep your head on a swivel.

Look for ways ro dive into the battle today.

After all, you’re wearing all that armor for a reason. ya?

Happy Tuesday, Beloved

It Takes All Kinds One-a-Day Monday 8/24/20

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And pray in the Spirit on all occasions, with all kinds of prayers and requests (Ephesians 6:18).

Have you ever known a compulsive prayer warrior? I am blessed to have one in my life. These are glorious people to whom God had given the need to pray, pretty literally, without ceasing. They pray for every person, near or far, every situation, large or small. If they see a bus on the road, they will want to pray for every person on it, and their extended family, and their pets if they have them but you don’t know if they have pets so you’d better pray just to be sure. It’s kind of an exhausting gift, really. If you are one of these CPW’s, you can kinda gloss over this verse. You have it written on your heart.

For the rest of us…

If God cares about it, then it’s worth praying about.

And God cares about a lot of things, so…

Pray, Beloved.

Happy Monday

Pray One-a-Day Thursday 8/20/20

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And pray in the Spirit… (Ephesians 6:18).

Hey, Michael–what does it mean to pray “in the Spirit?”

Look at you, going straight to the tough question. That’s why I like you.

Beloved, I’ve wondered about this quite a little bit, and I’m still not sure what it means. My current thinking goes like this: Praying in the Spirit involves being in tune with the Holy Spirit, trying to pray about the things that are on God’s mind. That’s a tall order. It means you have to listen, not just speak. You have to get through your list of requests and find the place of quiet, where you can detect that still, small voice we’ve heard about. Then you have to make sure that the still, small voice is speaking Biblical truth. Because you know, sometimes what I think is God is really just my own emotion, and who needs more of that?

My old choir choir director used to tell us, “Listen louder than you sing.” It’s like that.

Only with God

Listen loud, Beloved.

Happy Thursday